Obama tells Turkish president that WikiLeaks release are ‘deplorable’

December 12th, 2010 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Dec.12 (ANI): U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his strongest condemnation yet of whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks’ “deplorable” documents dump.

In a call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama “expressed his regrets for the deplorable action by WikiLeaks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, both leaders agreed the leaks will not influence or disrupt close cooperation between the United States and Turkey.

According to the White House, the comments were similar to the one Obama made to his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon.

Saturday’s comments are Obama’s most forceful yet against WikiLeaks to date.

The website’s disclosure of a trove of secret US diplomatic cables has won it both condemnation and praise.

Meanwhile, Spanish online supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have called for worldwide demonstrations to press for his release from a London jail, where he is awaiting possible extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.

The Spanish website Free Wikileaks urged rallies at 6 p.m. on Sunday in eight Spanish cities, including Madrid and Barcelona.

Similar demonstrations are being planned in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bogota and Lima.

In a manifesto entitled “For freedom, Say No to State Terrorism,” it demanded Assange’s release and “restoration of the WikiLeaks domain.”

“Given that no one has proved that Assange is guilty of the offences he is accused of and that Wikileaks is not implicated in any of those,” the website said, while urging that credit card giants Visa and Mastercard rescind their decisions to cut off payments from the website’s supporters.

Assange is due to appear in a London court for a second time on Tuesday after being arrested on a warrant issued by Sweden.

Prosecutors there want to question him about two women’s allegations of rape and sexual molestation.

WikiLeaks insists the allegations are a politically motivated attempt to smear Assange in retaliation for the leak of 250,000 confidential US documents, believed to have been passed to WikiLeaks by a US Army private.

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth prison to an isolation unit. (ANI)

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