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SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: RECENT BOMBINGS BLAMED ON OROMOS POSSIBLY THE WORK OF GOE (Government of Ethiopia)

Classified By: CHARGE VICKI HUDDLESTON FOR REASONS 1.4(b)AND(d).

¶1. (S) SUMMARY A series of explosions were reported in Addis
Ababa on September 16, killing three individuals. The GoE
announced that the bombs went off while being assembled, and
that the three dead were terrorists from the outlawed Oromo
Liberation Front (OLF) with links to the Oromo National
Congress (ONC). An embassy source, as well as clandestine
reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been
the work of GoE security forces. END SUMMARY

¶2. (U) On September 16, three bomb explosions were reported
in the Kara Kore area of Addis Ababa. The explosions were
heard at 4:45 a.m., 7:00 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. The National
Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), together with the
Federal Police Anti-terror Task Force later reported that the
bombs were “part of a coordinated terror attack by the OLF
and Sha’abiya (Eritrea) aimed at disrupting democratic
development.” The NISS said that the intended terror plot
had failed and the bombs had mistakenly gone off while the
suspects were preparing them while hiding out at an illegally
built house. Two of the suspects died immediately, while
another died on the way to the hospital. One other is in
critical condition. The police task force reported having
others in custody related to the plot and that evidence shows
the terrorists had ties to Oromo groups – the Mecha and
Tulema Association (MTA) and the ONC. They also said that
the bombs used contained parts sourced from Eritrea and were
consistent with bombs used in previous terrorist attacks.

¶3. (S) On September 20, Dr. Merera Gudina (strictly protect),
the former leader of the ONC (and a typically reliable
information source), contacted Post to report that the
deceased had not died not while constructing a bomb, but
rather at the hands of GoE cadres. Dr. Merera said that the
men had been picked up by police a week prior, kept in
detention and tortured. He said police then left the men in
a house and detonated explosives nearby, killing 3 of them.
He did not indicate whether the men were ONC or OLF
affiliated.

¶4. (S) Clandestine reporting indicates that the bombs did not
explode inside the structure, but rather appear to have been
placed outside and detonated.
[Ambassador Vicki] HUDDLESTON

Source: http://ethiopiantimes.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/wikileaks-recent-bombings-blamed-on-oromos-possibly-the-work-of-ethiopian-government/


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Didn't the rat Zenawi seeking new recruits into his fast-depleting TPLF rebel army pulled off similar stunts during the 1980's when he bombed 2500 innocent villagers at a market place in a town of Hawzen, Tigray, and blamed it on the then Ethiopian Dergue regime, a story that has since been confirmed by some founding members of the TPLF rebel group


"Can Meles Zenawi change his skin? or a leopard its spots?", is what the Holy Bible teaches us on Jeremiah 13:23.
 

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Wikileaks Exposes UN Eritrean Sanction Lies
       

The Ethiopia Files

                                                       
by THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
September 7, 2011

       
                       

The recently released, and long awaited, Wikileaks Files on Ethiopia expose the lies used to justify UN inSecurity Council Sanctions in force against the little Horn of African country Eritrea.

It has been over four years since the USA and it’s vassals at the UN began bellowing charges that Eritrea was supporting “Al Queda linked Al Shabab” fighters in Somalia. At the same time, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia was saying, stamped “Top Secret”, that “The role Eritrea plays in Somalia, for instance is probably insignificant”. {Wikileaks file “Ogaden; Counterinsurgency Operations Hitting a Wall, Part 2. sect. 7.}

For the UN Security Council to pass punitive sanctions against any country, especially such a small, underdeveloped country like Eritrea, one would think that some small modicum of truth would be presented in supporting evidence.

Now, thanks to Wikileaks, the so called “evidence” claiming to document a link between Eritrea and terrorism in Somalia all turns out to be bunkum, at least according to the secret testimony of the US Ambassador to Ethiopia.

