Horsetrading to get NATO Chief Appointed - Wikileaks


Feb 12, 2014
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires a.i. Terence McCulley, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 1. (S) In recent discussions, Danish government officials and the chief prosecutor in the case against PKK-affiliated Roj-TV underscored their determination to address that case according to Danish law, expressing frustration with the evidence produced so far and unwilling to predict when the station may be taken to court. Danish pledges to intensify efforts against Roj-TV -- among the measures offered Turkey for not blocking former PM Rasmussen's appointment as NATO secretary general -- have given additional impetus to the investigation while also prompting senior officials to tread carefully, to avoid the appearance of a quid pro quo (i.e., sacrificing freedom of speech in exchange for a high-level post). The Danes report, however, that they are pursuing "new angles" to the case and would welcome the opportunity to discuss them in greater detail with the anticipated U.S. counterterrorism delegation (among these "new angles" may be information developed through an informant and alternative approaches on broadcasting content and tax evasion).