Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah appears to have acknowledged the credibility of WikiLeaks, breaking with the official stance of the group's patron, Iran, that the leaked diplomatic cables are part of some American and Israeli-backed conspiracy.
By supporting WikiLeaks, Nasrallah now finds himself in the same camp as an unlikely figure: Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who said in comments published Saturday that the documents expose Iran's "vulnerability."
In a speech late Friday night, the Hezbollah leader said the resistance would be targeted by conspiracies even greater than those already revealed in the leaked United States diplomatic cables, hinting mysteriously at more to come.
During the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, the party and its supporters "faced serious threats and conspiracies" from many sides, Nasrallah said, adding: "This is what we see in WikiLeaks day after day, and which we will see on a greater [scale]" (Arabic link).
Was Nasrallah's ominious prediction a rhetorical flourish, or does he have knowledge of sensitive cables on Lebanon that have yet to be published?
Some figures at the leftist Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, which obtained advance copies of some cables, are said to be close to Hezbollah, but the paper already appears to have published all the documents in its possession.
It is more likely Hezbollah simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to capitalize on the exposure of its political rivals in some of the WikiLeaks documents, even if it meant coming out in support of the watchdog site after Iranian officials had publicly dismissed it as a "Zionist plot."
The leaked cables quoted several Lebanese politicians, including the defense minister and former telecommunications minister, passing sensitive information about Hezbollah's telecommunications networks and military strongholds to American officials.