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Abbas: I’m not afraid of Wikileaks

Jan. 3, 2011 10:12 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2011 9:15 P.M.)
DAKAR, Senegal (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said he was not concerned over any material that could be released about him or his government by the whistleblower site Wikileaks, saying follow-up with the site was not on his agenda.

"I hear talk about it," Abbas told Ma'an, but said he had no personal interactions with the site, adding that the PA was "not afraid of any leaked document," because officials "say things in public and not in secret. If there’s anyone afraid of these documents, it would be the ones who say something in public while they have another position in secret.”

With hundreds of diplomatic cables set to be released from the archives of the American Consulate in Jerusalem and thousands of others from the country's Embassy in Tel Aviv, some feared details of back-door dealings would emerge into the public sphere.

The cables set for release from the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem offices include cables sent to Washington during Israel's 2006 war in southern Lebanon, as well as follow-up from Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-9.

"Wikileaks is a defect of the American administration," Abbas concluded, calling it "shameful" that hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables were leaked and would be made public.

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