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Upon release of the WikiLeaks cables in November, a foreign diplomat told Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: “You should see what we say about you.” Following is a (fanciful) cable that the ambassador of a small embassy in Washington might send to his foreign minister.
SECRET. FOR EYES ONLY: FOREIGN MINISTER.
As requested, here is my assessment of the current US political situation. I am mindful of your criticism that earlier embassy assessments told you no more than you had already read in our capital on Internet versions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
We are cultivating reporters in Washington. Much of their juicy stuff does not appear in what they write. But, as I have mentioned earlier, our embassy budget is very tight. It is difficult to get much out of a White House correspondent over a couple of hamburgers at McDonald’s.