WikiLeaks, Hillary and Susan Rice

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In a wide-ranging press conference at United Nations headquarters on December 2nd, the United States’ UN ambassador Susan Rice continued to play down any negative impact from WikiLeaks‘ release of sensitive State Department documents. She also denied that any of the U.S. diplomats, at least those under her control, had done anything improper. She carried over the same theme that she relayed to reporters earlier in the week on November 29th when the State Department leaks were first published. Responding to reporters’ questions on both occasions, Rice said that “our diplomats are just that – diplomats. That’s what they do every day. They do the work of diplomats and nothing else.”

Rice did manage during her December 2nd press conference to go beyond her previous bland remarks in one respect. This time she used the words “reprehensible” and “inexcusable” to describe the leaks. However, this rhetorical slap on WikiLeaks‘ wrist hardly compares with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who on November 29th told reporters in Washington that “this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests, it is an attack on the international community.” Hillary also claimed that the latest leaks put “people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.”

Rice does not appear to be on the same page as Clinton. She believes that everything is fine in UN paradise irrespective of WikiLeaks.

One would think that the disclosure of State Department cables instructing U.S. delegates at the United Nations and at embassies abroad to collect highly personal information concerning foreign diplomats and UN officials, right up to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, would have disturbed Ambassador Rice. But even that did not faze her.

Rice refused to make any comment on the substance of these explosive cables, referring to them as “alleged classified material.”

As for the impact of their disclosure, Rice’s attitude was essentially “no worries.” She told reporters that, aside from a bit of “unpleasantness” and “awkwardness” after the news first came out, she was gratified to have received the support of many of her colleagues in other UN delegations. “They understand,” Rice said, “we are here to work with them as partners and colleagues.” She expressed confidence that American diplomats at the United Nations and around the world would continue “excellently the work they do every day in supporting and advancing the interests of the United States.”

Hillary Clinton appears to be far more worried than Rice, or maybe Rice is just a much better actress.

In any case, Rice has put as much distance between herself and Clinton on the WikiLeaks issue as she could without appearing too obvious.

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  • elixelx

    Well, what did you expect? Do rats aid other rats when abandoning a sinking ship?

  • Bear from Russia

    Wikileaks and the freedom of speech at the Universities

  • ViewPoint

    Shortly after the WikiLeaks exposé, Julian Assange urged Hillary to resign. Is it just a coincidence that within a week Hillary announced that she is done with politics and will not seek another public office? It is so uncharacteristic of Hillary to walk away before her politician thirst is quenched and ultimate dream as the first female President of the United States is realized. Up to now, she has not only been willing to fight for her political ambitions, she has been ferociously eager to get into the mud and fight dirty to the death. Was this Hillary throwing in the towel and simultaneously begging for a bone? Was she subtlety soliciting Assange to allow her to finish out her term as Sec. of State with the concession that she would retreat permanently into the private sector? Assange certainly got his way. He must have an ace up his sleeve that he is willing to hold back if she steps down and bows out. Interestingly, Assange is now urging obam to step down.

  • rick s

    Of course. Rice reports directly to Obama and she wants Hillary's job. She and Obama hate Hillary and they are just praying that Hillary quits

  • guest

    So, all our wars were at our masters call, Saudi Arabia. The same pinheads who took the towers down.
    They are going solar. We are forced to use oil by our real masters the corporation.

    More dangerous than Iran?

  • ApolloSpeaks

    What is it that urged Julian Assange to commit his crimes against America? Click my name for the answer.

  • 2maxpower

    it doesn't bother the progressives. they control the media (or they know the media will not publish or keep plugging at the issue) so at worst this is a bump in the road and not any kind of derailment.

    if you want to see what will happen next just look how climategate still hasn't gotten any traction. how the world marches on and the globe continues to "warm" even in the deep freeze.

    the people I talk to (I travel for work around the world) they all still believe the world is warming due to mankind.

    the lie will continue to be told …as with climate or diplomatic as with military secrets.

    it is no different then the soviet communism of stalin. they speak to the children and they mold the minds. they aren't trying to change your mind or mine. they know we are solid in our thinking. they are after the others and they will just marginalize us.

    • stephencuz

      "they are after the others and they will just marginalize us."
      I disagree. Eventually, they will kill us. Tell me when in history a rising Leftist regime allowed it's enemy to live. We will either be enslaved, imprisoned, or killed ~ Period.

    • 2maxpower

      lol …you can't get more marginalized then that.. yes eventually they will just kill us or put us in "camps" or something like that. you are correct always ends up that way.

  • Steve Chavez

    I'm more worried about current and real National Security secrets that many of in Congress are learning while being in Intelligence committees and then are guests and/or speakers at Communist Party USA and Democrat Socialist conventions! Many still have Bush Derangement Syndrome and will use all info to go after Gitmo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and especially, Israel!

  • USMCSniper

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has never done anything significant in her entire life and her inflated opinion of herself is downright laughable. If she had not chased and married Bill Clinton and hung on his coat tails she would never would have been a "carpetbagger" New York Senator from Arkansas, and for damn sure she would never have been an also ran failed contender for the Democrat Party 2008 Presidential candidate nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton has never gotten one single job on her own anywhere in her life. And when she got them she botched every single one of them. But now this inept failure is the Secretary of State and again failing rather miserably.

  • badaboo

    stephencuz asnd 2maxpower , two unbelievably ignoirant wussies , WHAT CAMPS ? WHO will be enslaved ? AND BY WHOM ?
    You people are going to die allright , and it will be OF IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY.
    HELLO ….the enemy here is Assange and his bunch , as for Clinton and her instructions to diplomats ?
    What are you people STUPID OR WHAT ? What do you think foreign Embassies are for ? Did you people just fall out of a christmas tree ?
    You folks are sop full of your partisan B.S> that you can't even think straight .