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US tells Kenya sorry over WikiLeaks dossier

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – The government now says officials of the United States administration have apologised to Kenya over the anticipated damaging WikiLeaks cables touching on Kenya.

Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua on Tuesday said Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson telephoned Prime Minister Raila Odinga over the matter on Monday but didn\’t divulge details of the injurious information in the dossier.

Addressing a press conference at his Nairobi office, Dr Mutua was however categorical over Kenya\’s disappointment with the information available in the international media on the regard Washington held Nairobi and its leadership.

"If what is reported is true, then it is totally malicious and a total misrepresentation of our country and our leaders," he said.

Dr Mutua said: "We are surprised and shocked by these revelations."

"What we know is that true friends should tell you the truth all the time. They should not tell you everything is okay on one hand and on the other say the opposite," he said.

Media reports indicate that the US government has low regard for the Kenyan leadership and sees the nation as a swamp of corruption.

The Government Spokesman indicated that the apology suggested that more damaging reports could be on the way.

"I don\’t think Carson could call our Prime Minister to tell him just about corruption. They have always told us that!"

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"I think there is more to the leaks than just that. I think there is more which we will know in a few days."

The latest round of WikiLeaks releases disclose more detail about America\’s relationships with allies and foes across the globe information, which is touted to shake the associations.

"We have very strong historical relationship with America. We have worked well and we don\’t think this will lead to any breakdown of the relationship we have," said Dr Mutua when asked whether the information were likely to affect the bond between Nairobi and Washington.

"But it is good to express what we feel at this particular time."

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