Another Diplomatic Oops for the U.S., Courtesy of WikiLeaks
Posted on Feb 4, 2011
The U.S. and the U.K. have maintained a diplomatically symbiotic relationship, to all appearances, for decades, but yet another WikiLeaks cable cropped up to harsh that friendly mellow late this week. Let the official backpedaling commence. —KA
Leaked diplomatic cables show that within weeks of the appointment of Ivan Lewis as a junior foreign minister in 2009, US officials were briefing the office of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, about rumours that he was depressed and had a reputation as a bully.
They also were desperate for more information on Mr Lewis’s relationship with David Miliband, the then foreign secretary, and other senior Foreign Office staff.
A cable said Mrs Clinton’s office was keen for more information about “how Lewis works with Foreign Secretary Miliband and the FCO staff”. Mr Lewis was appointed as minister of state in the Foreign Office on June 10, 2009.
AP / Jose Luis Magana
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office is implicated in a newly revealed WikiLeaks cable that could make teatime conversation between British and American diplomats a bit strained for some time.