'Disturbing,' DFA says of WikiLeaks

September 6, 2011 10:01 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 6 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive diplomatic reports is very “disturbing.”

At the same time, the DFA said the authenticity of the leaked State Department documents on a hidden world of backstage international diplomacy should be ascertained first.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Manila declined to comment on the WikiLeaks cables.

“We do not comment on the substance or authenticity of materials, including allegedly classified documents, which may have been leaked,” US Embassy Press Attaché Bettina Malone said.

The US embassy condemned in November the release of unauthorized information that are part of more than 250,000 documents from US embassies that were leaked by WikiLeaks, saying “any unauthorized disclosure of classified information by WikiLeaks has harmful implications for the lives of identified individuals that are jeopardized, but also for global engagement among and between nations.”

The US government also condemned in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information that puts people’s lives in danger, threatens US national security, and undermines efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.

The US is confident that US partnerships with nations will withstand the global diplomatic crisis sparked by WikiLeaks in its release of more than 250,000 classified cables from American embassies. (PNA) DCT/LDV/FPV


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