February 6th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Top U.S. diplomat launches f-bomb on EU in leaked recorded conversation

By Elise Labott

A leaked audio recording of a phone call allegedly catches the top U.S. diplomat to Europe working on a behind-the-scenes deal to end the Ukrainian political turmoil, and using profanity to express strong frustrations with inaction and indecision by the European Union in resolving the crisis.

In the conversation, voices closely resembling those of Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discuss a plan to broker a deal between the Ukrainian government and the opposition.

At one point the woman, who sounds like Nuland, can be heard saying "f**k the EU."

The recording was uploaded on YouTube on February 4 by an anonymous user named "Maidan Puppets," and had been viewed more than 11,000 times as of Thursday. The name of the user appears to be a reference to Maidan Square in Kiev, where protestors have fought the government and Russian accusations that the protestors are puppets of the West. The call also was posted on the Kyiv Post, a leading Ukrainian newspaper.

The call cannot be independently verified and it is unclear when or where it was recorded.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to speak about the details of a private conversation, but did not say the call was inauthentic.

The U.S. is pointing a finger at Russian involvement in the matter of the leaked call. Russia has accused the U.S. in meddling in Ukraininan affairs, and U.S officials suggested Moscow likely tapped Nuland and Pyatt's phone conversation and leaked it out of concern about a potential deal between the government and the opposition

Although she said she didn't have independent detail about the origin of the YouTube video, Psaki said the fact the recording was first tweeted out by an employee in Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's office was an "indication" they played a role.

"Certainly we think this is a new low in Russian trade-craft," Psaki said, using a term that refers to a nation state's espionage activities. "This is something they've been actively promoting, posting on."

The conversation appears to address Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych's January 25 offer of a power-sharing deal with opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk as prime minister and Vitaly Klitschko as deputy prime minister in a new national unity government. Both men refused Yanukovych's offer.

The woman sounding like Nuland says, "I don't think it's necessary, I don't think it's a good idea," for Klitschko to have a role in the government, adding that she favors Yatseniuk to be the new prime minister.

"I think Yats (Yatseniuk) is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience," Nuland says, according to the recording.

The man sounding like Pratt refers to Vitali Klitschko as the "top dog" among opposition leaders, but suggests Klitschko is too inexperienced to hold a top government post.

"Yeah ... I guess ... in terms of him not going into the government, just let him sort of stay out and do his political homework and stuff," he says. "I'm just thinking in terms of sort of the process moving ahead, we want to keep the moderate democrats together."

Referring to a perceived lack of pressure by the European Union in putting pressure on President Yanukovych, Nuland tells Pratt she has spoken to the United Nations, and that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed to send someone to broker the discussions.

"That would be great to help glue this thing and to have the U.N. help glue it," Nuland said. "And you know, f**k the EU."

"Exactly," Pyatt replies. "And I think we got to do something to make it stick together, because you can be sure that if it does start to gain altitude the Russians will be working behind the scenes to torpedo it. Let me work on Klitschko, and I think we should get a Western personality to come out here (to Ukraine) and midwife this thing."

"I think we are in play," Pyatt adds.

The recording ends with Nuland saying she can get likely get Vice President Joseph Biden to make a phone call, presumably to Yanukovych "for an atta-boy and to get the deeds to stick." Biden has talked to Yanukovych by telephone at least four times in the last month.

The State Department's Psaki said, "It is no secret that Ambassador Pyatt and Assistant Secretary Nuland have been working with the government of Ukraine, with the opposition, with business and civil society leaders to support their efforts, and it shouldn't be a surprise that at any point there have been discussions about recent events and offers and what is happening on the ground."

She added that Nuland had apologized to her EU counterparts.

Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton, told CNN, "The EU is engaged in helping the people of Ukraine through the current political crisis. We don't comment on alleged leaked telephone conversations."

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    February 11, 2014 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • ken1lutheran

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      February 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  7. maggie

    Diplomat Nueland, has every right to be concerned, and her expressed sentiments are right on target. Kudos to her for being honest. Someone has to be. Cheers, Maggie

    February 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      Thank you, maggie. You took the words right out of my mouth. The EU is nothing but a huge mistake from the start and sorely needs to be dismantled!

      February 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
      • Alex279

        What? All this mess in Ukraine started when Ukraine president Yanukovich refused to sing association agreement with EU, and all the Western World including Sen. McCain and Assist. Sec. Nuland said that "people of Ukraine deserve a better, brighter future witin EU, but that evil Yanukovich does not let them go there". Now Victoria Nuland says that EU sucks (to say it politely), but they still want to mudwife Ukraine toward EU? Where is the logic?