From the voluminous charges made by the UN Eritrea Somalia Monitoring Group, to the US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, and including just about every western funded “think tank” ranging from the International Crisis Group to Chatham House, it was all bunkum. Or so says empires senior man on the ground in the Horn of Africa, Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Yamamoto. And that almost a year after all the bellowing began.

Ethiopia has provided most of the muscle for what passes for US foreign policy in East Africa. As Columbia does for the USA in South America, as Israel is in the middle east, Nigeria in West Africa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his army and paramilitary death squads do the dirty work in East Africa so the USA and its western allies can hold up their hands and proclaim them clean for all the world to see.

Behind the scene U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is the man in charge,  the top gun, on the ground in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Take it from an old “Africa Hand”, what he says in secret, especially when he disagrees with what the politicians in Washington D.C. are saying, is what is most credible.

So here we are, almost 3 years into the Obama regime, and the USA is once again proclaiming Eritrean ties to terror in Somalia. Only now the sanctions being proposed are very serious and will harm the well being of the Eritrean people by damaging the economy and preventing Eritreans abroad from supporting their country financially.

As for all the bunkum “evidence”, the arms that Eritrea is falsely accused of providing to the “Al Queda linked Al Shabab terrorists in Somalia”? It has been two years now since the UN General Assembly’s Special Committee on Somalia issued a report that said that at least 80% of the arms available in Somalia came from Ethiopia. Or were arms “donated” by the USA and other western countries to the so called “Somalia Transitional Government” and then sold on the black market, often times to the resistance. Recent reports continue to echo this fact on the ground, that the arms for sale in the arms bazaars throughout much of southern Somalia/Mogadishu come stamped Made in the USA, not Eritrea.

So thanks to Wikileaks, we can try to once and for all, using words marked “Top Secret” by a senior mercenary of the American Empire, put the “Eritrea supports terrorism in Somalia” lie to rest. And maybe, though I wont hold my breath, the UN in Security Council won’t pass more, far worse, sanctions against Eritrea.

 Thomas C. Mountain is the only independent western journalist in the Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain at yahoo dot com.

Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/07/the-ethiopia-files/

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More shocking cables uncovering Meles Zenawi's dirty laundry


(C) SUMMARY. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles told visiting AF/DAS Wycoff and CDA on November 19 that he wanted to give the USG a "heads up" that Ethiopia was considering actively supporting armed Eritrean opposition groups if the international community fails to take action to isolate Asmara. Wycoff questioned providing such support, noting the USG,s interest in regional stability. On Somalia, Meles said the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has recently informed Kenya of its support in principle for Kenya's Jubaland initiative and has agreed to share relevant intelligence. On Ethiopia's forthcoming elections, Meles pledged that the rule-of-law would be the bedrock that both assures free and fair elections and deals with any groups that seek to undermined the process. He complained that Diaspora money has too much influence in determining the relative strengths of opposition parties, although he added that implementation of a law restricting foreign funding of NGOs would allow for exceptions on a case-by-case basis. When asked, he justified the continued imprisonment of opposition leader Bertukan Midekessa as necessary to demonstrate that Ethiopia has no "twilight zone" between the legal and the illegal. After expressing understanding for the ramifications of further inaction, Meles said he would look into apparent GoE-imposed obstacles to delivery of U.S. military equipment and supplies as well as re-examine the GoE,s stance on Leahy vetting requirements.



(C) SUMMARY CONTINUED. Wycoff agreed that Eritrea has shown no signs of changing its behavior but suggested that the broadening discussion of sanctions, including Ambassador Rice's personal involvement at USUN, has caught the attention of Eritrean President Isaias. Wycoff added that the USG has worked to undercut support for Eritrea, including his own visits to Gulf countries to enlist their support in such activities as well as their active support for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG). He said the U.S. is opposed to Kenya's so-called Jubaland initiative, given the complexities of Somalia. Our concern is that efforts to implement such an initiative would backfire causing even greater instability. On the elections, he said the USG recognizes the signing of a preamble to an electoral code of Conduct as a valuable step and would be looking now to the orderly registration of political parties and individual candidates. He also advocated that all parties, including the government, should work to create an environment that was conducive to the participation in the elections process by all other parties. He said the U.S. views the role of civil society as crucial to democracy and that it was natural for the USG to promote the role of non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia. The Charge noted that DAS Wycoff,s visit was intended as a signal of USG intent to follow up substantively on the November 5 bilateral talks in Washington to intensify U.S.-Ethiopia relations on several fronts. He also told Meles of his forthcoming departure from Post. Wycoff held an on-the-record press conference with domestic and international press, where he highlighted the comprehensive nature of the bilateral agenda and USG concerns about the reduction of political space and the importance of a free and fair elections process in Ethiopia. END SUMMARY.



