There are no fewer than 251,287 cables from more than 250 US embassies around the world, obtained by WikiLeaks. We present a day-by-day guide to the revelations from the US embassy cables both from the Guardian and its international media partners in the story
BP suffered a giant gas leak in Azerbaijan 18 months before the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Azerbaijan accused BP of stealing $10bn of oil and using “mild blackmail” to secure rights to develop gas reserves in the Caspian Sea.
US energy company Chevron negotiated with Tehran about developing an oilfield despite tight US sanctions.
Playboy Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand is considered an unfit heir to the throne by senior members of the Thai privy council.
US diplomats in Madrid questioned the effectiveness of the Spanish government’s economic measures. Cables dated October 2009 and signed by Hillary Clinton asked the US embassy for information about the recession in Spain and the credibility of PM Zapatero and his Socialist cabinet. They also queried the real reason for Zapatero’s optimistic views about the Spanish economy, wondering it was part of his efforts to ease market tensions or rather because he didn’t understand the seriousness of the situation.
Cables dated 2007 show that 84-year-old Fidel Castro suffered a serious intestinal haemorrhage while on an internal flight in Cuba and the plane had to do an emergency landing to take him to hospital.
As his health was deteriorating a Madrid doctor was called over. He confirmed that Castro was not suffering from cancer and there had been botched colon surgery.
Cables from the US embassy in Caracas dated 2006 asked the secretary of state to intervene and warned President Chávez against a Venezuelan military intervention to defend the Cuban revolution in the eventuality of an American invasion after Castro’s death.
In a 2008 cable American diplomats report that the state of Eritrea is run by a totalitarian narcissistic President, Issayas Afeworki.
Prisoners including children are routinely tortured in massively overcrowded prisons. Conditions are appalling, with prisoners unable to lie down or sit and deprived of water until they are unable to speak.
A politician secretly asked for Americans’ help but the US ambassador responded that change must come from within.