        February 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm |
  8. Name*kerry

    Are you kidding me, CNN? What's the news? She swore. Big F-ing deal. Ironically, the male responded unheaded to her words, moved on very quickly, no big deal. But why is CNN making a deal out of the fact that a woman swore in politics??? Am I missing something CNN? Get over it and report on real news. For F-sake....sincerely, a woman, former reader now because of this BS.

    February 9, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      The is of F-word by a diplomat by itself is not a big deal. In fact, back in 2008 Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov applied F-word to then British foreigh minister David Milliband. David Milliband was upset as the result. He felt very depressed. He even resigned because of being permanently upset and not able to function as a foreign minister. Etics committee of Russian Parliament investigated the use of F-word by Lavrov and found no evidence of etical violations or non-professional behavior. In fact, the commeettee found that F-word was properly applied, given the situation.

      This is not a big deal: diplomacy is high-stress job, after all. Tough guys are talking tough things.

      What is a big deal is the first 3 minutes out of the 4 munute 10 second tape - the manner how Victoria Nuland discussed Yatz and Klitsch. Both these Ukrainian opposition leaders are political corpses right now. Release of this tape, is in fact, a game changer. These two political clown can lo nonger go to Maidan and appeal to the crowd as they did one week ago.

      February 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Alex279

        Basically, in 3-minutes Victoria Nuland dismantled and trashed several year effort of CIA and bunch of European secret services to replace pro-Russuan Yanukovich regime in Ukraine with a more manageble pro-western. ...just think about. Tens of millions dollars spent, ant it is all trashed because of her dirty mouse, and some leak. ...embarrassing.

        February 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
  9. Foster

    Sounds like a good idea for a t-shirt.

    February 9, 2014 at 12:47 am | Reply
  10. Kevin

    F the EU. Germany tried a bunch of times to destroy Europe militarily, and now they're trying economically.

    You know who else says F the EU? The entire UK and every other nation in Europe with self-determination.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  11. Primer

    Nuland had it just right. The Russians didn't drive a wedge thru NATO, the rift has been widening for years. For instance, these so called "allies" have been shielding terrorists who have murdered Americans (Read this week's Time magazine and see for yourself). The Netherlands fears the Islamic immigrants they have admitted into their country, that they will be knifed in the back if they oppose them. So they divert Islamic anger toward Americans, so long as their blood is not spilled. Why should American lives and treasure be expended to defend such ilk? Putin is on the march, and these spineless Europeans, especially the Germans, will fold at the first threat. America does not need allies such as these.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      The conversation was about Ukraine. Islamic terrorists are completely irrelevant for Victoria "midwife" Nuland dropping F-bomb on EU.

      February 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  12. Heather

    Just another sign of incompetence from this presidency. Maybe that's what her briefings are like. Maybe that's one of the only 3 words she knows. Maybe she SHOULD NOT BE A DIPLOMAT ANYMORE..ya think?

    February 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • cssidenver

      Heather – what do you know about presidential incompetency? President Obama took out Osama bin Laden – bush abandoned the chase for him in Tora Bora in order to invade Iraq because of the lie that they had "WMD" 4500 GIs died in this unnecessary war. Iraqis have been fighting each other for 4000 yrs so we got out before more American blood is wasted.. Obama has taken out more Al Qaeda with drones than bush did in his 8 yrs. Unemployment is around 6.5% lowest in 5 yrs. Interest rates are at record lows – Real Estate is selling at record pace the Stock Market has hit record highs – manufacturing is back at a healthy pace. We will soon be independent of MidEast oil. Obama has deported more illegals in his 6 yrs in office than W did in 8 yrs. Obama has worked to help women reach pariity with men in the business world. He stopped the "no bid" nonsense that W was famous for. What is it you don't like about all of this good news? Clean your glasses off ...sober up and stop watching Fox News and listening to Limbaugh – you may find that things are much better.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • Vickie Holbrook

      Maybe Obama can fix this too by writing and delivering a speech about it.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  13. Steve Steveson

    The US is spinning what's taking place in Ukraine like crazy. They are propagandizing the American people. Go to youtube ( watch?v=d80fgUvb0kA )and watch White House spokesman Carney's statements interposed with reality on the ground in Ukraine

    February 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  14. Steve Steveson


    February 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Steve Steveson

      Hey Steve. That is really not contributing to the discussion, man.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  15. UriNation

    Gramps: "That girl needs her mouth washed out with soap. I wonder if she eats out of the same mouth?"

