Wikeleaks Analysis of Meles’s Behavior – Meles desperately wants recognition and public accolades and more leaks

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US Embassy Suggesting to State Department Change of policy towards repressive Ethiopia

As Birtukan’s statements are factually true, the GoE has little excuse for this current harassment

Analysis of Meles’s Behavior – Meles desperately wants recognition and public accolades

The Ethiopian Government’s (GoE) growing
authoritarianism (Ref. A), intolerance of dissent, and
ideological dominance over the economy since 2005 pose a
serious threat to domestic stability and U.S. interests. The
GoE has come to believe its own anxieties about a fundamental
shift in U.S. policy against it. This self-induced crisis of
confidence has exacerbated the GoE’s natural tendency of
government control over politics, the economy and personal
freedoms. To pre-empt retaliation, the GoE has increasingly
purged ethnic Oromos, Amharas, and others perceived as not
supporting the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary
Democratic Front (EPRDF) from the military (Ref. B), civil
service (Ref. C), and security services. Such moves only add
to the already growing deep public frustration and have led
to a vicious cycle. The public is increasingly upset over
double digit inflation (Ref. D), anxiety over their economic
future (Ref. E), the GoE’s denial of the drought (Ref. F),
growing public inability to feed their families, and
narrowing of political space highlighted by the prominent
arrest of opposition leader, Birtukan Midekssa.

Prime Minister Meles is universally considered a
brilliant thinker. Meles truly believes in reform and
democratic values, but, like others in the EPRDF, he has a
specific perspective on what each looks like and is confident
that the party’s approach is the exclusive path to a
prosperous future for Ethiopia. Bold U.S. leadership is
necessary now if we are to push Ethiopia onto a more positive


  1. Sheger
    | #1

    Sorry I meant to say ” I am scared of a bold US, how about a machured one?”

  2. Teddy
    | #2

    What is really surprising about the new mass release of the US cable report from Addis is the fact that the US acts as a nanny towards Ethiopia and Africa in general. Wheatear it is good or not is a matter of your perception and understanding of sovereignty. But one thing that is clear is the fact that the main reason the USA is losing big time to China is because it interferes in internal affairs of sovereign countries. Whereas China will only follow pragmatic approach. The US is not consistent, say with its policy towards Saudi Arabia, China etc… and Cuba, Venezuela etc… which is greatly damaging to its credibility more than the good it tries to do. That is the reason why the US will never be what it was 10 years ago. Sad but true.

    When it comes to the way it handles the Ethiopian issue. To be honest, even though I oppose the Meles regime, I thought, in general, it really highlights Meles’s positive intent towards Ethiopia than I anticipated. I am surprised by the amount of dialogue focused on how to transform Ethiopia etc… Sad but true.

  3. Berhanu
    | #3

    The USA is stupid because it only look after its short interest and not long term. I actualy prefer China just because you know where you stand with China. Anyway I didn’t know that TPLF is that clever? We have to be so organised to do anything, otherwise talking alone is nothing.

  4. Jambo
    | #4

    I am just shoked to know how America little America Thinks about Ethiopia by acting like this. One minute they are for democracy the other they are for security. Why don’t they learn that being consistent is the most important thing for Ethiopians. Let us know if you support Ethiopian devlopment or not.

  5. Abebe
    | #5

    The most important phrase so far ‘Despite the second word in the GoE’s prevailing ideology, “Revolutionary Democracy” (Ref. C) reflects an approach to governance and development that, while arguably FOR the people, is neither OF, or BY, the people.’

  6. KB
    | #6

    I didn’t actualy see anything new. I am disapointed.

  7. እሰየው
    | #7

    በአገራችን ላይ ሥልጣን ያለው የሚያስተዳድረው ሕዝቡን የሚመግበው የሚያስተምረው በስደትም ብንሆን መጠለያ የሚሰጠን ችግራችንን የምንነግረው መመኪያችንን ማን እንደሆነ በማንኪያ ብጤ አቀማምሰከን አይደል!!!!

    ድንገት ረስተን ከሆንም አስታዋሽ ሆንከን!!

  8. kentu
    | #8

    ethiopian people you see surprise event in your life as they say ;pray for good prepaer for bad’this event not about assab, meles and his generals,or democracy this qustion it about live and deas by this ecomoy you can;t afford so this your day use it properly it is coming soon.

  9. Bigmac
    | #9

    it is not america that will set us free. america is chasing after its own interest. don’t ever waste your time for america to come to rescue you. look at what happens in egypt. america was behind mubarak right upto the last minute. they were advising him to hang on and ride out the storm. but the storm kept coming and the egyptian people swept mubarak out of office.

