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Singapore slams WikiLeaks action as damaging

SINGAPORE, Nov 30 – Singapore on Tuesday denounced WikiLeak\’s decision to release secret US diplomatic cables as "damaging" as it joined global criticism over the whistle-blowing website.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs "expressed deep concerns about the damaging action of WikiLeaks," a ministry spokesman said in response to media queries.

"It is critical to protect the confidentiality of diplomatic and official correspondence, which is why Singapore has the Officials Secret Act."

He said the "selective release of documents, especially when taken out of context, will only serve to sow confusion and fail to provide a complete picture of the important issues that were being discussed amongst leaders in the strictest of confidentiality."

In one of the cables from Singapore, the country\’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew called North Koreans "psychopathic" and leader Kim Jong-Il a "flabby old chap" who craved public adulation.

The document detailed a conversation between elder statesman Lee and US deputy secretary of state James B. Steinberg in May last year in which North Korea was among the topics they discussed.

Lee told Steinberg he would be surprised if the North Koreans agreed to give up their nuclear weapons, according to the cable.

"They are psychopathic types, with a \’flabby old chap\’ for a leader who prances around stadiums seeking adulation," said the document, classified as secret.

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