‘New WikiLeaks release may affect Indo-US ties’

The US has warned India and other key governments across the world about a new potentially embarrassing release of classified documents by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

Updated: Nov 28, 2010, 00:10 AM IST

New York: The US has warned India and other
key governments across the world about a new potentially
embarrassing release of classified documents by the
whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks which may harm the American
interests and create tension in its ties with its "friends".

"We have reached out to India to warn them about a
possible release of documents," State Department Spokesman PJ
Crowley said.

"We do not know precisely what WikiLeaks has or what it
plans to do. We have made our position clear. These documents
should not be released," Crowley said, ahead of the expected
release by the website of millions of sensitive diplomatic
cables.

It is not known yet what is contained in these documents
about India-related issues.

The WikiLeaks has said there would be "seven times" as
many secret documents as the 400,000 Iraq war logs it
published last month.

On his Twitter account, Crowley said the State Department
officials have also contacted leaders in Germany, Saudi
Arabia, the UAE, Britain, France and Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton too reached out to
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, as the WikiLeaks, the
whistle-blower website, is expected to release some three
million classified US cables involving some of its key allies
including Australia, Britain, Israel, Russia, Turkey and
India.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, urged WikiLeaks to stop "dangerous" leaks.

"I would hope that those who are responsible for this
would, at some point in time, think about the responsibility
that they have for lives that they`re exposing... and stop
leaking this information," Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN.

"It continues to be extremely dangerous," he said. "We
are very mindful of the announcement that WikiLeaks made
earlier this week, that there is a release of documents
pending at some point in the future."

PTI