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WikiLeaks Claims to Be Preparing the Biggest Leak Yet


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WikiLeaks Claims to Be Preparing the Biggest Leak Yet

  1. 1. 23 November 2010 By: Lucian Constantin, Security News Editor WikiLeaks Claims to Be Preparing the Biggest Leak Yet WikiLeaks announced that its next release will be seven times bigger than the Iraq War Logs, prompting everyone to wonder what its content might be about. The announcement was made on the organizations official Twitter feed and reads: "Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs. intense pressure over it for months." One possibility is that WikiLeaks is preparing to release a large cache of U.S. diplomatic cables suspected to be in its possession.WikiLeaks says nextrelease will be seventimes larger than Iraq The reason for this theory is an alleged confession made by former army intelligenceWar LogsWikiLeaks analyst Bradley Manning to journalist and former hacker Adrian Lamo earlier this year. Bradley Manning was arrested back in May and in July he was charged with communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source. He is suspected of leaking the "Collateral Murder" Baghdad airstrike video and the "Afghan War Diary" classified documents to Wikileaks. In an instant messaging chat with Lamo, Manning said that he also gave the organization around 260,000 diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world, which expose "almost criminal political back dealings." WikiLeaks continues to deny that Manning was its source for the previous leaks and said that it is not in possession of any such secret diplomatic documents. However, this might be just a method to avoid the U.S. government trying more aggressively to block their potential release. Diplomatic cables can contain reports and evaluations about foreign political leaders among other things and are seen as far more potentially damaging than the Army field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. Such a release could be a significant blow to the countrys diplomatic relationships in many sensitive regions of the world. "If he really had access to these cables, weve got a terrible situation on our hands. […] A lot of my colleagues overseas are sweating this out, given what those cables may contain," a U.S. diplomat told The Daily Beast. Following the release announcement yesterday, Wikileaks posted a mysterious message reading "The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined." Page 1 Copyright (c) 2001-2010 Softpedia. All rights reserved. Softpedia™ and Softpedia™ logo are registered trademarks of SoftNews NET SRL.