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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
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US soldier charged with endangering national security
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.
The secretary-general's comment came on the same day as the US Defense
Department sought to deny reports that the US Army private suspected of
passing much classified information to WikiLeaks, including the
well-publicized trove of diplomatic cables, is being mistreated at a
Marine prison near Washington.
Jeff Paterson, director of the
California-based Courage to Resist project, said visitors report that
Pfc. Bradley Manning generally spends at least 23 hours a day alone in a
cell no larger than about 64 square feet (6 sq. meters).
believe it's a form of punishment prior to conviction," Paterson said of
the terms of Manning's confinement while awaiting possible court
Paterson has not visited Manning personally but others who have described conditions in the prison.
Department spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters that Manning has
the same privileges as all other prisoners held in what the military
calls "maximum custody."