Wikileaks releases thousands of documents providing harsh opinions on foreign leaders
The whistle-blowing website “wikileaks” has released hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic documents. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling it an attack not only on the U.S. but also the international community.
Among a cache of leaked state department cables now available for anyone to read on the website wikileaks, is startling information about Iran's nuclear program, and what other countries have urged the U.S. to do about it.
In one cable, sent by the U.S. Ambassador in Bahrain in 2009, the King of Bahrain urges the U.S. to take decisive action, “the danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.”
The leaked documents also indicate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed U.S. diplomats to participate in espionage, Monday Secretary Clinton condemned the leaks. The state department denies its diplomats are used as spies.
Attorney General Eric Holder says a criminal investigation into the wikileaks disclosure is underway. “We have an active ongoing criminal investigation with regard to this matter. We are not in the position as yet to announce the result of that investigation,” said Holder.
This is the third time in a matter of months that wikileaks has published highly-sensitive information.
In July, more than 75-thousand classified reports on the war in Afghanistan were published on the site. And in October wikileaks revealed a similar leak of Iraq war documents.
A spokesperson for the website says more leaked cables will be published in the coming weeks and months, saying “we believe the public has a right to have access to this information.”
White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs says there is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were made public. He says the U.S. government is 'not' ruling out the possibility of taking legal action against wikileaks.