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. Legolash2o

    Shame wikileaks aint on IPv6, DDOS attacks don't work on IPv6....

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

    Good, they won't be endangering the lives of our troops. Oh, you don't support the US Army? Then go live in Mexico.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Mike

    I just tried to go onto wikileaks and it now redirects you to saying that it is an unkown website. Bottom line here is, I dont like what the US government does any more than anyone else. However, the founder of wikileaks needs to stop and think about the men, women, and there children that will be in danger if this information is leaked out. It is obvious that he does not care so if anyone needs this guy or any of his other people to dissapear just give me the funds and it will be taken care of.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sad King Billy

    wikileaks succeeds whether the gov blocks their website or not..... the gov needs to ALWAYS be willing to stand by their actions/policies... I feel that the gov does SOMETIMES use the 'need to protect lives' as an excuse.... I don't trust that our lives are the main focus of gov... commercial interests and political power are way up on the list of priorities... thank you wikileaks just for being a possible tool to hold gov accountable.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    One word "Progressive" that pretty much sums it all up.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Birddog

    There was a time when Assange would have been shot for treason or at best thrown in jail. Should be that way again. The government has been doing things secretly since Washington was president to keep this country safe When Nixon got caught, the public felt it had the right to know what was going on with every aspect of the goverment.
    . Quite frankly, I dont need to know as long as the Muslim fanatics are not walking our streets with vests full of PETN and ballbearings.. Its even more necessary today with the Muslim nuts around the world.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Domingo

    i had no clue so many rednecks had internet access.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wazaaaaaaaaap

    I'm having a hard time understanding why some of you cannot comprehend the importance of secrets in government (obviously I mean only when necesary, and not due to convenience)...our safety can be at risk and some of you mock this?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EngineChan

    Agree with PeedroPaula – The Government has already tried to discredit Assange. WIkileaks is doing a good thing, we need to know more, we need to know the truth about what our crooked government is doing. There is already an immense amount of innocent lives that has been lost due to our government and it's unnecessary wars. (on both sides!) Can anyone say exactly why we are at war? Surely thousands did not have to die for a few terrorists, and surely not for a sadistic dictator. (again, on both sides)

    The Government does not tell us the truth!

    November 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pk

    ""El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT will publish many US embassy cables tonight, even if WikiLeaks goes down"

    And several of their mirrors are working

    November 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stupid Americans

    Julian Assange and wikileaks shame those who deserve to be shamed. Government double-speak should, can and will come back and slap us in the face. If we weren't talking s41t about our allies then we would have nothing to fear in this case.
    BTW RR – China OWNS our debt, because we are greedy, rapacious consumerists. How does that fit into your agenda? I hope you realize this before you buy another beer cozy that was both made and financed in China by children that are less lazy than you.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter Anderson

    Any politician who goes on the air condemning wikileaks should NOT be reelected! We need OPEN and TRANSPARENT government, PERIOD. If we conducted our affairs that way, as I suspect most readers of this blog conduct their personal lives, the world would be a better place. And I am not a leftist! Socially and fiscally, I would consider myself a Republican. But what is with the never-ending wars and overseas adventures that both parties profit from? Sorry, I see a fine young soldier losing his life in Obama's wars as an immeasurable loss and as someone who was tragically duped, not a hero by any measure. I nominate Assange as Time's Man of the Year.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maynard

    Lay your head down child
    I won't let the boogeyman come
    Countin' bodies like sheep
    To the rhythm of the war drums
    Pay no mind to the rabble
    Pay no mind to the rabble
    Head down, go to sleep
    To the rhythm of the war drums

    November 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wake Up

      'Through counter-intelligence it should be possible to
      pinpoint potential trouble-makers... and neutralize them.
      Through counter-intelligence it should be possible to
      pinpoint potential trouble-makers... and neutralize them
      and neutralize them, and neutralize them, and neutralize them'

      Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
      Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stupid Americans

    Joe M.: "The Terrorists". Lulz. Define terrorist and be careful to not allow a definition that can encapsulate US behavior overseas.... I'm waiting genius.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Everyone wants government transparency. There are lives at risk if this info is released. Some of the leak will irrelevant, some will be sensitive. I don't know what Assange's endgame is, but it will definitely result in a book deal. I think the best part about the comments on this board is that all Americans are free to say whatever they want and no one is going to censor them.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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