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US Diplomat: No Comment on Leaked Call

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland addresses a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Feb. 7, 2014.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland addresses a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Feb. 7, 2014.
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland addresses a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Feb. 7, 2014.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland addresses a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Feb. 7, 2014.
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is refusing to comment on a leaked telephone conversation in which she used vulgar language about the European Union.

Nuland said Friday she will not talk about what she calls a "private diplomatic conversation," but said the recording was "impressive tradecraft" - a term referring to activity by intelligence agents.

In the call with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, the Nuland voice uses foul language to suggest that the United States should ignore the European Union's position on resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

The State Department would not confirm or deny that the telephone call was genuine, but spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it does not reflect how Nuland feels about the EU.  She said Nuland has been in close touch with EU officials on the situation in Ukraine.

U.S. officials have implied Russia may be involved in the leak, which was posted on the YouTube website.

U.S. officials on Thursday pointed to a tweet by an aide to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as the first to promote the recording.

In comments to the Associated Press, Rogozin's office denies involvement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls Nuland's comments about the EU totally unacceptable.  She also praised the work of EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who has led the EU effort toward a settlement in Ukraine.

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by: JKF2 from: Great North (Canada)
February 08, 2014 6:34 PM
It was a private conversation, not expected to be listened to; thus she had an expectation that the coms are secure! THE DOWN SIDE- It just shows, once again that notwithstanding the massive use of resources, the US can't secure the coms even for their principal representatives. It is one massive leak after another! How is it possible that a very senior official, in the US administration, does not have secure coms??? I guess next the Pres will be in the same sit. What gives? Best case scenario, poor security- worse case scenario massive leaks continue, as usual if not deliberate, in the US/ Western orgs. It also shows, that others are not just collecting meta data, but actually listening into the coms of US principals- Are they ahead of the NSA???? real reason to worry! It is time to take all these info loses seriously and review the software and hardware/syst/orgs/processes/procedures......CORRECT ALL FAULTS!





by: Jim Lewis
February 08, 2014 3:34 PM
Perhaps it is time to publish the nasty talk about the United States.

by: Cedric from: France
February 07, 2014 4:19 PM
It's a shame for America. Bet that she will be not fire ?

American politicans should think to the future. Future is Asia ! Without EU, America could be very isolated.

I'm european and i say thank you to Angela Merkel to represent European feelings about this attitude which is very representative of the way of thinking of this big country.

Very dispapointed of Obama Administration, he does not deserve his Nobel Prize.

by: eldoil from: Florida
February 07, 2014 12:50 PM
She should resign of be fired for her dumbass remark!
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by: John Poole from: Ardmore, PA
February 07, 2014 2:00 PM
That isn't what happens to high ups in the State Department for unprofessional conduct.
She may also be secure in her position because she's always been loyal to the homeland- Israel while living in Israel's largest province- the USA. Nothing wrong in being blunt but that comment may mean this response might be blocked.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 07, 2014 11:32 AM
This is the era of leaks, an era when diplomats should be roundly diplomatic. It is an era when if you are not sure what you want to say will stand you the right light, keep your mouth shut. Here now if it is not leaking government secrets, it is leaking individual conversations. Thank God people still have their private rooms, otherwise it is a Jullie-Snowden era. Right now one has to be sure one's spouse is not hiding a recording device when they are in private, lol. Thanks to the internet!

by: Funny from: US
February 07, 2014 10:33 AM
What happened? Did Snowden do this? He is good! Maybe it is the Chinese or Russian hackers.

by: archlingua from: Guatemala City, Guatemala
February 07, 2014 9:09 AM
Justin Bieber has better taste and living-style than the whole present U.S. Democrat administration. Now remember Billy Clinton and think how Hillary is going to turn out.

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