Russia vows to study leaked US cables
The head of Russia's foreign intelligence said Tuesday that his agency intended to scrutinize the volumes of confidential US cables released by the WikiLeaks website this week.
WikiLeaks "released a treasure trove of analytical material," Interfax quoted Foreign Intelligence Agency chief Mikhail Fradkov as saying.
"We draw conclusions (from various information) all the time, but this is a particularly exceptional event," said Fradkov, adding that his agency's assessment of the leaked cables would be reported to the top Kremlin command.
But Fradkov refused to say whether the leaks delivered a blow to US diplomacy or otherwise hurt its relations with foreign partners.
"Foreign intelligence does not comment on these types of events," he said.
Some of the leaked US cable were particularly critical of Russia's political system, which was described as corrupt and infested with organised crime.
They described Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as ineffective and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the country's real leader who was likely to return to power in 2012.
Russian Foreign Sergei Lavrov dismissed the cables as "amusing" and the Kremlin's spokeswoman described them as unworthy of official comment.
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