Ambassador Kelly’s Comment on Audio Recordings (October 30)

Question from Ajara TV:  Do you know about the audio recordings of a conversation between ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili and Rustavi 2’s General Director Nika Gvaramia, and a separate conversation between Saakashvili and United National Movement official Giga Bokeria released October 29 by a Ukrainian website

Ambassador Kelly: Of course I know about it, I mean anybody who’s following media in Georgia knows about these leaks.  I can’t really comment on it, except to say that, by all appearances, these seem to be private conversations, and I think you know an important part of responsible media is, again, accountability and transparency and revealing of (attributing) sources.  And I cannot imagine any local media intercepting private telephone conversations and then broadcasting them.  So I am not going to give any credence to any kind of conversations that do not have proper provenance, don’t have proper sourcing (attribution).