WikiLeaks’ media partners blast release of US cables


WikiLeaks’ media partners on Friday blasted the anti-secrecy website’s decision to publish unredacted its full cache of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, saying it was the decision of Julian Assange alone.
“We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted State Department cables, which may put sources at risk,” said a joint statement from the Guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel and El Pais.
The news organisations said: “Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough editing and clearance process.”
They said they would “continue to defend our collaborative publishing endeavour”, but added: “We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data — indeed, we are united in condemning it. “Today’s decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone.”