The senior American diplomat at the UN tonight defended her team after WikiLeaks disclosed a US spying operation targeting the UN's secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and members of the security council.The notion that the UN is "inviolable" is as absurd as it is problematic. No institution--or law (hello, sharia; howdy-do, Caliphate)--should have that status, because that gives it far too much power over the rest of us, and what sane, freedom-loving person would be prepared to live with that? It is particularly enjoyable to see Susan Rice, the Obama rep, squirm in this way because she and her boss are so committed to the concept of internationalism as it is embodied by the UN, an "inviolable" institution that is beyond corrupt, that is arguably the world's foremost purveyor of Zionhass, and that long ago fell into the hands of the bad guys, the enemies of freedom.
Susan Rice, the US ambassador appointed to the UN by Barack Obama last year, appeared uncomfortable and, at times, exasperated as she took questions from the media at the UN today.
She denied US diplomats were engaged in spying. "Let me be very clear: our diplomats are just that," she said. "They are diplomats. That is what they do every day. They get out and work with partners here at the UN and around the world."
Rice was questioned about a leaked US cable showing diplomats were asked to find personal financial details about the UN leadership, including credit card information, passwords for their communications systems and frequent-flier membership. Ban's office hit back at the US with a warning that any violation of UN "immunity" may breach international law.
Rice, speaking after a meeting of the security council today, three times declined to deal directly with questions about the spying.
She insisted the job of US diplomats at the UN and around the world was to "build relations, negotiate, advance our interests and work to find common solutions to complex problems. That's what they do and they do it extremely well, with great integrity, with hard work."
Asked again about WikiLeaks, she said: "I'm not going to get into commenting on classified material or alleged classified material and its contents. I have said what I am going to say."
Senior UN officials, who made representations today to the US government, said they were taken by surprise at the "unusual extent and detail of the activity in the documents", which includes requests for "biometric" information on "key UN officials" and the permanent representatives of the security council from China, Russia, France and the UK.
Sources indicated a formal complaint could follow if and when more information about Washington's secret operation emerges.
Within hours of the release of America's "National Human Intelligence Directive on the United Nations", Farhan Haq, the UN secretary general's acting deputy spokesman, issued a pointed statement reminding member states that the UN relies on their adherence to treaties and agreements about respecting the institution's inviolability...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
U.S. in Deep Doo Doo With UN After WikiLeaks Leak
At least one good thing has come out of the WikiLeaks. It has put the U.S. at odds with the UN, as America is being called to account for supposedly violating the execrable internationalist organization's supposed "inviolability." From the Guardian: