Wikileaks: Poland angry with US in 2008 over missile deal

December 8, 2010 01:08


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WARSAW, Poland — When Poland learned in 2008 that the US would not be giving it operational Patriot missiles to bolster its defenses, one minister dismissed what his nation would be getting instead as "potted plants," according to a newly released diplomatic cable.

The document, released by WikiLeaks and published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper, came as Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was preparing to visit the White House on Wednesday for the first time.

Komorowski did not discuss the issue before flying to the US on Tuesday, but Poland's prime minister said the American negotiating tactics described in the cable left Poland "stripped of all illusions" about the way the United States deals with even its closest allies.

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