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Nepal: U.S. Ambassador Delisi Fears Wiki-Leak Fallout

Posted by Mike E on December 2, 2010

Thanks to Hegemonik. The following appeared on Republica.

We have reported that the recent dump of U.S. diplomatic cables includes some heavy traffic about the Maoist revolutionaries in Nepal, and potentially documentation of secret U.S. ties to various forces in Nepal.

For example, this appeared a few days ago on the AHN site.

“A Wikileaks report says the documents date to 1995, with almost 1,200 tagged with PTER (Prevention of Terrorism). There are 339 with the specific tag “Maoist” or “Maoist Insurgency.””

Now comes daily reports from Kathmandu that the U.S. ambassador is scrambling (before the release of these documents) to do damage control. We do not yet know when the documents will be public, or what they contain. But we can assume that the U.S. ambassador DeLisi does.

DeLisi meets Sujata on WikiLeaks release

REPUBLICA, KATHMANDU, Dec 1: In an apparent bid to control possible damages to Nepal-US relation in light of the announcement of WikiLeaks to release classified US dossiers on Nepal, US Ambassador Scott H DeLisi on Wednesday called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala to emphasize that such a move will not affect the Nepal-US ties.

“He said the US is concerned over possible repercussions the planned release of confidential documents by WikiLeaks will bring in the Nepal-US ties,” said Koirala about her meeting with the US envoy at her office Wednesday morning, adding, “The documents to be released by the WikiLeaks may not be based on facts. There might be reporting about government officials, politicians, civil society leaders, journalists, etc in the report to be released.”

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