TRENDING: Obama still soothing post-WikiLeaks relations
December 11th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
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TRENDING: Obama still soothing post-WikiLeaks relations

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama spent some time Saturday morning on the phone reaffirming relationships with two key allies whose leaders popped up in unflattering U.S. State Department cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website.

In separate phone calls with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama discussed the "deplorable actions by WikiLeaks" and worked for reassurance the revelations wouldn't harm cooperation between nations, according to White House statements.

In a December 2004 cable, the U.S. ambassador in Ankara, Turkey at the time said Erdogan had an "authoritarian style and deep distrust of others" and "Islamic tendencies." Erdogan's aides were described as "sycophantic (but contemptuous)."

Erdogan previously called the comments slanderous and even threatened to sue over a suggestion made in that cable that he stashed wealth in Swiss bank accounts.

Leaked cables referencing Mexico suggest that the United States has doubts about the way Calderon's government is carrying out the fight against drug cartels.

A January 2010 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico says that "official corruption is widespread." It also said that much-needed information sharing between local law enforcement agencies battling the deadly drug cartels was problematically rare.

Filed under: President Obama • WikiLeaks
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    There is plenty going on at the White House and congress that I, an American taxpayer does not understand. President states," the republican are holding the middle class American hostage," but the Democrats have excess to billions of dollars returned from auto companies and financial institution, also money left over in the TARP to pay for unemployment benefits. Then the so call compromise on tax cuts, ended up by the Democrats to be filled with pork and seems not to be more of a stimulus package. Republicans withdraw the compromise , wait until January, 2011 then pursue renewal of tax cuts, see what the Democrats do then!

    December 11, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Jack H.

    Sharing law enforcement information with Mexican LE is the same as sharing it with the drug cartels.

    Only the USA would be stupid enough to do that.

    December 11, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. The GOP are evil

    Where was Wikileaks when Bush was illegally in the White House for those 8 years? THAT was when Wikileaks version of "warrantless wiretapping" would have done the most good for the American people and helped them understand that the rule of law and the Constitutional foundation of America was destroyed during the Bush regime.

    December 11, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. D. Bunker

    I can't wait for the Bank of America documents!

    December 11, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. German,IrishAmerican

    Headline should read, White house terrified wiki leaks will post Obama's real birth certificate and college grades.

    December 11, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe if there was a little more transparency in our government, Mr. President, you wouldn't still be "reeling."

    December 11, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. John

    What did he tell them? "I'm sorry that Wikileaks told you how I really felt about you!"

    December 11, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. asdf

    So much time assailing wikileaks and not enough time addressing the situation that caused the leak to happen in the first place (mushrooming federal bureacrazy, war in iraq, pfc manning with access to 30 years of diplomatic cables for...just what exactly).

    Replace wikileaks with any news outlet or blogger or information repository (the interntet). There will always be SOMEONE who wants your information. The key is not to be so careless as to let them get it.

    Shame on the government for letting this happen. Double shame on them for distracting the public with "evil wikileaks"

    December 11, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. tcaros

    Wiki Leaks exposed the truth. Don't shoot the messenger... investigate the wrongdoing.

    Most Americans don't believe the media's persecution of Assange. Most people don't believe the Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch controlled media. Murdoch is an Australian Born Jew whom Bush allowed to be a foreign owner. Then he changed citizenship. He's not an American.

    December 11, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Eric

    President Obama, I am really disappointed in you. You should be celebrating Wikileaks as heroes. They have provided the public with a foolproof method to hold government accountable and force transparency. Something that YOU promised us you would do!

    December 11, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Catie

    President Obama, I've been praying for you. I didnt vote for you. I dont agree with how you want America changed. But, you are a daddy and a husband and you have one tough job. I pray for you and your family every single day.

    December 11, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Canuck

    Omar Khadr was recently tried and convicted by the United States on a charge of murder in a battlefield situation – he was 15 years old at the time. The collateral murder video on WikiLeaks depicts the wanton slaughter of Iraqi civilians and two Reuters cameramen from a US helicopter gunship. No charges have been laid despite indisputable evidence. Can anyone spot the hypocrisy here? How about addressing some of the issues raised by WikiLeaks instead of just trying to shoot the messenger Mr Obama?

    December 11, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Kate

    So, Mr. Obama is apologizing for the leaked information but NOT apologizing for the information that was leaked? I Would guess that most world leaders are most upset because of the abhorrently unprofessional comments by U.S. State Dept. employees.

    What is Mr. Obama saying, "I just wanted to give you a shout out and apologize for getting caught calling you a blankety, blank, blank leader. If it weren't for Wikileaks, you'd never know that I think you are a blankety, blank, blank leader. So, the U.S. is going to gear up the fear machine and assasinate Mr. Assange. And, if that doesn't work, we'll 'stage' an attack on Belguim."

