Nothing brave, laudable about WikiLeaks - Clinton
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 6:17p.m.
By Rebecca Wright
The leak is unprecedented; the range quite extraordinary and the fallout has only just begun from the first batch.
The latest leaks centre on North Korea, alleging that its main ally China is ready to abandon it and accept Korean reunification.
The revelations come at a critical time in Far Eastern diplomacy after last week's exchange of shellfire across the Korean border.
“The United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says.
The leaking of secret cables has the world talking and America on the defensive; Ms Clinton today appeared to decide the only credible defence was a spirited attack.
“There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people and there is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends,” she says.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has not revealed who gave him the documents but officials believe it was army private Bradley Manning.
He is in a military prison in Virginia charged with leaking other classified documents which investigators believe he downloaded while serving as an intelligence officer in Iraq.
The man who orchestrates the Wikileaks now faces the full fury of Washington and some are calling for him to be put behind bars too, on a charge of espionage.
But that won't be easy; Mr Assange is Australian and is currently in hiding. He says the leaks shine an invaluable light on international diplomacy and duplicity.
“There have been more leak prosecutions of media sources under the Obama administration than all previous presidents combined.
It has come down to Ms Clinton to apologise to Saudi Arabia, for revealing it wanted American planes to bomb Iran's nuclear plants; to Britain for claims by a US ambassador that Prince Andrew's behaviour "bordered on the rude" and to many more leaders both publicly and privately in the days and months ahead.
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1/12/2010 8:25:54 p.m.
Good on ya leaky boy but watch out for the CIA and all their black ops.YOU ARE THE MAN.WELL DONE.THEY ARE GUTTED .YOU ARE MY HERO .lEAKY MAN
1/12/2010 12:01:20 a.m.
Next thing we will all here will be Wikileaks and it's founder will be classed as persona non Grata or worse still terrorists.And why because they had the guts to put in print what these so called diplomats and poly's are really like.America has no one to blame except themselves.Kindergarten children behave better than this.Time America got over themselves and realize the rest of the World is not there for them to play these stupid games with anymore.The truth is we don't need them but they certainly need us especially this region.The time for treating us all as a pack of gullible fools who will believe anything they say has long gone. We have out grown the American control.Wikileaks is great, it hasn't lied or cheated or killed anyone.It has just allowed the truth to be seen for what it is.And America has no one to blame except themselves.Time to grow up we are not there puppets anymore. Nor are we stupid.
30/11/2010 10:10:04 p.m.
Of course Hilary isnt happy the political dirty washing is being aired. If the public knew what dirty games were played in there name by the various goverments they would be horrified and there would be a cleanout of those responsible.
30/11/2010 9:21:13 p.m.
I think Wikileaks is brilliant.It shows us quite clearly that governments have two faces.. There is the face they portray to the public to stay in office and then there is the truth.Its refreshing to hear the truth for a change, it makes a really nice change.But they will find a way to either get rid of the site or arrest the author of the site..... God forbid that anyone ever be allowed to find out the truth.
30/11/2010 9:13:34 p.m.
92% of Afghanistan citizens have never heard of 9/11, goes to show that its a big con.
30/11/2010 7:35:27 p.m.
Heaven forbid that the public learn the truth about so called international diplomacy. I guess the USA has good reason to be red faced (and two-faced)about it's dishonesty in dealing with its so called friends and allies.
30/11/2010 6:54:29 p.m.
Wikileaks is awesome.
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