Shashank Bengali
Middle East Diary
November 27, 2010

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With reports swirling that a third document-dump by the Internet organization WikiLeaks could be imminent – and might reveal confidential comments by foreign leaders about their governments – American diplomats are in damage-control mode.

The Washington Post reported today that the new round of secret U.S. military documents “could reveal that senior government officials in other countries are the sources of embarrassing information about the inner workings of those governments, thus making it more difficult for the State Department to obtain such intelligence in the future.”

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With Iraq beginning a sensitive and high-stakes month of negotiations over a new government that would run the country for the next four years, U.S. officials here are worried about what secrets the new leaks could reveal. In a briefing with foreign correspondents this morning, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad, Jim Jeffrey, called WikiLeaks “an absolutely awful impediment to my business, which is to be able to have discussions in confidence with people.”

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