    February 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  16. Andre

    Loved watching the news and the finger pointing at Russia for intercepting the call. No apologies for insulting the EU, no one to take personal responsibility for their actions. Just go on the offensive and blame the Russians for doing what we do, spying on everyone. Listen up folks, you screwed the pooch, don't blame those who caught, blame yourself.

    February 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  17. beezers

    If she said "f*** the gays", Obama would have already fired her... She's a diplomat and said something that hurts diplomacy... Mr. Obama, why is she still employed?

    February 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy the Swartz

      Exactly! If she said "f*** the gays", this would be headline news.

      February 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  18. Jessica McGwin

    Nickel night.

    February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  19. Dave

    Now...is she a highly-trained diplomat, or one of the big donors to Obama who bought her way into the position?

    February 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      The latter. There are actually very few members of his team who have any business being there. That's why all the failure and confusion.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Mark White

      Nuland has had a long career in the Foreign Service and has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations. During the Bill Clinton administration, Nuland was chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott before moving on to serve as deputy director for former Soviet Union affairs. During the George W. Bush administration, she served as the principal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and then as U.S. ambassador to NATO. During the Barack Obama administration, she was special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe before assuming the position of State Department spokesperson in summer 2011, which she held until February 2013.[

      February 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  20. sammy750

    That's what I say about the conservatives, Tea Party and Republicans often. Not anything better to say about or to them

    February 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      And you must be so proud of yourself for helping to find an amicable solution to the (perceived) problem that benefits and unifies the people of the US. Congratulations, you're the world's biggest genius.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Snoop

      Yeah, because half of the people in the U.S. are horrible, right? Trash like you makes this country suck.

      February 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  21. Mike C

    There has been a concerted effort by the Obama administration along with the so called news agencies like CNN to put the Sochi games in the worst light possible. This effort has been so strong that Americans now think that there will be a certain terrorist attack on the games.
    The Russians have paid back the Obama effort with the release of this phone call. I am sure they have more.

    February 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  22. Ian

    Ha – Russians intercept an American call and make them look foul-mouthed fools trying to upset the apple cart. Rich! What do they Snowden for when the Americans f*** up all by themselves . . .

    February 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  23. Norm

    Anyone else love the irony of an Obama appointee warning against putting a noob in such high office?

    February 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Montana

      Well I think it is a bit low class to say that as a diplomat....but what the heck I think she should have crew the UN too.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • Montana

      Well I think it is a bit low class to say that as a diplomat....but what the heck I think she should have screw the UN too.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  24. WatrGrrl

    Frankly, I think the "f-bomb" should be used more frequently when dealing with so-called diplomacy. Let's face it, a lot of the animals, criminals, scoundrels vermin and swine that are employed by governments in varying capacities perform the most heinous, inhuman, vicious acts. The gloves need to be taken off, the bullsh!t needs to stop and the phony veneer of civilization stripped away and the issues laid bare, not covered with the fake veneer of so-called diplomacy.

    February 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      Very interesting point. I think it has merit.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  25. PhilG.

    Give that lady a raise!

    February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  26. cfd

    I agree, FU#* the EU

    February 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  27. brian

    This surprised me – until I saw the picture of her face.

    February 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  28. T

    ......I am ABSOLUTELY SURE that ........no one in the EU ever said................FLUCK the USA...............ABSOLUTELY SURE........Ya haaa...............They NEVER would say that......................NOT EVER.................

    February 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      I see, another genius reverting to the 4th grade playground. "Well, HE did it too...". Your college professors are just beming with pride right now.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      And Mark Fuhrman never used the N-word.

      February 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  29. HH

    What does Eddie Snowden have to say about this

    February 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Knotty Boy

      Hopefully, something witty in his new language.

      February 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  30. Dave

    If I don't know who leaked the phone call, I don't know what is going on.

    I know America has rogue police forces who likely have access to every call any politician has made in this century. I am concerned that the NSA can do selected political purges by discretely leaking info to the well regulated press.

    Even if it's not the NSA or another federal police agency,.. this leak seems to be about discrediting a diplomat who didn't really do anything wrong. I suspect I don't know the real reason this got leaked.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  31. Tatiana Covington

    Now if some death-metal skinhead band would just run with that, you'd have a smash hit on Youtube.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  32. mr sensitive


    February 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  33. JOHN P

    The Russians are exposing us for what we really are,agitators and manipulators.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      That's what every nation has always been. You're not actually naive enough to believe otherwise, are you? To place blame for this fact upon any one nation speaks volumes to your total ignorance.