  10. kentu
    | #10

    one chicken head man was burning his house and he try to save his fense as we discuse about assab insted we focas about meles. this issue is over now shaibia economy is booming by mining ,so don,t waste our time and if we do may be we can lose ethiopia as amharic proverb; yekatun awaerdalehu bila yebibituan talech;

  11. Sheger
    | #11

    One question we need ask is this, how many Oromo Organization that we suppose entertain? They are all Oromos so they should have one voice. What are we suppos to do? There millions of Oromos who doesn’t want to separate from
    Ethiopia. First of all they are Ethiopians. And the Ogaden people are Oromo oriented people them selves. This could
    Be people that could be working to some body els or they can be some body els. Not that they are not but according
    To the country’s structure that Somalia Somalia and Kenya is Kenya. If I have to speak for the people of Ethiopia,
    No body wants to separate from any one but ever body wants to be respected and treated fairly.

    But on the contrary we should not Organize our selves Ethniclly but as a nation. Ethnic agenda is an old fashion
    Colonizer and dictator. We can safe gourd our people and our interests and values if we stay together. And we are
    Majority wise mixed people with each other and beyond.

    Meles needs to change him self or leave power with a lot of the word “sorry”

  12. Dawi
    | #12

    US Embassy says:

    The US [[...to push Ethiopia onto a more positive trajectory.]] ???

    If anything the US will do Cohen 2 and take our country to another and probably worst turmoil.

    [[..Meles truly believes in reform and democratic values..is confident
    that the party’s.... path to a prosperous future for Ethiopia.]]

    Those who call for a reconciliation with the Meles Dictatorship are seeing the same thing.

    When the country is going through national conflicts and internal tensions escalating, the Meles dictatorship can play a historical role and resolve this conflicts in a more definite way than in a democracy.

    Under a democracy the minority can wait until the conditions are met for them to come to power and once they do, take revenge on the other group, thus escalating the conflict between the factions.

    However, under the present Dictatorship, Meles has total power and no power quotas to fight for anymore. It will continue to contain Shabia and tame OLF and ONLF from their extreme positions and bring them to center table down the line. The history of Latin America, in the years after independence “warlords” wanted to keep their fiefdoms and replace the central gov. similar to Somalia. Until a dictatorship took full control the instability continued. Juan Vicente Gomez 1908 and 1935 in Venezuela is an example.

  13. Development without freedom
    | #13

    If he is brilliant thinker, why are Ethiopians still starving?

  14. Sam
    | #14

    “When the lack of serious engagement forced an opposition to walk out, the ruling party leveraged rubber-stump endorsements by EPDRF-fabricated opposition groups to ram through a new nationbal electoral board, NEB, a reporessive media law, and a political part financing law that restricts and denies space to the opposition.” When you read the quotation MEDREK might come to your mind. Or any other opposition party. Who could really dish out the dirty politics of EPDRF as such other than the opposition, you might wonder. You are seriously at fault. It was the US Embassy in Ethiopia which reporterd the fact as it saw it. For those die-hard EPDRF supporters who seemed to have believed only the opposition parties cry about the dictatorship in the making, take notice. When Ethiopians will rise up to end the dictatorship of the regime in power, EPDRF will not count the US adminstration to side with the government. Exploiting the Somali chaos to buy friendship with the US adminstration might no work for the future. The political situation in Somalia is changing dramatically, and Us is depending more on its drones than the military powers of the region. This report was written around 2007. Since then EPDRF is becoming more dictatorial. I do not say for sure how change prone Ethiopians are now how the objective conditions are conducive for change, but when that change comes EPDRF will be found naked, without public support at home and from countries abroad. It will be Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya all over again.

  15. nbere
    | #15

    Weyane is a curse.It does not even care about the long term unity and continuity of Ethiopia .”ENE KEMOTKU SERDO AYebkele” Aheya.

    | #16


  17. Anonymous
    | #17

    Here is proof for those who believe and worship on Meles and his boss Bereket Simon: they are nothing but America’s and other foreing agents working and destroying Ethiopia as well as the whole region for the interest of others. Time to bring Meles and his boss Bereket to courts of law in Ethiopia by Ethiopians for committing looting, murder and inciting hatred among Ethiopians and others for the interest of others interest in the region!!!

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    Brilliant thinker in a way of used car sales man to get what he wants by every means of necessary to become one of the most wealthiest dictators in Africa. Over 80 million Ethiopians are well aware that Meles is far from being called a brilliant leader, but a ruthless inhumane dictator that hates Ethiopia and Ethiopians that has given away our ports, land, robbed the country blind and a merciless tyrant that has given orders for Ethiopians to be tortured and killed. God is watching Meles and his supporters and their days are numbered.

