September 1, 2011
Wikileaks Jumping To Twitter To Make Decisions
Wikileaks is conducting an online poll of its Twitter followers to decided whether the site should publish in full its unredacted cache of U.S. diplomatic cables.
Last week, the site released over 130,000 diplomatic cables, with almost no redactions to protect the identity of informants and other individuals.
The released prompted fierce criticism from the Australian government and former U.S. state department spokesman PJ Crowley.
The site said the Twitter followers favored disclosure at a ratio of 100 to one, which could pave the way for imminent disclosure of the remaining materials from its cable archive.
Wikileaks said in a statement online that publishing its full cache of cables was necessary because an encrypted file containing the whole database was available online.
The site also blamed the Guardian for leaking the password to its unredacted cables.
“A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret Wikileaks´ decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished U.S. diplomatic cables,” Wikileaks wrote in a statement.
“Knowledge of the Guardian disclosure has spread privately over several months but reached critical mass last week. The unpublished Wikileaks´ material includes over 100,000 classified unredacted cables that were being analyzed, in parts, by over 50 media and human rights organizations from around the world.”
Wikileaks also released the names of 23 Australians believed to have been linked to terror groups in Yemen.
The Wikileaks website crashed on Tuesday after the site published the diplomatic cables.
Once the site fell under attack on Tuesday night after the storm of media coverage, Wikileaks said on its Twitter page: “Wikileaks.org is presently under attack.” The site described the problem as “a cyber attack.”
There is no word on who or which group may have attacked Wikileaks, but the site has since been put back online.
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