Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt. Photo: Leif R. Jansson / SCANPIX
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Bildt: Wikileaks damages diplomatic discussions

The website Wikileaks has begun making public a fresh batch of secret documents that this time have the U.S. State Department squirming. The cables contain sensitive information and reports by U.S. diplomats, including frank descriptions of foreign leaders.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said that this could lead U.S. diplomacy to weaken while increasing the risk for conflicts. In an interview with Swedish Radio he warned that much of diplomacy is built on trust and that these kinds of conversations should remain confidential.

"The intention with publishing the documents might be to damage the U.S., but one shouldn't forget that this mainly hurts the American foreign department and that generally hurts the possibilities of diplomatic discussions in the world as a whole," Bildt said.

Of about a quarter of a million communiques that Wikileaks has already released to some media outlets, some 700 of the cables were sent from the American embassy in Stockholm to the U.S.

Many of the documents containing embarrassing information. In one telegram, a group of Arab leaders, including King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, reportedly urged the U.S. to attack suspected nuclear power plants in Iran.

In another cable, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is described as an "Alfa male" and Germany's Angela Merkel is said to be "rarely creative". Libyan President Muammar al-Qadaffi supposedly has a "bodacious blond nurse" travelling with him. These are only some of the comments U.S. diplomats have used to describe the world leaders.

Swedish ambassador shares concern

Rolf Ekéus. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

Continued release of secret information by the controversial, watch-dog internet site Wikileaks has once again sparked negative condemnations from American and other politicians – including the Swedish foreign minister. Swedish Ambassador Rolf Ekéus agrees.

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