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Monday November 29th Appointments: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton *updated*- Clinton to address Wikileaks

November 29, 2010

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries, at the Department of State.

10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, at the Department of State.

1:00 p.m.** Secretary Clinton delivers a statement to the press, at the Department of State
PM Secretary Clinton departs for foreign travel.

Apparently Secretary Clinton will be speaking about WikiLeaks at 1pm today at the State Dept.

*UPDATE* The time of the Secretary Clinton’s press statement has changed to 1:00PM.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:05 pm

    From what has been released so far, I think the most “damaging” at this point for the US, and Hillary in particular, is the report that she ordered US diplomats and intelligence assets at the UN mission to spy on Ban Ki-Moon and other UN diplomats. Though espionage is nothing new in the gamesmanship among powerful states, it is nonetheless embarrassing to be found out (or get caught). I’ve seen reports from Al-Jazeera and BBC, and so far much of the emphasis has been on the Persian Gulf states’ kings pressuring the US to bomb Iran, and US & South Korean diplomats discussing a possible Korean unification scenario (post-Kim Jong-Il, presumably). CNN reports that Ahmadinejad downplayed the leaks as nothing but psy-war. BBC’s Kim Ghattas noted how Hillary had been emphasizing Internet freedom in her speeches, and now finding out that the same freedom has just made her job more difficult.

  2. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:53 pm

    For a different perspective on Wiki docu dump, here’s Anglachel (http://anglachelg.blogspot.com/2010/11/wikileaks-cuo-bono.html):

    I’m going to ruffle more than a few feathers with this post, but there are two words that come to mind when I read over the information Wikileaks is releasing.

    Valerie Plame.

    And on Bradley Manning, the suspected source of the leaks, here’s another view from someone who used to work in the army: “The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top” (http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/i-aint-buying-it/)

    I don’t know who was behind this mess but it wasn’t somebody at the bottom of the food chain. Spys like Robert Hanssen and John Walker spent decades getting into positions of trust and they couldn’t have pulled this off.

    The person or persons responsible for this are or were occupying high positions in our government. Some people suspect Dick Cheney. I’m not suggesting he had anything to do with this but he probably knows the people who did.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    November 29, 2010 2:36 pm

    And in a separate but related story:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/bombs-kill-iran-nuclear-scientist-wound/

    • November 29, 2010 2:48 pm

      Yeah, heard that on the way in to work. Iran certainly is experiencing a lot of problems with their nuclear program, whether civilian or military! I think that’s the second bomb to go off killing a nuclear scientist (and his wife) of late. If this is the US or Israel that’s not good because that’s sort of, well, a terrorist way of offing someone. Of course, it could be someone inside Iran too- it’s not like they don’t have legions of people who hate them.

      I suppose Clinton gave her statement to the press already- I couldn’t find it live-streaming anywhere.

      The good news for the State Dept. is that we generally have an attention span of about 23 minutes. Sarah Palin will come out and say something stupid and get in the news again. Of course, more WikiLeaks are coming out- they are staggering their release.

      Lets be honest, if we weren’t outraged about finding out from the last revelations that the DoD covered up the murder of civilians and the journalist killed by that US black hawk helicopter crew (while they were gleefully shooting knowing that they were hitting civilians) I guess nothing will really outrage us.

  4. November 29, 2010 3:05 pm

    Interesting how different countries’ news organizations focus on different data and have their own perspectives on it. Der Spiegel is clearly interested in how the US government views the rest of the world, while the US press focuses on Iran, Iran, and Iran.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,731583,00.html

  5. rachel permalink
    November 29, 2010 3:33 pm

    I think one interesting point the secretary clinton did make although she did it in jest was that she said one of her counterparts said don’t worry you should see what they say about us. Would we be outraged at some of the names we are called and things that are done if someone hacked into some other countries dipolmatic information? Or would we say the U.S probably deserved it?

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