Saturday, December 04, 2010

Wikileaks new site

You might have already noticed that the original wikileaks site is not accessible. It has moved to a new location. The New Delhi Embassy dispatches are here. There are not many now but hopefully, soon we will have the 3000+ cables. If nothing else, we will good fodder for conspiracy theories. I doubt whether it will have any meaningful political impact. For example, it says here about Rahul:

Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte [2] in 11 November 1991 revealed that Rahul was the beneficiary of accounts worth $2 billion dollars controlled by his mother Sonia Gandhi.[38][39]

Harvard scholar Yevgenia Albats cited KGB correspondence about payments to Rajiv Gandhi and his family, which had been arranged by Viktor Chebrikov,[40][41][42] which shows that KGB chief Viktor Chebrikov sought in writing an "authorization to make payments in US dollars to the family members of Rajiv Gandhi, namely Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Paola Maino, mother of Sonia Gandhi" from the CPSU in December 1985. Payments were authorized by a resolution, CPSU/CC/No 11228/3 dated 20/12/1985; and endorsed by the USSR Council of Ministers in Directive No 2633/Rs dated 20/12/1985. These payments had been coming since 1971, as payments received by Sonia Gandhi's family and "have been audited in CPSU/CC resolution No 11187/22 OP dated 10/12/1984.[40] In 1992 the media confronted the Russian government with the Albats disclosure. The Russian government confirmed the veracity of the disclosure and defended it as necessary for "Soviet ideological interest."[41][42]

Did it have any impact on the dynasty?

I read the below and wondered why Menon was discussing elections with Hoolbrooke.
Wikileaks Cable Viewer
Menon also offered that he did not believe the Mumbai attacks themselves would play a major role in India’s upcoming elections, because efforts to capitalize politically on such a heinous event would likely backfire on any political party.


seadog4227 said...

Before the Headley news broke itself, I thought that the US was involved in 26/11.It is unexplained, very much like 9/11.
Was it to see if India is capable of using Cold Start?
The KKangress has far more long-term international political and money links from all sorts of places and seems to be the preferred party (by foreigners) to rule India. The BJP knows, but cannot do anything about it; it cannot change because it is still rooted in Hindutva and cannot sell out its' core constituency or India. On the other hand, what foreign interests prescribe is unpalatable to the BJP.
The supreme irony is that even bit political players may know what is going on, but the public is forever kept in the dark.

Hindu Fundamentalist said...

manmohan doesnt have the spine to use cold start. besides, it was a bjp idea and congress wont get much credit for it.
foreigners prefer congress rule probably because it is easier to manipulate, it is a known servant and it is headed by a white.
i am hoping wikileaks generates intense debate on the dynasty. only a hope.

Xinhua Ram said...

Narayan Lakshman shows some backbone - reports the nexus between LiC's handlers and Jihadists.