WikiLeaks earlier this year released secret details – 70,000 files – of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The revelations of American brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan led to its founder Julian Assange – an Australian-born computer hacker – being targeted by governments around the world. He is now wanted for alleged rape in Sweden.
USA has urged Wikileaks founder Julian Assange not to release any such document, according to news report :
In a letter Saturday to Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, U.S. State Department legal advisor Harold Koh warned publication of the documents will “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals.”
It said the New York Times, Britain’s The Guardian, Germany’s Der Spiegel, Spain’s El Pais and France’s Le Monde would release their first analysis of the documents late Sunday, with leaks expected to trickle out before then.
The website said Der Spiegel had published the number of documents online Saturday for a few minutes before removing them, saying the release would include 251,287 diplomatic cables, including 16,652 marked “secret.”
On Saturday, the US had warned India and other key governments across the world about a new potentially embarrassing release of classified documents by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks which may harm the American interests and create tension in its ties with its “friends”.
On whether India was concerned what the leaks might contain, the minister said “Indian government is not really concerned. But we are certainly interested in finding out what this WikiLeaks are all about because they say that they are going to put on the web 4 million documents. So we will watch with interest.”
Around three million secret US diplomatic messages obtained by WikiLeaks would expose the ‘no-holds-barred’ private cables to the White House from scores of US embassies, the Daily Mail reported.
Mandela, who stepped down as president in 1999, condemned George Bush over the Iraq war, saying the US president had ignored the UN’s calls for restraint because the then secretary-general Kofi Annan was black.
He also called Tony Blair the ‘foreign minister of the US’ for supporting Bush over the Iraq war.