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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
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
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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 whistle-blower organization last year.
began making select cables from the collection public 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, according to the report.
The password-protected file had been hidden on a WikiLeaks server.
Assange had given the password to an external contact, according to Der
WikiLeaks supporters – attempting to create a public archive of cables
which had already been released through various news outlets –
unwittingly released the hidden, encrypted file as well. In the spring
of 2011, Assange’s external contact made the password to the file
Domscheit-Berg’s rival organization Open- Leaks has now drawn attention
to the fact that both the file and the password have been available on
the Internet for months. Domscheit- Berg’s OpenLeaks colleagues said the
slip-up proved his contention that data in the hands of WikiLeaks was
WikiLeaks denied the report by way of its Twitter account, saying,
“There has been no ‘leak at WikiLeaks.’ The issue relates to a
mainstream media partner and a malicious individual.”