Wikileaks revelations sensation and senseless: Cong

Under attack from Opposition over Wikileaks cables suggesting "US tilt" in UPA cabinet reshuffle in 2006, Congress on Tuesday rejected their authenticity describing them as elements of "sensation" and "senseless".

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 21:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Under attack from Opposition
over Wikileaks cables suggesting "US tilt" in UPA cabinet
reshuffle in 2006, Congress on Tuesday rejected their authenticity
describing them as elements of "sensation" and "senseless".

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said if national
political parties or the whole country was to go into reacting
to these sensational tit bits from elements like Wikileaks
weekly, "this country`s democracy, its spirit, its stability
would be diminished."
"These are elements of sensation and all the more
senseless. These are subjective views of individuals at an
unauthenticated and unverified stage. There is no question of
accepting their veracity, no question of accepting their
authenticity," Singhvi said.

Terming as "very serious" reports on leaked
diplomatic cables suggesting a "US tilt" in 2006 Cabinet, the
BJP today demanded that the government clarify its stand on
the issue. Party leader Venkaiah Naidu said the US envoy
should be asked to clarify and if needed India should lodge a
protest with Washington.

The issue was also raised in Rajya Sabha today with
CPI-M members supported by leaders from CPI, BJP and Shiv Sena
attacking the government on the issue.

CPI-M members in the Rajya Sabha raised the issue and
said the Wikileaks cable quoted the US Ambassador in India
David C Mulford as saying that there was "undeniable pro-
American tilt" in the then Cabinet reshuffle.

They said Mulford had described change in the
Petroleum portfolio as a "determination to ensure that
US-India relations continue to move ahead rapidly."
The report had it that Mani Shankar Aiyar, seen by the
US as "contentious and outspoken Iran pipeline advocate", was
replaced by "pro- US" Murli Deora.

PTI