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After the Foreign Ministry denounced Mr. McFaul on Monday, Mrs. Nuland defended the ambassador.

“He speaks plainly. He speaks clearly. He doesn’t mince words. He’s not a professional diplomat,” she said.

By Wednesday, Mr. McFaul apologized in an email.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have spoken so colorfully and bluntly,” he said.

DON’T WANT HIM

The United States has no intention of seeking the extradition of the Australian activist who released tens of thousands of classified U.S. documents and caused a diplomatic crisis around the world, the American ambassador in Canberra said Thursday.

Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich dismissed conspiracy theories spread by supporters of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who lost his fight this week to prevent Britain from extraditing him to Sweden to face sex-abuse charges.

“It’s not something the U.S. cares about,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “I think it’s one of those narratives that has been made up. There’s nothing to it.”

Mr. Bleich explained that if the United States had wanted to prosecute Mr. Assange, the Obama administration would have sought his extradition from Britain, where he has been living for years.

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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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