Russia demands expulsion of reporters, envoys over UN leaks

October 24, 2012 23:16

UNITED NATIONS - Russia slammed leaks to the media from a closed-door Security Council briefing on Syria on Wednesday, saying diplomats and journalists involved should be stripped of UN accreditation for the release of confidential information.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was angry that some diplomats conveyed to Reuters that the UN-Arab League mediator for the Syrian conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, told the 15-member council that Syrian President Bashar Assad had accepted Brahimi's plan for an Eid holiday ceasefire.

"It's a shame that somebody's feeding information, or disinformation, to Reuters from the consultation room of the Security Council. This is a scandalous thing, we have seen this before. I hope they are paid well," Churkin told reporters.

Reuters adhered to the highest standards in reporting this story, a company spokesperson said. "It is fair and accurate and we stand by it," the spokesperson said.

Despite his frustration at the leak, Churkin confirmed the Reuters article in comments to reporters at the Security Council media stakeout after the briefing on the 19-month Syrian conflict had finished.

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