“WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks posted 220 cables, some redacted to protect diplomatic sources, in the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.”
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it has toughened up security procedures since the website WikiLeaks released thousands of secret war logs.
The Defense Department chose Sunday, with the latest WikiLeaks material coming to light, to give some details about precautions against more unauthorized releases.
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“A group of anonymous internet activists has set up a website to display information about Thailand that comes from the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, which is blocked to some viewers in the Southeast Asian country.
The group calling itself “Wikicong” said it set up the thaileaks.info site as “a tool to break the censorship” – an apparent reference to alleged efforts by the Thai government to block access to the material, which includes a private video of the country’s Crown Prince.
Web censorship has occurred for years in Thailand. Reporters Without Borders says more than 50,000 websites or individual pages have been blocked.”
“BANGKOK — Thai authorities have used emergency powers to restrict access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, an official said Wednesday, fanning controversy over Internet censorship.
The order came from the government unit set up to oversee the response to political unrest that rocked the nation’s capital earlier this year. Access to this website has been temporarily suspended under the 2005 emergency decree.
Thailand made headlines around the world in 2007 when it blocked the popular video-sharing website YouTube after material appeared mocking its revered King Bhumibol.
The country has removed tens of thousands of web pages from the Internet in recent years, mainly for insulting the monarchy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail.”
“The U.S. military is banning personnel from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently released more than 70,000 classified diplomatic and military messages on the long war in Afghanistan.
‘[Department of the Navy] personnel should not access the WikiLeaks website to view or download the publicized classified information,’ said a July 29 message to sailors from the Navy’s national security litigation law division. ‘Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks.’
‘There has been rumor that the information is no longer classified since it resides in the public domain. This is NOT true,’ said the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.
Asked if the Pentagon is making the site off-limits, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told The Times that all four services ‘have put out such messages.'”
From The Washington Times