US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomacy crisis | World news | guardian.co.ukThe United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year.
At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables - many of which are designated "secret" – the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN's leadership.
These two revelations alone would be likely to reverberate around the world. But the secret dispatches which were obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistlebowers' website, also reveal Washington's evaluation of many other highly sensitive international issues.
These include a major shift in relations between China and North Korea, Pakistan's growing instability and details of clandestine US efforts to combat al-Qaida in Yemen.
Read the whole article, there's a ****-ton of LOL in it -- especially the part where the State Department said that the reason this kind of a leak could happen was 9/11.
I guess we're supposed to accept that as a valid excuse, despite the fact that the government has had 9+ years to figure this stuff out.