      That being said, it would be nice if the US were among the pioneers in the World in stopping these practices. You know, setting the example, etc. But we don't control everyone else. We never did. We can't make them.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      Loosers. Because both Yatsz and Klitsch are political corpses right now. All what they can do is go to Maidan and say to people "soory, we mislead you. We just two puppers, Toby and Roby."

      February 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  34. Jamie Estevez

    EU meddling in Ukraine is insanity, it will bring Russian meddling in Orthodox Christian nations in the Balkans. American meddling in Ukraine may very well to prove to be a "Bridge To Far" for the USA and will expose their imperial overreach throughout the world if Ukraine descends into civil war and Russia calls America's bluff.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      It's a Ukrainian problem. The people want to be in the EU. The only long-term solution will be of Ukrainian origin. No one needs to be meddling there, ESPECIALLY the US or the EU.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  35. Jeff6187

    Just another one of those CNN Slow News Day No-story stories. It doesn't matter what people say in private, it matters what they DO in public. But if anyone isn't convinced, let's see replies from those who have never in private and in total frustration said something they hope never gets heard in public.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  36. Mrs. Late Bloomer

    Since when is it a crime to drop an F bomb?

    February 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • T

      ......I am ABSOLUTELY SURE that ........no one in the EU ever said................FLUCK the USA...............ABSOLUTELY SURE........Ya haaa...............They NEVER would say that......................NOT EVER.................

      February 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      It's not. This is just certain people trying to whip it up into a frenzy for their own political gain. If you ask me, a lot more people around the World need to start saying it too. The EU is a sad joke, but if the Ukrainian people want to be members, it's their right to fight for it.

      February 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      It is not a crime. It is just a screw up.

      February 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  37. david

    lady has got a potty mouth but I whole heartedly agree with her F the EU.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  38. Nick

    They can do as Hillary did, throw up your hands and exclam "What difference does it make now?"Typival of this admistration reps.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  39. david

    you can thank Edward snowden for giving the Russians the know how to hack our systems....real patriot that guy....NOT!!!

    February 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • JOHN P

      sure idiot,Snowden giving the Russians the know how,lol.
      Not too bright are we.

      February 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Reply

      What is worse? our own government illegally spying on its citizens and the rest of the world OR the guy that let everyone know about it?. Snowden in his own way is a hero. If other people working in our gov would have some balls, we would know a lot more. Like the Alien thing. We need to know about aliens Not the illegal ones, the ones from space .

      February 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Jhonny Ausemkock

      You don't REALLY think they needed Snowden for that, do you? You're right, he's got info they want, but wiretaps are child's play compared to the things they're buying from him. They've always been listening to us!

      February 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • michael g.

      The Russians have been bugging phones, hotels, public places and diplomats way longer than Snowden has been alive. That has been their area of expertise since the days of Stalin (before your time, therefore irrelevant, I know). He teaches them nothing.

      February 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  40. Lewy

    Truly, the Ugly American.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  41. Ralph_in_FL

    I agree with the sentiment, but doubt it is appropriate behavior for someone who is supposed to be a diplomat.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  42. Alex279

    The most appropriate action for Victoria Nuland is to

    1. Make an official apology to Ukraine while still holding her position as the Assistant Secretary of State; and

    2. resign.

    In this sequence.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • DJK

      She shouldn't resign but stay firm.

      February 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • Alex279

        She will probably try to ignore it.

        I am curious to see what will happen to Yatz and Klitsch. Obviously these two clowns are political corpses right now - many thanks to Victoria!

        I am also curious to see whether Yanikovich has guts to boot out US Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Pyatt, or he will prefer to pretend that he never heard anything.

        But basically Yanukovich have won this time. Again, many thanks, Victoria! It is just matter to cleaning up streets of Kiiv and fixing pavement along with benches vandalized by protesters..

        February 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm |
  43. blakenaustin

    Just another Obama appointee loser.

    February 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  44. mickinmd

    This is blown out of proportion. She didn't say F the EU with the intention of doing damage to it or ignoring it in all aspects.

    She clearly meant that she agreed the EU should not be handling the problem. In the context of her immediately previous sentence, "That would be great to help glue this thing and to have the U.N. help glue it," she was simply preferring the UN.

    February 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  45. brian

    Why should we apologize? The EU eff's the US all the time. The entire premise of the union is to eff the US

    February 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  46. myway

    I guess the US diplomats haven't heard of the WikiLeaks leaked docs. Nothing is private any longer, and nothing means nothing.

    February 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  47. Bob from Accounting

    Whats the big deal? I am sure that this is quite normal for diplomats to cuss in frustration. Their job is probably high stress, low reward and they react accordingly.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Nate

      It's a good thing Eisnehower never cussed at Montgomery or De Galle. That would have derailed the entire war.

