WASHINGTON - The WikiLeaks organization
said on Thursday it was releasing tens of thousands of
previously unpublished US diplomatic cables, some of which
are still classified.
"We will have released over 100,000 US embassy cables from
around the world by the end of today," said a message on
WikiLeaks' Twitter feed. The Twitter page is believed to be
controlled by Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' controversial
Australian-born founder and chief.
The cables which the website said it is dumping onto the
public record appear to be from a cache of more than 250,000
State Department reports leaked to the group. WikiLeaks began
releasing the cables in smaller batches late last year, but
until now had made them public in piecemeal fashion.
Several news organizations around the world, including
Reuters, have had complete sets of the cables for months. But
for the most part, media outlets have only cited or published
cables when publishing specific news or investigative stories
based on them.