Report: WikiLeaks releases cables that compromise sources

August 30, 2011 05:10

WikiLeaks has accidentally released original, unedited cables which have revealed the names of confidential informants and suspected intelligence agents, including Mossad agents, according to German media reports.

Der Spiegel reported on Monday that a conflict between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former WikiLeaks employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg led to the accidental leak. German-language weekly Der Freitag first reported the leak, mentioning specifically that agents and informants from Israel, Jordan, Iran and Afghanistan may have been compromised.

According to the report, an encrypted file has been circulating on the Internet since the beginning of the year which contains the full collection of some 250,000 US State Department cables obtained by the whistleblower organization last year. WikiLeaks began making public select cables from the collection in November 2010, but had been editing them to protect sources. The file floating around on the Internet containing all 250,000 cables, however, is entirely unedited.

WikiLeaks has denied the report on the organization's Twitter account.

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