'US planned Wikileaks to pressure Iran'

Iranian president Ahmadinejad alleges that documents showing Arab calls for Teheran strike were an "organized" effort to "stir up trouble."

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 29, 2010 15:30
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Ahmadinejad speaking to press

Ahmadinejad speaking to press, squinting 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that leaked American diplomatic cables recounting Arab calls for the US to launch a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities were intended to stir "mischief."

According to the cables released Sunday by online whistle-blower Wikileaks, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program and to stop Teheran from developing a nuclear weapon.

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"We don't give any value to these documents," Ahmadinejad told a news conference "It's without legal value. Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations."

Ahmadinejad alleged the leaks were an "organized" effort by the US to stir trouble between Iran and Arab neighbors. When asked to comment on the documents, he said "the material was not leaked, but rather released in an organized way," according to a Press TV report.


"The US administration released them and based on them they pass judgment …. [The documents] have no legal value and will not have the political effect they seek," Ahmadinejad was further quoted as saying. He went on to say that the Wikileaks "game" is "not worth commenting upon and that no one would waste their time reviewing them."

The comments came after Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri told Ahmadinejad that his country would not be part of any international group that aims to pressure Iran over its controversial nuclear program, seemingly in reaction to the Wikileaks exposure.

Among the first-published documents on Sunday night were nicknames for a number of world leaders. Ahmadinejad was referred to as "Hitler," French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a "naked emperor," the German Chancellor was called Angela "Teflon" Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai as "driven by paranoia." Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, an "Alpha Male," while President Dmitry Medvedev is "afraid, hesitant."


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