    December 11, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  14. valwayne

    How can any nation trust the U.S. under the Obama information when a PFC can get access to tens of thousands of top secret military and diplomatic cables? Security in the Obama information is simply non-existent! And after watching WikiLeaks wage war against the Government of the United States of American under the Obama administration for month after month and come out on top? Let's hope that not trusting the U.S. under the Obama adminstration further than they can spit is the only harm that is done. Its more likely that adversaries, like China, Iran, and N Korea, looking at how weak and incompetent Obama is, will be planning how to take advantage!

    December 11, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  15. RightRurnCLyde

    Obama looks a lot different not than he did when he was running. The weight of the office is on his shoulders. Still he is not a good leader (not smart). The Democrat resistance to tax cutting and business building confirms Bernanke prediction - unemployment in the 20's for years to come. (No businesses = no jobs) Look at Europe (the EU) That is the future. Free medical care? Yeah, with what? Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and FRANCE all broke (BK) more to follow. Socialism is killing them. No bail out source there or here. Hard times coming (2011 to 2025 for sure) Dummies.

    December 12, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  16. Chuckie

    Obama-Worst President Ever!

    December 12, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  17. BradKT

    The real danger here is that U.S. diplomatis will be reluctant to "tell it like it is" to their superiors when they see that something is amiss. In the future, many of them will just be tempted to "go along to get along" and just blow sunshine up the rear ends of their superiors. That way, they don't get in trouble if anything gets leaked.

    Wiki Leaks did a lot of damage here and the effects of this are going to play out over several years.

    December 12, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. sherry

    "deplorable actions by WikiLeaks"... Question.... Isn't the words of the "diplomats" is what Obama is apologizing for? WikiLeaks didn't say the words, the US diplomats did. If the diplomats in Washington had any class at all, they would not be speaking about people behind their backs. If the "diplomacy" was true to form, it would be transparent and no one would be embarrassed because "they were caught".

    December 12, 2010 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  19. Jon

    Yet more evidence that, as embarrassing as the released cables were to the US, they were much more embarrassing to *other* nations.

    December 12, 2010 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  20. todd

    You dems leaked classified info all the time wile W was in office so whats the big deal? Oh i forgot, its your guy in charge!!!

    December 12, 2010 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  21. Terry - Indiana

    I believe that communications, such as the ones released on WikiLeaks, regarding the heads of state around the world have gone on for years. Prior to the growth and speed of the internet, these communications traveled via courier pouches and very few copies were ever created. Today, the ability to create and send text messages is realtime, often leaving the message sender wondering if he/she should have waited one more day before hitting "Send" and there in we find the dilemma of the cyber age. At the receiving end, our laws require that all of this communication and messaging be preserved, and the potential for data dumping grows larger and larger each year. Perhaps the government needs to instruct those in our foreign consulates to think before they type, and clearly consider the potential for foreign dignitaries to be upset when they find out how they are thought of in the consulate.

    December 12, 2010 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  22. 2+2=5

    What does wikileaks mean to me after all we've been through and are still going through? that's right, nothing. Nothing we didn't already know, or assume. Whats it going to say? that we are uneducated? make bad decisions? aren't as religious and kind as we would like? have an agenda? steal? lie? cheat? I'm shocked. Like beating a dead horse. Can we just worry about the potheads that are in control right now giving the rich tax cuts please after record profits year in and year out? or maybe how our military serviceman can hardly spell their own name? there are many subjects just as controversial, but wikileaks? keep trying. Just happy as a liberal outlet you didn't fall into that mess.

    December 12, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  23. mike

    CNN front page link "Ticker: WH still reeling from WikiLeaks". Facts of the story: POTUS had two phone calls with world leaders who where "un-flattered". Reeling? Seriously? Because a Turk and a Mexican felt "un-flattered"?
    The real story is the absence of a story, that the global apocalypse predicted by Barry Clinton has failed to materialize, that WikiLeaks hasn't changed the trajectory of either govt or man, and it simply provided a titillating affirmation that one is just as flawed and vapid as the other. WikiLeaks and the National Enquirer are equally simplistic vehicles; we, the audience, supply all of the complexity...

    December 12, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  24. Gil

    As much as I admire Obama as president I think that we as a nation, starting long ago, have drifted into militarism that is out of control. It has led us to be running at the mouth and we should not expect to get away without the consequences. We have lowered our morals for the military and need to see that in a democracy we just don't do these things that wikiLeaks has shown we've done! Shame on US! Thank You Wikileaks.! Keep up the good work!

    December 12, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. lefty avenger

    Next Wikileaks reveal how all the hedge fund wall street bankers stole all the money in the usa and threw themselves a party. What did the american people get?-Laid off and foreclosed. Who can handle such big secrets?

    December 12, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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