The US ambassador in Berlin, Philip Murphy "discusses his views of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his incredible anger over the leak of the diplomatic cables" with Spiegel. Germany's Spiegel, of course, is one of the 3-5 media establishments given first dibs over the diplomatic cables leaked by WL. Excerpt below:
"One of the core responsibilities of a member of the State Department foreign service -- in any embassy and certainly in Berlin -- is to report. In most cases, it is a moment in time, a piece of a puzzle, a scene from a movie. We try to piece things together over time. The people we have in Berlin are among our very best and we have some of the very best reporting officers in the world."
"I'm a big boy. At the end of the day, the buck stops with me. I worry about my people. They have done nothing wrong. I am not going to apologize for one speck of what they've done."
You gotta love this guy.