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WikiLeaks releases encrypted mystery file

UPDATE: WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for “an important announcement.” WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not…

WikiLeaks says hit with cyberattack

Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net website where digital…

U.S. fears individuals at risk after WikiLeaks dump

The United States voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said “the United States…

WikiLeaks site crashes after cyber attack

SAN FRANCISCO — Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net…

U.S. worried sources at risk after WikiLeaks dump

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but…

U.S. asks Libyan rebels to re-examine Lockerbie case

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it has asked Libya’s new rebel leadership to re-examine the case of the Libyan convicted of the 1988 plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. The United States has long criticized the decision by Scottish authorities in August, 2009 to release…

U.S. dismisses Georgian elections as illegitimate

The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders. In polls on Saturday that were widely seen as illegitimate, Abkhazia elected Alexander Ankvaba, a top politician who advocates firm ties with Russia, as the…

US says hikers ‘imprisoned too long’ in Iran

Washington said Saturday that two US hikers “have been imprisoned too long” in Iran and that it was looking into reports that they had been sentenced to eight years in jail for spying. “We are working to confirm these reports and are in contact with the Swiss Protecting Power to…

U.S. urges China to free jailed rights lawyer

The United States on Wednesday renewed an appeal to China to free prominent rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has not heard from since last year, as Vice President Joe Biden began a visit to Beijing. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Biden would bring up human rights during his visit…

Belarus criticizes new U.S. economic sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition. “I believe that this is an act of aggression against the Belarussian people, a blow to the Belarussian economy, especially sectors which are…

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