Cablegate has been discussed incessantly in Pakistan, polarising the media and public alike between those who are convinced the over 250,000 classified documents were planted by the US itself to malign Pakistan and others, and those who are convinced it proves the US is really in charge in Pakistan.
The media has focussed almost entirely on the cables which show President Asif Zardari in a poor light. Among these were private comments by the Saudi King that Zardari was the "greatest obstacle" to Pakistan’s progress. Pakistan’s biggest news channel, the privately owned Geo, took the lead in the selective disclosures, the latest in its pathological and often simplistic attacks on Zardari, widower of the slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Like others it focused, rightly, on the micro-management of Pakistan’s governance by the US. But, quite inaccurately, it apportioned most of the blame for the unbalanced relationship with the superpower on President Zardari.