WikiLeaks releases more sensitive US documentsPosted: November 30, 2010
WikiLeaks has again released sensitive US documents that show a number of communications between the US state department and US embassies worldwide.
Description from Wikipedia, and list of contents by region, here. Very interesting.
“The United States diplomatic cables leak began in late November 2010 when the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks and five major newspapers published a cache of confidential documents that detail correspondence between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world. The leaking of the U.S. embassy cables is the third in a series of U.S. classified document “megaleaks” distributed by WikiLeaks in 2010, following the Afghan War documents leak in July, and the Iraq War documents leak in October.
The first 200 of the 251,287 documents were published on 28 November by WikiLeaks, El País (Spain), Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), The Guardian (United Kingdom), and The New York Times (United States). Over 130,000 of the documents are unclassified and none of the documents are classified as “top secret”; some 100,000 are labeled “confidential” on the classification scale and some 15,000 documents are at the higher level “secret”. The initial release highlighted diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Middle East states. WikiLeaks plans to release the entirety of the cables in phases over several months.”
Sarah Palin has blamed Obama’s administration for their incompetence in dealing with the situation, claiming the WikiLeaks founder should be treated as a terrorist. Fox News persona Bill O’reilly has stated that he should be executed or put in prison for life.
Obama’s administration has replied to the critisizm by reaffirming their desire for a transparent government, but stating that releasing of theft of sensitive US documents is a crime.
WikiLeaks has been undergoing a number of DDOS attacks recently to stop their releasing of further information. The most recent one occuring just 5 hours ago. On their twitter WikiLeaks states just 3 hours ago: “DDOS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second.”
If we as people including governments are doing everything right and with good intentions, what should be the need for secrecy?