1.4 a) military plans, weapons systems, or operations
1.4 b) foreign government information
1.4 c) intelligence activities, sources, or methods, or cryptology
1.4 d) foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources
1.4 e) scientific, technological or economic matters relating to national security; which includes defense against transnational terrorism
1.4 f) United States government programs for safeguarding nuclear materials or facilities
1.4 g) vulnerabilities or capabilities of systems, installations, infrastructures, projects or plans, or protection services relating to the national security, which includes defense against transnational terrorism
Of the 3,420 cables published as of 3 February 2011, 2,647 are classified confidential or secret. Of these, the vast majority are labeled 1.4 (b) or 1.4 (d), or both, indicating that they contain information about foreign relations or governments.
107 of the cables are labeled 1.4 (c).
Thirty cables are labeled 1.4 (a), for information about military operations, plans, or weapons systems. These 26 cables are: 06LISBON1921, 08CURACAO82, 04BRASILIA592*, 10THEHAGUE7, 09REYKJAVIK225, 04RANGOON1100*, 09LIMA1669, 04BRASILIA1938*, 01VATICAN1261*, 09STATE81957, 09NAIROBI2497, 10ABUJA215, 08STATE65820, 09RIYADH1667, 09RIYADH1687, 09BAKU744, 08RABAT727, 08LONDON1115, 09PESHAWAR2, 09ISLAMABAD2449, 04ANKARA7211*, 05ABUDHABI2178*, 08RPODUBAI49, 09STATE96550, 10ANKARA126, 10MUSCAT71, 10ABUDHABI69, 06REYKJAVIK107, 10STATE2634, and 09STATE97244. (The cables marked with an asterisk are not available in full.)
Five cables have the designation 1.4 (f) for protection of nuclear materials or facilities: 07KINSHASA797, 08LISBON1808, 08KINSHASA189, 09MOSCOW2749, and 09ASHGABAT248.
Seven are designated 1.4 (g) for national security systems. These are 07BUJUMBURA479, 10WINDHOEK7, 07BUJUMBURA515, 09STATE15113, 09STOCKHOLM194, 10SANAA5, and 10CARACAS107.
The nine cables with the label 1.4 (h) for weapons of mass destruction are 07BUJUMBURA479, 08PARIS750, 08PARIS735, 07BUJUMBURA515, 08BERLIN210, 04MADRID4887*, 05MADRID1924*, 08UNVIEVIENNA215, and 09STATE20624.
In 2007, with reference to negotiations with the EU over the adoption of genetically modified crops, the U.S. Ambassador to France recommended that "we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU".
Council of Europe
According to a cable from the US embassy in Strasbourg, European human rights standards are "an irritant", and their champion, the Council of Europe, "is an organisation with an inferiority complex and, simultaneously, an overambitious agenda".
NATO created plans to defend the Baltic states and Poland known as Operation Eagle Guardian. Nine British, German, U.S. and Polish divisions have been designated for combat operations in the event of a Russian attack. In 2011 NATO wants to conduct exercises for this new plan. The U.S. also offered to Poland to station special naval forces in Gdańsk and Gdynia as well as stationing F-16 fighter aircraft and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft in Poland.
After the election of Pope Benedict XVI, US diplomats recommended that the US Department of State seek to 'help shape his approach as he begins to grapple with the world beyond the Vatican's walls'.
Other information in the tranche of cables released by WikiLeaks on 28 November 2010 and subsequent days included the following:
Copenhagen Accord on climate change
Diplomatic cables show how the U.S. "used spying, threats and promises of aid" to gain support for the Copenhagen Accord, under which commitments are made to reduce emissions. The emergent U.S. emissions pledge was the lowest by any leading nation.
List of infrastructure critical to U.S. national security
Perhaps the most sensitive of all releases as of 6 December was a cable from the U.S. State Department sent in February 2009 referencing the Critical Foreign Dependencies Initiative and listing installations and infrastructure worldwide that it considered critical to protect U.S. interests from terrorists. Before releasing this list WikiLeaks had deliberately removed details of names and locations, but much was still revealed. Ostensibly the list does not include any military facilities. Instead it includes key facilities that if attacked could disrupt the global supply chain and global communications, as well as goods and services important to the U.S. and its economy.
