Hilariously, the New Zealand media has managed to find a local angle to the Wikileaks story – good work, given that NZ is a tiny, peaceful, law-abiding place and, as such, probably isn’t the topic of many secret conversations between various world leaders and diplomats.
Apparently, a couple of our beaches are crucial to Amercian interests:
New Zealand’s sole reference relates to the Southern Cross Cable, a fibre optic link between the US, Australia and New Zealand, via Fiji.
The cable comes ashore on Takapuna beach and is buried in a 15 kilometre link across the North Shore and via Whenuapai before diving back into the sea at the Manukau Harbour and heading out to Australia.
Clinton’s cable requires embassies around the world to build a list of “critical infrastructure and key resources” abroad that could be part of a National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
“The overarching goal of the NIPP is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by enhancing protection of the nation’s CI/KR to prevent, deter, neutralize or mitigate the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate or exploit them; and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster or other emergency,” Clinton says.
Referring to sites outside the US, she said they want to “identify these critical US foreign dependencies – foreign CI/KR that may affect systems within the US directly or indirectly”.
Embassies are asked to report on the state of security around the facilities and they are told not – twice – to “consult with host governments”.
Perhaps, after his Rugby World Cup-themed honeymoon, Prince William could check out the relevant sites on NATO’s behalf?