London, Jan 23 (Agencies): Nearly two months after WikiLeaks outraged the US government by launching the release of a massive compendium of diplomatic documents, the secret-spilling website has given the world's public an  unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at US diplomacy.

The WikiLeaks has published 2,628 US State Department cables, which is just over 1 percent of its trove of 251,287 documents.

 Among the most eye-catching revelations were reports that Arab countries had lobbied for an attack on Iran, China had made plans for the collapse of its North Korean ally, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had ordered US diplomats to gather the computer passwords, fingerprints and even DNA of their foreign counterparts.

Some of the most controversial cables dealt with a directive to harvest biometric information on a range of officials. US diplomats have been forced repeatedly to deny spying on their counterparts — although none have specifically addressed the instructions to gather personal details, sensitive computer data, and even genetic material or iris scans.
As for the cables on scooping up fingerprints, frequent flyer numbers, and other personal information, Cordesman said that "there isn't a diplomatic service in the world that doesn't serve its intelligence community."

Over and over again, the cables captured world leaders lying — to each other, to their allies, and to their own citizens.

One of the cables has Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's longtime opposition leader-turned-Prime Minister, telling Western diplomats that his calls for easing sanctions against Zimbabwe are for public consumption only. Another cable cites Israeli officials, who have often insisted their controversial blockade of the Gaza Strip is targeted only at their arch-foe Hamas, as freely acknowledging that the restrictions were in fact an effort to keep the Gazan economy teetering on the brink of collapse.

The cables are laced with cynicism. One quotes a former French prime minister as dismissing a fellow socialist politician as too honest for his own good. Meanwhile Qatar's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, describes his country's apparently cordial relationship with neighboring Iran as one big charade. "They lie to us, and we lie to them," Al-Thani is quoted as saying.

At the very least, the cables have angered some major world figures. Turkey's Prime Minister demanded that US diplomats be punished for claiming that he had money stashed away in a collection of Swiss bank accounts; cables covering attempts to secure nuclear material in Pakistan drew outrage in a country where public hostility to the United States is already high; rivals such as Russia jumped on the cables to accuse the US of arrogance and dishonesty.

Even if the US State Department rapidly recovers, individual officials still face serious damage to their careers.

Allied officials have been rattled by the releases as well: The German foreign minister's chief of staff took a leave of absence following the revelation that he was feeding information to Washington; Afghanistan's finance minister offered to resign after he was quoted as describing President Hamid Karzai as weak and paranoid; Britain's central banker also faced criticism after a cable caught him sharing his doubts about Prime Minister David Cameron's economic competency with the US ambassador to London.

Although only a small sliver of the entire trove of State Department documents has made it online, the secret memos have been held by The New York Times, Britain's The Guardian, Germany's Der Spiegel, and Spain's El Pais for weeks, if not months. Recent cables have made news, but lately they haven't carried the same punch as earlier releases.

Whether or not the State Department cables have already yielded their most arresting secrets, WikiLeaks is still sitting on a huge archive of leaked data from nearly every country in the world- including, a massive trove of e-mails from Bank of America, Assange has hinted.