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Erdogan Says Clinton Apology for ‘Lies’ Not Enough for Turkey

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at U.S. diplomats, saying the apology offered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over documents leaked by WikiLeaks.org was insufficient.

U.S. diplomats “pass on lies and incorrect interpretations” and then, “when they hear the gossip they invented from someone else, think it’s true,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara today.

“The U.S. has to hold its diplomats accountable for this,” Erdogan said. “We’ve talked with the U.S. administration about this. They’ve apologized, but we don’t find that sufficient.”

WikiLeaks said on its website that the U.S. embassy in Ankara was the biggest single source of foreign-embassy cables it has begun posting. Several of the cables made unflattering character evaluations of Erdogan and members of his government.

The prime minister rejected accusations by the leading opposition Republican Peoples’ Party that he held eight secret accounts in Swiss banks, allegations also made in WikiLeaks documents purportedly from the U.S. embassy in Ankara. Erdogan said he doesn’t have a cent in any Swiss bank account.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Benjamin Harvey at Bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg in Jerusalem at phirschberg@bloomberg.net.

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