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And now an Editorial: Weighing up the leaks · ELPAÍS.com in English
Members of the Spanish government spoke far differently in public and in private on the secret CIA rendition flights, on the torture of Spanish citizens in Guantánamo, on the death in Baghdad of TV cameraman José Couso and on relations with Morocco. Some of them, meanwhile, unveiled to the US ambassador internal quarrels in the Cabinet, offering, in search of personal political and image benefits, information that might weaken the defense of the country's general interests. All this forms part of the still-provisional conclusions from the revelations on Spain contained in the documents divulged by WikiLeaks.

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The pact that seems to have been established between government and opposition, so that no one will be called to account for the actions described in these documents, is a further step in the degradation of our public sphere, depriving the citizens of the explanations they deserve to hear and avoiding the inconvenience of anyone having to pay a political price for what he has done. Some of the deceptions and falsities described in the documents have even been sustained in Congress.

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The recent tensions with Morocco are more easily understood now that we know of Spanish diplomacy's option for an autonomous-region solution for the disputed Western Sahara territory, however much this option was once denied in public. The breaking of neutrality in the Moroccan conflict brought, as a first result, a sharp cooling of relations with Algeria; later, a deepening of tension with Morocco; and, in short, the complete dismantling of a coherent policy on the Maghreb, already gravely damaged by the diplomacy of former Prime Minister José María Aznar.



Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 02:24:52 AM EST
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It is embarrassing to read the compromising confessions made to the US ambassador by certain highly-placed political figures. The diplomatic legation of the world's largest power is not the proper place to air the struggles going on within the Spanish Cabinet.

Just like members of the German government in earlier leaks. Who in particular was named?

The prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has tended to avoid homogeneity in his cabinets, while often intervening in second-echelon appointments, against the desires of the ministers concerned. Above and beyond the already well-known lack of coordination that the prime minister's attitude has caused on some key occasions, the WikiLeaks documents have revealed further undesirable effects of this style of running a government.

Are they blaming Zapatero's authoritarianism for the quisling attitude of ministers here?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 03:09:32 AM EST
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DoDo:
Are they blaming Zapatero's authoritarianism for the quisling attitude of ministers here?
No, they are saying that internal government tensions caused by Zapatero's presidential (see Bliar, Tonee) style of government have been exposed by the content of some cables.
Who in particular was named?
Everybody and their mother, also within the PP opposition, who discussed internal party politicking with the US ambassador.

I'll dig up some links...

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 04:01:07 AM EST
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El País cable repositories: on Aznar and the PP. For instance,

La Embajada de EE UU duda del liderazgo de Rajoy · ELPAÍS.comThe US Embassy doubts Rajoy's leadership - ElPais.com
"Creemos que debe su longevidad en el cargo más que nada a la ausencia de un sucesor creíble dentro de su partido", escriben.- ... Aguirre es "hiperambiciosa", Gallardón "encantador", y el líder, "sin carisma""We believe he owed his longevity in the position more than anything else to the absence of a credible successor within the party, they write. ... [Esperanza] Aguirre is "hyperambitious", Gallardón "charming, and the leader "lacks charisma".

It appears in a different cable Gallardón confided to Ambassador Aguirre that he could seek the party leadership only at the risk of splitting the party. His rivalry with Esperanza Aguirre is well-known, bitter, and the rift does affect the party cadres, the Madrid base, and the allied press.

... Casi todos los dirigentes clave pasan por allí: Acebes, Zaplana, Gallardón, Moragas...... Almost all key [PP] leaders go by [the Emabssy]: Acebes, Zaplana, Gallardón, Moragas...

Another repository: dissension within [Spain's] Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One news item and 4 cables, where differences among ministers are documented, and Spanish diplomats and Ministry staff tell the US ambassador about their dislike of the Minister.

Repository: How the Americans see us including profiles of prominent ZP cabinet members, and cables where these profiles are given or discussed.

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 05:02:09 AM EST
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