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WikiLeaks Cables Recount How U.S. Pressured Allies

Publication Date: 
March 06, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

Professor Allen Weiner is quoted in the following article that looks into WikiLeaks documents showing U.S. officials placing pressure on European allies. The San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko reports:

They have received little attention in the United States, but a set of WikiLeaks disclosures of confidential documents has caused an uproar in Europe by showing that U.S. officials pressured Germany and Spain to derail criminal investigations of Americans.

The more than 2,500 State Department cables that the anti-secrecy group has provided to news organizations since November include accounts of three cases that shed new light on U.S. responses to allegations of wrongdoing by its agents abroad:


"We often ask countries to do things that are good for the United States of America," said Allen Weiner, co-director of Stanford's international law program. "That may be hard for those countries to explain if it were on the front page," which justifies keeping the discussions confidential, he said.