Clinton Hits Diplomatic Trail after Document Leak

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is headed on a four-nation diplomatic tour to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

Clinton's trip had been planned long before today's release of hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables by online whistleblower WikiLeaks.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says Clinton will begin her trip Tuesday in Kazakhstan, where she will head the U.S. delegation to a summit meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe -- the first top-level meeting of the 56-nation group in 11 years.

She'll also meet with Kazakhstan's president and foreign minister.

Clinton also will visit Kyrgyzstan, which hosts a U.S. air base that is important for resupplying and ferrying U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.

She plans a stop in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet headquarters.

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