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Unbelievably Awkward, Carl Bildt!
So says the head of Sweden's Constitutional Committee.
STRANDVÄGEN (Rixstep) — Peter Eriksson, chairman of Sweden's Constitutional Committee, reacted strongly to the news that Carl Bildt was spying for the CIA. 'So awkward! And it says a lot about who Carl Bildt really is.'
The WikiLeaks PlusD 'Kissinger Cables' show that Carl Bildt in 1976 gave confidential information to the US about top secret governmental deliberations, this without anyone involved in those deliberations giving their permission or even being informed. Neither coming prime minister Thorbjörn Fälldin nor Liberal Party chairman Per Ahlmark knew what Bildt was doing, much less gave their approval.
When confronted with the cable today, Carl Bildt dismisses it all by claiming that what he told Henry Kissinger's special envoy, information thereafter forwarded to the CIA, was 'harmless' and 'innocent'.
Constitutional Committee Chairman Peter Eriksson thinks Carl Bildt's behaviour calls his integrity into question.
'This says more about who Carl Bildt really is than anything else. It's not OK to break agreements in my world. It's unbelievably awkward that he goes around yapping like that', comments Peter Eriksson, chairman of the Constitutional Committee.
Who is Carl Bildt?
Peter Eriksson has a followup question: when exactly did Carl Bildt stop spying for the CIA?'
'Carl Bildt as a person to be trusted has become an unknown.'
Foreign policy spokesman Hans Linde thinks some politicians are too 'glib' when it comes to yapping to the US embassy.
'I'm a member of the foreign policy committee and I meet international diplomats every day of the week, but I wouldn't dream of divulging information about closed door sessions, information I wasn't permitted to also divulge to my constituency.'
And what does Linde think of Bildt's behaviour?
'His good judgement failed him', says Linde.
MP Urban Ahlin has a comment as well.
'Closed door sessions where participants are in agreement to not leak information: of course one doesn't speak to others.'
This says more about the individual Carl Bildt than anything else. It's not OK to break agreements in my world. It's unbelievably embarrassing that he goes around yapping like that.
- Peter Eriksson, chairman, Swedish Constitutional Committee
Closed door sessions where the participants are in agreement to not leak any information: of course one doesn't speak to others.
- Urban Ahlin, social democrat MP
If one agrees that all we do is to be kept confidential, then it's to be kept confidential. And that holds for everyone.
- Torbjörn Fälldin, Swedish prime minister 1976-1978, leader of the closed door sessions
Every word was kept secret. Not just secret from foreign interests but secret even from our own party colleagues. We were very diligent to see that nothing at all leaked out.
- Per Ahlmark, Liberal Party leader 1976-1978, participant in the closed door sessions
The best thing our government could do to preserve peace would be to order Carl Bildt to return from his never-ending flying trip and lock him up in his Stockholm office.
- Lars Schaff
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