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`WikiLeaks ignored US appeals not to release docs`

Last Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 21:27

Paris: Anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks
informed the United States in advance of tens of thousands of
new document releases but ignored US appeals not to make them
public, the State Department said on Thursday.

The remarks come after WikiLeaks accused a journalist
with the Guardian of leaking the passwords to a trove of US
diplomatic cables containing the names of protected sources,
charges denied by the British newspaper.

"Wikileaks did advise us of the impending release of
information and of its intention to continue to release
classified documents," State Department spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland said.

"We have made clear our views and concerns about
illegally disclosed classified information and the continuing
risk to individuals and national security that such releases
cause," Nuland said in a statement.

"Wikileaks has, however, ignored our requests not to
release or disseminate any US documents it may possess and has
continued its well-established pattern of irresponsible,
reckless, and frankly dangerous actions," she said.

"We are not cooperating with them," Nuland said during
a visit to Paris with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The United States has warned that the release of
confidential and secret documents, which began last November
after WikiLeaks obtained 250,000 US diplomatic cables, puts at
risk US national security and individuals who speak to US

In London, WikiLeaks said "a Guardian journalist has,
in a previously undetected act of gross negligence or malice,
and in violation of a signed security agreement with the
Guardian`s editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, disclosed top
secret decryption passwords to the entire, unredacted,
WikiLeaks Cablegate archive".

"We have already spoken to the (US) State Department
and commenced pre-litigation action. We will issue a formal
statement in due course," WikiLeaks added, in a statement
posted on Twitter.

The Guardian, one of a handful of newspapers that
began publishing redacted cables last year, said WikiLeaks
shared the documents through a secure server for a period of
hours before taking the server offline and removing the files.

"But unknown to anyone at the Guardian, the same file
with the same password was republished later on BitTorrent, a
network typically used to distribute films and music," the
newspaper reported.

The Guardian went on to deny, in an official
statement, allegations that the password had been released
through its book, "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange`s War on
Secrecy", published in February.


First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 21:27

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