December 2nd, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Sec. of State Clinton and Pakistan President speak on WikiLeaks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have agreed not to let recent WikiLeaks revelations "cast a shadow on the strategic partnership" between their countries, a spokesman for the president said.

The two officials spoke over the telephone about bilateral matters with
reference to the recent leaks of U.S. diplomatic cables, the spokesman said. WikiLeaks is a website known for leaking official secrets.

They agreed that the WikiLeaks publications were not only unauthorized, but were also out of context and based on raw information that failed to reflect the correct nature of the purported official correspondence.

The spokesman said the president regards the leaks as a thing of the past and he looks forward to the future and the promise it holds.

U.S. diplomatic cables cited by The New York Times reveal concerns over Pakistan's uranium stockpile, its role in the struggle against Islamic militants and its economic crisis.

CNN cannot independently verify the content of all the cables from the
website.

Cables revealed by The Times show that the U.S. ambassador in Islamabad was concerned over a supply of highly enriched uranium at an aging research reactor, allegedly enough to build several "dirty bombs."

The Times cites a cable dated May 27, 2009, in which Ambassador Anne Patterson said the Pakistani government was dragging its feet on an agreement that would allow the United States to remove the material.

She said the Pakistani government was concerned that the "sensational' international and local media coverage of Pakistan's nuclear weapons made it impossible to proceed at this time."

One document cited says Zardari had told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
that the Pakistani military might "take me out."

Other governments are also preoccupied by Pakistan, including Saudi
Arabia, according to a CNN survey of the leaked cables.

In a cable sent to Washington in February, Ambassador James Smith writes: "King Abdullah firmly believes that Asif Zardari is the primary obstacle to the government's ability to move unequivocally to end terrorist safe havens there ('when the head is rotten, it affects the whole body')."

A cable from June 2009 said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told U.S. diplomats that Pakistan was his "private nightmare," suggesting that the world might wake up one morning "with everything changed" after a potential Islamic extremist takeover.

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  1. Frank Hummel

    Here's a bit of info about WikiLeaks-

    With respect to the question of whether the US should prosecute Julian Assange- at this point, it really doesn't make any difference. The WORLD is ALREADY VOTING.

    Here is my daily status report: I checked a bit earlier, and at this point WikiLeaks is alive and well and living mainly in Europe - but more broadly, all over the planet. It is currently being mirrored on 2,194 sites (updated 2010-12-15 15:56 GMT) , up from 208 just over a week ago. More than 1,606 "Cablegate" Embassy cables have now been released. And they REALLY DO make for some rather interesting reading. I heartily recommend that PEOPLE REALLY SHOULD GO AND CHECK OUT THE MATERIAL FOR THEMSELVES (rather than relying on "legitimate" sources - e.g. the Guardian, der Spiegel, the NY Times, etc.) to "filter" the truth for them. Just visit, for example, WikiLeaks.de (.de = Deutschland). THINK FOR YOURSELVES! This is SUPPOSED to be a DEMOCRACY!

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