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Clinton (l) and Ashton in Lisbon. The EU foreign affairs chief could use the leaks as a masterclass for her own diplomats (Photo: European Commission)

EU officials envy quality of US diplomatic cables

by Andrew Rettman, Brussels,

As the US State Department contorts itself in embarrassment over the WikiLeaks affair, its diplomats may be cheered to learn that some EU officials are envious over the quality of its reports.

"The reports that we have are crap compared to this. These are political, concise, incisive, almost literary," one EU official told EUobserver on Tuesday (30 November) on condition of anonymity.

"It sets a benchmark for diplomacy. Our reports are incredibly long and written in a kind of admi...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Clinton (l) and Ashton in Lisbon. The EU foreign affairs chief could use the leaks as a masterclass for her own diplomats (Photo: European Commission)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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