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WikiLeaks and Africa

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Africa: Dictators used SA surveillance equipment, says WikiLeaks

2011-12-08, Issue 562

WikiLeaks announced a new project on 2 December that they say aims to 'reveal the details of which companies are making billions selling sophisticated tracking tools to government buyers, flouting export rules, and turning a blind eye to dictatorial ...

Zimbabwe: WikiLeaks reveals Africa’s growing impatience with ailing Mugabe

2011-09-22, Issue 549

Robert Mugabe’s continued grip on power in Zimbabwe, and ZANU PF’s ongoing failure to properly govern the country, is causing growing impatience among African governments, the details of which have been revealed by the whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks...

Ghana: Wikileaks 'exposes' fight in government control of oil

2011-09-13, Issue 547

The latest release of leaked diplomatic cables by the whistle-blowing website, Wikileaks has revealed some persons around the presidency have tried to use their influence to manipulate control of the country's oil resources for their personal gain....

Zimbabwe: Threats to shut down newspapers over WikiLeaks

2011-09-14, Issue 547

The Zimbabwe government is threatening to shut down 'private and foreign' news media organisations that it says are 'abusing their journalistic privileges by denouncing the country and its leadership.' The threat comes just days after the release of ...

Madagascar: US view on Ravalomanana's leadership

2011-09-14, Issue 547

Wikileaks has exposed a US cable examining Marc Ravalomanana's landslide re-election victory which saw him emerging ahead of 13 other candidates with 55 per cent of the vote. 'At the same time, rather than growing more relaxed and comfortable in powe...

Malawi: Could a leaked cable lead to hunger?

2011-06-02, Issue 532

A leaked cable that has sparked a row between Britain and Malawi could give rise to rural hunger in the impoverished southern African nation. That is the upshot of the spiralling row that has seen Britain suspend aid including its support for a suppo...

Nigeria: Ripe for a WikiLeaks revolution?

2011-04-18, Issue 525

It is only months since the US diplomatic cables released by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks made headlines around the world with their revelations about Nigeria. Among them, allegations that Nigeria's government dropped legal action against pharmac...

South Africa: WikiLeaks exposes ANC election fears

2011-03-30, Issue 523

The Tshwane local government election battle has heated up, with revelations from whistleblower website WikiLeaks that the ANC is nervous the DA's 'day dreams' will be realised in the metro. The DA said this confirms the ANC's fears in the capital. A...

Africa: WikiLeaks cables reveal French crimes in Africa

2011-04-04, Issue 523

Documents published by WikiLeaks reveal important details about the crimes committed by French imperialism in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Rwanda, and the existing ties between French and African politicians. The cables published by WikiLeaks ...

Kenya: US ‘predicted post-election chaos’

2011-03-24, Issue 522

The US predicted the outbreak of violence in the 2007 General Election 10 months before Kenyans cast their votes. In a cable posted to Washington on February 5, 2007, ambassador Michael Ranneberger warned that the increasing tribalisation of Kenyan p...

Kenya: State Wanted to Arrest Raila

2011-03-24, Issue 522

The American Embassy believed in March 2007 that President Kibaki's government planned to arrest opposition leader Raila Odinga over the controversial Artur Brothers, according to Wikileaks. 'Post (the embassy) has various pieces of evidence suggesti...

Kenya: US opposed Mau compensation

2011-03-28, Issue 522

Kenyan MPs were heavily criticised by the US for voting to have the government compensate Mau landowners. In a cable to his bosses in Washington dated 23 September 2009, US ambassador Michael Ranneberger accused Kenyan MPs of entrenching the culture ...

Swaziland: Why is the Swazi government buying weapons?

2011-03-16, Issue 521

Recently WikiLeaks revealed that Swaziland had tried to acquire arms from the UK. It was reported by The Guardian - and later local newspapers - that Britain had blocked a $60 million sale of helicopters, armoured cars and machine guns to Swaziland, ...

Tanzania: US role in Liyumba case exposed by WikiLeaks

2011-03-17, Issue 521

The United States helped to investigate allegations and prepare corruption charges against a former Bank of Tanzania director of personnel and administration, Amatus Liyumba, according to leaked diplomatic cables. In the latest Dar es Salaam cables r...

