WikiLeaks: Movie, TV and music secrets revealed!
By Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The release of thousands of secret
At some level, it should come as no surprise, since at the center of
Who else rates a mention within the United States’ diplomatic corps? Read on. (Left: Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times; right: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Being the relative of the autocratic leader of a Central Asian nation has its privileges. Among them: being personally serenaded by the Rocket Man (shown above not in Kazakhstan but at the far more mundane Hollywood Palladium).
An April 2008 cable titled “LIFESTYLES OF THE KAZAZHSTANI LEADERSHIP” states: “In 2007, President Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, Timur Kulibayev, celebrated his 41st birthday in grand style. At a small venue in Almaty, he hosted a private concert with some of Russia’s biggest pop-stars. The headliner, however, was
An added bonus: “Kazakhstan’s political elites also have recreational tastes that are not so exotic. Some, in fact, prefer to relax the old-fashioned way. Defense Minister Akhmetov, a self-proclaimed workaholic, appears to enjoy loosening up in the tried and true ‘homo sovieticus’ style -- i.e., drinking oneself into a stupor.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
An April 2007 cable detailing a meeting of the Damascus-based Arab League Boycott Office says that the league targeted Spielberg, “who was singled out for his USD one million donation to
It’s a small world after all: The daughter of the Tunisian president, Nesrine Ben Ali El Materi, has at least one thing in common with Megan Fox and Brian Austen Green, according to a secret 2009 cable. “Nesrine said she loves Disney World, but had put off a trip this year because of H1N1 flu. Nesrine has, for sometime, had Tamiflu nearby (even taking it on trips). Originally it was out of fear of bird flu.” (Gene Duncan / Disney via Getty Images)
A section of the Riyadh cable is titled "
A November 2005 cable from Madrid reveals that Spanish culture minister Carmen Calvo is a fan of the Boss. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)