  19. astra
    | #19

    Woo wrote the article? no other African leader has ever made more stupid comments about anything and everything than your “brilliant” Meles! the writer will be nearer to the truth if she/or he had said that Meles was the most “stupid, callous, and wowfully ignorant” -leader of any African country so far unless the writer is working for those “Western disinformation juggurnaut propagnada machines” or is one of them.Such people consider Africans as stupid and unable to form their own opinions.
    We Ethiopians know better

  20. belew
    | #20

    Although we have many thnings to be ashamed of, mainly our poverty, the independence of ethiopians from tewodros to meles si alarming. No country has rebuffed USA so much like Meles. But unlike Esyas, he negotiated on their own terms.

  21. Samuel
    | #21


    Woyanes should have waited for the Derg dictatorship to stay long, keep the country together including Eritrea, before installation of the the Tigrean hegemony and create havoc through out the country simply because they have guns by which they can terrorize the population.

  22. menzaw
    | #22

    …. universally considered a
    brilliant thinker……

    Wow!? Brilliant attribution for someone who sold and land locked the country, divide the people along ethnic line and antagonize them, divide people along religious line keep feeding malicious fabricated story so they kept fighting between them, putting 100% his own ethnic group and some puppets, uneducated, incompetent, corrupted people above and over the rest the population, the country’s best minds jailed or killed or condemned and terrorized daily bases, prison like life in their own home.
    This kind of unmerited attribution that help all the dictators like in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Ethiopia to subjugate their own people for long period of time and hinder the democracy to take place. It is morally very wrong and it is an insult over injury to the people the country.

  23. Zerayakob Yared
    | #23


    አንተ (Woyanes) የምትለው ማሌሊት, የሚያደርገውም ሆነ የሚተወውም የራሱ የሆነ አስተሳሰብም ሆነ እቅድ ኖሮት አያውቅም(በርግጥ ገንዘብን በመስረቅ ካለመኮረጅ ራሱውም ይችልበታል) :: ኮርጆ ሆነ ቀምቶ ወይንም ሰርቆም ቢሆን የሌላውን እቅድ በተጨናገፈ መልኩና ጎኑ ከኦርጂናል ባለቤትም ቀድሞ በስራ የመተርጎምን ጉዳይ በሚመለከት ግን የሚችለው የለም::

    የኤርትራንም ጉዳይ በሚመለከት እንደዚሁ ነው የተካሄደው:: ደርግ ከሻዕቢያ ጋራ በመስማማት ወያኔን ጨፍልቆ በማጥፋት የኤርትራን “ማስገንጠል” ወይንም በሌላ መልኩ “መፍትሄ” በማምጣት ራሱን ሊያድን መፈለጉን ወያኔ ደረሰበት:: ይሄን እንኩይ የደርግ ሃሳብን ወያኔ ለራሱ በሚያመቸው መልክ በስራ ላይ አዋለው::

    ከደርግ ጋራ ሊወዳጅ አስቦ የነበረውን ሻዕቢያን, ከራሱ ከወያኔ ጋራ መወዳጀት እንደሚሻለው ያግባባውና ለጊዜውም ቢሆን ያቅፈዋል:: ወያኔን ሊጨፈልቅ አስቦ የነበረውን ደርግንም ከኢትዮጵያ ምድር መንጥሮ ያጠፋዋል:: የግዴታ በትክክል በደርግ ውጥን መሰረት ባይሆንም, ግን ለሻዕቢያ አስቸጋሪ በሆነው መልኩ ለኤርትራም “መፍትሄ”(በማስገንጠል)ያመጣለታል::

