Online whistleblower WikiLeaks has released tens of thousands of previously unpublished US diplomatic cables.
Some of the 100,000 US embassy cables from around the world are classified and will be online by the end of today, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange tweeted.
The cables appear to be from a cache of more than 250,000 State Department reports leaked to the group. WikiLeaks began releasing the cables in smaller batches late last year, but until now had made them public slowly.
Reuters said that it has had complete sets of the cables for months. The cables started to be published yesterday afternoon.
Assange’s inner circle told Reuters that the mass release of documents was caused by a sense of dismay among WikiLeaks activists that media organisations had lost interest in publishing stories based on the material.
Wikileaks had hoped to release the documents slowly and thus get the maximum public attention. Clearly they did not work out that old news is not news and the cables sell buy date was well past.
Assange and his associates are apparently “frustrated” at the lack of media interest.
The timing also coincides with the news that a California Internet registrar which had hosted WikiLeaks, had received an order, generated by federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, requiring it to produce “information on Julian Assange.”
WikiLeaks said Dynadot had complied with the order.