Information in the first tranche of cables released on 28 November 2010 included the following:
Middle East issues
Strong Arab distrust for Iran referring to them as “evil”, as well as encouragement for a military strike on the nuclear facilities in Iran.
US intelligence has assesed that Iran obtained from North Korea advanced missiles (derived from a Russian design) that are more powerful than publicly admitted by the United States to be in Iran's possession. These missiles, designated the BM-25, have a range of up to 2,000 miles (3,200 km).
Claims that the Iranian Red Crescent is actively controlled by the government and are involved in illicit arms smuggling and intelligence gathering on behalf of Iran.
Israel was ready to attack a nuclear-armed Iran.
Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan suggested the US make use of local fringe groups to try and topple the Iranian regime.
Increased Syrian arms shipments to Hezbollah despite their claims that new shipments have ceased.
Devastating criticism of the UK's military operations in Afghanistan.
According to a cable from the American Embassy in Kabul, Vice President of Afghanistan, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was found carrying $52 million in cash that he “was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money’s origin or destination.” The discovery was made in the United Arab Emirates by local authorites working with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Saudi donors remain chief financiers of militant groups like Al Qaida.
Issues related to world leaders
Harsh criticism by US embassy staff of their host governments, including comparing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Adolf Hitler, calling Vladimir Putin an "alpha-dog", Hamid Karzai as being "driven by paranoia" and Angela Merkel as someone who "avoids risk and is rarely creative".
Benjamin Netanyahu is "elegant and charming", according to a cable apparently penned by an official at the US embassy in Egypt, "but never keeps his promises."
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