Statement by the U.S. Embassy Spokesperson
May 26, 2011
The Unauthorized Release of Classified Material
The U.S. Government engages in the drafting and transmission of cables as form of global communication. U.S. policy is made in Washington and field reporting is only one of the factors contributing to policy decisions.
Communications between the field and Washington ensures that policymakers in Washington have a full understanding of all the factors at play when they make decisions. By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often raw information. Analysis expressed in cables may also be out of context, or may be the opinion of the reporting officer- and those opinions may not be shared by policymakers.
The unauthorized release of classified material has the potential to harm individuals as well as undermine efforts to advance objectives shared by the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America. It is unfortunate that a decision has been made by the media to release information from conversations that took place in confidence.