Sunday, September 27

Wikileaks website shows Washington’s meddling in Indonesian political events

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JAKARTA: The US embassy’s documents related to political constellations in Indonesia in the last few years leaked by the Wikileaks website has buzzed national media in the last few days, showed US government’s meddling in several political events in the country, Xinhua News reports.

In total there were at least 1,860 diplomatic US embassy cables on Indonesia leaked in the website that is popular for publishing secret policies and official documents that should not be exposed to the public.

Those documents were diplomatic cables on Indonesia issued by US embassies in Jakarta, Singapore, Ottawa Canada and in Dili Timor Leste.

Those documents among others highlight Indonesia’s policies in addressing avian flu issue, terrorism eradication, former President Megawati Soekarnoputri’s statement related to Indonesia’s stance on war in Iraq, the drafting of anti-pornography law and some scandalous cases during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration.

One of the leaked documents showed the US backing on a candidate in the election of Bengkulu province governor, Agusrin Najamuddin.

In a diplomatic cables issued by US embassy in Jakarta on Jan 30, 2006, it says that the US regarded Najamuddin as a dedicated and full-of-energy candidate.