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. Stupid Americans

    Assange is the man, and the world knows it. Screw the anti-intellectual rednecks that would otehrwise advocate ignorance and stupidity. Keep food shopping at Wal-Mart, dolts.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RR

    I guess WikiLeaks can dish it out, but they can't take it.

    big LOL.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Master_Kush

      Wikileaks will take the DDOS and turn it around and leak the classified information anyway, you have my word..

      November 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • aSsaSInge

      @ master_kush...yes perhaps you're right BUT the missing link here is "INNOCENT". Can you give me figures how many of those America had killed are INNOCENTS. And can you tell me how may INNOCENT lives was perished in 911 ATTACK, in MUMBAI INDIA and other attacks made by cold blooded terrorist.

      I would love to see 1,000 terrorists dead or more if it's what it takes to save just 1 INNOCENT LIFE.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. FreeDom

    Wikileaks provides everyone with the truth. They tell us whats really going on in this "war on terror".

    November 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreDoom's selling the names of the informants to the terrorists.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    WOW – Some of you are so used to getting lied to that your programmed to believe it's normal – Scary how right Orwell was when he said:

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreDoom

      I wish you're right but I'm afraid you're wrong. The real word is SELLING not TELLING.

      November 29, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Just Jinx

    This is sort of dated but they have said on there twitter for everybody to make sure they own this file they knew this was coming – A 1.4 GB(gigabyte) file appeared on the Afghan War Diary page of late Friday night(EST). The file, which has been encrypted with AES256, was named insurance.aes and had a SHA1 checksum of cce54d3a8af370213d23fcbfe8cddc8619a0734c. The file is available for download by anyone via direct download, through a torrent, and now, through many mirrors as well. Aside from an encrypted file and a SHA1 checksum of the file, no other information was posted. This leaves the ominous file’s posting up for speculation, debate, and more speculation.

    The file can be downloaded here:

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Underdog

      probably a virus – I'd stay away from it altogether.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Luca

    A ciber attack or Assange's bluff?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emachine

    I'm not surprised by this at all, and franky cyber attacks are the least of their worries. JA had better be very careful whose chain he rattles, the Russians and Chinese, and perhaps others, will not waste much time deciding what to do about him or his organization, they will just kill him. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying these people had better watch their step unlees they want to become martyrs, and perhaps this what they have desired the most all along.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. D

    WikiLeaks is lucky it's just a cyberattack. My preference would be a real attack to permanently plug Wiki's Leaks. Then let's move on to the source of the leaks....This isn't about rights to free speech or net neutrality, this is about national security and treason.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    Ths just in,

    We are under cyber attack! Poor Wikileaks...not. Come on this guy risk the lives of many and wants to whine about being bumped off the internet. No wonder being responsibe has escaped his being.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tiddingwright

    Aim the red dot on Julian Assange's head and pull the trigger

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

    I hope the wikileaks puters start smokin and have a huge meltdown

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

    Can't you see you're all sheep? I don't trust many people in my government, nor do I trust some glory seeking guy who's probably just doing it to cash in. Anyone who chooses sides is a sheep. I can say I'm proudly not. You are either nibbling the government sack or Assange's. I'm nibbling neither. Tools.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe M.

      @Protoman – Go vandalize some more businesses in your next anarchist rally. If you hate civilization so much, why are you on the computer? You should be living in the woods somewhere in a shack if you REALLY believed what you are saying.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jimbo

    GREAT! Traitors should be hung by their......!

    November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stupid Americans

    Trying to silence unsavory and pathetic state secrets sounds a lot like Kim Jong Il's North Korea. As an aside, I can't wait until the world's natural resources have been depleted thanks to the greed of unchecked capitalism combined with population overgrowth; then you will all see the inevitability of socialism. Keep eating your McDonald's floor meat you disgraceful middle-Americans.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zero10

    Have you noticed that all the people saying to hurt Julian are listing their last names initial? I think we gots a troll, or a few.

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