WikiLeaks says published all US cables on Internet

Last Updated: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 21:37

London: Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks today
said it had published its full cache of more than 250,000 US
diplomatic cables, which could be accessed through an Internet
link without a password.

"RELEASE CABLEGATE2: 251,287 US embassy cables in
searchable format," said a message on WikiLeaks` Twitter
account.

It was not immediately clear whether WikiLeaks released
all the cables without redacting them, as the group had
threatened to do on Thursday.

The United States and human rights groups have warned
that releasing unredacted cables containing the names of
people who spoke in confidence to US diplomats could put the
sources` lives in danger.

Despite repeated attempts by a news agency, WikiLeaks could not be contacted for comment.

Earlier on Friday, WikiLeaks said it had released the
files, but they could not be easily accessed and required
specialist software. However, several hours later a link was
posted on Twitter offering easy access to the cables.

WikiLeaks infuriated Washington last week when it released
134,000 of the cables, with many showing the unprotected names
of informants and other individuals who had spoken to US
diplomats.

The release came after WikiLeaks conducted an online poll
Thursday of its Twitter followers to decide whether to dump
its entire cache of US diplomatic cables.

The site decided on the move following a row with
Britain`s Guardian newspaper, one of its former media
partners, which it blames for leaking the entire cache by
revealing the password.

The Guardian denied accusations by WikiLeaks that one of
its journalists leaked the password.

In a sign of the broken relationship with the paper,
WikiLeaks blamed the Guardian for leaking all of the
diplomatic cables online containing details of informants and
sources.

The Guardian, one of a handful of newspapers that began
publishing redacted cables last year in cooperation with
WikiLeaks, said it "utterly rejects any suggestion that it is
responsible for the release of the unedited cables".
On Thursday, the Guardian urged WikiLeaks not to release
unredacted cables.

The State Department yesterday said WikiLeaks had
informed the United States in advance of the document
releases, but ignored US appeals that making them public could
endanger lives and put US national security at risk.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 21:37

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