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#415351 - 09/02/11 04:38 PM Wikileaks Unloads Entire Archive
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LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks disclosed its entire archive of U.S. State Department cables Friday, much if not all of it uncensored — a move that drew stinging condemnation from major newspapers who in the past collaborated with the anti-secrecy group's efforts to expose corruption and double-dealing.

Many media outlets, including The Associated Press, previously had access to all or part of the uncensored tome. But Wikileaks' decision to post the 251,287 cables on its website makes potentially sensitive diplomatic sources available to anyone, anywhere at the stroke of a key. American officials have warned that the disclosures could jeopardize vulnerable people such as opposition figures or human rights campaigners.

A joint statement published on the Guardian's website said that the British publication and its international counterparts — The New York Times, Spanish daily El Pais and German newspaper Der Spiegel — "deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted State Department cables, which may put sources at risk."

Le Monde, the French daily which also published some of WikiLeaks' documents, will join other media partners in signing the statement, according to executive editor Sylvie Kauffmann.

Previously international media outlets — and WikiLeaks itself — had redacted the names of potentially vulnerable sources, although the standard has varied and some experts warned that even people whose names had been kept out of the cables were still at risk.

But now many, and possibly even all, of the cables posted to the WikiLeaks website carried unredacted names, making it easy to identify dissidents in authoritarian countries such as Russia, China or Myanmar.

WikiLeaks staff members have not returned repeated requests for comment sent in the past two days. But in a series of messages on Twitter, the group seemed to suggest that it had no choice but to publish the archive because copies of the document were already circulating online following a security breach.

WikiLeaks has blamed the Guardian for the blunder, pointing out that a sensitive password used to decrypt the files was published in a book put out by David Leigh, one of the paper's investigative reporters and a collaborator-turned-critic of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

But the Guardian, Leigh and others have rejected the claim. Although the password was in fact published in Leigh's book about seven months ago, Guardian journalists have suggested that the real problem was that WikiLeaks posted the encrypted file to the Web by accident and that Assange never bothered to change the password needed to unlock it.

In their statement, the Guardian's international partners lined up to slam the 40-year-old former computer hacker.

"We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data — indeed, we are united in condemning it," the statement read, before adding: "The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone."

The media organizations' rejection is a further blow to WikiLeaks, whose site is under financial embargo and whose leader remains under virtual house arrest in an English country mansion pending extradition proceedings to Sweden on unrelated sexual assault allegations.

WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy site devoted to unveiling corruption and conspiracy, has in the past relied on mainstream partners to organize and promote its spectacular leaks of classified information — including U.S. intelligence documents detailing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amid the latest controversy, the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders said it had temporarily suspended its WikiLeaks "mirror site." Such sites act as carbon-copies of their originals, relieving pressure due to heavy traffic and preserving data in case of attack.

In a statement, Reporters Without Borders said it had "neither the technical, human or financial resources to check each cable" for information that could harm innocent people and thus "has to play safe."

The U.S. State Department has also condemned the latest release.

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#415396 - 09/03/11 02:44 PM Re: Wikileaks Unloads Entire Archive [Re: Marty]
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BeliLeaks? Wikileaks on Belize snitches about high level meetings

Belize had generally remained under the Wikileaks radar, but now hundreds of classified cables on a wide range of activities here, have been disclosed in a trove of uncensored US diplomatic cables made public today by Wikileaks. The website released its entire archive of about two hundred and fifty-one thousand, two hundred and eighty-seven documents that throw light on the workings of US embassies worldwide and the candid views of US diplomats. The release was quickly condemned by US officials as well as by major news organizations who say the information contained could put at risk the lives of many. Wikileaks began releasing the cables back in 2010 but because of a security breach on its website; it has now published the entire data. We sifted through some of the voluminous information on Belize, but time and space do not permit their full coverage. Here is a pick of two reports:

The first coincides with the U.D.P.’s second anniversary in office and the PM’s press quarterly conference held on February ninth, 2009. The reporting covered the salient points discussed by the Prime Minister on the economy, crime and security. The comments from the head of mission are most interesting. It says that despite his broad claims of success, the Embassy “has yet to see a significant difference between the current U.D.P. government and the previous P.U.P. Administration. We often witness more of the same cronyism, public complaints of corruption at many levels of government and ineffective public service entities, including hospitals police and schools.”

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#415419 - 09/03/11 10:09 PM Re: Wikileaks Unloads Entire Archive [Re: Marty]
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During the Ambassador's initial meeting with Prime
Minister Dean Barrow (reported septel), the PM made a pitch
for wireless intercept equipment for the Police Special
Branch. He said that the capability was essential to
anti-drug and anti-gang efforts in Belize. In response we
noted that a similar request had been made by the previous
government. The capability the police were looking for was
fairly expensive, and more importantly Belize's legislation
governing communications intercepts was antiquated and could
be read to prohibit such activity. Barrow said that he was
open to ideas on implementing legislation that would provide
for oversight and approval of wiretap and intercept requests
and noted that the new government enjoys a majority that
enables it to amend the constitution if necessary.

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