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India has taken a wait and watch stance over leaked US diplomatic cables by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks considering the maintainace of good relationship with the country.

Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has said:

“This is a very sensitive issue. We have good bilateral relations (with the US) and they had already warned us. So, I think it is not the right time to comment on it. We want to continue having good relationship with the US. So, I think let us wait and work this out.”

The United States said on Monday that it deeply regretted the release of any classified information and would tighten security to prevent such things in future . Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the country would take aggressive steps to hold responsible those who “stole” them.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed off WikiLeaks claim saying Washington organized the leak to pursue political objectives. He said Tehran’s relations with its neighbors would not be harmed by the revelations. Read More

Thousands of US diplomatic messages leaked on Sunday revealing US diplomats’ unflattering views of allies.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin mockingly termed the ‘alpha dog’ by one of the cables. Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a ‘weak personality’ who was ‘driven by paranoia’ and ‘conspiracy theories’. See more here

WikiLeaks also provided candid views of foreign leaders and sensitive information on terrorism and nuclear proliferation. The documents show Saudi donors remain chief financiers of militant groups like al Qaeda.

The files have also exposed a dangerous standoff over the use of highly enriched uranium in Pakistani reactor as America fears the fuel can be used for making illicit nuclear device. Since 2007, the US has mounted a highly secret effort, so far unsuccessful, to remove from a Pakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fear could be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device.

The documents show that the Barack Obama administration has been struggling to sort out which Pakistanis are trustworthy partners against al-Qaeda.

The US diplomatic communications revealed behind-the-scenes pressures in the scramble to contain the Islamic Republic. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was recorded as having frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme.

The files expose Abdullah warning the Americans that if Iran developed nuclear weapons ‘everyone in the region would do the same, including Saudi Arabia’.
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Hacker attack crashes Wikileaks website


An apparent hacker attack crashed the Wikileaks website on Sunday, just as 250,000 leaked US diplomatic despatches were being made public, but news media sites carrying edited versions of the cables remained operational. The www.wikileaks.org domain was
brought down by a method known as distributed denial of service (DDoS), in which a huge number of computers repeatedly demand web pages from the server, shutting out ordinary human users and causing the server to jam.

There was no indication on Sunday who might have mounted the attack.

On the social network Twitter, WikiLeaks announced, "We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack."

Media which had advance access to the cables offered many of them via their own websites. The publishing consortium included the Der Spiegel of Germany, The New York Times, the London newspaper The Guardian and El Pais of Madrid.

Julian Assange, the Australian who founded WikiLeaks, meanwhile defended the release.

Speaking on al-Jazeera television, he said the cables told the "diplomatic history" of global affairs and said, "No single individual has even come to harm as a result of anything that we have ever published."

The TV channel said he was speaking to its reporters in Jordan by video link from an undisclosed location on Sunday.

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