      February 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • espionageaficianado

      It's not a big deal; but do you think it's retribution for NSA spying on all European Leaders?

      February 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      I used to say disparaging remarks about the EU all the time when I had to put up with their lead free import regs.

      February 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  48. 1Bigboy

    I have to laugh at the false outraged expressed by Republicans over foul language. Republicans I know commonly use profanity in normal conversation and see nothing wrong with it. They use foul and disparaging words to describe minorities and women to punctuate every sentence. This is a non issue and only reminds us of why Republicans have zero credibility because their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Bob from Accounting

      Tried to look in the whole article for something about Republicans and couldn't find any. It's kind of sad that you would go off topic in such a way. Maybe you need something more constructive to do with your life than rant about the other "team".

      February 8, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • TheZip

      And democrats curse to disparage republicans who are sick of having their tax money stolen. Blacks use it to berate whites and Mexicans. And so on and so on. It just a verbal way used by everyone to express frustration and outrage. In other words I agree with you it is a non-issue. But singly out republicans is ludicrous.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • T

      ......I am ABSOLUTELY SURE that ........no one in the EU ever said................FLUCK the USA...............ABSOLUTELY SURE........Ya haaa...............They NEVER would say that......................NOT EVER.................

      February 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  49. lindseymori

    I agree with her.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  50. Tom1940

    Chapter 3, page 61 of Charles Krauthammer's Book: "Things That Matter", has an excellent essay, (with examples), fully explaining (at least to me), the correct and proper use of this expletive. A fine work in deed. Charles is to be commended for his service to humanity, as I hear this term incorrectly used, particularly in "form" all the time. Especially among and by the young people of society. They should be taught the correct usage and timing, (for full effect), Ms. Nuland, while correct in her usage, and "right on", (according to Mr. Krauthammer), was not "diplomatically" correct in the use of polite language when referring to the E.U. He did agree with her overall statement, however. I laughed!
    Please read the book. It is "heavy" at times, but typical Krauthammer in common sense, observation, wit, humor and where called for, solemn and both empathic and serious on serious matters. An excellent read.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • T

      What mental ward did you share with uncle Charlie...?

      February 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  51. BoBo

    Problem solved:

    February 8, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  52. Pavlo

    Question at radio Yerevan: Is Putin a friend of Ukrainians?
    Yes he listens to all of them.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
  53. Bob

    She is a career diplomat who has served Clinton and Bush. Don't make this about Obama.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Right on. Let's make it about firing ignorant, filthy-mouthed people who make a living off our tax dollars. Obama could send a big message to government and business here if he made a point to call her out on this.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • who cares

        Haven't any of you been on business phone calls were profanity i s used to describe a group that isn't carrying their weight? How is that "ignorant". The OVER-REACTION here just shows how soft we have become...OHHH NO SOMEONE USED THE F WORD?!?!?!

        40 million people were killed in WWII, this event is not a big deal

        February 8, 2014 at 11:25 am |
    • SJ

      Can anyone explain why we have Ambassador's? What good do they do? Same as the UN. Seems like a lot of wasted money spent to pay these people and also for the security that is required.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
  54. TheTruthHurts

    Really, what can one expect form an Obama appointee? First Biden, now her.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Please to turn this into a partisan topic. This has nothing to do with left and right. It has everything to do with up and down.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  55. George T Hibs

    Nuland admitted she said this following the firestorm it created. While it is unfortunate that such a comment was published from a private conversation, , Obama needs to fire her. We can't afford to disassociate all of our European allies. This on the heals of NSA spying on our allies needs swift action to show them this was not US policy but a rogue employee.

    February 8, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Quang

      The EU needs a slap once in a while because of their inaction. This is a private conversation; don't take things out of context.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  56. Jaggersden

    Nuland should be looking for a job. I am not to good at govt. affairs but a woman that talks with a garbage mouth has no reason to reflect thoughts about the US, in my opinion she should be outed.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Mark

      My sentiments, exactly. Not only has it become acceptable in government to speak like an ignoramus, it has now become nearly rewarded in businesses.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      She is more than welcome to work as chief public relations officer for Halliburton.

      February 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  57. Seattle Sue

    Not very ladylike.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
  58. puddintane

    haha how does the EU respond? "See, we told you the US has no culture"

    February 8, 2014 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Says the clown incapable of writing even a simple sentence that isn't rife with errors. Culture? You should worry more about education. Yours.

