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Wikileaks document dump has United States working damage control to stem potential embarrassment

BY Sean Alfano

Saturday, November 27th 2010, 10:48 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is preparing for the worst ahead of the next expected dump of documents by Wikileaks.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is preparing for the worst ahead of the next expected dump of documents by Wikileaks.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange


The U.S. is already in damage-control mode ahead of the latest classified documents expected to be released by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with the leaders of several countries, warning her counterparts of what the documents may contain, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

There is speculation that the documents will reveal sensitive and embarrassing details of American diplomacy with foreign countries, The Associated Press reports.

"We are all bracing for what may be coming and condemn WikiLeaks for the release of classified material," Crowley said. "It will place lives and interests at risk. It is irresponsible."

Wikileaks has not set a time for the release, but it is expected to happen this weekend.

Earlier this week, the White House began alerting members of Congress and foreign governments that Wikileaks was preparing to dump hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables.

The U.S. Ambassador to Norway, Barry White, said in a statement published in a Norwegian newspaper that the documents would likely show candid comments by U.S. officials of political leaders from around the world, AP reported.

In addition to Norway, Italy and Canada have also said they have been briefed by American officials.

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

The website, founded by Australian computer hacker Julian Assange, has said its latest document release will be seven times larger than the 400,000 sensitive Iraq war documents it unveiled in October.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen told CNN he hopes Wikileaks considers the potential damage it will cause.

"I would hope that those who are responsible for this would, at some point in time, think about the responsibility that they have for lives that they're exposing, he said.

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Asked by Aasiyah at 2:22 PM on Nov. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The government is always screaming that something will cause harm, but THEY'RE the ones causing harm and they don't want anyone blowing up their spot!

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:31 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • If they are so worried about what other countries may think as a result, perhaps they should have gotten rid of Hillary Clinton when she told the U.N. that human rights are being abused in our country. That certainly didn't help the way other countries see us when we are the ones always screaming about human rights abuse in other countries.

    Answer by meriana at 2:51 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Okay...let me see if I have this straight.............

    "We the people" must be seen "naked" or submit to a sexual assault in the name of SAFETY.....

    Buuuuuttttttttt.................the GOVERNMENT can't even secure their own records.

    One big CROCK 'O CRAP IMO.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:57 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Don't do anything that you would be embarrassed to have turn up on the internet.
    Sound advice, for both 20-somethings who like to take pics when they're drinking and governments alike.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 3:00 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Transparency... isn't that what Obama administration claimed they wanted? So what's the big deal?

    Note: No, I don't believe it's in the Nations best interest to have all information available to the public.

    Answer by Jambo4 at 3:19 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Our diplomats should have learned long ago not to spout off at the mouth, they are always being watched and/or listened to. Wikileaks is not to blame for what politicians say or do, they are just releasing facts. I'm glad the people are finally getting transparency, like Jambo said... that's what Obama promised. It's always fun to point out what someone else is doing wrong, but not fun when it's done to you is it??
    My motto in life is: Make your words sweet, because you may have to eat them later.

    Answer by brandyj at 5:21 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • LOL Didn't their mommies ever teach themnot to talk mean about people behind their backs?

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:30 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

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