WASHINGTON — The U.S. is embarrassed by another leak, yet again. This time, a conversation between a U.S. State Department official and the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine was published on YouTube and criticized Ukraine.
Reuters reported that the unflattering conversation embarrassed the State Department and led to an international blame game.
The State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was recorded while talking to Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and doubted the viability of boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko of helping run a new Ukrainian government. She said, “So I don’t think Klitsch (Klitschko) should go into the government…I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
She apparently said, in the course of the conversation, “F— the E.U.” That statement alone upset the European Union, but particularly the Germans (as the Washington Post reported) after it was discovered the Americans spied on German Prime Minister Angela Merkel this past year.
Nuland is also responsible for the Benghazi cover-up, where no one has been held accountable for the death of four Americans on the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Russia felt that the conversation showed that the U.S. was orchestrating the Ukrainian opposition movement, which supports forging closer ties with the European Union. The U.S. accuses Russia of publishing the conversation. Contrary to public statements by U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S.-Russian relations are still cold and tenuous.
The audio clip was posted by Dmitry Loskutov on Twitter. Loskutov is an aide to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.