White House: Clinton didn't order diplomats to spy

President Barack Obama's spokesman is labeling"ridiculous" an assertion by the founder of WikiLeaks thatSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should resign if she wasinvolved in asking U.S. diplomats to gather intelligence at theUnited Nations.

In an online interview with Time magazine from an undisclosedlocation, Assange on Tuesday called on Clinton to resign "if itcan be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomaticfigures to engage in espionage in the United Nations" in violationof international agreements.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday thatAssange's statements "are both ridiculous and absurd." Clinton,he said, has done nothing wrong, and U.S. diplomats do not engagein spying. He spoke in an interview on NBC's "Today" show.

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