Reflecting on the troubled situation in the Middle East, from where India sources the bulk of its oil needs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that "we have instead chosen to be exercised about what some embassy official writes about us".
Addressing the Lok Sabha after being attacked by Left and BJP MPs on his statement on the alleged WikiLeaks disclosures, the prime minister said this was "dangerous".
"Parliament should reflect what we are doing to ourselves," he said.
Referring to the opposition furore over the WikiLeaks reports purportedly based on secret American diplomatic cables, the prime minister added that it was easy for any embassy official to create strife in India just by planting some message and ensure it was leaked to political parties.
The prime minister did not name any embassy in his address, but his alllusion was clear.