Monday, 29 November 2010 14:33

Wikileaks releases latest batch of US diplomatic communications


Following the Iraq and Afghanistan-focused releases, Wikileaks has made available 251,287 documents derived from communications through diplomatic channels belonging to the US.

Following the release of the multitude of documents pertaining to Afghanistan, Iraq and the murder of a Reuters photographer earlier this year, Wikileaks has made good on its promise to released hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic communications for public review.

Previous leaks have been blamed on Bradley Manning who worked in a communications role in Iraq, however it is very hard to describe a plausible explanation to show how he might have come into possession of information that would reasonably be communicated directly between US embassies and the US State Department.

We seem to have another source.

Thus far, the full body of material (some 251,287 documents according to Wikileaks) has been given to a small number of news outlets and only a tiny subset of 220 documents made generally available

The CableGate site promises a steady release of all material over the coming days / weeks.

Reports have suggested that the cableGate site was under extreme load, although this wasn't noticed by iTWire. 

Additionally, the same report indicated that a Denial of Service attack had been launched against Wikileaks by someone with the handle the3ester (The Jester) and as this article was being written, the main Wikileaks site was initially shown as a simple holding page, but in the last hour or so, the 'normal' material returned. 

This suggests that the site has been reconfigured to avoid the DoS attack.

Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange have had a somewhat chequered past with allegations of rape in Sweden, of financial difficulties and problems with donors actually being able to contribute to the cause.

There have even been rumours of involvement with children's privacy.


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David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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