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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 31

An interview of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by Steve Kroft from CBS’s 60 Minutes news magazine aired last night. The interview and an extended “Overtime” are available at the link above. Assange discussed himself, how WikiLeaks was similar to a press operation, and the possibility that WikiLeaks has Bank of America data.

MSNBC reports that WikiLeaks is continuing to release US Diplomatic cables relating to the Egyptian government. US diplomats raised a number of concerns with the Egyptians including treatment of dissidents, rioters, and bloggers.

CNET reports that a bill giving the President of the United States the authority over privately owned computer systems during a “national c [...]

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.