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WikiLeaks hurts US foreign relations

2010-12-07 22:28

Washington - The department of defence spokesperson Dave Lapan says there are indications of foreign powers "pulling back" from their dealings with the US since hundreds of classified diplomatic cables wound up on the internet.

Lapan declined to cite any specific examples, including whether foreign officials have said they will no longer trust the US with their secrets.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates had told reporters last week he did not believe the release of diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website would permanently damage foreign relations because other countries see too much value in engaging the US.

However, Lapan told reporters that "believing the US is not good at keeping secrets... certainly changes things," and that "generally, there has been a retrenchment" in co-operation.

Comments
  • william.botha - 2010-12-07 23:03

    Well, shall we say what goes round comes round?

  • Malcolm - 2010-12-08 02:54

    The first time there is a natural or unnatural disaster and the world needs America again they will all come running back everything forgiven.

      corne.deklerk - 2010-12-08 06:41

      It's true what you said but I'd also keep an close eye on China who has taken over the lead as country that can end up bailing out Europe. Cheap labour = more money to spend.

      cervezab - 2010-12-08 07:07

      How do you justify that? Foreign relations and emergency aid are not very dependent on each other, and even if the US is the biggest aid donor, there are many other countries that donate money and are actually the ones sending the people to assist, so when it all adds up the US only gives a little of the total. And the majority of US aid goes to only 2 countries anyway (year after year), Israel and Egypt, so I assume the will keep nice and friendly relations

      SuperCal - 2010-12-08 07:37

      You are so right Cerezab....i mean the 10 billion that they pump into Africa is just a drop in the ocean...yea America, take your money back... Africa doesn't need it....Assane for president of the United States of African....Cervazab, you a freaking peanut who lives in the dark ages.

      megagasman - 2010-12-08 11:55

      Yes just like they did with hurricane Katrina and New Orleans in their own country.

  • herman.lourens - 2010-12-08 06:56

    Well done WikiLeaks. The US complaining about foreign relations being hurt after being corrupt in their dealings is like a criminal complaining about being caught after he committed a crime. LOL, what did they think was going to happen?

  • Ozymandios - 2010-12-08 07:25

    For far too long the USA Politicians be they Republicans or Democrats have been the worlds Policeman and feel they can do just what they want when they want. Now some dude from Aussie exposes them and they are all indignant. The people of the USA are in general a good bunch of folk but they too are now so brainwashed and indoctrinated by their politicians they too believe their own governemnt's crap.I am glad Wiki has shown them that if you live by the sword you'll die by the sword.You be the Bully Boy then one day a new Bully will come along and give you a really bitch-slap and put you back in your chair. Good on you Wiki. Now see if you can get around this scam of a sex charge in Sweden and give us some more juicy bits to read.

      Wonderboy - 2010-12-08 10:17

      So would you prefer the chinese to be the world's bully? I am almost certain they would pump billions into South Africa and want nothing for it. They would also NOT send cables about secret dealings, no. Everything would be absolutely above board. You are promoting an idiot who is shooting stability in the foot.

      Moosa Vawda - 2010-12-08 12:23

      SO what if the man is an anarchist? Shouldnt any stability be based upon truth and transparency? The man's methods were questionable but no doubt they have achieved an end which the entire thing was designed to do. Your desire for stability is well and good but at what cost?

      Jason - 2010-12-08 14:43

      @Moosa - at what cost? I can't imagine choosing this sort of exposure above world war and dictatorship from the communist east. I'm sorry but I prefer my happy bubble.

  • Ixian - 2010-12-08 07:40

    WikiLeaks has not hurt US foreign relations the bloody arrogant diplomats and politicians have. They are now playing the blame game to divert attention.

      cervezab - 2010-12-08 08:55

      yes, and they would have been gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those melding "truths" surfacing

  • ekkerd - 2010-12-08 08:12

    remember Assange was arrested for rape charges not for the leaks, the US government said themselves they don't know if he is actually committed a crime (apart from the rape charges). President Obama himself called for government transparency and passed a bill to protect whistle-blowers(like Assange) back in March.

      wtfxxbob - 2010-12-08 08:37

      I would like to see a wistle blower who were better off after spilling the beans...

      Schmalcolm - 2010-12-08 11:00

      Those with integrity are often prepared for personal sacrifice.

  • Anarchist - 2010-12-08 10:22

    Moral of the story is an age old saying, which is the following "Do not say anything about anyone that you would not say to their face" if you do then we have this happening.

      Schmalcolm - 2010-12-08 11:07

      Too true. For all of us who at some time have said something that ends up biting us in the butt, we pay for it and hopefully take it as a life lesson. Should be no different for any institution.

  • Sadness - 2010-12-08 10:25

    Good, glad to hear that. It is time that the US eats some humble pie. I think they are a great country, but their arrogance have known no bounds since the collapse of the Soviet Union and it is time that they ge a wake up call.

  • x - 2010-12-08 13:22

    Yes, if you lie and you get caught out; it normally affects your relations.

  • April - 2010-12-08 13:36

    They got sloppy and with today's advanced society you can't afford it, and now they are suprised with the outcome? Watch what you say big wigs!

  • Anon - 2010-12-08 19:27

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