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Neo
29th November 2010, 06:58 AM
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told American diplomats to spy on other countries' diplomats at the UN, whistleblower website WikiLeaks will reveal.

Thousands of potentially embarrassing US documents are due to be published by the organisation, which has said it is under cyber attack

And newspapers working in partnership with the website have begun to reveal some of the 'confidential' papers. The secret files - believed to be the first batch of up to 2.7 million documents to be published - are expected to be released in their entirety this evening.

But Wikileaks wrote on Twitter: "We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack." But the Guardian newspaper, among those working with the website on the disclosures, has begun publishing the classified documents. The papers are said to include communications between Washington and US embassies around the world.

President Barack Obama's government has said the move will put countless lives at risk, threaten global counter-terrorism operations and jeopardise US relations with its allies.

The US State Department's top lawyer has warned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to stop the "illegal" publication. The letter was sent as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top American officials reached out to numerous world leaders about the imminent release.

The confidential cables are thought to include candid assessments of foreign leaders and their policies, and could erode trust in the US as a diplomatic partner.

US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said Mrs Clinton has spoken to leaders in Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and China. Canada, Denmark, Norway and Poland have also been warned. Sky News' foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "Potentially this is diplomatic dynamite.

"We think that three leaders might be in the firing line, because we know the Americans have criticised (Afghan president) Hamid Karzai, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, of Russia. "Those are just three names that we're hearing that may be criticised. There are many, many more and it is very embarrassing for the Americans."

And Sky News' Washington correspondent Robert Nisbet said US ambassadors across the globe were bracing themselves for the fallout. "(The leaks) are bound to touch on the personalities of leaders, of government officials and perhaps would-be leaders, and I think that is the concern here," he said.

Reports suggest the files will reveal an unflattering assessment of Prime Minister David Cameron and former prime minister Gordon Brown. Guardian journalist Simon Hoggart said: "There is going to be some embarrassment certainly for Gordon Brown but even more so for David Cameron who was not very highly regarded by the Obama administration or by the US ambassador here."

Meanwhile, there are reports of UK Government fears about the impact of "anti-Islamic" views that could be expressed in the documents.

Sky News' political correspondent Peter Spencer said: "The greatest anxiety is that these leaks will reveal remarks of a hostile nature towards various Islamic leaders and Islamic state policies. "The danger, of course, is that Brits living in some Islamic states could find themselves the victims of a backlash - that is a genuine concern."

WikiLeaks said its latest release of files, thought to date between January 2006 and June 2010, will be seven times the size of its October leak of 400,000 Iraq war documents.

American ambassador to the UK Louis Susman said he "condemned" the disclosures and that the US government was "taking steps to prevent future security breaches".

He also claimed the disclosures had "the very real potential to harm innocent people" but insisted the cables "should not be seen as representing US policy on their own".He said the leaks were "harmful to the US and our interests".

"However, I am confident that our uniquely productive relationship with the UK will remain close and strong, focused on promoting our shared objectives and values," he said. "Releasing documents of this kind place at risk the lives of innocent individuals - from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers and diplomats.

"It is reprehensible for any individual or organisation to attempt to gain notoriety at the expense of people who had every expectation of privacy in sharing information."

The US has said it has known for some time that WikiLeaks held the diplomatic cables, but no one has been charged with passing them to the website.



Source: web.orange.co.uk

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
29th November 2010, 01:10 PM
Some of the alleged e-mails were read last night on CBS news one by the Saudi King Abdullah was urging the US to attack Iran etc, ' couldn't help but listen in awe. hmm

Neo
30th November 2010, 12:53 AM
Yes, very chilling bro. Also learned that the Chinese don't' really give a hoot if America bombed North Korea. They actually favour unification of the peninsular. Now that's gonna be a huge shock to the North Koreans ( they have always seen the chinese as their staunchest ally). We shall see a swift change in policy around the world...