Hillary blasts `deeply distressing` leak of US sites

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regretted the "deeply distressing" release of a secret list of key infrastructure sites that could threaten US security if hit by terror strikes.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 10:36 AM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regretted the "deeply distressing" release of a secret list of key infrastructure sites that could threaten US security if hit by terror strikes.

"I will underscore that this theft of US government
information and its publication without regard for the
consequences is deeply distressing," Clinton said as she
briefed reporters with Japan and South Korea`s top diplomats.

"The illegal publication of classified information poses
real concerns and even potential damage to our friends and
partners" worldwide, she warned.

In one of its most explosive leaks of US secrets so far,
WikiLeaks yesterday divulged a list of key infrastructure
sites around the world that, if attacked, could critically
harm US security.

The whistleblower website released a February 2009 State
Department cable asking US missions to update a list of
infrastructure and key resources whose loss "could critically
impact" the country`s public health, economic life and
national security.

The list detailed undersea cables, key communications,
ports, mineral resources and firms of strategic importance in
countries ranging from Britain to New Zealand, via Africa, the
Middle East and China.
Also listed were European manufacturers of vaccines for
smallpox and rabies, an Italian maker of treatment for
snake-bite venom and a German company making treatment for
plutonium poisoning.
Compilation of the list would help "prevent, deter,
neutralize or mitigate the effects of deliberate efforts by
extremists to destroy, incapacitate or exploit" sites deemed
of "vital" importance to the United States, the cable said.

PTI