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article imageUS global concerns revealed in latest Wikileaks release

By Gemma Fox     Nov 28, 2010 in World
After much controversy and a sustained DoS attack on the website, Wikileaks has now released a set of leaked secret US files.
Since it announced plans to release more documents Wikileaks has said that the next set of documents it has obtained would be much bigger than ones previously leaked about Afghanistan and Iraq.
BBC News is reporting that the latest set of documents to be released are cables and messages sent from US embassies to the US State Department.
Wikileaks itself claims that it has began leaking 251,287 cables related to the US and its embassies. The cables date from 28th December 1966 to 28th February this year. Up to 274 embassies and their confidential communications to the US State Department are affected and the whistle-blowing website states that 15,652 of the files are secret,101,748 are confidential and 133,887 are unclassified.
The leaks are said to show a variety of cables from Arab states which urge a US attack on Iran in an attempt to get Iran to end their nuclear weapon programme. The King of Saudi Arabia is said to be among them.
Other documents leaked concern China and the use of widespread hacking by the government and also Pakistan with concerns over the security of nuclear material that could be use to make an atomic weapon.
The leaks have been condemned by the US government but Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, says that the USA has a fear of being held to account for some of its actions.
The BBC list the following accounts as reportedly included in the leak:
Iran attempting to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles
Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip
Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp - including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for US Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan
US officials being instructed to spy on the UN's leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The very close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime
Yemen's president talking to then US Mid-East commander General David Petraeus about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours"
Criticism of UK politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron
Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon
Al Jazeera writes that also revealed is advice given by the US to its diplomats on intelligence gathering and how to pass on information of interest to spy agencies within the US.
Also said to be released is the allegations of corruption against various foreign leaders.
The leaks also include documents which says that Angela Merkel "avoids risk and is rarely creative" and that Hamid Karzai is "driven by paranoia." Also disclosed is Valdimir Putin being described as an "alpha-dog".
Earlier today the Wikileaks website was subjected to a Denial of Service attack.
Although there are been no formal charges regarding who leaked the documents to Wikileaks, suspicion lies with Bradley Manning, a private with the US army. He is an intelligence analyst who was arrested in Iraq in June. He was then charged with an earlier leak to Wikileaks of classified US documents.
Condemning the release of state department documents, the US Government said in a statement from the White House, "President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal." And also, "We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorised disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information."
Publications such as the UK's Guardian, the New York Times in the USA and Germany's Das Spiegel have gone in depth with the leaks and are due to delve deeper over the next few days.
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