The controversial WikiLeaks cache of hundreds of thousands of documents from the U.S. State Department has been yielding many surprises, despite protestations to the contrary.

One of the most recently unearthed State Department cables involves discussions in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate change summit of 2009. The document displays the lengths to which U.S. diplomats went to persuade their foreign counterparts to adopt their preferred approach to combating global warming. The document, published by the Guardian newspaper in the U.K., shows how the U.S. used “spying, threats and promises of aid to get support” for the vaguely worded Copenhagen agreement, which was a tremendous letdown to many environmental advocates around the world.

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