Some foreign governments are reducing engagement with U.S. diplomats and other officials after the release of WikiLeaks documents, U.S. officials said yesterday in a sign of potential lasting damage caused by the huge public dump of classified cables.
Officials at both the State Department and the Pentagon said that some foreign governments were already pulling back. “We have gotten indications that there is at least some change in how individuals and governments cooperate with us,” said Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.
Lapan renewed concerns that would-be informants or established intelligence sources might not be coming forward out of fear they could be exposed, or that governments might become more “circumspect with the information they share.”
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said there were no plans for a large-scale reshuffle of U.S. diplomatic personnel. But he conceded that in some cases foreign governments were approaching U.S. diplomatic contacts with new skepticism.
Assange held with no bail
WASHINGTON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was remanded in custody by a British court yesterday over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.
The most serious accusation Swedish prosecutors made against him in a statement on their website is that he committed “rape, less serious crime” — which apparently consists of failure to use a condom during sexual intercourse.
The two women who accuse Assange of sexual misconduct allegedly just wanted to track him down and persuade him to be tested for STDs. –Metro/Reuters