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Full WikiLeaks ‘cablegate’ archive available online

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The complete archive of 251,000 unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks by a military whistleblower is now available for anyone to download and view, thanks to a forthcoming reporter and a breach in security protocol by someone at WikiLeaks.

Thinking there was nothing to it, David Leigh, investigations editor for The Guardian, published a password in his book about WikiLeaks. The password was for the cable archive, which the paper had been given early on, and it was supposed to be temporary. The book did not specify where the files were located.

Seven months later, that password was still able to unlock an encrypted file inadvertantly put online by a unknown person, revealing the complete and unredacted “cablegate” archive.

The archive went online around the time of Assange’s arrest pending a Swedish investigation into sexual assault allegations, but nobody seemed to notice until recently.

Once it became clear the full archive was available on file sharing websites, WikiLeaks claimed it notified the U.S. State Department and began preparing legal action against The Guardian.

In a statement published Thursday, The Guardian said it “utterly rejects any suggestion that it is responsible for the release of the unedited cables.”

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With the cables online, WikiLeaks scrambled to publish more of the documents in region-specific media, releasing some without redacting the identities of confidential sources. The full archive contains thousands of cables that identify individuals in foreign countries who’ve shared information with U.S. diplomats and other sensitive details.

News organizations that have published WikiLeaks cables in the past — including Raw Story — have redacted the names of people who may be put in danger by the disclosures.

WikiLeaks began releasing redacted cabled last December in conjunction with its media partners, but had only published a small fraction of the more than 250,000 documents before the whole archive went online.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist

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On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.

“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”

The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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