TAMPA, Florida — Deep-sea explorers in Florida are using some of the WikiLeaks documents released in troves to try to force the US government out of their legal battle with Spain over a shipwreck treasure.
Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa said Wednesday that documents recently released by Wikileaks show the US State Department had offered to help Spain's side in the matter in exchange for help in returning a multimillion-dollar painting — seized by the Nazis — to a US citizen.
Odyssey said it filed a motion urging an appeals court to throw out a "friend of the court" brief by the US government supporting Spain's bid for 17 tons of coins raised from a sunken Spanish galleon off Portugal in 2007.
A federal court ruled for Spain in 2009. Odyssey is appealing.