January 9, 2012
Wikileaks has published a U.S. diplomatic cable advising Washington to engage in “retaliation” against European countries opposed to genetically modified crops.
London, UK – Monday, January 9, 2012 | The independent NewsweeK
WikiLeaks has been blocked from being accessed by
federal employees of the US, because the files are
still seen as classified.
Quoting the whistleblowing website, British daily the Guardian writes that in 2007, France banned cultivation of genetically modified corn, produced by American biotech giant Monsanto.
This prompted then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton – who is also a friend and business partner of former U.S. President George Bush – to write home and ask the administration in Washington to retaliate against the EU, and especially target those countries that failed to support generically modified crops.
“Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the (European) Commission. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voice,” write Stapleton.
The newspaper also said that some of the newly published cables revealed that many American diplomats, posted in countries around the world, worked directly to promote the use of GMO crops as their government’s strategic and commercial imperative.