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    Meet WikiLeaks’ Likely First Victim

    Meet WikiLeaks’ Likely First Victim

    I would not want to be Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Murr right now.

    As reported by The L.A. Times, a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut revealed by WikiLeaks alleges that Murr assisted the U.S. and Israel in the targeting of Hezbollah:

    Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Murr told Americans the army would stay out of the way if Israel tried to wipe out Hezbollah, according to a secret March 2008 conversation revealed in a diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks.

    [Updated at 7:53 a.m.: The cable originated from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and was sent to the State Department in Washington.]

    “Making clear that he was not responsible for passing messages to Israel, Murr told us that Israel would do well to avoid two things when it comes for Hizbollah,” the cable read.

    “One, it must not touch the Blue Line or the UNSCR 1701 areas as this will keep Hizbollah out of these areas,” the memo read, referring to the southern Lebanese area now patrolled by thousands of international troops.

    “Two, Israel cannot bomb bridges and infrastructure in the Christian areas,” Murr was cited as saying.

    Murr is denying the assertions:

    Defense Minister Elias Murr was reportedly giving U.S. diplomats advice to pass on to Israel for any Israeli attack on Hizbullah, the Los Angeles Times quoted a leaked WikiLeaks cable as saying.

    Murr has dismissed the cables as “incomplete and inaccurate.”

    “The aim behind this is to sow discord in Lebanon,” said Murr aide George Soulage.

    Soulage said that while the minister did meet with Michele Sison, who was the U.S. ambassador in 2008, a cable published in Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar on Thursday did not accurately reflect the tenor of their talks.

    Murr’s denials likely will have little impact on Hezbollah, which already is suspected of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Harriri.  A likely indictment of senior Hezbollah officials in the Harriri killing has Lebanon gripped with fear of a renewed civil war, and possible Hezbollah takeover of Beirut.

    WikiLeaks has exposed Murr — a friend of the United States — to grave danger, and puts all of Lebanon at risk.

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    First? not according to julian Assange, he claims 1300 deaths in Kenya due to his work

    The Ruskies will whack this guy

    sort of runic rhyme | December 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    If I were an informant, foreign diplomat or head of state, I'd laugh like hell at any request by Hillary's State Department to tip off, give the lowdown, let in on, give the skinny on, confirm, confess, divulge, drop a dime on, let the cat out of the bag, let on, let out, let slip, clue in or forewarn.

    If mis and disinformation were bad before, we're now not going to be able to trust much of anything we're told "in secret."

    How truly tragic about the prospects of Minister Murr and the good fight in Lebanon with this revelation.

    Here's the money quote:

    “1,300 people were eventually killed, and 350,000 were displaced. That was a result of our leak,” says Assange. It’s a chilling statistic, but then he states: “On the other hand, the Kenyan people had a right to that information and 40,000 children a year die of malaria in Kenya.”

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