Norway daily has all 250,000 WikiLeaks cables

A Norwegian daily has access to the 250000 diplomatic cables held by WikiLeaks.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

Oslo: A Norwegian daily that obtained all
the 250,000 diplomatic cables WikiLeaks is slowly releasing
will publish articles on them independently of the
whistleblowing website`s strategy, its boss said on Thursday.

"We have gained access to all 250,000 documents," Ole
Erik Almlid, the managing editor of Aftenposten, told a news agency today, refusing to say how his newspaper obtained all the
classified cables, which WikiLeaks has not yet released
entirely.

At the end of November, Whistleblowing website
WikiLeaks said it obtained 251,287 classified US embassy
cables and would cooperate with publications El Pais, The
Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde and Der Spiegel in
releasing them.

It also started gradually posting the documents
online. Today, 1,896 documents out of a total of 251,287 were
available on WikiLeaks` Cablegate website.

Almlid said Aftenposten`s strategy of publishing
articles on the cables would be completely independent from
when WikiLeaks or the website`s partner publications release
them.

Aftenposten could thus run articles on cables that
WikiLeaks itself has not yet released, he said.

"We will not under any circumstance publish all
articles on the web. We will use these documents to write
journalistic articles about issues that are important for us
to bring to our readers," he said.

"We have been publishing five articles every day both
on print and on our website, and we will continue to do that,"
Almlid added, stressing that Aftenposten would not make all
documents available online, but that a cable could be
partially published to go with an article.

PTI