      February 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  59. JJ

    Real professional!!
    Then you wonder why the world thinks America stinks??
    She needs to be fired now....
    Send a real message that she doesn't represent this Country.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • RC

      Al Quaida thinks we stink; the Taliban thinks we stink; radical Islamists think we stink; Sadam Hussein thought we stunk; Momar Quadaffi thought we stunk; Osama Bin Laudin thought we stunk; Iran thinks we stink; Syria thinks we stink; North Korea thinks we stink. Now why do you suppose they, and others like them, think America stinks?

      February 8, 2014 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Alex279

        It is like being a Bernard Madoff: He stole from reach. He stole from poor. He stole from honest people. He stole from crooks. He stole from people who hate each other. He stole from people some of whom have only one thing in common: they were victims of Madoff fraud. He stole every time he had opportunity to steal.

        US diplomats are well known for blatant non-professionalism. Victolia Nuland is just yet another one in this embarrassing sequence. of

        February 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
    • mike.g.hall

      I got news for you. I live in Europe and can tell you straight up, no matter if Americans go to Europeans on their hands and knees and beg for giveness for all mistakes, no European will ever think more of an American. Let's just accept their hate, move on and collectively say "F#@k the EU!" together. I've never been more proud to be an American and screw anyone jealous enough to hate.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:14 am | Reply
  60. RC

    Way to go Victoria Nuland; you are a tough cookie. Good for you - let em' know how we feel. I hope to hell you don't get fired. You don't deserve to be fired. We need more diplomats and people like you in our government.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, RC. I feel exactly the same way although she did use a Tea Party word to express her righteous indignity. The EU sorely needs to be disbanded once and for all!

      February 8, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • inferencial

        Absolutely and with that remove all US embassies in the EU, stop trading with the US. What brains Nuland has left she is obviously sitting on them. A bit thick for a Under secretary of State to make a statement like that to the EU.

        February 10, 2014 at 3:59 am |
  61. tet1953

    I think it's kind of funny that the Russians are willing to risk sources and methods to simply embarrass.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:28 am | Reply
  62. luvUamerica

    If you put the EU between the F and K, I think thats what most of us feel about the EU.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Federation of European Union Confederate Kingdoms.

      February 8, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
  63. mike

    I love when the U.S. gooberments spyin and listening in on phone calls come back and throws egg on their face. As Mcd's would say, "IM LOVIN IT!"

    February 8, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • John

      So funny to see America-bashers spewing their hypocritical bile... where? On American websites.

      February 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  64. Mark

    Profanity used to be a socially irresponsible and unacceptable behavior; f-bombs and whatever typically indicated ignorance and indifference in the past. Now, it has become to be seen as a badge of leadership. That's too bad, 'cause when our top government officials have no better response that F*&K, then the message I get from that is they don't have the intelligence to figure resolve disagreements and stand-offs in any other way than bullish language. We want bullying to stop in our schools, yet here's a top U.S. gov. official who is basically using a bullying tactic. Shame on everyone who thinks F-bombs in business and government are okay and helpful. The fact is, the more we resort to that type of behavior, the less we can actually affect positive changes in our world.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
  65. Greg

    Hahahahha. I heard this on Thursday. Our government is overthrowing / causing riots in every country that aligns with Russia or China that have pipelines or pipeline deals. It there any surprise we're causing issues in the Ukraine when they're putting a deal together for a huge natural gas pipeline to supply the EU? All these revolutions and protests are US led efforts and Russia is over it, hence the leaked phone call. Good on Russia to leak this. The USA keeps all it's information secret and also spies on everything.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • Wes Scott

      If you use a cell phone or send e-mails, then you are already exposed to the world. Every major country spies on all other countries all the time. Israel is one of the worst offenders, as are the US, Britain, Russia, China, Canada, Germany, Italy. We are living in the "Big brother" world that George Orwell warned us about in his famous book "1984." But, we spy on ourselves as much or more than we do on the rest of the world. Just look at all the places that have red light cameras, and in case you don't know it, many public places across America have similar cameras. That's how they caught the two brothers that set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
  66. Ben

    ... and nobody is concerned that Russia is spying on our conversations, when not even half a year ago there was huge outrage that the US was spying on the EU? Have the US and Europe really become practically enemies to each other? (BTW good job on taking away our ability to watch you while you can still watch us freely. And don't give any "We don't watch you." Everybody watches everybody.)

    February 8, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • ashok

      Trans-border gangs linked to Russia are spying on you even in the EU.Protection from these is a joke in some EU countries.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
  67. tom

    LAME news, and why are the conversations being RECORDED? Thats more news than the F bomb!

    February 8, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • Greg

      Every able government is recording every communication. The USA is the biggest offender of recorded data over it's people, hands down. The media simply doesn't report on it or look into it.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
  68. tara

    How is this news? America has been saying "f*@k you" to the whole planet since before it was a country.

