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Excerpts From Leaked State Department Cables

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NPR staff read some excerpts from the State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

However, he is fundamentally hampered by several factors: his ego and belief in his own infallibility, his obsessive focus on the past as a justification for everything in the present and future, his deep ignorance on economic issues, coupled with the belief that his 18 doctorates give him the authority to suspend the laws of economics, including supply and demand. And his essentially short-term tactical style.

SIEGEL: That cable about Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, from the former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell.

GUY RAZ, Host:

And here's a more recent cable sent in February of this year. It describes a meeting between a senior U.S. civilian representative in southern Afghanistan, Frank Ruggiero. He's referred to as FCR. And Ahmed Wali Karzai, he's the brother of Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, the subject ending with a question mark, Ahmed Wali Karzai seeking to define himself as a U.S. partner?

CHANA JOFFE: AWK passionately presented his history of working with the United States in 2001 and told the FCR that he could deliver anything needed. Further emphasizing his links to the United States, AWK finally recalled his days in Chicago as a restaurant owner close to Chicago's Wrigley Field. His restaurant was a hub for Americans in the Midwest who had worked or lived in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion, he said.

RAZ: That cable sent from the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

SIEGEL: Unidentified Man #2: King Hamad pointed to Iran as the source of much of the trouble in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He argued forcefully for taking action to terminate their nuclear program by whatever means necessary. That program must be stopped, he said. The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.

RAZ: Finally, to a cable titled "A Caucuses Wedding." It's an account of a three-day affair in the Russian Republic of Dagestan. It was thrown by the father of the groom, who's both a member of the Russian parliament and an oil company chief. In language worthy of a sociology dissertation, the cable describes lavish rituals and much debauchery and it details an enormous cast of characters.

SIEGEL: The Dagestani milieu appears to be one in which the highly educated and the gun toting can mix easily, often in the same person.

SIEGEL: An account of a wedding in Dagestan. One of hundreds of State Department cables released by WikiLeaks.

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