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Wikileaks releases sensitive U.S. diplomacy documents


Wikileaks releases sensitive U.S. diplomacy documents

Adam Russett November 29, 2010

U.S. officials are scrambling to assess the damage to the nation's diplomatic profile after Wikileaks released more than 250,000 classified documents, which detailed sensitive threats to global security and unflattering accounts of world leaders.

The cables revealed the magnitude of the nuclear threat in Iran as well as discussions between the U.S. and South Korea of the possibility of creating a united peninsula. Various Middle Eastern leaders and officials have urged the U.S. to use any possible measures to stop Iran's nuclear program, including those in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, reports the Associated Press.

According to the Guardian, some Middle Eastern leaders said Iran was an "evil …existential threat" that "is going to take us to war."

Embarrassing details were also released describing how U.S. officials gathered highly personal information on other diplomats.

The current release is at least seven times the size of the website's previous Iraq document leak. Not all of the quarter million State Department cables have been made available to the public, but at least five major publications have received access to the full set of documents, including Germany's Der Spiegel, Spain's El Pais, France's Le Monde, the U.K.'s Guardian, and the New York Times, reports the BBC. The publications have been reading the documents for weeks and agreed together to begin reportage on Sunday.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange alleged that the U.S. was trying to cover up "human rights abuse and other criminal behavior," while the White House said that "such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government," reports the AP.

According to the BBC, U.S. Army private Bradley Manning – the prime suspect of the previous two mass releases – is in the spotlight again.