Aiding Pakistan

Hillary Clinton is off to New York today for the UN General Assembly meeting. She’ll speak this afternoon about the floods in Pakistan and pledge extra aid to help the country. The total is now up to $90 million, and that could go even higher. Officials are tossing around the idea of channeling some of the funds from the administration’s long-term $7.5 billion aid program into short-term assistance. Clinton will also sit down with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while in New York.

The CIA is ramping up its anti-weapons-trafficking efforts. Leon Panetta announced he is creating yet another entity, the CIA's Counterproliferation Center, that will “combine operational and analytic specialists dedicated to combating the spread of dangerous weapons and technology,” all to help with that tricky information-sharing problem. As Panetta put it, “we must constantly strive for new ways to work across directorates.” The center will focus on nuclear, chemical and biological WMD threats.

And the WikiLeaks saga continues. Yesterday, the site announced that the U.S. military was willing to talk about the sensitive data contained in tens of thousands of leaked documents. The site’s founder said that he has many times asked for help reviewing the documents for personal identifying information so as not to put anyone in harm's way. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said yesterday that the military has no direct contact with WikiLeaks and that it is “not interested in negotiating a sanitised version of the classified documents.” A host of documents, some containing the names of Afghan informants, have already been released.