U.S. Ambassador DeLaurentis gives statement on disclosure of classified information

U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis made a statement on Tuesday regarding the recent disclosure of classified U.S. anti-terrorism techniques.

DeLaurentis' statement was given at a Security Council Debate on U.N. Cooperation with Regional and Subregional Organizations. DeLaurentis defended the right of the U.S. to keep security information private.

"All governments do things that are secret," DeLaurentis said. "It is a fact of modern governing and a necessity in light of the threats all our citizens face. Our counterterrorism policy is ultimately about saving people's lives, which is why the United States works with other countries to protect our citizens and those of other nations from many threats. All nations should be concerned about the damage these disclosures can cause to our ability to collectively defend against these threats."

DeLaurentis said that the U.S. has the best interest of its citizens and allies in mind and although it will not disclose its anti-terrorism techniques, it is doing so to protect its people.

"The United States' commitment to advancing universal human rights dates to our founding, and continues strongly to this day under President Obama," DeLaurentis said. "Therefore, we welcome a fair discussion about the appropriate balance between privacy and security, and will continue to work with our partners to address the many challenges and threats we all face."