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Did Pak envoy deliberately leak official classified communication?

By: Ahmed Quraishi, Islamabad

Courtesy: The Nation, September 17, 2009

…Ambassador Haqqani has complained about a secret blacklist of US journalists and NGO-types and strongly protested denying them visas to enter Pakistan. Haqqani warned his government in the letter that this could hurt military hardware transfers and US aid pledges…

…A Pakistani source that has worked closely with the US government, and does not want to be named, described this ‘leak’ in this way: “I feel so bad to read the CNN-IBN claim that, and I quote-’Dated July 28, 2009, the letter [is] in CNN-IBN’s possession’. What are we, a banana republic?”

That is not all. The unnamed analyst adds: “Also keep in mind that this (most likely a) “classified” letter (which also “bears the seal of the Pakistan Ambassador”) was written by our Ambassador to the Foreign Secretary (classified) , Interior Secretary (classified) and DG, ISI (double classified!) .”

So, the big question is: Who leaked the letter and its detailed contents?…

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