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In the document detailing a conversation between Lee and US deputy secretary of state James B. Steinberg in May last year, Singapore's elder statesman said he would be surprised if the North Koreans agreed to give up their nuclear weapons.
Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew called North Koreans "psychopathic" and leader Kim Jong-Il a "flabby old chap" who craved public worship, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks said.
Singapore's first prime minister who now holds the title of minister mentor in the cabinet compared the plight of North Koreans to his experiences living through the Japanese occupation of his country during World War II.
"MM Lee noted that he had learned from living through three and a half years of Japanese occupation in Singapore that people will obey authorities who can deny them food, clothing and medicine," the leaked document read.
Nuclear-armed North Korea might also give up its "first-strike capacity" but would keep its atomic weapons "in case the USG (US government) decides to seek a regime change," the cable read.
Lee also said he believed that Japan may "go nuclear" in response to North Korea's actions.
Lee told Steinberg that China would prefer a nuclear-armed North Korea than a North Korea that has collapsed because it sees the country as a buffer state.
"If China has to choose, Beijing sees a North Korea with nuclear weapons as less bad for China than a North Korea that has collapsed," Lee said, according to the account.
If North Korea failed, South Korea "would take over in the North and China would face a US presence at its border," the cable said of Lee's views.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By RAVI SOMAIYA and ALAN COWELL
Published: December 14, 2010
However, Mr. Assange remained in custody pending a hearing on an appeal by the prosecutor, which would take place within the next 48 hours.
In granting bail, Judge Howard Riddle ordered that Mr. Assange appear again in court on Jan. 11. He also said that between then and now he must reside at Ellingham Hall, a Georgian mansion in Bungay, in eastern England, owned by Vaughan Smith, the founder of a club for journalists. Mr. Assange must spend every night at the mansion and will be electronically tagged so the police can track his movements, the judge said. Read more.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
M'sia ex deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim 'did commit sodomy' - WikiLeaks
This was revealed by WikiLeaks through a release of a US State Department cable issued in Nov 2008.
WikiLeaks is a website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, organisational or religious documents, while attempting to preserve the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors.
The US State Department cable that dealt with Anwar's sodomy case, dated Nov 2008, and was released exclusively to The Sun-Herald by WikiLeaks, had stated: "The Australians said that Singapore's intelligence services and (Singapore elder statesman) Lee Kuan Yew had told Australia's Office of National Assessments (ONA) in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'."
In a posting on Twitter yesterday, Anwar denied the allegations.