(C) Prime Minister Meles raised Eritrean misbehavior several times. He said Ethiopia is convinced that Eritrea realizes it cannot destabilize Ethiopia before the latter's May 2010 elections and so has decided to target its destabilization efforts for the period just after the elections. (NOTE: The 2005 Ethiopian elections themselves were relatively calm, but post-election tensions stemming from vote-counting disputes triggered violence and widespread government reprisals. END NOTE.) He said Ethiopia's response to Asmara's efforts to destabilize Ethiopia, Somalia and, more recently, Djibouti and Yemen has been almost exclusively passive but added that he wanted to give us a "heads up that we are looking at options." He said, "We would be happy to stand down if developments outside the area obviate the need to become more pro-active."



(C) Making clear what international community actions ADDIS ABAB 00002817 002.4 OF 004 would persuade Ethiopia to stand down, Meles expressed particular disappointment that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not taken action to impose a sanctions regime on Eritrea. He urged the U.S. to redouble sanctions efforts and especially to reconsider targeting remittances as what he called a "key instrument" for pressuring Asmara. Citing as examples his own Amcit, ethnic-Eritrean cousins, he said, "If the U.S. were to insist that paying taxes to Asmara is a felony, it would be easier for them to resist the tax. The Diaspora could say, 'We can't pay you.'"



(C) DAS Wycoff questioned providing support to Eritrean anti-government armed groups, noting the USG,s interest in regional stability.Wycoff agreed there is no evidence that Eritrea has showed improvement in its behavior, although he added that President Isaias had recently undertaken something of a charm offensive targeted at European diplomats, a possible indication that he may be considering options. Wycoff assured Meles that the U.S. remains committed to achieving a UNSC sanctions regime against Asmara and continues to broaden the discussion beyond the P3 and Uganda with a hard push by USUN. He said the USG was also expanding efforts to undercut support for Asmara, noting for example he been sent on a trip to Cairo, Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities both to promote efforts to undercut flows of support to Asmara but also to seek concrete support for Somalia's TFG. He said he has observed that some EU member states, formerly more supportive of Eritrea, have come to accept that Eritrea is playing a seriously negative role in the region and that the UK now believes that Eritrea has become a significant threat to its own domestic security.




(C) Pressed by Wycoff to describe the "pro-active" measures being considered, Meles said one option would be to directly support opposition groups that are capable of sending "armed propaganda units" into Eritrea Meles said that the groups with the most capability to operate inside Eritrea are those "that you don't like from the lowlands, like the Keru" who he said would be "much better able to survive in Eritrea." (NOTE. The Keru are a primarily Muslim ethnic group most of whose members live in Eritrea, although a minority live in Ethiopia. END NOTE.) Somalia: Ethiopia Offers Kenya Support on Jubaland Policy



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Wikileaks' Ethiopia Files
       

Ethiopia Bombs Itself, Blames Eritrea

                                                       
by THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
                               

Recently released Wikileaks Ethiopia files expose how Ethiopian security forces planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raises serious questions about the claims made about the bombing attempt against the African Union summit earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In a report  from 2006 marked “Secret ; Subject: Ethiopia: Recent Bombings Blamed on Oromos Possibly the Work of GOE [Government of Ethiopia]…by: Charge [d’Affairs] Vicki Huddleston”, “An embassy source, as well as clandestine reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been the work of the GoE security forces.” Cable reference id: #06ADDISABABA2708

At the time the western media reported the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) claims that the bombs were “part of a coordinated terror attack by the OLF [Oromo Liberation Front, the oldest national  liberation movement in Ethiopia] and  Sha’abiya (Eritrea) aimed at disrupting democratic development”.

