WikiLeaks Disclosures Reveal U.S. Frustration With Russian Corruption


The United States scrambled to contain the fallout from the slow-motion leak of cables from its embassies worldwide Wednesday as new documents showed American diplomats casting a jaundiced eye toward corruption's grip on Russia.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally made "several dozen" calls to counterparts in other countries in an effort to mitigate the damage from WikiLeaks, a website that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, a senior State Department official said. In a CNN interview Wednesday night, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange an "anarchist."

"He's trying to undermine the collaboration, the cooperation, the system by which we engage with other governments, cooperate with other governments and solve regional challenges," Crowley told CNN's "John King USA." But while Clinton is facing other world leaders, "trying to solve the world's challenges," Assange is in hiding, he said.

Assange remains shadowed by an arrest warrant issued by Swedish authorities over allegations of sex crimes that his attorney called "positively surreal." Several American political figures have called for his prosecution, and online retailer Amazon kicked WikiLeaks off rented server space Wednesday after a complaint from a leading U.S. senator, the group told its followers on the microblogging site Twitter.