November 28th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

News outlets publish cables leaked by Wikileaks

Details of classified U.S. government documents leaked by whistleblower website WikiLeaks were published Sunday by four international news outlets.

No documents had been posted on WikiLeaks, which said via Twitter earlier Sunday that it was under cyber attack, when five newspapers - the New York Times, the Guardian in England, Le Monde in France, Der Spiegel in Germany and El Pais in Spain - put details from the leaked documents on their websites.

The United States had warned WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange that publishing the papers would be illegal and endanger peoples' lives.

Earlier Sunday, Wikileaks tweeted that it was experiencing a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. That's an effort to make a website unavailable to users, normally by flooding it with requests for data.

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  1. I love peace

    Be quiet Protoman.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bensky

      Aggressive behavior from a person whose blog name is "I Love Peace" is just not quite there ... lol.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoltan

      Be quiet, or I'll tell on you.......... you love peace of what up your rectum.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Virginia

      hmmmm apparently your telling someone to "be quiet" is now "aggressive behavior" ?????

      November 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PeedroPaula

    Hey, kids...can you spell G-O-V-E-R-N-M-E-N-T I-N-T-E-R-V-E-N-T-I-O-N?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bensky

      Nope. Just some good loyal American ..... bravo!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You'd think the government could do better than a puny DDOS...

      November 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. these2lanes

    Good..... these people are putting lives at risk and have become more of a nuisance than anything.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Yes, let's trust the government to tell us whether we should hear about their wrong-doings.
      They say that everytime; grow up!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      Yay we have become jolly old england where what the government does is none of your business!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amrankwit

      Gee, repeat what you hear much? Can you even piece together support for such a claim? Ya right, WL is risking lives, when the original operations being revealed didnt?

      As if The West pushing for empirical expansion doesn't risk lives? WL is merely showing the world data relating to events that have already HAPPENED...usually events that RISKED LIVES. Yet gullible Americans are tricked into repeating the same phrases over and over again without realizing just how stupid it sounds. It's the same as saying:

      "If you tell the world what we did here today, somebody might get hurt!"

      Someone already did...LOTS of someones. At least WL has the balls to challenge the emperial West. Too bad the FauxNews drones don't realize that dissent, and forced Gov't transparency are the only things that will SAVE this country. Everytime WL is about to release something, Conservative America freaks out and starts ranting about RISK. Then, nothing happens, everyone goes quiet, until WL has something to release again.

      Wake Up!! The American Gov't is AFRAID of WL, and it gets it's most stupid, wanna be patriots to start parroting for them. It's obvious, stupid and a huge insult to ANYONE that goes around saying the WL is risking lives.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Oh come on !!!!!!!!! If the Gov really wanted to shut them down, the entire group would have been taken in by U S Marshall and put on the (MERRY GO ROUND) .

      November 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriotic Couple

      Our government has been nice enough already. This goes WAY too far. This guy is a TRAITOR to the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. As is that soldier who gave it to them. It's one thing when you release information because it's the right thing to do, okay fine. This person? THIS info? THIS hurts America, it makes us look weak to every other country.

      So Wikileaks is no longer this place that just wants to be a good hearted whistle blower. This is stuff that is to just hurt America. Other countries will wonder if they can trust communication etc.

      ...I question the morals behind Wikileaks at this point.

      November 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    I hope the Government blantently non-stop hacks and floods that site with attacks for years, just turn the DDOS on and leave it on. So what if they know the gov is doing it, gov just can say FU. lol

    November 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      The router will learn to ignore and shun incoming packets. Hope they have a good router setup on that site.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe M.

    Good. He, along with the U.S. intelligence officer, should be tried for espionage and hanged. Who knows how many deaths they are responsible for after leaking the names of informants..

    November 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • shininglight

      Probably Valerie Plame is the source. (snark).

      November 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      All information on wikileaks is given to them. The American people deserve to know what is being covered up by our government. A government should fear its people, not the other way around.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amrankwit

      So far, the 'death count' is Zero. Too bad the events they exposing we're not so benign. 100,000s dead across the globe as a result of Western domination and expansion, and you are babbling on about somebody getting hurt as a result of the Truth getting out?

      With all due respect, until you parroting gov't FOOLS stop repeating whatever you hear on FauxNews, maybe you just just be quiet. You hurt the narrative, and other peoples ability to properly analyze events. Get a brain of your very own and stop allowing FauxNews to drone you into essentially running prop pieces for them. You have no idea how what you are saying could even come to pass, let alone if it's even true.

      But you'll just say it anyway right? Pathetic!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      @Amrankwit – How do you know the death count is zero? All I know is that the names of informants have been leaked, those informants are located in hostile territory, and the enemy is merciless in punishing any dissenters in their midst. I think my logic trumps yours.

      As for the whole "the people should know everything their government does to protect them" thing, people who will do anything to subvert military action because they believe "world peace" is possible should not know what the government is up to. Just because you value the lives of terrorists more than Americans doesn't mean you should inflict that view on everybody else.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @Joe M. Such is to be expected from a person of obvious limitations such as you!

      November 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kristian

    Lmfao.... They should truly keep there Mouth shut... We are at war or has everyone forgot...

    November 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lalala

      We're @ permanent invasion and pillage you mean

      November 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      @lalala – Go over the Afghanistan, find the nearest Taliban encampment, go up to one of them, give them a hug and say "I understand your pain". See what happens.

      You hippies have such a simplistic view of the world and human nature.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @Kristian. Will you just cut the right-wing mumbo-jumbo? It's getting awfully old!!!

      November 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    It's time to declare war on Wikileaks and f their stuff up.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zero10

    The truth will get out no matter what even if they have to set up a torrent the information will be shown to the public.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • curiousme

      exactly. i want to see the war criminals and parasitic thieves sqirm a little longer.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. who?

    its the nsa and cia.. DUH!

    November 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dude


    November 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. guest

    I may be wrong...but I think in this world information sells...more sensitive it is..more costly it is. I think wiki leaks will make a deal to get millions (if not billions) and release few sensitive and bunch of non sensitive information.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Virginia

      I've thought that was Wikileaks motive all along–worldwide Extortion. Otherwise, why release it in dribs and drabs? In fact, why release it at all? They've never given a coherent reason why they're doing this, which leaves MONEY and GREED the most obvious ones. Why else do supposedly loyal American citizens in top secret jobs spy on their own country? They turn out not to be superpatriots, but good old fashion Traitors. These people don't give this information away to Russia, China or Israel, they SELL it.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Don

    This is great news.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oy Vey Az

    Under attack ? Oh my gosh ! Just at the last minute ? Go figure ! Hey ... I read on the web the other day that a water coffer could be made out of C4. I bet that would seal the leak and stop the attach. What do you think ?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. djsmps

    It was up an hour ago, but I can't get on now.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just Jinx

    Welcome to the new world order that if your goverment does not want you to know something they will just censor you .. and I have to love all the people that blindly follow the blind .. We are at war we are this we are that .. United States is the only goverment in the world that 2 countries will start to fight and we just have to be in the middle of it .. Personally I will help push these files and all other wiki files on torrent sites until my ISP turns me off then i will just get a new one ..

    Long Live free thinking people

    November 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • newfilter

      You think that's the "new world order?" It has always been like that.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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