US State Department: Diplomats were not required to spy

November 30, 2010 22:46

WASHINGTON — State Department officials say secret instructions to American diplomats to gather sensitive personal information about foreign leaders originated from the U.S. intelligence community but did not require diplomats to spy.

Spokesman PJ Crowley said Tuesday that requests for DNA and biometric data on foreign officials contained in leaked classified cables published by Wikileaks came from "outside the Department of State." He said other government agencies passed the requests along as part of a "wish list" for information on foreign officials.

A senior department official said the requests came from "intelligence community managers"

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