    ደርግን ከጠቅላላው ኢትዮጵያ ውሽቆች ሁሉ መናጥሮ እስኪያባርር ጊዜ ድረስና ራሱን በደንብ ጠቅላላው ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እነ ሆዶ ኦፕዶን እና የመሳሰሉትን ለሆዴ አደርኩዎችን እያቀራረመ እስኪያዋቅር ጊዜ ድረስ ደግሞ, ሻዕቢያን “ኢትዮጵያ ያንተው ነች” ብሎት ያሳብደውና, ሰባት አመታት ሙሉ በቡና ንግድ በማስያዝ ያቀዘቅዘዋል:: በኋላም አገርህ ነፃ ወጥትዋልና ወደ አገርህ ሂድ ብሎ ከኢትዮጵያ ያስፈነጥረዋል:: ይሄ ሁሉ ሲሆን ሻዕቢያ የነፃነቱ ጉዳይ ብዙም አልተዋጠለትም ነበር:: ወያኔ ግን ነፃነት ብለሃልና, በቃ ነፃ ነህ አለው:: ትንሽ ቆየት ብሎም ለኤርትራ ነፃነት ከኤርትራውያኖቹ በላይ እኔ ነኝ የታገልኩት ብሎ በመሸለል በእንቅርት ላይ ጆሮ ደግፍ ቃላትን በአሽሙሪት ይወረውርበት ጀመር:: ይሄ አሽሙሪት ሲወረወር ጀብሃዎች በየተሰደዱበት የአረብ ውልወላ ጉዋዳ ውስጥ ተደፍተው “ዓጋመ ሰጊጎምና” በማለት ሆዳቸው ሲቆስል, ግብዙ ኢሳያስ ደግሞ የገዛ ወንድሞቹን የወርቅ ጥርሳቸውን ነቅሎ ከቀማ በኋላ ወደ ምንጭ ሃገሩ የሓ-ወ’ቴምብዬን በማባረርና ወያኔ ላይም “እፈልጠን እኮ እዬ እዘን ዓጋመ እዚኤን” በማለት ወደ ሊብያና ግብፅ አካባቢ ሲያናፋ, ሲሽሎከሎክና ሲያሾከሽክ ብዙ ጊዜ ታይትዋል::

    ይሄ ሁሉ ሲሆን ወያኔ ለጀብሃም ሆነ ለሻዕቢያም እንዲሁም ለደርግም በያሉበትና በየካዴዎቻቸው በማሳቀፍ “ፎተኻ-ፀላእኻ አነ እየ ወለተ አደኻ” ብላ ቀለደችባቸው::

    ግን ነገሩን አጠር እናድርገውና ወደ ዋናው ጉዳይህ ስንመለስ ኤርትራን ያስገነጠለው 1. ደግር 2. ደግርን ተከትሎ ወያኔ ናቸውና, አንተም realist መሆንን መማር ጀምርና ከ’realization ብቻ ተነስተህ መፍትሄን መፈለግን ለመያያዝ ይጠቅምህ ዘንዳ ነው በጠዋቱ ሰላምታዬን እየላኩልህ ያለሁት::

    ብርታትና ሰላሙን ለሁላችንም!!

  24. Treaty
    | #24

    Donald Yamamoto and his colleges rightly characterized the reclusive leader as introvert and one capable of introspection. Melese is very strange indeed who will prefer to keep the Ethiopian people at bay all this time than to mix with them or as the staff puts it he is “a man who is not about town”. There is nothing new that we didn’t know about Melese in this cable. What the ambassador seems to be admiring about Melese’s use of details should not come as surprise. Introvert’s leaders such as Melese, owing to their peculiar personality, can at times be ultra-conscious of their environment,and can be ultra-sensitive and may even anticipate what to expect from such meetings. That he is conscious of his needs in the way he relates to the embassy staff we learned from the leake.But it is still true that Melese like any dictator is, shrewd, cruel, calculating, and outright brute. The clock now is about to strike mid night had there been a mark of brilliance in Melese, as this person seems to believe, we could have seen him displaying some of that skill in his handling of political oponents.This complete ignorance proves that he still thinks he is invincible. As this report says, if he is still preoccupied about recognition and acclamation, he might be deluding himself his best days are yet to come. If that be the case how unfortunate are we? Gadhafi is at his end, Melese ,inorder to apease his doners,just recognized the dictator’s opponents .The question now is what is Melese’s end game? It could go one of two ways. Surrender power to the people now and resign, there by securing good future for your family. If not I will wait and see, only God knows how events will unfold in the country.

  25. Zerayakob Yared
    | #25

    All those in Arat-Kilo are nihilist ራቢጣዎች !

    A nihilist does’nt put the question “What is my end game?”

    የትላንትናውን ጉዋደኛውን እየከዳ ከዛሬ ነገ ብቻ ነው የሚኖረው!

    የሚያሳዝነው ግን አንዳንዴም ሊኮርጃቸው የሚፈልግ አድናቂም ኢትዮጵያዊ ማግኘታቸው ነው!

    ምእራቡ ብቻ ነው ባሉት ሳይኮሎጂስቶችና የመሳሰሉት ተመራማሪዎች ተባባሪነት የአራት ኪሎዎችን ኒሂሊስትነት በስነ ስርአቱ የሚገነዘብ:: ግን ለጊዜው ስለሚጠቀምባቸው እንዳላየ ሆኖ ስራውን ያከሂዳል::

    በመሃከሉ ኢትዮጵያና ኢትዮጵያውያን በያሉበት ተበደሉ !

    P.S: እላይኛው ዘንዳ ደግር የሚለው ደርግ የሚል ተገንዛቢነት እንዳገኘ ሙሉ ተስፋ ይደረጋል::

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