The Wikileaks report goes on, “a typically reliable information source), contacted Post to report that” the bodies of three men found at the bomb sites were “men [who] had been picked up by police a week prior, kept in detention and tortured. He said police then left the men in a house and detonated explosives nearby, killing 3 of them.”

This exposes the history of how the Ethiopian regime has planted bombs and then blamed Eritrea and the Ethiopian resistance. The lies that make up the official version of this alleged terrorist attack raises serious questions about the credibility of the recently released report by the UN via its US State Department affiliate, the Monitoring Group for Eritrea and Somalia which blames the Eritreans and the OLF for the January bombing attempt at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Identical lies about a nearly identical “terrorist attack”, all accepted as fact by the western media. This should also deliver another body blow to the Obama White House and its claims that Eritrea supports terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

So once again the bellowing against Eritrea by the USA and it lackeys at the UN going back to 2006 is exposed as complete bunkum and an identical frame up of Eritrean and the Oromo resistance in Ethiopia that has been regurgitated by the UN and its truth challenged Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia must be subject to a more critical scrutiny. Based on this expose’ it can only be hoped that the UN inSecurity Council, which has yet to decide whether to pass severe sanctions against Eritrea, will refrain from doing so.

Thomas C. Mountain is the only independent western journalist in the Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain at yahoo dot com.


http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/15/ethiopia-bombs-itself-blames-eritrea/

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I pray for the safe return home of the individuals visiting the Ethiopian capital Meles Zenawi has vowed to "turn into Baghdad." 

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Eritrea urged to free dissident Aster Fissehatsion

Aster Fissehatsion, one of the 11 detained in Eritrea in 2001 Aster Fissehatsion, a veteran fighter of the war of independence, is among those detained

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The Eritrean government should release 11 former senior political figures held without trial for almost 10 years, Amnesty International says.

The group, including a former vice-president and two ex-foreign ministers, were arrested after calling for reform.

"We've had no contact since he's been arrested," ex-Foreign Minister Haile Woldetensae's brother told the BBC.

An Eritrean official said the 11 had "committed serious crimes against the national security of Eritrea".

President Isaias Afewerki, who led Eritrea to independence in 1993, has little tolerance for criticism.

Eritrea does not allow opposition parties, independent journalism or civil society organisations.

'Harrowing reminder'

Amnesty's Eritrea researcher Claire Beston told the BBC's Network Africa the prisoners, who include one woman - Aster Fissehatsion - were all "celebrated veterans" of the independence war and members of the ruling party.

"In May 2001, with four other people, they published an open letter to the president calling for reform, calling for democratic dialogue, rule of law and justice," she said.

"Whilst three of them were out of the country and one withdrew his support, the remaining 11 were arrested on 18 September in 2001 - only later were they accused of committing crimes against the security of the nation."

Michelle Kagari, Amnesty's Africa deputy director, said the anniversary was "a harrowing reminder of President Afewerki's complete disregard for the essential right of freedom of expression".

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The temperatures can be so extreme former detainees have told me that they can't sit or lie down without blistering their skin off their bodies”

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Eritrean presidential adviser Yemane Gebreab refused to go into details of the case but said the 11 had not been arrested for calling for democratic reforms but for threatening national security.

"If they had succeeded in their plans Eritrea today would no longer exist as an independent sovereign state, or it would have been another Somalia," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

"Eritrea should be commended for showing restraint on how it has handled this matter."

Haile Woldetensae's brother Daniel said no-one dares to ask the authorities about his brother's whereabouts fearing they too will face detention.

"They've never been tried; they've never had any consular access; no-one has visited them once they were taken from their houses at around 06:30 in the morning - they've never been seen," he said.

