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article imageWikileaks reveals list of sites thought sensitive to US security

By Michael Krebs     Dec 6, 2010 in Internet
As the US government considers arresting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges beyond the Espionage Act, the whistle-blower site released new damaging data on Sunday.
Wikileaks released a list of locations that the United States considers vital to its national security. The new cable release from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was released on Sunday - and was labeled "secret," according to a report by the Associated Press.
The critical sites varied from the location of vast undersea communications lines to critical food supply hubs, and included previously unknown specifics - such as sensitive mining facilities and vaccine factories.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently operating from an undisclosed location, and is being pursued by Swedish and American authorities for prosecution on espionage, theft, sexual assault, rape, and coercion. Swedish authorities have issued their arrest warrant to British police, as British media have reported Mr. Assange to be somewhere within Britain.
Numerous US Senators have called for Assange's prosecution.
The latest Wikileaks release points decidedly at information that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton considered crucial to keep secret. In the cable, according to AP, Clinton is requesting an update on a list of sites "which, if destroyed, disrupted or exploited, would likely have an immediate and deleterious effect on the United States."
Assange has publicly suggested that Hillary Clinton resign, citing his concerns over her approach to specific diplomatic channels.
It is unclear what next steps the US government is planning to take. However, US Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that he intends to pursue charges beyond those covered in the Espionage Act.
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