US warns of likely harm from WikiLeaks release

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 24, 2010 20:58




WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday it has alerted Congress and begun notifying foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive US diplomatic files that could damage US relations with friends and allies across the globe.

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

In anticipation of the posting of the leaked diplomatic cables by the self-styled whistle-blower website, US diplomatic outposts around the world have begun notifying other governments that it may happen within days, Crowley told reporters.

The release is expected to happen this weekend, although WikiLeaks has not been specific about the timing.


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