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Earl Anthony Wayne, currently deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, would replace Carlos Pascual, who resigned in March as the first casualty in the WikiLeaks campaign of releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables.

Mr. Pascual angered Mexican President Filepe Calderon with cables that questioned the integrity of Mexican security forces in the fight against drug gangs.

The White House this week sent Mr. Wayne’s proposed nomination to the Mexican Foreign Ministry for review, Mexican newspapers reported. Mr. Wayne arrived in Afghanistan in May 2010, after serving three years as ambassador to Argentina.

Most of his career involved European affairs from his posting as a first secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris in 1984 to his service as principal deputy assistant secretary for European affairs from 1997 to 2000.

He later served as assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, where duties included efforts to stop the international flow of money to terrorists.

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