Drip, drip, drip...
Julian Assange is out on bail in England (and the people's choice for TIME's Person of the Year, although not TIME'S choice; that's Mark Zuckerberg
). Bradley Manning is in solitary
. And meanwhile, the leaks keep coming. A sample of 18 of the recent offerings, via a run through Google News (EDIT: make that 20):
about the rising influence of Indonesia.
with Jamaica about them not doing enough to curb drug smuggling.
*Fidel Castro almost died
in 2006. Just like all the other times he almost died, except after this near-death he handed off to Raul.
*Also concerning Cuba: the US thinks they'll be insolvent
in 2-3 years. We have a history of predicting Cuba/Castro's imminent demise. We haven't been right yet.
*BP had a gas blowout
in Azerbaijan in 2008 and narrowly avoided an explosion like that which kicked off the Gulf oil spill. The president accused BP of stealing oil from the country.
with Iran over an oil field crossing the Iraq border.
by the US over a potential transition of power in Egypt.
*And while we're at it, let's do Thailand
*New Zealand has been spying
on Fiji's military.
*China's been feasting
on Venezuelan oil.
*The US tried to use Bollywood
as a tool to stifle the radicalization of British Muslims.
*The US is miffed
at Switzerland for not being anti-Iran enough.
*Watch for a rising insurgency
*The Vatican is horrified over all the boy-diddling, but is also worried
that Irish efforts to prosecute undermine church sovreignity.
*Ghana's got a druglord problem too. Ghana knew that already, but the leak alleges
that no efforts are being made to arrest the ringleaders, just the small-timers. Why? Lack of political balls.
*Uzbekistan: "rampantly corrupt."
Which Britain should probably have noticed a bit better, seeing as they had a big ol' trade delegation there last week.
*The US blocked
an effort from Spain to lift EU sanctions on China.
*North Korea wanted to host an Eric Clapton
*Myanmar is helping North Korea build
a nuclear site.
*Nigeria is pretty much run
Pick your favorite and rant away. If you don't like any of these leaks... wait about five minutes. There'll be another.
A NOTE: Please try not to muck up the thread with pages of conspiracy theories and sniping at each other at a time. That's a really good way to not have nice things anymore.