Hillary Clinton makes a brief statement before a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Washington.—AFP

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the United States “deeply regrets” the release by WikiLeaks of confidential US documents, as she sought to reassure American allies.

“I will not comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables,” Clinton said, referring to some 250,000 documents being released by the whistleblowing website.

“But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats' personal assessments and observations.

“I want to make clear that our official foreign policy is not set through these messages, but here in Washington,” the top US diplomat added.

“Our policy is a matter of public record as reflected in our statements and our actions around the world.

“I would also add that to the American people and to our friends and partners, I want you to know that we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information,” she said.

Opinion

Editorial

Beyond the pale
Updated 09 Aug, 2022

Beyond the pale

When such ugliness is unleashed, everyone at some point suffers the fallout.
Burying Gaza
Updated 10 Aug, 2022

Burying Gaza

One fails to understand how the senseless killing of a child can be brushed so coldly under the carpet.
Celebrate the athlete
09 Aug, 2022

Celebrate the athlete

TALK about delivering on your promise: javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem did that in the grandest style at the...
An unseemly dispute
08 Aug, 2022

An unseemly dispute

THERE is clarity, but perhaps not of the kind that Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial hoped to achieve when...
Unfair on taxpayers
Updated 08 Aug, 2022

Unfair on taxpayers

Unfair move has drawn valid criticism as it coincides with drastic increase in income tax on salaried people and corporates.
Polio nightmare
08 Aug, 2022

Polio nightmare

AS if the resurgence of polio in southern KP were not enough, officials and international monitoring bodies must now...