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REVEALED: How the world reacted to 26/11

Last updated on: December 2, 2010 14:33 IST

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In the aftermath of 26/11, diplomats from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada had decided not to get 'sucked into' the Indo-Pak blame game and stop short of blasting India on the huge intelligence failure, disclosures by WikiLeaks show, according to New Zealand media.

Image: The shoes of a killed terrorist and a spent bullet during the 26/11 terror strike
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A confidential cable released by WikiLeaks related to the Mumbai terror attack narrates the international response to the deadly incident that killed 166 people, including several foreigners.

The cable from December 2008 describes a meeting between New Zealand, US, Australian, British and Canadian diplomats in the aftermath of the attacks, according to the New Zealand Herald.



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All the representatives resolved not to get 'sucked into the blame game' being played by Pakistan and India, the cable said.

It said the representatives decided that any offers of assistance to India should be made 'carefully' to avoid being interpreted as politically motivated.


Image: The Taj Mahal Hotel during the terror siege
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They had earlier agreed to send sympathetic messages to India rather than 'pound' it for the 'massive intelligence failure' that led to the attacks, it said.

In the leaked cable, US ambassador to India David Mulford speculated on whether the attacks were ordered by Pakistan's intelligence service Inter Services Intelligence.


Image: A memorial service for 26/11 victims

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In a segment titled 'The Million Dollar Question', he noted links between Pakistan intelligence and the extremist group that perpetrated them, Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

However, he said "there is no clear evidence yet to suggest that the ISI directed or facilitated the attacks".


Image: US President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 26/11 memorial
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