U.S. deeply regrets any disclosure of secrets

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – The United States deeply regrets any disclosure of classified information, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in her first comment on the release of State Department cables by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

While she would not comment directly on the cables, which were described Sunday by five news organizations who had advance access to some of more than 250,000 cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Clinton said the United States would take aggressive steps to hold responsible those who “stole” them.

“The United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats’ personal assessments and observations,” she told reporters.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the documents report that Saudi King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear program, quoting him at one point as saying: “cut off the head of the snake.”

The White House, Pentagon and State Department have all said that they are tightening up procedures to ensure that such disclosures do not occur again.

Clinton said the release of such documents undermines U.S. efforts to work with other countries but she was confident U.S. relations would “withstand” the challenge posed by the disclosures.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. deeply regrets any disclosure of secrets