    February 8, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Joe

      If America didn't matter, who would care? I do think America has done some good things over the course of its existence. And,of course, I'm sure all other country's diplomats never use course language when they believe themselves in private. Shouldn't somebody be upset with the FSB (or whatever other Russian spy organization pulled this off) for doing what everyone is so upset with the NSA/Obama for doing (monitoring private communications)?

      February 8, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
      • jnpa

        Good point, but the rest of the world loves to put the U.S. down at every opportunity. They blame us for everything. They always have and always will.

        February 8, 2014 at 9:15 am |
      • tara

        Only America calls it's leader "The leader of the free world," a reprehensible refusal to recognise the sovereignty of other countries, not to mention hypocritical. Apparently, only Americans can live in a democracy, while the rest of us are supposed to submit to the tyranny of a foreign dictator. The age of the empire has passed, but you people keep trying to impose a new one. And yes, America has done nice things. So have the rest of us, but we don't charge around the world expecting everyone to kiss our feet.

        February 8, 2014 at 9:20 am |
      • John

        Done "some good things"? You mean, along with the USSR, pretty much save the free world last century? Or bring the rest of the world screaming and crying into the technological era? Oh, and our movies and music? Like some of those good things?

        February 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm |
    • alex

      beeyotch, we don't care. so F***K You, from an American

      February 8, 2014 at 9:22 am | Reply
  69. Dywlf

    THis is Hillary's state dept. pick wasn't she? Either way with our current government it's "garbage in, garbage out".

    February 8, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • Gern

      Kinda like your statement.

      February 8, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  70. Susannah

    How much do you want to bet that this has more to do with multi-national (aka american for all puproses except paying taxes) business interests than anything, I'm sure there's a wealth of cheap labor in the Ukraine they would like to tap, maybe some energy resources too. We don't have leaders anymore in this country just self-dealers.

    February 8, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Business is always a part of the play but this is primarily about geopolitical considerations. Historically, Ukraine has been key to Russian defense. It serves as a buffer between itself and Europe (Germany). They will do whatever is necessary to keep Ukraine in the Russian sphere of influence. The West will, likewise, do their all to bring the Ukrainians their way.

      February 8, 2014 at 8:55 am | Reply
  71. Brian

    Talk about distraction –
    Instead of answering whether our top people has such contempt for our ally and fire them, the focus was redirected to who leaked the conversation. The world will be runing better when people are held accountable. Don't play their game. Stay focused if America is to stay relevant in the coming century.

    February 8, 2014 at 8:33 am | Reply
  72. FreedomStorm

    We know. We know. The tyrant's "leadership" had nothing to do with this.

    Seriously. We understand. Honest.

    February 8, 2014 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • John

      "Tyrant"? Are you referring to your duly elected president? Ho-hum; another boring, uninformed, drama queen of a conservative speaks. Funny, but I'm old enough to remember when most Republicans were respectable, calm, and rational people.

      February 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  73. Amanda Jones

    Well, Victoria, f_ you and f_ the US. We represent many more people with more diversity than you. We are much closer to the problem than you. And we don't think that every problem can be solved by brute force. You may not like "soft power" but it achieves more in the long term than you give credit for. Now we know what you really think, I hope the EU refuses to work with you in future.

    February 8, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • vad

      Soft power? Like the kind Neville Chamberlin used on Hitler? How did that work out?

      February 8, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • Mr. Jones

      Easy there, Amanda, don't blow a gasket. I heard the tape and she wasn't upset. She wasn't being snide. She wasn't being arrogant. She said it in a very conversational tone, void of sass, anger, or intentions. I curse like a sailor and recognize that she was simply saying, "we don't need the EU for this". Those well versed in cursing don't hear the word and assign damning insinuations to it. Rather, we listen for the intent behind the words. I can use an F bomb because I just got in a fight or I can use an F bomb while giving street directions. The curse words themselves are just air passing through vocal chords. No need to curse Victoria out. BTW, you are only human and as a human you are prone to error. Can you honestly say you've never said something in a private conversation that you wouldn't want recorded and presented in public? Victoria would never publicly say F...the EU. It was a private conversation taken out of context. Pump the breaks, there, Amanda.

      February 8, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
      • jnpa

        Totally agree!

