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WikiLeaks Cables State Saudi Oil Reserves Possibly Overstated

The Guardian reports that the latest release by WikiLeaks of diplomatic cables show U.S. officials think that Saudi Arabia is overpromising on its capacity to supply oil. The actual cable are reporduced on the Guardian website here, here, here, and here. According to the cables, Sadad al-Husseini, a geologist and former head of exploration at the Saudi oil monopoly Aramco stated:

“Saudi Arabia might reach an output of 12m barrels a day in 10 years but before then – possibly as early as 2012 – global oil production would have hit its highest point. This crunch point is known as “peak oil”.”

WikiLeaks in the News, February 1

The Center for Public Integrity reports has an interesting take on WikiLeaks from the Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins. Ms. Watkins states that she doesn’t trust the Securities and Exchange Commission to handle tips from company insiders, instead she would probably instead take information to an organization like WikiLeaks.

The Independent reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summoned 260 US ambassadors and envoys for a week of brainstorming and re-evaluation in Washington not least thanks to the work of WikiLeaks.

The Telegraph and the BBC report that a UK government minister gave the Libyans advice on how to secure the Lockerbie bombers freedom, according to cables released b [...]

WikiLeaks in the News, January 19

The Guardian reports that WikiLeaks has caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy, senior state department officials have concluded. There is similar coverage at

The NYT reports on the possible tax consequences for the individuals whose data was given to WikiLeaks by ex-Swiss banker Rudolph Elmer.

Bloomberg reports on the begining of ex-Julius Baer banker Rudolph Elmer’s trial for violations of Swiss secrecy laws.

WikiLeaks in the News, January 18

Reuters reports that WikiLeaks is unlikely to release the banking data, given to it yesterday by a Swiss ex-banker, soon. Sources with knowledge of the data told Reuters that the data is dense and it will take time to verify the information.

The Associated Press and Deutsche Welle report that the CEO of OHB-System AG was let go due to a WikiLeaks cable release that quoted him as denigrating Galileo, a European built navigation system.

CNN has an opinion piece on how WikiLeaks helped to bring about the Tunisia revolution. Also, CNN reports on the scene at yesterday’s press conference at which former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed banking data over to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks in the News, January 12

The OMB Watch has a story on the Office of Management and Budget memo that updates the initial agency assessment ordered following the WikiLeaks disclosures. The memo “contains more than 100 questions developed by the National Archives and Records Administration’s Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).”

The WSJ reports ($) that Julian Assange’s lawyers see extradition to the United States as a real risk if Assange is extradited from the United Kingdom to Sweden.

The Guardian reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stated that he has “insurance files” regarding News Corporation that will be released if something happens to him or W [...]

WikiLeaks in the News, January 11

The Associated Press reports that WikiLeaks will step up its release of secret documents while Julian Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden.

Bloomberg reports on Julian Assange’s plan to give the press his arguments against extradition from England to Sweden. Further, Bloomberg reports that Assange’s lawyers plan to argue it would be a breach of legal due process for him to be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

The NYT reports that Assange’s lawyers are also arguing against extradition to Sweden because, subsequently, he could face “illegal rendition” from Sweden to Guantánamo Bay.

WikiLeaks in the News, January 9

The leading news surrounding WikiLeaks is that the US Justice Department sought the account information of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Rop Gongrijp and Birgitta Jonsdottir. Twitter fought to have order unsealed, and has posted a copy.

The NYT reports on the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, under which the US Justice Department sought Justice Department sought the Twitter account activity of several people linked to WikiLeaks. The main point of the article is that the law may be outdated due to the advent of new technology.

Deutsche Welle reports that Icelandic politicians are upset over a subpoena for parliamentary representative Birgitta Jonsdottir’s d [...]

WikiLeaks in the News, December 28

The NYT reports that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, signed a book deal to write his autobiography as much as $1.7 million.

Technology Digital reports that Apple has removed an application from its iTunes store that ensured that users could access WikiLeaks.

CNN reports that the latest release of US Diplomatic cables demonstrate that the United States regards Russian oil tycoon Khodorkovsky’s trial as part of a broader assault on the rule of law in Russia.

The Atlantic reports that released cables have harmed the move towards greater democracy in Zimbabwe.

US Ambassador to Australia Comments on WikiLeaks

Jeff Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia

US Ambassador to Germany Comments on WikiLeaks

US Ambassador to Germany