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article imageUS writes to Wikileaks' Assange warning on latest cache release

By Kev Hedges     Nov 28, 2010 in Politics
The US government has written to Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange warning him if he releases his latest cache of sensitive files, it could cost "countless lives".
The US have warned the leak would contravene US law. Wikileaks says it will unveil a new set of documents, as reported in Digital Journal last week - bigger than past releases on Afghanistan and Iraq war logs. But a defiant Mr Assange has said the US authorities are afraid of being held to account, reports BBC US & Canada.
What will the latest leak include?
There will be documents covering US dealings and diplomats' confidential views of countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Russia and Turkey. The US has already warned Israel that a massive release of intercepted documents from the Wikileaks organization could cause embarrassment between the two nations. The new leaks are said to contain an unflattering assessment of British prime minister David Cameron. The US state department, including the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has hurriedly briefed world leaders, including Mr Cameron, about what the sensitive cable documents, sent between US diplomats abroad and Washington, may contain.
Meanwhile in the UK, newspaper editors have been asked to brief the government on whether or not they plan to publish the leaks. Britain's Guardian newspaper, has been working with Wikileaks on publishing the files.
Warning letter
The letter from the US was sent by Harold Koh and was in response to a correspondence from Mr Assange, who asked the US ambassador to Britain, Louis Susman, about which individuals would be put at risk due to the leak. But the ramifications that could emerge from the leak were highlighted by a spokesman for the US state department, Philip Crowley, he warned, " 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. We wish this would not happen, but we are obviously prepared for the possibility that it will."
Mr Koh's letter warns that countless lives could be put at risk including journalists, bloggers and human rights activists. It is widely expected that the latest leak could take place as early as today (Sunday) and threatens to be seven-times larger than the Iraq logs.
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