He described his brother as "a just an ordinary man, fighter for the liberation of Eritrea".

He said that he had found out from reliable informants that the political prisoners were being kept in solitary confinement in an isolated location.

"We fear the worst - and the president knows that they were psychologically prepared for it and he put them in the conditions that is degrading to human beings, there's no medical treatment and food and everything is very harsh," he told the BBC.

Ms Beston said detainees in Eritrea are often held in underground cells or shipping containers, which are unbearably hot by day and freezing at night..

"The temperatures can be so extreme former detainees have told me that they can't sit or lie down without blistering their skin off their bodies," she said.


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How Zenawi was hired to bring death & destruction to Somalia




WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia's Arm to Invade Somalia

By Rob Prince, December 8, 2010

By mid 2007, the 50,000 Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia in late 2006 found themselves increasingly bogged down, facing much fiercer resistance than they had bargained for as Somalis of all stripes temporarily put aside their differences to stand together against the outside invader.

As the military incursion turned increasingly sour, then US Under Secretary of State for Africa, Jendayi Frazer, who taught at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies in the 1990s, insisted that, prior to the invasion, the United States had counseled caution and that Washington had warned Ethiopia not to use military force against Somalia. Frazer was a close collaborator with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for whom there also is a strong University of Denver connection. Frazer certainly tried to distance the United States from responsibility for the Ethiopian invasion in a number of interviews she gave to the media at the time.

But one of the released WikiLeaks cables, suggests a different picture, one that implicates Frazer in pressing Ethiopia's President Meles Zenawi to invade its neighbor. The content of the cable is being widely discussed in the African media. It exposes a secret deal cut between the United States and Ethiopia to invade Somalia.

If accurate — and there is no reason to believe the contrary — the cable suggests that Ethiopia had no intention of invading Somalia in 2006 but was encouraged/pressured to do so by the United States which pushed Ethiopia behind the scenes. Already bogged down in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time, the Bush Administration pushed Ethiopia to invade Somalia with an eye on crushing the Union of Islamic Courts, which was gaining strength in Somalia at the time.

At the time of the invasion there was little doubt that the Ethiopian military incursion was "made in Washington." Like so many other WikiLeaks cables, this one merely puts a dot on the "i" or crosses the "t" on what was generally known, although it does give specific information about Jendayi Frazer's deep involvement in the affair.

According to the cable, as the main U.S. State Department representative in Africa, Frazer played a key role, spearheading what amounted to a U.S.-led proxy war in conjunction with the Pentagon. At the same time that she was pushing the Ethiopians to attack, Frazer was laying the groundwork both for the attack in the U.S. media and for a cover-up, by claiming that although the United States did not support Ethiopian military action, she could understand "the Somali threat" and why Ethiopia might find it necessary to go to war.

Frazer spread rumors of a possible jihadist takeover in Somalia that would threaten Ethiopian security. Turns out that media performance was little more than a smokescreen. The U.S. military had been preparing Ethiopia for the invasion, providing military aid and training Ethiopian troops. Then on December 4, 2006, CENTCOM Commander, General John Abizaid was in Addis Ababa on what was described as "a courtesy call." Instead, the plans for the invasion were finalized.

At the time of the Somali invasion, Zenawi found himself in trouble. He was facing growing criticism for the wave of repression he had unleashed against domestic Ethiopian critics of his rule that had included mass arrests, the massacres of hundreds of protesters and the jailing of virtually all the country's opposition leaders. By the spring of 2006 there was a bill before the U.S. Congress to cut off aid to Zenawi unless Ethiopia's human rights record improved. (His human rights record, by the way, has not improved since. Given how the United States and NATO view Ethiopia's strategic role in the "war on terrorism" and the scramble for African mineral and energy resources, Western support for Zenawi has only increased in recent years).

In 2006, dependent on U.S. support to maintain power in face of a shrinking political base at home — a situation many U.S. allies in the Third World find themselves — and against his better judgement, Zenawi apparently caved to Frazer's pressure. Nor was this the first time that Frazer had tried to instigate a U.S. proxy war in Africa. Earlier as U.S. ambassador to South Africa, she had tried to put together a "coalition of the willing" to overthrow Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, an initiative that did not sit so well with South Africa's post-apartheid government and went nowhere.