In the cable the U.S. State Department requests American diplomats to identify installations overseas "whose loss could critically impact the public health, economic security, and/or national and homeland security of the United States." The order was under the direction of the U.S. Department for Homeland Security in co-ordination with the U.S. Department of State.
The publishing of this particular cable which had been classified secret and not for review by non-U.S. personnel, was followed by strong criticism. U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the disclosure "gives a group like al-Qaeda a targeting list." Also British prime minister David Cameron stated that the list was damaging to the national security of both his country and the United States, "and elsewhere". WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said with reference to the cable: "This further undermines claims made by the US Government that its embassy officials do not play an intelligence-gathering role." Part of the cable read: "Posts are not/not being asked to consult with host governments with respect to this request."
A series of cables show how US diplomats and senior politicians intervene on behalf of Boeing to help boost the company's sales.
According to a January 2010 cable, "Bouygues Batiment International, a major French construction company, has relocated large numbers of its staff to Turkmenistan from other international operations that have closed due to the international economic downturn." In the same cable, the author comments: "Repeated visits by the company's leadership to praise the president's economic policies and to stay in his good graces helps to guarantee a stream of 'grandiose' projects".
Lobbying for a major Norwegian defense contract for the F-35, and with an eye on further contracts, the US Ambassador to Sweden urged that the export license for the rival fighter's radar be delayed until after the Norwegian decision, while the US Ambassador to Norway sought high-level political advocacy, warned that an adverse decision would 'weaken one of the strongest pillars of our bilateral relationship' and damage Norway's long-term interests, and backed ways of 'helping the GON (Government of Norway) recognise the seriousness of their decision'. In the aftermath of the decision, the Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister said it would be 'very helpful' if the US government were to confirm there had been no political pressure to buy the plane.
U.S. diplomats lobbied Russian politicians for U.S. credit-card companies MasterCard and Visa Inc. A law proposal currently[when?] undergoing discussion in the Russian State Duma proposes a National Payment Card System to collect all credit-card fees for domestic transactions. This would result in a revenue loss for MasterCard and Visa.
In a 2007 cable, the US ambassador to France, Craig Roberts Stapleton, recommended "retaliation" against European "targets" in order to defend Monsanto sales of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Europe, where controversy over GMOs is strong. In the cable, the French decision to suspend Monsanto's MON 810 patented seed product line was described as "damaging" and not "science-based". The French government's "apparent recommitment" to the precautionary principle written in the French Constitution was also referred to as "damaging". In the cable, Stapleton stated, "Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory."
A 2007 cable reports a meeting between several agricultural biotechnology companies (Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Monsanto) where they raise concerns to the French governments stance on agricultural biotechnology. The concerns included the destruction of test fields by activists, whether French police will enforce vandalism laws, whether French farmers will have to be on a public list saying they are growing GMOs, and whether France will follow EU approval guidelines. Also the cable discussed an approval dispute about a genetically modified potato variety from BASF which the French government showed signs of approving, but later ruled against. No United States government representatives were involved.
A 2009 cable reports the 13 May meeting of US diplomats report with Monsanto's Director for Biotechnology for Spain and Portugal. The representative voices concerns over increased "Anti-biotechnology activists in the EU" and their attempts to build support for a prohibition on cultivation of the MON810 corn variety. The cable concludes with an action request for continued support of "Spain's science-based agricultural biotechnology position" in response to the requests of Monsanto and Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs State Secretary Josep Puxeu.
Libya's state oil company called in a senior Petro-Canada official with a threat to nationalize the firm's operations in Libya if the Canadian government refused to apologize to the Libyan government. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon had earlier promised a tongue-lashing for the hero's welcome that Libya extended to a man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. While the Libyan government did not follow through on its threat, it did issue an order on 30 September 2009 for Petro-Canada to cut production by 50 percent.
Royal Dutch Shell
Ann Pickard, Royal Dutch Shell's then-vice-president for Sub-Saharan Africa, claimed that they had "seconded people to all the relevant ministries" and therefore was informed about all important political decisions.
The leaked diplomatic cables provided criticism of varying degree by U.S. embassy staff of their host governments: These details were quite embarrassing to both leaders as well as the U.S. officials who worked on these cables.