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Wikileaks classified documents leak out on Twitter

Wikileaks Twitter users worldwide got a sneak peak at a trove of Wikileaks’ classified information early Sunday after copies of a German magazine containing the information were mistakenly sold early at a newsstand.

A German-speaking Twitter user early Sunday  posted details of the more than 250,000 diplomatic cables hours before news magazines including Der Spiegel (Germany), the Guardian (UK), and the New York Times released their reports.

Wikileaks.org, a so-called “whistleblower” Web site that publishes leaked materials from the Department of Defense, the U.S. administration and foreign governments, was down much of Sunday and posted a message to its Twitter feed indicating that its Web site was under cyber attack.

The post read:

We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.   

Wikileaks.org then posted a picture of the leaked German magazine, first reported by Gawker, adding:

Tomorrow's Der Spiegel's cover today

Wikileaks has urged Twitter users to follow the hashtag #cablegate rather than #wikileaks.

Follow the full Wikileaks story at the LA Times here.

-- Craig Howie

Image: The leaked Der Spiegel cover. Credit: Twitter user Sa7yr's page.

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Twitter users worldwide got a sneak peak at a trove of Wikileaks’ classified information early Sunday after copies of a German magazine containing the information were mistakenly sold early at a newsstand.

 

A German Twitter user early Sunday  posted details  of the more than 250,000 secret diplomatic cables hours before news magazines including Der Spiegel (Germany), The Guardian (UK), and The New York Times released their reports.

 

Wikileaks.org, a so-called “whistleblower” Web site that publishes leaked materials from the Department of Defense, the U.S. administration and foreign governments, was down much of Sunday and posted a message to its Twitter feed indicating that its Web site was under cyber attack.

 

The post read:

 

We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.    

 

Wikileaks.org then posted a picture of the leaked German magazine, adding:

 

Tomorrow's Der Spiegel's cover today: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gawker/2010/11/spiegelgoodbig.jpg

 

Wikileaks has urged Twitter users to follow the hashtag #cablegate rather than #wikileaks.

 

Follow the full Wikileaks story at the LA Times here.

 

Craig Howie

 
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This is what passes for State Department spying?

http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2010/11/wikileaks-muammar-al-qadhafi-and-his-so.html

Has no one in the State Department heard of Wikipedia?

I`m from italy and i saw on the news some of the things Wikileaks published but when i tried to go to their website to read more...it is blocked..first it said `the website is working but there is no data content` ..then i tried again later and i did enter the website but when i wanted to read the `Diary log` on their website i was redirected to yahoo.com saying the page i was looking for was not found and they gave me a list with some news about wikileaks.
Of course Berlusconi tries to stop italian people to read what he actually does and what world leaders think about him. This is extremly frustrating and embarassing..we are being played by a bunch of hypocrites but the worse thing is that we let them. I really hope they will allow everyone here to see all the documents...it will be an interesting reading.

Good for you guys.
It is time that the world knows what a lying and terrorist country the USA truly is.
Unfortunately, they will lie their way out of any contraversy.


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