The 2006 war in Somalia did not go well either for the United States or Ethiopia. Recently a State Department spokesperson, Donald Yamamoto, admitted that the whole idea was "a big mistake," obliquely admitting U.S. responsibility for the invasion. It resulted in 20,000 deaths and according to some reports, left up to 2 million Somalis homeless. The 50,000 Ethiopian invasion force, which had expected a cake walk, instead ran into a buzz saw of Somali resistance, got bogged down and soon withdrew with its tail between its legs. The political result of the invasion was predictable: the generally more moderate Union of Islamic Courts was weakened, but it was soon replaced in Somalia by far more radical and militant Islamic groups with a more openly anti-American agenda.

As the situation deteriorated, in an attempt to cover both the U.S. and her own role, Frazer then turned on Zenawi, trying to distance herself from fiasco using an old and tried diplomatic trick: outright lying. Now that the invasion had turned sour, she changed her tune, arguing in the media, that both she and the State Department had tried to hold back the Ethiopians, discouraging them from invading rather than pushing them to attack. The WikiLeaks cable tells quite a different story. In 2009, the Ethiopian forces withdrew, leaving Somalia in a bigger mess and more unstable than when their troops went in three years prior. Seems to be a pattern here?

Rob Prince is the publisher of the Colorado Progressive Jewish News.




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Meles sees US war on terror as ‘Godsend’: Leaked US embassy cable
By Kirubel Tadesse
 
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Opposition for years has accused the United States of, “turning a blind eye to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s poor human rights records”, a trade off they say whiich was made to protect its security and ensure Ethiopia’s supposed participation in the war on terror.

US diplomatic cables made public by whistleblower WikiLeaks confirm that the US and Ethiopia have held very strong ties on the war on terror and even describe Meles as accepting the campaign as a ‘Godsend.’ The documents however show no evidence of the US dropping talks on human right issues for the sake of the partnership.

“Ethiopia is a confirmed and committed partner in the global war on terrorism (GWOT) at all levels,” the 2002 annual terrorism report states, which is one of the many documents made public through the leaked US diplomatic cables. “The GWOT fits neatly into the ruling coalition’s political agenda, which equates armed opposition with international terrorism. Ethiopia’s current government will remain with us as a steadfast partner against terrorism.”

“Meles finds the GWOT politically advantageous for both Ethiopia and his ruling coalition, and even called it a “godsend” because of Ethiopia’s unfortunate experience with internal violence and international terrorism (as they define it),” the report said.

According to the cable, Ethiopian authorities didn’t even wait until the US came seeking the partnership: “Shortly after 9/11, Ethiopian military leaders sought US engagement in a proposal for a series of  large-scale strikes on neighboring Somalia, a breeding ground and safe haven for terrorists, and a perennial thorn in the side of every Ethiopian government,” the cable said.

“Unless our capacity limits us, we will not fail you” the former Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin is quoted promising in a leaked cable to the American ambassador of the time.

From the bilateral ties to international deals, leaked documents from the Addis Ababa embassy contain a lot of revelations, of which most were classified. Even the faction rivalry of the local political groups is revealed in the documents; in one of the documents filed in 2005, Lidetu Ayalew told American officials to advise Hailu Shawel to abandon “hardliner” stances.

Meles in a “confidential” document filed in 2006 is reported to be complaining about a federal judge who was presiding over the case of former CUD leaders. “Meles complained that CUD leader Berhanu [Nega] had been disrespectful in claiming the court had no jurisdiction and attempted to read a political commentary.  The “spineless” judge should never have allowed this,” the document said.

The US Embassy itself took a shot at the proceedings; its criticism was against the prosecutor’s case, which it said was based on weak evidence.

