UN chief says WikiLeaks makes diplomacy difficult

December 18, 2010 05:22


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UNITED NATIONS—  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stated that WikiLeaks' release of US diplomatic documents will make the conduct of business, and especially diplomacy, "very difficult."

On Nov. 29, The Guardian newspaper in Britain published a document dated July 2009 instructing US officials to gather intelligence about Ban and other top UN officials and diplomats, including technical details on communication systems, biometric information, as well as credit card and frequent flyer numbers.

At a new conference Friday, Ban said he is "quite transparent" but that there must be a way to respect the confidentiality of doing business as secretary-general or in any other senior position.

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