WikiLeaks: US says gave heads-up to India on ISI

The US gave heads up to India, besides Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the leak of classified documents pertaining to the war against terrorism.

Updated: Jul 27, 2010, 10:53 AM IST

Washington: The United States gave heads
up to India, besides Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the leak of
more than 90,000 classified documents pertaining to the war
against terrorism.

The documents released by Wikileaks, which the Obama
Administration Tuesday said a federal violation, further
strengthens what top Indian officials have been saying for
quite some time now that ISI has links with al-Qaeda, Taliban
and other extremist organizations.

"We also gave a heads-up to India," State Department
spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news
briefing as he said that the Governments of Afghanistan and
Pakistan were also informed about the upcoming documents.

Both the White House and the State Department
acknowledged that they are concerned about the links between
ISI and the extremist elements.

"From the standpoint of India, India clearly, you
know, wants to see, that Pakistan is taking steps to bring to
justice those people that threaten neighboring states,"
Crowley said.

"So, clearly, as we`ve said many, many times, if
Pakistan wants to convince India that it has made this kind of
fundamental change, bringing to justice those who are
responsible for the Mumbai attack would be a very, very
constructive and important step," he said in response to a
question.

Noting that combating terrorism is an element of its
relationship with India, likewise with Pakistan and
Afghanistan, he said the US strongly believes that the proof
is in what people do, not what people say.

"As we`ve highlighted here, the fact that Pakistan is
taking aggressive action against insurgents within its own
borders reflects their understanding that now insurgents
threaten Pakistan itself," Crowley said.

The spokesman said the US continues to have
conversations with Pakistan on bringing to justice those
responsible for the Mumbai attack.

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