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Vol 52 No 8

Published 15th April 2011


Through the Wikihole

The publication by WikiLeaks of the US Nairobi Embassy’s cables affords a unique and stark view of the country’s ruling figures

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) starts to hear accusations against six senior Kenyans accused of links to the violence after the 2007 elections, a set of United States diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks displays Washington’s candid views of Kenya’s political elite. The corruption and impunity of that elite and its sponsorship of violence dominates US concerns about a country seen as Washington’s most important ally in East Africa.

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