Without redactions, WikiLeaks has published its full archive of 251,000 secret US diplomatic cables, exposing thousands of individuals whose named mentioned in the documents to detention and harm or putting their lives in danger.
The move has been strongly condemned by the five previous media partners—New York Times, the Guardian El Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde— who have worked with WikiLeaks publishing, carefully selected and redacted documents.
“We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk,” the organisations said in a joint statement.” Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough joint editing and clearance process. We will continue to defend our previous collaborative publishing endeavour. We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data—indeed, we are united in condemning it.”The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone.”
Governments, diplomats, human rights charities and media organisations had urged WikiLeaks’s founder, Assange, not to publish the full cache of cables without careful source protection.
It contains more than 1,000 newly released identification of the cable archives of individual activists, and more than 150 informants special mention; provided thousands with a label used by the United States from sources which it believes could be in the danger mark.
The cables also contain references to people who are persecuted by their governments who are victims of sexual crimes and locations of government facilities and critical infrastructure.
Wikileaks has released its entire archive in an easily accessible and searchable for the first time, the contents widely available without advanced technical skills.