Rolf Ekéus. Foto: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

Swedish ambassador shares concern

"I'm worried."
4:21 min

Continued release of secret information by the controversial, whistleblowing internet site Wikileaks has once again sparked negative condemnations from American and other politicians – including the Swedish foreign minister.

They argue that the revelations of American requests to spy on UN ambassadors, secret Saudi Arabian calls for American attacks on Iran and harsh,  internal criticism of foreign political leaders have damaged crucial, international diplomacy.

Speaking with Radio Sweden, former Swedish UN ambassador Rolf Ekéus agrees.

"It's difficult to separate espionage at the UN from the normal information-gathering of normal diplomacy."

"I agree that earlier revelations of unreported civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were important, but diplomacy at the United Nations is the main tool for working against violence and for peace."  

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