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Clinton shows regret to Kirchner, Zardari over leaks
| Updated at: 0307 PST, Friday, December 03, 2010|
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed regret Thursday to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari over embarrassing diplomatic leaks.
"They did talk about the importance of our relationship in both cases. She did express regret to both presidents for the release of classified documents," Clinton's spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
"But they in both conversations they continued to look forward and in both cases, President Zardari and President Fernandez Kirchner continued to express the importance and friendship that these countries have with the United States."
He said Clinton telephoned the leaders as she traveled in central Asia, but he declined to reveal the contents of the cables they discussed.
"How is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner managing her nerves and anxiety?" Clinton asked in one cable to the US embassy in Buenos Aires dated December 31, 2009 and released by WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website that has published some of a quarter million secret US diplomatic cables it obtained in recent days.
"How does stress affect her behavior toward advisers and/or her decision making?" the cable continued.
"What steps does Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner or her advisers/handlers, take in helping her deal with stress? Is she taking any medications?"
The questions suggested Clinton was worried about Kirchner's mental stability.
After enduring rocky relations during the presidency of Kirchner's predecessor and late husband Nestor Kirchner, Washington reached out to Cristina Kirchner following her election in late 2007.