Britain warns documents release could put ‘lives at risk’


LONDON: Britain condemned on Sunday the release of classified US documents by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, echoing US concerns that it “may put lives at risk”.
“We condemn any unauthorised release of this classified information, just as we condemn leaks of classified material in the UK,” a Foreign Office statement said, as WikiLeaks prepared to publish classified US documents.
“They can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the US have said, may put lives at risk. We have a very strong relationship with the US government. That will continue.”
The statement was issued shortly before a British newspaper, The Guardian, published the documents online on Sunday along with several other media outlets worldwide.
In a statement on Sunday, the US ambassador to Britain Louis Susman condemned the document release, echoing statements from Washington.
“Any unauthorised disclosure of classified information by WikiLeaks has the very real potential to harm innocent individuals as well as efforts to advance objectives we share with the United Kingdom and nations around the world,” he said.
“I am confident that our uniquely productive relationship with the UK will remain close and strong, focused on promoting our shared objectives and values.”