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U.S. creates task force to prevent future WikiLeaks breaches

By Laura MacInnis and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday announced steps to clamp down on who can access classified information, seeking to avert another WikiLeaks-scale breach of military documents and diplomatic cables. The presidential order requires U.S. agencies to appoint senior people to prevent and…

WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables

WikiLeaks on Thursday blamed a journalist from the British newspaper The Guardian for the release of hundreds of thousands of unredacted U.S. State Department documents. WikiLeaks has been redacting portions of the diplomatic cables to protect human rights activists and others, and releasing the documents in assorted batches since November…

Treatment of accused WikiLeaks source ‘cruel and unusual’: ACLU

In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Department of Defense’s treatment of 23-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning was a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Manning faces numerous charges for stealing classified files and is suspected as the source of…

Peak oil now? Leaked cables show concerns that Saudis running low

Potential oil reserves are often treated as a state secret. This is especially true in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer. But soon, the cheap energy bonanza could be on the downturn, according to US State Department documents released by British newspaper The Guardian. The documents, dated between 2007…

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