Sunday, November 28, 2010

Secret U.S. cable gives intel-collection tips

Wikileaks today is releasing thousands State Department cables today. A July 31, 2009, cable gave U.S. employees guidelines on United Nations-related intelligence material they ought to collect.
The cable, marked "secret," is described as the "full text of the new National HUMINT Collection Directive (NHCD) on the United Nations." The State Department sent the cable to employees in at least 36 American embassies and missions. Some of the information in the cable has a Cuba connection.
The cable reads:
The NHCD below supercedes the 2004 NHCD and reflects the results of a recent Washington review of reporting and collection needs focused on the United Nations.
The review produced a comprehensive list of strategic priorities (paragraph 3) and reporting and collection needs (paragraph 4) intended to guide participating USG agencies as they allocate resources and update plans to collect information on the United Nations. The priorities should also serve as a useful tool to help the Embassy manage reporting and collection, including formulation of Mission Strategic Plans (MSPs).
The cable asks employees to be on the alert for a wide range of information, including the following:
-- Views of UNSC members and other member states on Cuban, Iranian, or Syrian candidacy for any UN leadership positions.
-- Efforts by member states-*particularly China, Cuba, Israel, Russia, and Islamic countries*-to obtain NGO affiliation for organizations supporting their policies.
-- Plans and intentions of UNHRC members to support or oppose US policies in the UNHRC.
-- Personalities, biographic and biometric information, roles, effectiveness, management styles, and influence of key UN officials, to include under secretaries, heads of specialized agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders.
-- Details of bargaining on votes or candidacies and attempts to marginalize or undermine proposed or planned US positions or policy initiatives.
-- Biographical and biometric information on key NAM/G-77/OIC Permanent Representatives, particularly China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Senegal, and Syria; information on their
relationships with their capitals.
-- Foreign attitudes on UN-sanctioned arms control negotiations.
-- Efforts of foreign NGOs to undermine US policy initiatives.
-- SYG's management and decision-making style, and his influence on the Secretariat.
-- Relations between key UN officials and member states.
-- Plans and policies of UN leaders, member states, and foreign NGOs to promote human rights.

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