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WikiLeaks urges boycott on the Guardian
Mon Sep 5, 2011 9:40AM GMT|
The whistleblower website WikiLeaks has called for boycott on the Guardian newspaper, blaming it for publishing thousands of its unredacted cables.
Last week, WikiLeaks announced that the Guardian has facilitated the leak of unredacted diplomatic cables by making known the password to a file that contained these 251,000 US State Department unredacted cables.
“A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks' decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished U.S. diplomatic cables,” read a statement released by WikiLeaks.
Furthermore, the statement said “WikiLeaks has commenced pre-litigation action against the Guardian and an individual in Germany who was distributing the Guardian passwords for personal gain” as the website executives has announced that they were seeking to launch a lawsuit against the British newspaper.
In a bid to exert more pressure on the paper, WikiLeaks published a confidentiality agreement to which the Guardian was a signatory.
Nevertheless, the Guardian has denied the accusations saying, “It's nonsense to suggest the Guardian's WikiLeaks book has compromised security in any way.”
WikiLeaks' file, “cables.csv,” is reportedly available through BitTorrent while the password to the file has been leaked by the Guardian, as asserted by the whistleblower website.
“The mammoth task of reading and lightly redacting what amounts to 3,000 volumes or 284 million words of global political history is shared by WikiLeaks and its partners. That careful work has been compromised as a result of the recklessness of the Guardian,” said the website in its statement.
On its Twitter page, WikiLeaks stated that the Guardian could never be relied on for handling secret information, urging news agencies to refrain from making any agreement with the British paper.
There have been reports that the files contain raw cables including the name of the journalists and human rights workers in countries like Iran, Jordan, and Afghanistan.