Kenya: Kibaki maintained he won elections - WikiLeaks

2011-03-22, Issue 521

President Kibaki told the United States Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Fraser at the height of post election violence that he won the disputed 2007 elections squarely. Kibaki maintained he had won the December 2007 elections fairly and since th...

Africa: WikiLeaks' cables spurred Arab uprisings, says Assange

2011-03-22, Issue 521

Publishing US diplomatic cables helped shape uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has said. The computer expert, who infuriated the US government by publishing thousands of the secret cables, said the lea...

Kenya: President ‘set PM up’ in Migingo island dispute

2011-03-09, Issue 520

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki did not take strong action against Uganda for ‘grabbing’ Migingo Island to politically undermine Prime Minister Raila Odinga. That was the thinking by US embassy officials in Nairobi, as revealed by secret diplomatic cab...

CAR: Bozize 'wanted cut' of US road cash

2011-03-09, Issue 520

A tussle over a road gave a glimpse of the inner workings of the Central African Republic government with a leaked US cable suggesting that President Francois Bozize had sought to personally profit from money set aside for the project. The $2.75 mill...

Nigeria: President threatens to sue newspaper over Wikileaks' report

2011-03-10, Issue 520

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has threatened to sue a local newspaper, NEXT, over its report on Sunday that he voted four times during the 2007 general elections, when he was a state governor and a vice presidential candidate under the ruling...

Egypt: Cairo threatened to use force over threats to Nile waters - Wikileaks

2011-03-14, Issue 520

The government of the ousted Egyptian strongman, Hosni Mubarak, at one time considered the use of force if upstream countries threatened its historical rights to the use of the Nile waters. The administration was incensed by riparian states insistenc...

Kenya: Diplomatic cable reveals fears of a Raila presidency

2011-03-01, Issue 519

Fears of Prime Minister Raila Odinga ascending to the presidency after the 2007 general election by close confidantes of President Kibaki have been revealed in a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, reports the Daily Nation. A Cabinet minister war...

Gabon: Dictator funded French political parties, says Wikileaks

2011-02-16, Issue 517

Gabon's late president Omar Bongo allegedly lined his pockets with money from a 37-million-dollar (28-million-euro) bank embezzlement scheme and funneled some of it to French political parties and President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a classified ...

Liberia: Charles Taylor may have $400 million out of reach - WikiLeaks

2011-02-16, Issue 517

Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, could have as much as $400 million hidden away out of reach of prosecutors, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. A leaked cable sent from US officials in the United Nations in October 2007 reported ...

South Africa: ANC a 'complete mess' - WikiLeaks

2011-02-21, Issue 517

The ANC is a 'complete mess' and its young cadres have no interest in history, but simply want access to jobs and personal enrichment, according to a United States embassy cable obtained by City Press through the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Acco...

Uganda: Gay rights activist 'mocked' at rights seminar, says WikiLeaks

2011-02-21, Issue 517

Murdered gay rights activist David Kato was mocked at a UN-backed debate on Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, according to a US diplomat in Kampala in a leaked American embassy cable. The diplomat said Kato, who was bludgeoned to death near his home ...

Egypt: Suleiman demonised Islamists, WikiLeaks documents say

2011-02-08, Issue 516

Egypt's new vice-president, Omar Suleiman, has long sought to demonise the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in his contacts with skeptical US officials, leaked diplomatic cables show, raising questions whether he can act as an honest broker in the count...

Nigeria: UK pressured to drop charges against politician

2011-02-08, Issue 516

The Nigerian government refused to discuss a prisoner transfer agreement with Britain unless the Crown Prosecution Service dropped corruption charges against a favoured member of the ruling party, leaked documents disclose. Britain is keen to secure ...

Africa: Millions in overseas aid embezzled, say WikiLeaks documents

2011-02-08, Issue 516

The true scale of the theft of overseas aid money by corrupt foreign regimes is disclosed in leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph. Tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been pocketed by their ministers and officials, much of ...

Liberia: Court admits Wikileaks documents in Taylor's trial

2011-02-01, Issue 515

Judges at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor have admitted into evidence two Wikileaks documents that appear to question the impartiality of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The decision comes just days before prosec...

Ethiopia: African leaders in Ethiopia land grab

2011-02-02, Issue 515

Several African leaders have bought lands in Ethiopia to develop agricultural projects or tourism resorts. They are let to bypass a 2007 ban on export of cereals, still in place for other investors. It has earlier been known that former Nigerian Pres...

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