3 more Wikileaks cables (Isaias, torture & assasination)

Only time for the summaries at the moment, folks.

SUBJECT: BIO NOTES ON ERITREAN PRESIDENT ISAIAS AFWERKI – from 2008

Summary: Isaias is an austere and narcissistic dictator whose political ballast derives from Maoist ideology fine-tuned during Eritrea’s 30-year war for independence. He
is paranoid and believes Ethiopian PM Meles tried to kill him and that the United States will attempt to assassinate him.  He is not notably nepotistic and has not favored his  ancestral village or immediate family. This message includes
some biographic tidbits offered as an addendum to USG bio  information on foreign government leaders. End Summary.

SUBJECT: ARREST, INTERROGATION, AND TORTURE OF XXXXXXXXXXXX – from 2008

SUMMARY: On XXXXXXXXXXXX  was released after five months in jail. XXXXXXXXXXXX emotionally recounted his experience to the RSO, including his interrogation, deplorable prison conditions, beatings, and  witnessing the torture
of other prisoners being held at the  XXXXXXXXXXXX facility.  XXXXXXXXXXXX  kept a prison diary and gave  different, but similar, versions to the RSO and XXXXXXXXXXXX.  END SUMMARY.

SUBJECT: ASMARA ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: MORE DETAILS EMERGE  – from 2007

(S) Summary: As the investigation into the shooting of  National Security Agency Deputy Colonel Simon Ghebredenghil continues, an Eritrean businessman believed to be involved in the assassination attempt was shot and killed by Government
of the State of Eritrea (GSE) officials near the Ethiopian border. The GSE allegedly has arrested over 500 individuals in connection with the shooting, which may include the arrest of General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam on October 24. The emerging details surrounding the assassination attempt are shining a bright light on the extent of corruption within the senior ranks of the military and showing the cracks in the
outwardly unified faade of the President Isaias’ government.  Post will continue to monitor fallout from this incident and its possible implications for the GSE’s inner circle and military preparedness in the face of possible conflict on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border. End Summary.


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  2. [...] just realised that I hadn’t gone into any more detail about this one, since we put up the summary in December.  Here it is again. Summary: As the investigation into the shooting of National Security Agency [...]

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