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WikiLeaks release ‘deplorable’: Obama

In a telephonic conversation with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. President Barack Obama said the disclosures by WikiLeaks would not influence or disrupt relations between the two countries. File photo  

United States President Barack Obama has slammed WikiLeaks for releasing thousands of classified U.S. government documents and has termed the act of whistleblower website as “deplorable“.

During a telephonic conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mr. Obama expressed his regrets for the deplorable action by WikiLeaks and both the leaders agreed that it will not influence or disrupt the close cooperation between the United States and Turkey, the White House said.

“The leaders discussed the enduring importance of the U.S.—Turkish partnership and affirmed their commitment to work together on a broad range of issues,” the White House said in a statement .

Turkey in particular has been in the spotlight in the wake of the documents dump, which included 7,918 cables from the US embassy in Ankara, the post with the most cables in the leaked stash.


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