The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information that was illegally provided from United States government computers. Speaking before reporters in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said such disclosure from alleged confidential government cables "puts people's lives in danger, threatens national security, and undermines U.S. efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems:"
"This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity. I am confident that the partnerships that the Obama administration has worked so hard to build will withstand this challenge."
In her recent trip to Central Asia and the Middle East, Secretary Clinton noted that the alleged statements that have been published do not represent the policy of the United States. "The policy of the United States, said Secretary Clinton, "is made in Washington. The President [Barack Obama] and I are very clear about the direction that the United States is taking in support of our partners, and that will continue."
Secretary Clinton said she had spoken to many of her diplomatic counterparts in recent days, and all have agreed to continue to focus on the pressing issues and challenges that confront the international community.