ASTANA, Kazakhstan — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday kicked off a four-nation diplomatic tour dogged by the disclosures of secret US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks, an act she called an assault on the international community.
On her first visit to this Central Asian nation as America's top diplomat, Clinton was speaking with leaders of Kazakh women's groups and holding a public "town hall" meeting with students and faculty at Eurasian University in the Kazakh capital.
On Wednesday she is scheduled to attend a summit meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the first top-level meeting of the 56-nation group in 11 years. Also expected to be attending are many heads of government and top foreign affairs officials from across Europe, including some mentioned in the leaked diplomatic documents.
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