Sunday, December 12, 2010

Which country has been googling WikiLeaks the most?

After we found out that the state of Virginia registered the most number of  WikiLeaks search on Google, we also wanted to see which country overseas has been googling WL the most. And here is what Google Insight's magic ball says for the 2004-present search parameter:

See how the ten countries change when we adjusted the search parameters to the last 7 days. We imagine that the list changes with every new cable dump.

The interest on the Wikileaked cables in Kenya is constant in both list so it's probably not surprising that the local media is riveted on the embassy cables, as well as their politicians reactions to them. Our ambassador there has not only been called a "rogue" ambassador, there are also calls for his removal. And unlike Germany where the government spokesman came out to say US-Germany relations remain strong and they are not asking for Ambassador Murphy's removal, no such thing happened in Nairobi.  See a sample of the media clips from the last 24 hours.

Kenya has approximately 3,359,552 internet users according to the World Bank/ International Telecommunication Union. It has a 10% internet penetration rate and a user growth of 1,897.8 % in the last 10 years. 

Previously US Ambassador to Mali and Ambassador to Kenya since 2006 (also responsible for US relations with Somalia) Ambassador Ranneberger reportedly described the Kenyan leadership as steeped in corruption and incapable of reforming the country in the embassy cables. A local paper points out that "This is only the second time since Independence for Kenya to demand the recall of an envoy. The first was during the old Kanu regime of former President Daniel Moi, when another US Ambassador, Smith Hempstone, rubbed the Government the wrong way."

The ambassador is on Twitter with quite a telling handle, USAMB4REFORM.

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