Δευτέρα, 5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011

Wikileaks-σοκ> Η γυναίκα στέλεχος του ευρωπαικού κοινοβουλίου που “κάρφωσε” τον Μιχ. Ιγνατίου στους Αμερικανούς!


 Μπράβο κυρά Ατταλίδου. Αφού βάζεις τα φράγκα πάνω από την ανθρωπιά, την δικαιοσύνη, την αποκάλυψη της θηριωδίας, την πατρίδα και την πανανθρώπινη αξία της Ελευθερίας, σου ευχόμαστε ολόψυχα να χεστείς στο τάληρο, να σκάσεις στο φαΐ και να τα πάρεις στον τάφο σου. Και βέβαια, χρόνια πολλά. Πάρα πολλά. Βρε να θες να φύγεις και να μην μπορείς, για τόσα πολλά μιλάμε.


H σημερινή υπεύθυνη επικοινωνίας του ευρωπαϊκού κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο ήταν η πηγή της Αμερικανικής πρεσβείας στη Λευκωσία που «κάρφωσε» τον δημοσιογράφο Μιχάλη Ιγνατίου.
Σε τηλεγράφημα με ημερομηνία 3 Σεπτεμβρίου 2006, ο Αμερικανός πρέσβης υποστηρίζει ότι οι ΗΠΑ πρέπει να εμποδίσουν σταδιακά την πρόσβαση του Ιγνατίου σε πληροφορίες, καθώς δημιουργεί προβλήματα στην πρεσβεία.
Ο πρέσβης σημείωνε ότι δεν θα πρέπει να τον αποκόψουν τελείως γιατί μια τέτοια κίνηση θα μπορούσε να μετατραπεί σε μπούμερανγκ.
Αφορμή για την προσπάθεια αποκλεισμού του Μ. Ιγνατίου, είχε αποτελέσει δημοσίευμά του στην εφημερίδα Φιλελεύθερος, σύμφωνα με το οποίο ο Τουρκικός στρατός είχε χρησιμοποιήσει Έλληνες και Ελληνοκύπριους αιχμαλώτους σαν πειραματόζωα σε εγκαταστάσεις κατασκευής όπλων έξω από την Άγκυρα.
Το δημοσίευμα είχε προκαλέσει έντονη ανησυχία στους Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες καθώς θα μπορούσε να επηρεάσει αρνητικά την ενταξιακή πορεία της Τουρκίας στην ΕΕ.
Η Αλεξάνδρα Ατταλίδου, η οποία στα τηλεγραφήματα της πρεσβείας χαρακτηρίζεται «αξιόπιστη πηγή της πρεσβείας» είχε πει τότε στους Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες ότι ο Ιγνατίου έκανε την αποκάλυψη για λογαριασμό του Προέδρου της Κύπρου.
Η σχετική καταγγελία διαψεύστηκε, αλλά όπως προκύπτει και από το τηλεγράφημα, έπαιξε καθοριστικό ρόλο στην μετέπειτα στάση της αμερικανικής διπλωματίας απέναντι στον γνωστό δημοσιογράφο.
Η Ατταλίδου εργαζόταν τότε στο πανεπιστήμιο Intercollege της Κύπρου ενώ στη συνέχεια βρέθηκε σε αρκετές Μη Κυβερνητικές Οργανώσεις πριν αναλάβει επικεφαλής του γραφείου Τύπου του ευρωπαϊκού κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο. Στο σχετικό τηλεγράφημα ο πρέσβης ζητά από το Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ να προστατεύσει την ανωνυμία της πηγής.
Το θέμα είχε κυκλοφορήσει πριν από μήνες στην εφημερίδα Πρώτο Θέμα όταν ακόμη δεν ήταν γνωστή η ταυτότητα της «πηγής» της αμερικανικής πρεσβείας.

