Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Papers offer inside look at Kingdom

Papers offer inside look at Kingdom

Papers offer inside look at Kingdom

THE anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks released hundreds of cables from the United States embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday, offering an unprecedented and previously confidential look at the Kingdom’s recent history.

All 777 cables in the WikiLeaks cache from the US embassy in Phnom Penh have now been released, after only a handful were revealed in the months since the organisation began making such documents public last year.

The cables obtained by WikiLeaks – more than 250,000 in all – come from American embassies and consulates all over the world. They are alleged to have been leaked by US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who is now jailed and awaiting trial.

US embassy spokesman Mark Wenig declined yesterday to address the events and allegations detailed in the cables.

“We will not comment on the authenticity, veracity or content of any allegedly leaked US government documents,” Wenig said in an email.

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan cautioned against taking the information at face value, saying that in many cases, it had been “made up by the authors”.

“The leaked information makes it seem like the US and Cambodia are in conflict with one another, but in reality, we have high-quality, good relations,” he said. “We can see together what are facts and what aren’t facts.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Koy Kuong declined to comment, saying he had not seen the cables, as did Tith Sothea, of the Council of Ministers' Press and Quick Reaction Unit.

The dispatches were originally meant only for American officials in Washington and, as journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall has written, diplomats penning the cables may in some cases have had “to rely on sources who were by no means always honest and who often gave a partial or even deliberately misleading picture”.  

Nevertheless, the cables represent a chance for observers of the Kingdom to view developments in the country through the eyes of US diplomats who have access to the highest levels of the Cambodian government.

MOST VIEWED

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth