A trove of highly confidential documents leaked from the US military’s tightly guarded registries has thrust Kenya on the path of a potential diplomatic storm, as they suggest that at least one member of the United Nations’ (UN) top brass has a deep mistrust for President William Ruto.
The Pentagon leaks, a set of documents leaked by an unidentified man in his mid-20s who at some point worked in a military base, seem to suggest that one of the world’s most powerful countries has been spying on senior UN officials.
The unidentified man allegedly leaked the data in batches starting last year, posting them in a social media group under Discord — an instant messaging social platform — where most members did not understand what was being dumped.
Confidential chit-chat between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his deputy Amina Mohammed in mid-February sticks out like a sore thumb in the over 500-gigabyte document cache, as it indicates that the US could have been spying on the two bosses for an unspecified period of time.
In one of the conversations that seemingly occurred after the December 2022 African leaders summit in Washington D.C., Ms Mohammed allegedly told her boss, Mr Guterres, that President William Ruto is “ruthless” and that she does not trust him.
At the moment, no context has been given regarding Ms Mohammed’s comments. There is also no confirmation of whether the conversation was formal or casual chit-chat between two colleagues.
The comments, however, have revealed a possible paper-thin relationship between the UN and Kenya after Dr Ruto’s ascent to power following the August 9, 2022, presidential election.