Vatican officials unperturbed by WikiLeaks

December 13, 2010

WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. documents is unlikely to ever develop into a flood capable of eroding decades of U.S. diplomatic efforts, some Vatican officials and watchers said.

The content of the communications between the U.S. government and its diplomatic missions abroad does "not seem capable of substantially changing relations between the United States" and its 274 embassies around the world, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, the day after the WikiLeaks website launched "Cablegate" Nov. 28.

Among the quarter of a million alleged diplomatic cables WikiLeaks said it would release over the coming months, sources in Rome said 850 documents concern communications between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican.