How are WikiLeaks Secrets Affecting US Economic Interests Abroad?
Online whistleblower WikiLeaks once again garnered worldwide attention with their latest release of classified cable communications between government personalities. The US government has particularly been placed into an embarrassing situation with its key allies, some of which American economic interest is at stake.
The latest WikiLeaks’ release revealed communications that contained opinions about Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia. All three countries hold major American investments and vital economic interests.
Newly-released documents stated that the US embassy in Moscow dubbed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev playing as “Robin” to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who was tagged as “Batman.” It also described the Russian president as “pale and hesitant” in comparison to Putin who was also labeled as the “alpha dog.”
A number of US companies are currently engaged in energy exploration and development with Russia including Chevron, who has a 30 percent stake in a Black Sea oil venture with Russia’s Rosneft.
New documents also reveal how Beijing is becoming weary of its unpredictable neighbor North Korea. Secret cables gathered by WikiLeaks stated China’s growing frustration of Pyongyang and described the communist regime as acting like a “spoiled child.” It also states China’s support for a reunified Korea with Seoul taking in charge.
A leaked cable message from an American diplomat in central Asia stated China’s growing concern of North Korea’s nuclear missile tests and how it is viewed by the most populous country in the world as a threat to world security. China is currently the biggest creditor of the United States holding over $880 billion of US government securities according to the September 2010 data from the US Treasury.
WikiLeaks documents also show that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has led an effort among Arab states lobbying for a US invasion of Iran and destroy its nuclear capabilities. Tehran has repeatedly denied allegations from the West that it is developing a nuclear weapons program.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the United States, with a little over half of its oil requirements are imported, sources 20 percent of its petroleum and petroleum products from the Persian Gulf countries while 14 percent from Saudi Arabia alone.