We’re pleased we delayed the announcement of a winner of this month’s Captain Louis Renault Award the other day, because this story from The Guardian is truly worthy of the honor. Someone in Pakistan is manufacturing US cables in the WikiLeaks document dump. The faux cables are said to claim that the US is concerned about India’s sponsorship of Hindu terrorists, the Taliban in South Waziristan, and rebels in Baluchistan:
They read like the most extraordinary revelations. Citing the WikiLeaks cables, major Pakistani newspapers this morning carried stories that purported to detail eye-popping American assessments of India’s military and civilian leaders.
According to the reports, US diplomats described senior Indian generals as vain, egotistical and genocidal; they said India’s government is secretly allied with Hindu fundamentalists; and they claimed Indian spies are covertly supporting Islamist militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt and Balochistan.
“Enough evidence of Indian involvement in Waziristan, Balochistan,” read the front-page story in the News; an almost identical story appeared in the Urdu-language Jang, Pakistan’s bestselling daily.
If accurate, the disclosures would confirm the worst fears of Pakistani nationalist hawks and threaten relations between Washington and New Delhi. But they are not accurate.
An extensive search of the WikiLeaks database by the Guardian by date, name and keyword failed to locate any of the incendiary allegations. It suggests this is the first case of WikiLeaks being exploited for propaganda purposes.
You can read The News’ report here, which also claims the US doesn’t believe Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) was involved in Mumbai and says the US called for UN intervention in the Indian “genocide” in Kashmir.
It truly is shocking that the ISI would do such a thing.
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