WikiLeaks has caused little lasting damage, says US state department
Claims mean official stance of White House over leaked US embassy cables contradicts that of the State Department
Paul Harris in New York
The Guardian, Wednesday 19 January 2011

The damage caused by the WikiLeaks controversy has caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy, senior state department officials have concluded.

It emerged in private briefings to Congress by top diplomats that the fallout from the release of thousands of private diplomatic cables from all over the globe has not been especially bad.

This is in direct opposition to the official stance of the White House and the US government which has been vocal in condemning the whistle-blowing organisation and seeking to bring its founder, Julian Assange, to trial in the US.

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