Yesterday, I reported how Stephen G. Rademaker, the former U.S. assistant secretary of state for non-proliferation and international security, admitted before an audience of Indian security-wallahs in New Delhi that India's votes against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Well, as one would imagine, the sh&^ hit the fan, leading to U.S. ambassador David Mulford issuing a statement basically disowning the guy, reiterating Washington's "respect" for the sovereignty of Indian decision-making (yeah yeah) and -- which is what really annoyed me -- claiming the statements attributed to Rademaker were "inaccurate".
The Hindu does not take kindly to being accused of inaccurate reporting so we have carried a rebuttal to Mulford's charge.
17 February 2007
`Rademaker is not a U.S. official'
New Delhi: Responding to an article in The Hindu (`India's anti-Iran votes were coerced: former U.S. official', February 16), U.S. Ambassador David C. Mulford said the individual quoted was "not a U.S. official."
The story quoted Stephen G. Rademaker, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for non-proliferation and international security, telling an audience at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses on Thursday that India's votes against Iran were "coerced" and that the U.S. would expect more of India in the future.
"It has always been the U.S. position that India will make decisions on the Iran issue based on its own national interests. We respect the Government of India's decisions on this matter," Mr. Mulford said in a short written statement issued by the U.S. embassy on Friday.
He added, "Mr. Rademaker is not a U.S. official and the statements attributed to him are inaccurate."
The Hindu would like to clarify that Mr. Rademaker spoke before an audience of approximately 20 people and that its Associate Editor, Siddharth Varadarajan, was present and took detailed notes of his remarks, and that the quotes attributed to Mr. Rademaker are wholly accurate.