        February 8, 2014 at 9:24 am |
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        February 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
  74. Chasity

    Really, you can't understand that all your communications are being monitored.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply
  75. PSYmuffin

    Seems terribly hypocritical to hear anyone linked with the current administration disqualifying someone from holding political office due to a lack of experience given BO barren background.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply
  76. PSYmuffin

    Seems terribly hypocritical to hear anyone linked with the current administration disqualifying anyone from holding political office due to a lack of experience given BO barren background.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply
  77. Chris

    Just another example of the type of personnel that works for our dirt bag president.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • sburns54

      And you are just another example of the type of dirtbag troll that posts on these sites.

      February 8, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • THE BRO

        And you are just another example of the type of dirtbag that has to be heard

        February 8, 2014 at 7:37 am |
    • darth cheney

      Yes, we all know that Republicans never swear in private conversations, which is what makes them so great.

      February 8, 2014 at 8:15 am | Reply
      • Jaggersden

        Does it really make a dang if you are a Democrat or a republican? If your going to talk with a garbage mouth you have no business in politics because it is just a matter of time and you will end up using foul language on the wrong person.
        If she talks like that all the time then can you imagine what her food must taste like?

        February 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
  78. jsavik

    Not very diplomatic but in this rare occasion, I agree with this Obam-ite. Rather than the EU, I give the finger to the UN.

    UNnecssary, UNamerican and UNworkable.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Zeb

      By definition, the UN is *NOT* American, so at least in that regard you are accurate; unless of course your world view is that everything and everyone show kowtow to America...

      February 8, 2014 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • boris

      ha,ha,ha,only an american can write this-UN is un-american!!!why would un be american?is america the only country in the world?then,almost 7 billion people are un-american.

      February 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  79. rcmclc

    Conversation aside, No one seems to care that Russia tapes all phone calls, but the CIA does the same and it is an outrage with Snowdon getting nominated for a Peace prize. The Olympics have all phone and internet hacked the minute the device is turned on as demonstrated by several security experts.I fear we are handy capping our agencies. They should have known Moscow would be listening.

    February 8, 2014 at 6:58 am | Reply
  80. El Diablo Blanco

    This is the type of person you have representing the country when someone from the ghetto is elected president.

    February 8, 2014 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • darth cheney

      Well, I don't know if Harvard Law has gone that far downhill.

      February 8, 2014 at 8:14 am | Reply
  81. cher

    Same thing they say about the American people, Our Government has crossed the line way to many times to keep ignoring it and pretending everything is fine, It's pretty clear they have their own agenda and it;s as ugly as it get.

    February 8, 2014 at 5:53 am | Reply
  82. oldsarg

    No one should be the least surprised but his. This administration and those they have in positions of power are not their because of training, skill, expertise or knowledge. They are there because in some way they bring the administration power. Power through connections or the power of money. This administrations and it's bumblers are criminals that are working seriously to control you the people.

    February 8, 2014 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • bob

      This is true with every administration, they use people who they owe favors, who are friends and who can do something for them.

      February 8, 2014 at 6:51 am | Reply
    • Scott

      Can't wait for Carolyn Kennedy to say something. She's over there solely due to her name and connections to the Democratic White House. She has no qualifications and, though she seems nice enough, is obviously not the brightest bulb.

      February 8, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
  83. Shane Kelley

    What I head here was frank and open dialogue and people that truly care about their work. Of course we cannot condone the phrasing and the sentiment, that was no doubt a serious mis-step but I sense it was born of frustration not ill will. As I work in international policy development while clearly this was an error in judgment I am actually far more glad to at least see someone who cares about what they are actually accomplishing. From a quick read of it – at first glance anyway – this is someone that cares about the real mission not just the mission of self promotion. Someone likely working hard even after hours to get things in motion that help take important issues from point A to point B. For the sake of keeping someone who sounds truly committed in a position of trust, I hope those entrusted with the position can fully consider that letting this blow over and letting these people get on with apologizing seeking forgiveness and moving on with the MISSION may be the best course of action. Sadly there will likely be a sentiment that too much damage is done, and I can understand that as well, but so sad to see this kind of strong and defined actionist sacrificed through a single mis-step on the altar of public opinion.

    February 8, 2014 at 5:49 am | Reply
  84. Nodack

    There is no such thing as too low in politics. The latest Republican campaign tactic is to make fake Democrat web sites of Democrat candidates and bash them. That's pretty low and it's not even a rogue faction, it's sponsored by the Republican Party. Next they will be calling people posing as Democrats and intentionally saying over the top things.

    February 8, 2014 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • jnpa

      I read that article and couldn't believe they could stoop that low. Then they turned it around and said the DNC were doing during the last election. If the repubs knew about that during the last election they certainly would have exposed it in the media and try to win support at the polls. They didn't because it didn't happen. They are low!

      February 8, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
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