Among the 250,000 diplomatic cables leaked from the U.S. government and published by WikiLeaks are several from Tashkent. In the initial weeks of the sensational revelations from around the world, which infuriated and embarrassed the U.S. and those who had made what they thought were confidential reports to American diplomats, nothing was revealed about or from Tashkent. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travelled to Astana for the summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, she had to face Central Asian leaders about whom many unflattering things had been said in the cables, but nothing was yet published about Uzbekistan. President Islam Karimov himself did not attend the summit, and did not provide any explanation for his actions. The independent news service Uznews.net speculated that possibly the Uzbek leader had failed to gain some concession from his rival for influence in the region, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarybayev.
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