WikiLeaks has published the ‘Kissinger Cables,’ which reveal shocking statements made by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger, who served under the Nixon and Ford administrations, and was an unofficial advisor to President George W. Bush, has often been called a "war criminal" by his critics.
“The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published,” says the WikiLeaks website.
“The U.S. administration cannot be trusted to maintain the history of its interactions with the world. Fortunately, an organization with an unbroken record in resisting censorship attempts now has a copy,” WikiLeaks' head Julian Assange said in a statement.
“One form of secrecy is complexity. That’s the reason why we decided to merge these files with our existing cables and put a lot of effort into making a user-friendly and accessible database” a WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told Forbes.
In the WikiLeaks cables, Kissinger is quoted as saying in 1975: “Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.'"
The Wikileaks documents also suggest in an October 13, 1973 cable that the Vatican may have collaborated with the U.S. in supporting the brutal Pinochet takeover in Chile over then-President Salvador Allende on September 11. 1973.
“Archbishop [Giovanni] Benelli, Vatican Deputy Secretary of State, expressed to illing [sic] his and Pope’s grave concern over successful international leftist campaign to misconstrue completely realities of Chilean situation,” the U.S. cable states.
“Bellini labeled exaggerated coverage of events as possibly greatest success of Communist propaganda, and highlighted fact that even moderate and conservative circles seem quite disposed to believe grossest lies about Chilean Junta’s excesses.”
The U.S. cable said that there were "mopping up" procedures in Chile and said the Junta was making "every effort" to return the country to normal after the mass murders.