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US ambassador braces for Wikileaks revelations
US ambassador, left, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Photo: DPA

US ambassador braces for Wikileaks revelations

Published: 28 Nov 2010 12:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Nov 2010 12:47 GMT+01:00

American ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he regretted the imminent leak of confidential diplomatic dossiers through the internet platform Wikileaks, which he slammed as an irresponsible endangerment of global security.

"It's difficult to say what effect this will have," Murphy told the newspaper. "It will uncomfortable at the very least - for my government, for those who are mentioned in the reports, and for me personally as the American ambassador to Germany.''

Bild am Sonntag reported that German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle gets a particularly poor appraisal in international diplomatic circles.

Westerwelle is considered politically weak, because he has been unable to follow through on the campaign promises he made with his Free Democratic Party (FDP) last year, the paper reported.

Westerwelle's competence for the foreign ministry has also reportedly been questioned by diplomats. As his tenure began in October last year, US diplomats said the new foreign minister "still had to learn his job."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called members of the German government in recent days to warn them of the leaks in a bid to minimise the fallout. Wikileaks was due to start releasing the documents late on Sunday, German time.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is also expected to receive a critical, though slightly more positive, appraisal, while Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is apparently as popular among international diplomats as he is among the German population.

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Your comments about this article

20:00 November 28, 2010 by Lancer565
It's good to talk.

It's good to know what's being said too. Though it will hardly be a revelation to learn that Gordon Brown was as mad as a hatter. Is there anyone who didn¦#39;t know that?
20:48 November 28, 2010 by dbert4
Via Wikileaks!
21:18 November 28, 2010 by Canadianhaggis
guess I have to wait till Thursday to find out the Yanks think Canadians are wimps.

From BBC

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, says the US authorities are afraid of being held to account.

No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic files to the website but suspicion has fallen on US Army private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of classified US documents to Mr Assange's organisation.
05:33 November 29, 2010 by Dsar
So Diplomats should be 100% honest with one another? So Merkel should tell Obama that he's an retarded idiot boy child to his face, which we all know is the truth. Everyone get off their high horse. We all lie to one another and call it politeness.
06:06 November 29, 2010 by rgmx4u
Germany - a sovereign country?

"The Bush Administration was caught warning Germany in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for Central Intelligence Agency employees."

Some doubts seem to be permitted.
07:29 November 29, 2010 by Victor Scicluna
Look as much fun as some might have leaking private conversations is always and will always be immoral and dangerous.

Let´s not beat about the bush, we all make comments about our loved one, kids, best friends, bosses, colleagues behind their back in private to other persons. Leaking such information not only hurts but can kill a relationship.

Leaking remarks about politicians is childish and sick, who of us has never joked or rmarked about an aquaintance´s sexual orientation such as gay or looks or lack of intellignece.

Leaking Corruption and abuse is another topic, this falls under whistle blowing but leaking remarks or fears expressed by politicians under the understanding this was a one to one talk is as immoral as it should be.......

So many leaders are worried about Iran´s nuclear race ... of course they are .. so Westerwelle has to learn his job ..... wow .. who doesn´t.
01:39 December 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
What happened to all these promises of transparency? It seems transparency has to come from outside sources with access to leaked documents, and all of a sudden people want to kill the messenger. Do you want to know what your governments are doing or not? I, for one, do.
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