By Kim Zetter and Kevin Poulsen
June 8, 2010
The State Department and personnel at U.S. embassies around the world
are reportedly waiting anxiously to find out if an Army intelligence
analyst was telling the truth when he boasted that he had supplied
260,000 classified State Department diplomatic cables to the
whistleblower site Wikileaks.
If Wikileaks has the secret documents and publishes them, the leak could
not only expose damaging information about U.S. foreign policy and
national security issues, but also expose embarrassing information about
backroom diplomatic deals and U.S. attitudes toward foreign leaders .
such as the opinions of U.S. ambassadors about the honesty, integrity,
and strength and longevity of those leaders.
The concerns are reported in a story published at the Daily Beast that
appears to confirm that alleged leaker Bradley Manning had access to the
kinds of cables he recently discussed with a former hacker who turned
him in to authorities.
As previously reported, Manning told ex-hacker Adrian Lamo that he had
given 260,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, and said
the documents exposed .almost-criminal political back dealings..
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