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Feel free to call me on WikiLeaks: Roemer

delhi Updated: Dec 01, 2010 23:41 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times
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"Please feel to call me," US ambassador Timothy J Roemer told leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj if the BJP found anything of concern in the WikiLeaks disclosures.

As Wikileaks of India-Pakistan related cables (sent by Roemer to Washington) made headlines, Roemer met Swaraj in Parliament on Wednesday and spent more than an hour with her, explaining Washington's embarrassment at the leak.

The meeting was finalised when both met at the HT Leadership Summit dinner.

Besides WikiLeaks, they discussed the impact of US President Barack Obama's recent visit.

WikiLeaks, however, dominated the discussion. Roemer began by praising the Indian government for handling the issue "very maturely and responsibly".

"Roemer told me that the person behind the WikiLeaks has already been arrested. There may be more than 250,000 leaks but Roemer said the Indian government has handled the issue very maturely and responsibly," Swaraj said.

"It's the season of leaks," said the senior BJP leader to the US envoy in a lighter vein, referring to tapes involving lobbyist Niira Radia and journalists and bureaucrats.

"I said that it seems an era and atmosphere of mistrust has come," she said later.

Roemer assured her that if further revelations through WikiLeaks were of concern for her party, Sushma could get in touch with him.

"He said that if something comes out through Wikileaks which causes concern, then we can talk it over. Please feel free to call me," Swaraj quoted Roemer as saying.