US envoy to Libya may be first WikiLeaks casualty

In what appears to be the first diplomatic casualty from the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has returned to Washington and is likely to leave his post, U.S. officials said.

US envoy to Libya may be first WikiLeaks casualty

In what appears to be the first diplomatic casualty from the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has returned to Washington and is likely to leave his post, U.S. officials said.

Ambassador Gene Cretz has returned to Washington for discussions that included whether he should return to Tripoli, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said on Wednesday.

"One of the issues that we are concerned about in the aftermath of WikiLeaks is the impact that these leaks can have on our relationship overall or the relationship between an ambassador and the government with which he or she deals," Crowley said.

"We have an improving relationship with Libya. It is a very important relationship to the United States. That said, it is a complex relationship and the ambassador is here to reflect on both where we stand in that relationship and his role as a part of that."

The Libyans have made no public comments about some secret U.S. embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.

But a senior U.S. official, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Libyan officials had voiced concerns over the cables, although they had not formally asked for Cretz to be replaced.

In one cable published by the New York Times said Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya for more than 40 years, relies heavily on a staff of four Ukrainian nurses, including one described as a "voluptuous blonde."


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