WikiLeaks ‘threat to democratic authority’: France

WikiLeaks ‘threat to democratic authority’: France

Paris: The slow release of thousands of US diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks is a “threat to democratic authority", French government spokesman Francois Baroin told Europe 1 radio on Monday.

“We stand united with the US administration on the desire to avoid that which not only damages states’ authority, the quality of their services, but puts men and women who have worked in the service of the country in danger," he said.

“We have to be very attentive and united at a state level to fight against what is a threat to democratic authority and sovereignty," he said, following the release of the often secret and frequently embarrassing diplomatic cables.

“The protection of states is something serious, it’s about the protection of men, of women, of citizens," Baroin said, adding: “I’ve always thought that a transparent society is a totalitarian society."

Potentially embarrassing cables for France include an account of a senior advisor to French President Nicolas Sarkozy branding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez “crazy" and Iran a “fascist state".