December 11th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Obama still soothing post-WikiLeaks relations

From Mary Grace Lucas CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama spent some time Saturday morning on the phone reaffirming relationships with two key allies whose leaders popped up in unflattering U.S. State Department cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website.

In separate phone calls with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama discussed the "deplorable actions by WikiLeaks" and worked for reassurance the revelations wouldn't harm cooperation between nations, according to White House statements.

In a December 2004 cable, the U.S. ambassador in Ankara, Turkey at the time said Erdogan had an "authoritarian style and deep distrust of others" and "Islamic tendencies." Erdogan's aides were described as "sycophantic (but contemptuous)."

Erdogan previously called the comments slanderous and even threatened to sue over a suggestion made in that cable that he stashed wealth in Swiss bank accounts.

Leaked cables referencing Mexico suggest that the United States has doubts about the way Calderon's government is carrying out the fight against drug cartels.

A January 2010 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico says that "official corruption is widespread." It also said that much-needed information sharing between local law enforcement agencies battling the deadly drug cartels was problematically rare.


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  1. Margie

    What's really deplorable is the illegal actions of the US, such as Hilary clinton giving instructions to spy on UN partners. Wha'ts deplorable is how little the US people value other human beings and shoot children and fathers who have committed no crimes. What's deplorable is the torture committed by US staff. What's deplorable is the lies the US government tells it's voters. What's deplorable is the incompetence of US politicians. What's deplorable is the corruption of those in politics in the USA. What's deplorable is that the USA is too cowardly to face up to it's own faults and sentences a 23 year old to 52 years imprisonment and then threatens execution and assasination to a truly courageous freedom fighter. Obama, you will never repair the damage done, because you yourselves have done the damage and continue to do so. I suspect the rest of the world sees you for the incompetent you are. The more you try to undermine those who speak the truth, the more people distrust you for your own lack of truthfulness.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  2. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    Now, you want OBAMA to come out slamming WIKILEAKS for putting the truth out on those who were in high official places when they pulled those 'deceptives' AGAINST and on their world leader constituants and making those backstabbing, 'GRINNING IN THEIR FACES' remarks about them! THE WORLD'S FINALLY FINDING OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW TWO-FACED, DECEPTIVE, AND GREEDY SOME OF OUR AMERICAN OFFICIALS, TOP 2% ARE! IT'S NOT OBAMAS' FAULT THAT THE TRUTH CAME OUT! SOMEWAY IT ALWAYS DOES; EVEN TO THE DETRIMENT OF US ALL!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  3. Therese

    These are deplorable actions by Obama! While your on the phone apologising, why not admit the US made mistakes? Face up.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  4. smiley

    It is a '‘fallacy’’ for governments to believe they have to keep secrets from their people in order to govern.
    According to Thomas Jefferson 'Information' was the currency of democracy!
    Hide information from the public and how can the government be monitored or held accountable. Who monitors them if the public can not?????
    There has to be some sort of due process where secrets from over 60 years ago for example, can eventually be released and be filtered down to the public .Ultimately that is what should be happening but it is not.
    So that is why we need a press organisation such as Wikileaks.

    For now I will wait to see how Obama really responds with all this later but I hope that sense will prevail.
    However for the moment I am NOT particuarly impressed with some of these other Amercian politicians who are actively and aggressively trying to shut WikiLeaks down, threatening to prosecute Wikileaks media organisation for publishing official leaks, and putting pressure on companies to cease doing commercial business with WikiLeaks. This is a serious threat to our democracy- a democracy that relies on a free and fearless press to operate independently.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:26 am |