Διαβάστε το σχετικό τηλεγράφημα

JOURNALISTIC LICENSE, POLITICAL AMBITIONS BEHIND




C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 NICOSIA 001883 SIPDIS
SIPDIS
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SE
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/31/2016
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, PHUM, MOPS, CY, GR, TU
SUBJECT: JOURNALISTIC LICENSE, POLITICAL AMBITIONS BEHIND
LATEST CYPRUS SCANDAL
Classified By: Ambassador Ronald L. Schlicher, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)
1. (C) SUMMARY: Nicosia awoke October 22 to “news” the
Turkish Army twenty years ago employed Greek Cypriot (G/C)
and Greek detainees as “guinea pigs” at weapons production
facilities outside Ankara. According to preliminary accounts
in leading daily “Philelefteros,” the alleged victims,
prisoners since the 1974 hostilities on the island, had
suffered an unknown fate. Central to the allegations was a
recent article in an obscure Washington think-tank’s monthly
journal. Despite the author’s profound caveat — “such
references (to the guinea pigs) have not been confirmed or
verified” — the story snowballed, prompting prominent RoC
officials to Turkey-bash and demand a full reckoning. Groups
representing the Cypriot missing persons mobilized, and our
closest contacts sought Embassy confirmation of the
think-tank’s bona fides. Within days, however, large holes
in the account became evident. Turkey predictably dismissed
the report out of hand. Opposition media questioned the
objectivity of both the researcher and the Washington-based
G/C journalist who broke the story here. And rumors surfaced
that both men had acted under Tassos Papadopoulos’s orders,
the RoC president masterminding the scandal to tarnish
Ankara’s image and EU accession chances. “Philelefteros” has
begun to backpedal under the public cross-examination,
defending tooth-and-nail its decision to publish sketchy
allegations. Even the Foreign Ministry, usually precise in
its arguments, could only blast past Turkish noncooperation
on missing persons, a sign that it, too, had doubts.
Colleagues in Ankara and elsewhere can judge whether the
think-tank’s allegations merit further review. From our
side, the scandal illustrates the poor performance,
shameless bias, and “for sale” nature of most Cypriot
journalists on both sides of the island. END SUMMARY.
————————–
MIAs Still Front Page News
————————–
2. (U) Some 1500 Greek Cypriots and 500 Turkish Cypriots
went missing between the 1963 outbreak of inter-communal
violence and the Turkish military intervention in July/August
1974. Relatives’ organizations wield considerable clout
here, while the fate of the missing has long figured high in
negotiations for a Cyprus settlement. Gravesite discoveries,
even promising leads, generate significant media coverage on
both sides of the island.
3. (SBU) In this environment, “Philelefteros’s” October 22
front-page story spawned immediate buzz. “The Missing –
Turkey’s Guinea Pigs” read the headline drafted by Washington
correspondent (and regular thorn-in-our-side) Michael
Ignatiou. At the top, Ignatiou identified his primary source
document, an article in the September 2006 “Defense and
Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy” (DFASP) journal. Its
author, whom the G/C journalist did not name, argued in DFASP
that Turkey had developed chemical and biological weapons for
use against PKK rebels. Buried amidst accounts of the
weapons’ employment in southeast Turkey lay the following
supposed revelation: “There were many references –
denounced mostly by Kurds but also Turks — that, during
1984-88, many missing G/C and Greek soldiers captured in 1974
ended up in the secret biochemical labs of the Turkish Army
and were used as guinea pigs. However, such references have
not been confirmed or verified.” The DFASP piece also
alleged that Turkish secret police operating clandestinely in
Cyprus in 1994 had assassinated a G/C journalist aware of the
secret labs and their ethnic Greek lab rats.
SIPDIS
4. (U) RoC reactions were swift. Papadopoulos offered
measured comments, promising that administration officials
would study carefully the allegations. Foreign Minister
George Lillikas leaned further forward, calling the DFASP
report “a shock, a human tragedy, especially for the victims’
families.” Sensing perhaps that Lillikas had leant too much
credibility to the “unverified, unconfirmed” report,
Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis backtracked,
emphasizing that, while the RoC took seriously the
allegations, it was in no position to verify them.
5. (C) Contacts sought the Embassy’s opinion on DFASP and
the veracity of its report. UN Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) DCM
Wlodek Cibor telephoned PolChief October 23, concerned the
NICOSIA 00001883 002 OF 003
allegations — and the possible RoC response — conceivably
could hinder operations of the UN Committee on Missing
Persons (CMP), the UN’s most successful bi-communal
operation. UN Special Representative Michael Moller shared
his worries, Cibor added. In a working lunch with PolChief
the following day, Greek Embassy First Secretary Costas
Kollias opined that DFASP’s “evidence” looked scant. As in
Cyprus, however, the missing persons issue in Greece was
quite sensitive, and the relatives of the 80-odd Greek
nationals who disappeared in 1974 would demand government
action. GoG investigative efforts were centered in
Washington, Kollias added, with the Greek Embassy there
canvassing its State, DoD, and think-tank contacts.
——————-
Backtracking Begins
——————-
6. (U) Additional details on DFASP emerged in the media on
October 25. Media reported the think-tank was the brainchild
of Gregory Copley, an Australian-born, Washington-resident
“defense and foreign policy expert.” “Philelefteros”
published excerpts of Copley’s CV, emphasizing the researcher
enjoyed great influence within Pentagon walls. The
pro-government daily continued its attack on Ankara’s alleged
culpability and unwillingness to tackle the missing persons
