WikiLeaks: Key exposed over Dalai Lama

Published: Wed 22 Dec 2010 10:17 AM
WikiLeaks: Key exposed over Dalai Lama
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Prime Minister John Key is facing tough questions as details from leaked US Embassy cables appear to contradict statements made in Parliament.
The embarrassing details are contained in a cable which has revealed secret details of his meeting with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.
It is among an extensive collection of WikiLeaks cables about New Zealand - a staggering 250,000 words worth of cables detailing more than seven years of confidential and secret communications.
Among the cables is a briefing which stated that Key told Jiabao in April last year neither he nor any of his ministers would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
The statement broke a promise Key had made before the election - and reassured the Premier almost eight months before the New Zealand public was told.
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