Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cable Dump Reportedly Imminent

The Pentagon warned lawmakers on Tuesday that WikiLeaks’ long-expected release of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables could come as soon as Friday, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The release has been anticipated since the arrest last spring of Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. In online chats with the ex-hacker who ultimately turned him in, Manning described providing WikiLeaks with a massive cache of diplomatic cables. Manning said the cables documented years of secret foreign policy and “almost-criminal political back dealings.”

“Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” Manning told former-hacker Adrian Lamo.

By Kevin Poulsen/Wired:Threat Level
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