War Is Deceit, doncha know. “Wikileaks: Pakistan hoaxed by bogus anti-India cables,” from the BBC, December 10 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Pakistani newspapers have admitted they were hoaxed after publishing reports based on fake Wikileaks cables containing anti-Indian propaganda.
US diplomatic cables were reported on Thursday as confirming many right-wing Pakistani views and conspiracy theories about their regional arch-foe.
They claimed US envoys thought one Indian general was “rather a geek”, and accused India of genocide in Kashmir.
The fake cables are believed to have been planted by Pakistani intelligence.
The Guardian, a British newspaper which has all of the 250,000 leaked Wikileaks cables, said that an extensive search of the database had found nothing to match any of the claims in the Pakistani media.
A spokesman for the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said they were “appalled” such a baseless story had attracted such wide exposure.
According to the fake cables, Indian spies were said to be supporting Islamist militants in Pakistan’s north-western tribal region of Waziristan and the south-western province of Balochistan….