Maliki supporters see WikiLeaks revelations as a plot

Supporters of Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki are convinced the WikiLeaks release of secret US military documents is a plot to undermine his bid to stay in power following March elections.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 20:03 PM IST

Baghdad: Supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister
Nuri al-Maliki are convinced the WikiLeaks release of secret
US military documents is a plot to undermine his bid to stay
in power following March elections.

"Maliki`s office destabilised by WikiLeaks revelations,"
ran a headline in today`s independent Al-Mada daily.

The leaked documents reportedly include allegations of
state-sanctioned torture under Maliki and alleged links to
"death squads."

"The documents published by WikiLeaks were carefully
chosen" and "the moment chosen to expose them reflects
political motivations," said Al-Bayan newspaper, which is
close to the premier.

He has been fighting to secure a second term after
narrowly losing March 7 elections in which his Shiite State of
Law alliance lost by two seats to the Sunni-dominated Iraqiya
bloc of ex-premier Iyad Allawi.

Neither has been able to muster the majority needed to
form a government, despite back-door negotiations with Shiite,
Sunni and Kurdish blocs that also won seats.

The pressure on Maliki mounted today when Iraq`s supreme
court ordered the parliament to end the stalemate by choosing
a speaker, the first step to forming a government.

WikiLeaks` founder Julian Assange said yesterday that the
unauthorised release of nearly 400,000 classified US military
documents on the war in Iraq was "about the truth."

But Maliki supporters are convinced it is all about
hurting him.

PTI