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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=18319 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/05/AR2005100502199.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2005
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      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=18319
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/05/AR2005100502199.html
      http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=122406®ion=4
      http://www.philippinenews.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=fdd505e266f8d76bf8c990a88db3f4e9

      These articles all have interesting information, but
      the thing from them that's particularly interesting to
      me is what they mention about the documents
      Aragoncillo apparently emailed. Here's a quote from
      the Washington Post:

      "Reports apparently based on the classified material
      allegedly downloaded by Aragoncillo are being
      published in the Philippines. The reports reveal not
      only sources of sensitive U.S. information but include
      frank and unflattering assessments of Philippine
      leaders.

      In once such report published in a Manila newspaper,
      comments attributed to diplomats at the U.S. Embassy
      described [President Gloria] Arroyo as weak and
      overbearing with little popular credibility. Her vice
      president was called inept and unfit to take her
      place. Clandestine discussions among dissident
      soldiers were detailed and the president's chances of
      surviving a coup were weighed."

      And according to the SBS article, this information was
      "allegedly passed on to opposition politicians
      planning a coup in the Pacific nation."

      This isn't just an embarassment to Bush and Cheney,
      this could have helped a coup happen in a democratic
      nation, an ally of the U.S.
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