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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton privately told aides that her current tour through the capitals of Washington's Middle Eastern allies is actually an "apology tour," meant to ease relations damaged by the revelation of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, UK newspaper the Independent reported on Wednesday.
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According to the report, following a meeting with Arab leaders in Yemen on Tuesday, Clinton told aides she should have a tour jacket like those worn by rock band roadies with a "big picture of the world and would say 'The Apology Tour' on it."
Clinton's six-day trip includes stops in UAE, Oman and Qatar, who were revealed as fearing a nuclear Iran and shown urging the US to take action against the regime in Teheran in various WikiLeaks cables.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced
that the website will step up its publication schedule of secret
documents, promising more revelations based on the group's stash of
confidential US embassy cables and other leaks.
WikiLeaks sparked an international uproar with the publication of
hundreds of classified US diplomatic cables late last year, revelations
that caused weeks worth of embarrassing news stories for the US and its
allies. But the flow of leaks, published in The New York Times
, Der Spiegel
, Le Monde
and El Pais
, has slowed recently amid a
barrage of online attacks, financial difficulties and the Swedish
prosecution of Assange.
Assange, 39, spoke to reporters outside London's high-security Belmarsh
Magistrates' Court, where he and his lawyers appeared for a hearing in
his fight against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted in a
Assange, wearing a dark suit, was in court for just 10 minutes for a
discussion of his next appearance, scheduled for February 7.