Thursday, February 3, 2011
The emporers, the diplomats, have no clothes
Clinton to US Ambassadors: Get DNA, fingerprints and iris scans on world leaders
By Brenda Norrell
Wikileaks has laid bare the inner workings of the minds of US Ambassadors.
The cables, whether bearing facts or merely the fancies of diplomats, will have one impact on the future diplomatic negotiations of the world.
The US Ambassadors will no longer be trusted, if they ever were.
Now, every world leader will know, and probably already did, that US Ambassadors scribble down everything they say, injecting the US Ambassador's own agenda into each report, and sends it off to Washington.
There is one fact that will be Wikileaks' trademark on world relations: The State Department asked US Ambassadors to engage in espionage.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered US Ambassadors to get DNA, fingerprints and iris scans on world leaders.
Clinton wrote, "Data should include email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans."
The April 16, 2009, cable was for "reporting and collection needs: African Great Lakes," for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. Similar cables were written for other parts of the world.
Along with ethnicity (tribe and clan) and religious information, Clinton asked for "compendia of contact information, such as telephone directories (in compact disc or electronic format if available) and e-mail listings; internet and intranet 'handles,' internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs; credit card account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers; work schedules."
Clinton's cable to Paraguay inquired about "rifts" and "internal factions" of politicians. The "reporting and collection" needs again included iris scans and DNA.
Clinton asked US diplomats in Paraguay for: "Biographic and financial information on all leading contenders, and especially on Minister of Education Blanca Ovelar, former Vice President Castiglioni, Lino Oviedo, and Fernando Lugo; and biometric data, to include fingerprints, facial images, iris scans, and DNA, on these individuals."