Document leaks are responsibility of the U.S. government, says Peru’s Foreign Minister

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By Jorge Riveros Cayo
LivinginPeru.com

Document leaks are responsibility of the U.S. government, says Peru’s Foreign Affairs Minister
García Belaunde assured that diplomatic relations between Peru and the U.S: will not be affected by the disclosure of documents. (Photo: El Comercio)

Peru’s Foreign Minister, José Luis García Belaunde, said today that the disclosure of thousands of cables sent from the U.S. Embassy in Lima to Washington D.C is a subject to be solved by the United States.

“Peru cannot be responsible for what the United States ambassador in Lima says,” assured the minister at a press conference offered today.

This is the first official statement the Peruvian government does about this subject.

Yesterday, WikiLeaks disclosed 251,287 dispatches through five newspapers of Europe and the United States, creating a diplomatic international crisis.

The more than quarter million cables, sent from no less than 250 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world and the Department of State, include 1,388 documents delivered from the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said condemned today the disclosure of the confidential diplomatic cables, saying that it was an attack not only on American foreign policy interests but on the international community, reported The New York Times.

“The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of these classified documents,” she said at a news conference at the State Department. “It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.”

García Belaunde also said he was contrary to the disclosure of these documents because they were tagged as “secret.”

“This is a matter exclusively of the United States and of the relationship the Department of State has with its embassies, There is no way a country where the information originated can be compromised. Peru cannot be responsible for what the U.S. ambassador says in Lima. Let us leave things where they are,” he explained to El Comercio daily.

The minister said he knew there are 1,388 documents that were sent from the U.S. Embassy in Lima, but does not know the contents of these.

According to the Peruvian blog Blawyer.org, 29 of these 1,388 cables were classified as “secret”, and 398 as “confidential.”

These documents are tagged under the following subjects: Internal Government Affairs (648), Foreign Affairs (540), Economic Issues (314), Foreign Commerce (325), Security ( 316), Intelligence (252), Travel (214), SNAR (201), Human Rights (167), Foreign Investment (159), and Terrorism (119).

Other subjects mentioned are Venezuela (39), Military and Defense Issues (43), and Chile (29).

The Guardian assured there are also 124 additional documents where Peru is mentioned but not sent from the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

At the end of the press conference, García Belaunde denied that diplomatic relations between Peru and United States will be affected due to the disclosure of these cables by WikiLeaks.

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