Harare, November 30, 2010 - The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray on Tuesday condemned Wiki-leaks disclosure of diplomatic communication by a former US ambassador to the country which castigated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as an 'indecisive' leader with questionable judgments while President Robert Mugabe was described as a 'bully."
Wiki-leaks, an international news organization dedicated in providing information to the whole world in publishing the truth behind events released classified information on the communication by US former ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell in his report to the US government on Zimbabwe political landscape.
Dell described Tsvangirai and his MDC party as 'democrats' but far from being ideal.Dell further said Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader as "a flawed figure, not readily open to advice, indecisive and with questionable judgment."
Dell who was in Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2007 in his communication to Washington said "Mugabe and his henchman are like bullies everywhere: if they can intimidate, you they will. But they're not used to someone standing up to them and fighting back."
He advised Washington that Mugabe was on his way out in the communication titled, "The end is Nigh." Dell, heavy critic of Mugabe brushed feathers several times with the then regime of President Mugabe
The US has been under heavy criticism from all over the world for having double standards on global politics. Wiki-leaks says it is sitting over 250 000 classified information US documents that it will release in the near future. The documents include diplomatic communication, US documents on war in Iraq and Afghanistan among others.
Current US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ray on Tuesday issued a statement saying President Barack Obama is working to 'reinvigorate' US relations across the globe , strengthening existing partnerships and says the US regrets the release of classified documents by Wiki-leaks.
"I cannot vouch for the authenticity of any one of these documents. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential. And we condemn it," Ray said.
"Diplomats must engage in frank discussions with their colleagues, and they must be assured that these discussions will remain private. Honest dialogue—within governments and between them—is part of the basic bargain of international relations; we couldn’t maintain peace, security, and international stability without it."
Ray, however, said people must realize that diplomats reports do not represent the official US foreign policy adding that his government is committed to maintain diplomatic ties with Harare.
"I do believe that people of good faith recognize that diplomats’ internal reports do not represent a government’s official foreign policy,"Ray said.
"For our part, the U.S. government is committed to maintaining the security of our diplomatic communications. We will continue to work to strengthen our partnership with the people of Zimbabwe and make progress on the issues that are important for our two countries. We can’t afford anything less."
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