State Dept. Trying to Mend Fences With Russia After Leaked Cables Show U.S. Frustration With Russian Corruption
December 2, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—Last February, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow referred to the Russian capital as a “kleptocracy” under former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, noting that “almost everyone at every level is involved in some form of corruption or criminal behavior,” according to cables recently released via Wikileaks. Worse, the American Embassy said in the leaked cables that the Kremlin put up with Luzhkov because he could bring in votes for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling party. Now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff are working to control the fallout from these and other cables that have angered Putin, as well as other world leaders, CNN reports.
Clinton’s efforts come on the heels of news that Wikileaks has thousands more documents to release, which will probably take place over the course of several months. The State Dept. has now reached out to 186 countries to control the damage from the Wikileaks release, and President Obama hired a counterterrorism expert to try and fix holes in the U.S. security system, CNN notes.
Meanwhile, Amazon announced via its Twitter page yesterday that it will no longer allow Wikileaks to rent server space from the online retailer, following a complaint from a U.S. senator, CNN reports.