“Among the US Embassy Poloffs and other Western diplomats that have attended the trial to date, the general conclusion has been that the video tapes presented by the prosecution in late May actually weakened, rather than strengthened, the GOE’s (Government of Ethiopia) treason case.  The tapes underscored that at least at these pivotal, closed-door meetings, there was no discussion of violence. In fact, just the contrary. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the CUD Supreme Council as a whole developed a strategy to force the ERPDF out of power at all, much less through a violent conspiracy,” reads the 2006 embassy file classified as “confidential”.

While this assessment signed by then US Charge d’Affairs- Vicki Huddleston, hoping the remaining evidence could provide more strenghth to the accusation, it says, ‘it seems, however, that the GOE considers the boycott of Parliament and establishment of pre-conditions that impugn the integrity of Ethiopian institutions as criminal acts in and of themselves.’

Wikileaks first began on Sunday November 28th 2010 publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables which it says is the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. “The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities,” the organization says.

The whistle-blowing website made public its entire cache collection of State Department cables on Thursday.

The cables, including those filed from Ethiopia, date from 1966 up until the end of February 2010. They contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. Of the cables 15,652 are classified as secret.

http://www.capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15352%3Amelesseesuswaronterroras%E2%80%98godsend%E2%80%99%3Aleakedusembassycable&Itemid=4

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SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA: RECENT BOMBINGS BLAMED ON OROMOS POSSIBLY THE WORK OF GOE (Government of Ethiopia)

Classified By: CHARGE VICKI HUDDLESTON FOR REASONS 1.4(b)AND(d).

¶1. (S) SUMMARY A series of explosions were reported in Addis
Ababa on September 16, killing three individuals. The GoE
announced that the bombs went off while being assembled, and
that the three dead were terrorists from the outlawed Oromo
Liberation Front (OLF) with links to the Oromo National
Congress (ONC). An embassy source, as well as clandestine
reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been
the work of GoE security forces. END SUMMARY

¶2. (U) On September 16, three bomb explosions were reported
in the Kara Kore area of Addis Ababa. The explosions were
heard at 4:45 a.m., 7:00 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. The National
Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), together with the
Federal Police Anti-terror Task Force later reported that the
bombs were “part of a coordinated terror attack by the OLF
and Sha’abiya (Eritrea) aimed at disrupting democratic
development.” The NISS said that the intended terror plot
had failed and the bombs had mistakenly gone off while the
suspects were preparing them while hiding out at an illegally
built house. Two of the suspects died immediately, while
another died on the way to the hospital. One other is in
critical condition. The police task force reported having
others in custody related to the plot and that evidence shows
the terrorists had ties to Oromo groups – the Mecha and
Tulema Association (MTA) and the ONC. They also said that
the bombs used contained parts sourced from Eritrea and were
consistent with bombs used in previous terrorist attacks.

¶3. (S) On September 20, Dr. Merera Gudina (strictly protect),
the former leader of the ONC (and a typically reliable
information source), contacted Post to report that the
deceased had not died not while constructing a bomb, but
rather at the hands of GoE cadres. Dr. Merera said that the
men had been picked up by police a week prior, kept in
detention and tortured. He said police then left the men in
a house and detonated explosives nearby, killing 3 of them.
He did not indicate whether the men were ONC or OLF
affiliated.

¶4. (S) Clandestine reporting indicates that the bombs did not
explode inside the structure, but rather appear to have been
placed outside and detonated.
[Ambassador Vicki] HUDDLESTON

Source: http://ethiopiantimes.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/wikileaks-recent-bombings-blamed-on-oromos-possibly-the-work-of-ethiopian-government/


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 (S) SUMMARY A series of explosions were reported in Addis
Ababa on September 16, killing three individuals. The GoE
announced that the bombs went off while being assembled, and
that the three dead were terrorists from the outlawed Oromo
Liberation Front (OLF) with links to the Oromo National
Congress (ONC). An embassy source, as well as clandestine
reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been
the work of GoE security forces. END SUMMARY


There is nothing smart about exploding a self-planted bomb and blaming it on others. The Americans know that very well.

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