Since November WikiLeaks and its media partners have been releasing a trove of US diplomatic cables, but little significance has been seen for a country like Cambodia. Unlike in Thailand, where “Authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website,” reported the Bangkok Post.
Recently, The UK’s Guardian responded to what’s happening Cambodia following news reports in Cambodian media, by releasing only cables that concern Cambodian affairs. Shortly after Moek Dara, formerly the secretary general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, was arrested and held at a prison outside Phnom Penh.
The Guardian published a 2006 cable from the US embassy in Phnom Penh, which discussed the US government’s role in training Cambodian officials in combating drug trafficking. On Thursday, The Guardian posted the redacted cable with this headline: Ousted Cambodian drugs tsar was trusted US source. However, the paper hasn’t gone any further to provide its analysis just yet.
What former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew mentioned about Cambodia’s close relations with China was only a confirmation from a senior political leader in ASEAN nations, and hadn’t attracted attention from many Cambodians or even bloggers.
While a leaked cable from the US embassy in Bangkok revealed that “both Prem and Siddhi were upset about Thaksin’s alliance of convenience with Cambodian leader Hun Sen,” only prominent blogger Bangkok Bandit wrote that “Need one mention that this cable is going to be interesting…”
To keep with the latest releases of Cambodian cables, you can visit the following blogs:
A blog about Cambodia Cablegate
The Cambodian cables
A blog by Cambodia’s English newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post