Strange Tales From Cablegate

The CS Monitor takes a look at five offbeat and strange stories contained within the Cablegate release:

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the authoritarian ruler of Yemen, which bans alcohol consumption for non-Muslims, told US Army General David Petraeus that he was concerned about the smuggling of drugs and weapons from nearby Djibouti. But he wasn’t concerned about one other form of contraband.

“Tell (Djiboutian President) Ismail Guelleh that I don’t care if he smuggles whiskey into Yemen,” Saleh told Petraeus. “Provided it’s good whiskey.

The escape from Iran by a 75-year-old man on horseback is probably the most compelling story, all the others are a bit silly.

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