Clinton Condemns WikiLeaks Release

Monday, November 29, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is condemning the release of millions of documents by the group WikiLeaks. According to The Associated Press, WikiLeaks has begun posting documents online, and ultimately plans to release more than 250,000 documents.

Speaking from Washington, D.C. on Monday, Clinton said the release of any classified information endangers lives and threatens security. "This disclosure is not just an attack America's foreign policy interests," Clinton said. "It is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity."

The New York Times, which has obtained the documents, reported that many included details of conversations between, and characterizations of, international diplomats, as well as conversations about global security concerns, including nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.

Clinton said the U.S. is working to bring those responsible for stealing the information to justice. "Whatever are the motives in disseminating these documents, it is clear that releasing them poses real risks to real people, and often to the very people who have dedicated their own lives to protecting others," she said. Clinton also said she's confident that international relationships built by the administration would "withstand this challenge."

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