Sarkozy slams 'irresponsible' WikiLeaks secrets release

30th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday denounced the release of thousands of US diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks as "the ultimate degree of irresponsibility," the government spokesman said.

The French leader condemned the release of the diplomatic cables during a weekly cabinet meeting, spokesman Francois Baroin told reporters.

Sarkozy's office said Monday it would not be making any comment on the leaked documents, in which the president is portrayed by a US diplomat as "thin-skinned and authoritarian."

Potentially embarrassing cables for France include an account of a senior advisor to Sarkozy branding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "crazy" and Iran a "fascist state".

On Monday the French foreign ministry condemned the staggered release of the documents as "an attack on states' sovereignty."

The leaked cables have left diplomats worldwide red-faced and have drawn the ire of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called their release an "attack" on the US and the world.

© 2010 AFP

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