issue in good faith.
7. (SBU) Opposition-affiliated media took a different tack,
however. Acquiring the source report from DFASP’s journal,
they attacked the hearsay that peppered the text.
English-language daily “Cyprus Mail” called Copley “an
American nutcase conspiracy theorist who runs a US-joke of an
organization…that nobody with half a brain would take
seriously.” “Politis” and “Alithia” questioned why
Philelefteros chose to publicize the inflammatory,
unconfirmed accounts of G/C and Greek “guinea pigs,”
surmising that pressure from the Papadopoulos administration
lay behind the ethically questionable decision. Gregory
Copley was a hired gun, they continued. Websites of both the
Cyprus Embassy in Washington and the American Hellenic
Institute — which rarely miss an opportunity to bash Turkey
– contained links to Copley-authored texts, the papers
added.
8. (C) Media buried deeply Turkey’s response to Copley’s
revelations, or ignored it completely. “Greek Cypriots
themselves don’t believe this nonsense,” asserted Levent
Eler, political counselor at Turkey’s “embassy” to the
“TRNC.” The Philelefteros story appeared a clumsy attempt to
besmirch his country’s reputation in the run-up to the
December European Council meeting, where Turkey’s EU
accession course would be debated. Eler was reporting on the
scandal, he told PolChief October 31, but his superiors in
Ankara seemed completely disinterested. On the other hand,
the Turkish Cypriot CMP member had issued a statement
declaring Copley’s accounts works of fiction. Turkey’s “full
support” of CMP activities would continue, Eler finished.
9. (C) On account of FM Lillikas’s pledge to investigate and
of DFASP’s U.S. address, we expected the Foreign Ministry to
request consultations. The call never came. Curious, we
followed up with Second Secretary Christina Tzika, who tracks
human rights issues at the MFA. Tzika October 31 revealed
her ministry had obtained no verification of Copley’s claims.
Nor had expected pressure for action from missing persons
groups materialized. Despite her near-admission that DFASP’s
account appeared baseless, Tzika criticized Turkey’s overall
handling of the prisoner issue. Ankara, she argued, had
delegated all responsibilities to the CMP, an institution
tasked only with identifying gravesites and exhuming corpses
on the island. Other reports — “confirmed,” she claimed –
proved Turkey was holding G/C and Greek prisoners of war as
late as the mid-1980s. Turkey most open its files, Tzika
ended.
—————————
And Attack Yields to Defend
—————————
10. (SBU) With public opinion seeming to turn against
“Philelefteros,” journalist Ignatiou assumed the defense. In
a prominently placed October 30 article, he offered a
NICOSIA 00001883 003 OF 003
seven-point justification for breaking the DFASP story.
Copley, Ignatiou explained, had great Pentagon support (but
none at Foggy Bottom), towed the Administration’s
counter-terrorrism line without fault, and once worked for
Caspar Weinberger. U.S. Embassy websites featured links to
his works, and prominent North American universities promoted
them, as did the National Defense University. Finally, the
Justice Department “supported” his reporting on the Muslim
world. The journalist pressed the Send button only after
Copley had “insisted” he had numerous Turkish Army sources
who had corroborated the story. Nowhere did Ignatiou mention
personal efforts to inspect evidence or confirm witness
accounts, however.
11. (U) Copley, too, saw the need to clear his name. In a
“press advisory” transmitted to major Cypriot media October
31, the think-tanker, under the byline “President of
International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA),” struck
back at “Politis” and “Cyprus Mail.” Their attacks, Copley
stressed, “were designed to embarrass the elected Government
of Cyprus…while supporting the interests of the Turkish
Government.” ISSA stood behind its story, but revealing
sources’ names and positions, as critics were demanding,
could threaten their well-being. The organization reserved
the right “to respond more substantially, legally, against
‘Politis’.”
——–
Comment:
——–
12. (C) Four hundred miles separate Nicosia from the “secret
biochem weapons facilities” of suburban Ankara; we therefore
are in no position to comment on the substance of Copley’s
allegations. Similarly, we cannot verify his claims that
ISSA “directly employs 200 field collectors and intelligence
analysts to service clients in 246 countries and territories”
(a figure that exceeds the UN’s roll, “Politis” chuckled.)
Yet the editors among us can differentiate well-researched
texts from conjecture and hearsay. Copley’s unverified and
unconfirmed account falls neatly into the latter category.
From there, it’s no great leap to accept opposition media
claims that the RoC itself had fomented the scandal.
Alexandra Attilidou (protect), a reliable Embassy contact at
Intercollege, the Nicosia institution where Copley has
spoken, lent credence to “Politis’s” counter-accusations
October 29. Not only had the Presidency commissioned the
Turk-bashing story, she contended, but it directed Ignatiou
to break it just two weeks before the European Commission
issues its accession process report card. Papadopoulos had
hoped to cement public support for hard-line anti-Ankara
tactics, the reasoning went.
13. (C) If Attilidou’s allegations prove true, Ignatiou
likely played the willing co-conspirator, since numerous and
varied Embassy interlocutors declare he is in the President’s
pocket. While the journalist’s actions did not directly
compromise U.S interests on this occasion, more often than
not he causes us problems. Criticizing our Cyprus policy is
no crime, of course (it’s more the national sport here,
actually.) But “Philelefteros’s” star snoop uses the access
we grant him against us. Cutting Ignatiou off completely
would backfire, but we ought consider weaning him soon. End
Comment.
SCHLICHER

 olympiada

Δεν υπάρχουν σχόλια:

Δημοσίευση σχολίου

Διαβάστε επίσης...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...