Vladimir Putin, on the US, Britain and Wikileaks.
The WikiLeaks #cablegate leaks don’t contain too many cables from Canada, but there are some juicy bits.
A cable sent from the US Embassy in Ottawa in July, 2008 covers a wide-range of topics, from Federal Election predictions to security concerns. Former CSIS director Jim Judd is quoted on the Omar Khadr interrogation tapes, which he says would “no doubt trigger ‘knee-jerk anti-Americanism’ and ‘paroxysms of moral outrage, a Canadian specialty’” (the American specialty being, presumably, illegal interrogation techniques).
The most recent cable from the Ottawa Embassy from January, 2009. It sets the stage for President Obama’s first visit to Canada, shortly after his election. Directly addressing the president, the author, Terry A. Breese writes:
“Your enormous popularity among Canadians (an 81 pctapproval rating) is to Conservative Prime Minister StephenHarper both a blessing — because he can for the first timesince taking office in 2006 gain politically from public andpolicy association with the U.S. President — and a curse —because no Canadian politician of any stripe is nearly aspopular, respected, or inspiring as you are to Canadian voters, a genuine factor in the historically low turnout inthe October 2008 Canadian federal election. Many Canadians,especially university students, volunteered on your campaign,and busloads traveled to Washington for your inauguration.”
Like many of the cables, this one is written in strangely casual, and severely honest language. Another cable, also from 2008 has the bizarre title ‘THE U.S. IN THE CANADIAN FEDERAL ELECTION — NOT!’.
These cables make for fascinating reading. For the time being, you can see them here: