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U.S. asked Canada to apply diplomatic pressure in 2007: memo

Canada asked to discourage Taliban fundraising in Saudi Arabia and South Africa

According to a memo leaked by the website Wikileaks, in 2007, Canada was asked by the U.S. to apply diplomatic pressure on South Africa and Saudi Arabia over alleged Taliban fundraising in those countries. The cable describes an exchange between American diplomats and two senior Canadian Foreign Affairs officials, including senior director Yves Beaulieu and policy adviser Georges Flanagan Whalen. Wikileaks released some 91,000 documents of U.S. military and intelligence documents on Sunday. At a press conference Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said the leaks, “could endanger the lives of our men and women in Afghanistan.”

CBC News

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