State Department’s diplomatic: US Prepares for New Wikileaks Release

Infokito - The whistleblower site once again is preparing to release a large number of classified U.S. documents, believed to be State Department diplomatic files that could contain unflattering comments about America’s international partners.

The State Department’s diplomatic outposts worldwide have begun contacting foreign governments to prepare them for an expected document release as early as Friday that may prove damaging to America’s international partners. Relevant congressional committees also have been notified of the pending release both by the State Department and the Pentagon.

Private internal communications between the State Department and its diplomats based overseas are known as “cables.” It is believed that Wikileaks has obtained thousands of cables that are wider in scope than the classified military intelligence documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that the site already has released this year. A State Department official said the cables will touch on a variety of America’s global partners.

State Department officials are concerned that the sometimes blunt language contained in the cables may fray relationships with America’s allies.

“They involve discussions that we’ve had with government officials, with private citizens,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. "They contain analysis. They contain a record of the day-to-day diplomatic activity that our personnel undertake."

Crowley told reporters today that the cables are “diplomacy in action” because they describe the back-and-forth between the American government and other governments around the world. He said those relationships are built on the premise that any communications are done in confidence.

"When this confidence is betrayed and ends up on the front pages of newspapers or lead stories on television or radio, it has an impact," Crowley said. "We decry what has happened.

"These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests," he added. "They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world."

As with past document dumps by Wikileaks, U.S. officials expect that major international news outlets have been provided the documents in advance and that their news stories about what the documents contain will be published around the same time that the website reveals its cache of documents.

Crowley said the State Department "has known all along" that WikiLeaks has been in possession of classified State Department documents.

Army Pvt. Bradley Manning was arrested in June and charged with leaking a classified video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed several civilians. There has been speculation that Manning also may have been the source for the Iraq and Afghanistan military intelligence reports released by Wikileaks.

He also may be the source of the State Department cables, because prior to his arrest Manning boasted in e-mails to a former hacker that he had passed along thousands of diplomatic cables to Wikileaks.

“We wish that this would not happen," Crowley said. "But we are, obviously, prepared for the possibility that it will.”


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