As the reverberations of the latest Wikileaks release continue around the globe German news agency Der Spiegel revealed that out of the massive 251, 287 diplomatic cables that were sent by the United States embassies, consultants and outposts around the world, they have received 734 documents related to Hungary
However the magazine as of yet has refused to make any disclosures about the content of the leaks only their classification. Similarly as of yet the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refused to comment on the affair, saying that nothing substantive had appeared to date.
According to Hungarian news agency MTI 4 of the 734 documents belong to the ‘Secret-NOFORN’ category meaning that they should not be made accessible to non-US nationals. Another 32 were classified as ‘secret’. There is also 7 ‘Confidential-NOFORN’’ documents while 408 cables from Budapest were classified as ‘’Confidential’. The rest were either restricted for use or not classified at all.
Der Spiegel along with the New York Times, the Guardian, La Monde and El Pais were the only newspapers sent the large amounts of data sent the diplomatic cables by Wiki leaks. Such papers have decided to release the material in stages and have larger chosen to focus on the world’s hotspots areas such as the Middle East and Asian peninsula until now. With the content not yet known and publication pending Hungarian audiences will be keeping a close eye out for any disclosures related to their home country. Indeed it is largely seen as only a matter of time before the documents come to light.
Sources related to Hungary are not yet available but those interested should keep an eye out for updates at the Guardian’s interactive map http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-wikileaks
Release will not damage ties ambassador says
Speaking to Hungarian news agency MTI Hungary’s ambassador to the United States from 2002 to 2007 Andras Simonyi said that US-Hungarian relations are strong enough not to be damaged by the disclosures.
‘’ I cannot think of any information whatsoever that would shake Hungarian-US relations to their foundations’. He said.
Mr. Simonyi acknowledged that some embarrassing information may come to light but added that that the US government had informed him in advance of the leaks. According to Simonyi the biggest damage the leak may cause is the prevention of ‘informal communication’’, a vital instrument of diplomacy. From now on diplomats must be very careful and think twice about the statements they make he said.