Clinton Condemns Leak As 'Attack On International Community'

"(CNN)
The United States' top diplomat condemned Monday the release by the secret-busting website WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of documents that detail with unusual frankness the nation's diplomatic interactions with other countries.

The illegal disclosure of secret information ""puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,"" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters.

""This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy, it is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conventions and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.""

President Barack Obama ""was -- as an understatement -- not pleased"" with the WikiLeaks disclosures, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.The comments were made as diplomats worldwide scrambled to assess the severity of the disclosures.

Among the initial revelations in the papers are allegations that:

-- Saudi King Abdullah urged the United States to attack Iran to halt its nuclear program, warning that if Tehran were to go nuclear, other countries in the region would, too.

-- The United States keeps bombers ready to strike al Qaeda targets in Yemen if ""actionable intelligence becomes available."" -- The U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe predicted in July 2007 that President Robert Mugabe would soon be out of power, saying, ""The End is Nigh."" Mugabe remains president, although he is now in a power-sharing agreement with the former opposition."