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Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

The Washington Post reports that: In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, Wikileaks wrote, ”After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a […]


Canal consortium bid ‘not enough to pay for the concrete’

According to a confidential cable sent by then-U.S. Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson, Vice President Juan Carlos Varela classified the Panama Canal expansion project as a disaster when lunching with a visiting U.S. Congressional delegation on December 29, 2009. Varela called the consortium in charge of the project – led by Spanish and Italian […]


Thanks to WikiLeaks, we see just how bad TPP trade deal is for regular people

From The Guardian:

The more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you’ll like it. It’s made for corporate intellectual property and profits

No clearer demonstration of the real White House view is offered than a just-leaked draft of an international treaty that would, as many had feared, create draconian new rights for […]


MUA's Paddy Crumlin Calls For Julian Assange To Be Given Safe Passage

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Fighting from the Front: Paddy Crumlin and Julian Assange During Meeting At Ecuadorean Embassy in London

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Julian Assange entering the Ecuadorean embassy in London on June 19, 2012, to seek political […]


Bolivian President Evo Morales Expels USAID

Union leader and Bolivian President Evo Morales sings his national anthem during the annual May Day march in La Paz on Wednesday. He announced during a speech that he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country. Juan Karita/AP

Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from […]


Evo Morales expulsa de Bolivia a agencia de EEUU

BOLIVIA: El presidente Evo Morales anunció el miércoles la expulsión de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a la que acusó de conspirar contra su gobierno, cuatro años después de haber echado al embajador de ese país y a la agencia antidroga DEA por las mismas razones.

El gobierno de […]


Cables detail Cargill’s maneuvering in a series of trouble spots

Excerpts from the Star-Tribune:

As one of the most global U.S. companies, Cargill knows well the land mines of international commerce.

A Cargill rice mill in Venezuela gets nationalized. Government security forces pay a midnight visit to a sugar mill in Syria. Iraq suspends a key trading permit when a big wheat shipment mysteriously vanishes. […]


The Wikileaks Revelations: The AFL-CIO and Colombia

Pedro Mosquera

Jorge Ortega

Luis Mayusa

These photos of unionists who have been killed by the Colombian government and paramilitaries are from Justice for Colombia.

Writer Alberto C. Ruiz reports on recent State Department cables released by Wikileaks and says:

What these cables portray is an organization, the AFL-CIO, which […]


Terror Suspect Sought Container Bomb Attack

An al Qaeda operative and one-time New York City travel agent sought to use his expertise in shipping to smuggle biological and nuclear weapons into the United States in ocean containers, according to leaked documents disclosed by Wikileaks.

The documents identify the suspect as Saifullah Paracha, a 63-year-old Pakistani businessman who worked in New York […]


US expels Ecuador ambassador in tit-for-tat move

The United States on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington in a tit-for-tat move after the US envoy to Quito was told to leave over a leaked diplomatic cable.

Ecuador on Tuesday ordered US Ambassador Heather Hodges out of the country in a row over a leaked diplomatic cable which quoted her […]


Peru’s opposition candidate for president is gaining in polls, opposes concession of dock

A U.S. State Department cable released on Wikileaks revealed that U.S. diplomats have been conducting a thinly-veiled campaign against Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala, pictured here, in favor of his neo-liberal rival. Click on the image to read the Wikileaks article.

An article titled “Maersk Wins Contract For $1.1 Billion Pier at Top Peru […]


Wikileaks: Cables point to US interference in Peru Election

Alejandro Toledo during his first presidency, in 2002, expanded the neoliberal model and crafted a free trade agreement that gave the U.S. unlimited mining rights in exchange for few concessions. He is likely to win the upcoming election and return to the presidency in 2011.

As an academically-trained free market economist, Alejandro Toledo is the […]


Venezuela: WikiLeaks confirms US plans against Chavez

A fair portion of the more than 1600 United States State Department documents WikiLeaks had published by mid-December show that the State Department has used its funding agencies, USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to channel millions of dollars annually to anti-Chavez NGOs, political parties, journalists and media organisations in Venezuela.

Washington has […]


Bolivian president Evo Morales: USAID works against our government

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been an elected union officer since 1988.

Wikileaks has released a confidential Feb. 19, 2008 cable in which the State Department reveals Morales’ concerns about USAID:

Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened to show USAID the door if it continues undermining his administration. As proof, Morales provided the example of […]


Panama’s VP forecast disaster for Canal expansion

A January 2010 cable … also indicates that [Panama V.P. Juan Carlos] Varela said to the embassy’s number two: “One does not mess with something as important as the Canal. When a bidder makes an offer that is a thousand million dollars below the next competitor, then something is seriously wrong. Of course I have […]