It would be an understatement to say that the 251,287 WikiLeaks leaked documents on the 28th of November, 2010, were shocking to all those across the world. Gaining an insight into the backdoor happenings of the United States of America and their relations with the rest of the world and their leaders.
From analysing these documents, it's clear to see that the puppeteering hands of the U.S have been far more nefarious than man would have been led to believe. In this list, we investigate five of the most controversial pieces of data, and the most treacherous actions committed by the U.S. government ranging from human rights violations, covert operations and cover-ups.
5 Guantanamo Bay
Despite President Obama's publicly stated inclinations to close Guantanamo Bay it appears that under Barack Obama the White House continues to hold prisoners without any plans on what to do with them.
The most shocking part of this development is that it revealed some that detainees had been denied access to the International Committee of Red Cross. It revealed that some detainees were classified as being permitted "No Access: No contact of any kind with ICRC. This includes delivery of ICRC mail."
This is a direct violation of The Camp Delta Standard Procedures put in place to protect detainees at Guantanamo Bay from torture or inhumane treatment.
4 'Extraordinary Rendition' And The U.S. Intimidation Of The Italian Government
In the 2010 documents leaked by Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), show that the United States attempted to intimidate the Italian government in order to dissuade them from extraditing CIA officer Sabrina De Sousa, accused of the 'extraordinary rendition' of an Egyptian cleric in 2003.
This is the act of kidnapping and sending a suspect over borders to countries where there are less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners. The case was the highest-profile case involving the CIA's covert "extraordinary rendition" programme.
The installation of this programme was meant to protect America from foreign threats, however, in reality, it stripped people of their most basic human rights. In many cases, it facilitated gruesome forms of torture and it was not uncommon that they captured the wrong target, or the target was found to be innocent.
3 The Secret Wars In Yemen And Somalia
Before the release of the Wikileaks cables the U.S. had previously denied any presence in Yemen or Somalia. The reality was that they had an aggressive military presence in the zones for many years with attacks beginning in Somalia in January 2007, and in Yemen beginning in 2009.Following the leaks they defended presence in Somalia with President Obama stating 'a limited number of cases, the US military has taken direct action in Somalia against members of al Qaeda, including those who are also members of al-Shabaab, who are engaged in efforts to carry out terrorist attacks against the United States and our interests.'
U.S. military also secretly began launching military missile attacks on suspected terrorists in Yemen. This was done under the guise of the Yemeni government, with them announcing responsibility for the attacks. These attacks drew little public attention at the time. However, the attacks had caused the death of dozens of innocent civilians.
2 U.S. Spies Acting In Foreign Countries Under The Title Of Diplomats
From the Wikileaks documents, it is clear that the definition between diplomat and spy has been blurred considerably by the U.S. government. This was most evident in 2009 where Secretary of State at the time Hillary Clinton ordered overseas diplomats and U.N. officials to begin collecting personal information on foreign officials.
The personal information being requested is evident in a cable which states they were after "office and organisational titles; names, position titles and other information on business cards; numbers of telephones, cell phones, pagers and faxes." In addition to this, they also requested the online aliases of these individuals, email addresses, credit-card numbers, etc.
Even though this has been prominent behaviour in recent times due to the global threat of terror and the conflict in the middle-east with the threat of militants coming from all over the globe, it is not irrational to assume that these behaviours have been a part of U.S. diplomat roles for a long time.
1 Killing Of Reuter's Journalists
Commonly known as the worst revelation to come from the Wikileak cables, is the footage from an Apache helicopter showing the slaughter of two Reuters journalists.
The footage shows the journalists and several other citizens being gunned down by the Apache's aerial guns with the crew of the aircraft laughing and screaming profanities and cheering on the slaughter.
Following the events, the crew were queried about the cause for the shooting and said that they could not distinguish whether their cameras were weapons or not. Although it could be assumed that they had just made a detrimental error, the manner in which the soldiers reacted to the killing of these journalists and citizens was inappropriate and chilling.