WikiLeaks may show US has helped terrorist group
Jason Koutsoukis HERALD CORRESPONDENT
November 27, 2010
JERUSALEM: Several of the documents set to be published by WikiLeaks this weekend are believed to show the US has been helping Turkey's Kurdish separatist movement the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist group in Turkey, the US, the European Union and Australia.
The claim is reported in the London Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat.
Another document is believed to charge Turkey with providing indirect assistance to al-Qaeda. It is believed the document will say Turkey rendered this assistance by failing to control the movement of people across its border with Iraq.
WikiLeaks is planning to publish up to 400,000 sensitive cables from the past five years that include media reports, talks with politicians, government officials and journalists, and evaluations and various analyses by American diplomats regarding their host countries.
A report in The Jerusalem Post said the US military documents referred to the PKK as ''warriors for freedom and Turkish citizens'' and said the US had set free arrested PKK members in Iraq.
The documents also say US forces in Iraq have given weapons to the PKK.
Another Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported that Israeli officials were apprehensive about the WikiLeaks material.
Haaretz reported that the US embassy in Tel Aviv had told Israel's Foreign Ministry of the imminent disclosure of sensitive information by WikiLeaks.
The Americans said they wanted Israel to know so it would not be surprised and would be prepared for publicity that might cause embarrassment.
Haaretz said if cables from the US embassy were published, it could be embarrassing because they involve internal correspondence between US diplomats that might not reflect the position of the White House.
A senior Israeli official familiar with the material, who asked to remain anonymous, said it included diplomatic cables sent to Washington from US embassies throughout the world.
The official said the US embassy said the documents were not highly classified.
''The Americans said they view the leak very seriously,'' the official said. ''They don't know when they will be released on the internet and what exactly they say, but they didn't want us to read about it in the newspapers.''
Kurt Hoyer, spokesman for the US embassy in Tel Aviv, neither confirmed nor denied that the embassy had conveyed a message relating to the matter to the Prime Minister's Bureau and the Foreign Ministry.
In two previous releases of leaked US government documents, in July and October, WikiLeaks provided the documents in advance to The New York Times, The Guardian in London and and Der Spiegel in Germany on condition that they publish their stories simultaneously.
The first leak contained thousands of military field reports on the war in Afghanistan; the second was a similar but larger file on the Iraq war.