The status of the site and its founder
- WikiLeaks says it has been "ousted" from server space rented from the U.S.-based internet retailer Amazon.com. U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman said Amazon cut off WikiLeaks after inquiries from his aides, and his office called on any other company hosting WikiLeaks to follow suit. WikiLeaks.org wasn't accessible early Wednesday, but it appeared to be reactivated by Wednesday afternoon.
- While some U.S. politicians have called for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face charges related to the leaks, U.S. authorities may be looking for just the right moment to try to detain him, and prosecutors may already have obtained a sealed arrest warrant for him, said Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's senior legal analyst. Assange is also wanted in Sweden on suspicion of rape and sexual molestation.
Meanwhile, Ecuador's president says that his country has not invited Assange for a visit. He said an earlier declaration from the country's deputy foreign minister, who appeared to invite Assange to discuss the leaked documents, was "spontaneous" and personal in nature.
New revelations from leaked documents
- One released cable shows a German national security adviser's reservations in 2009 about his foreign minister's proposal to remove all tactical nuclear weapons from Germany. The document also reveals the presence of tactical nuclear weapons in several European countries and Turkey, information not normally released by NATO.
- The Pakistani government quietly approved the United States' use of unmanned drones to attack militant hideouts in its mountainous border region and secretly allowed small groups of U.S. Special Operations units to operate on its soil, according to leaked diplomatic cables. In public, Pakistan has persistently criticized the drone attacks.
- One leaked U.S. cable suggests that the State Department could use Belgium's "self-concept as a small, meek country" to persuade it to re-settle more Guantanamo Bay detainees. "Helping solve the [United States government's] - and Europe's - problem with Guantanamo is a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe," the cable says.
- Afghanistan's early and pre-trial releases of prisoners has frustrated U.S. officials, according to some of the leaked documents. One 2009 cable describes a case in which Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his authority to pardon five border police officers who were caught with 124 kilograms of heroin in their police vehicle.
- Ousted Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov presided over a "pyramid" of corruption in the Russian capital that the Kremlin tolerated for political advantage, according to a February U.S. Embassy document released by WikiLeaks.
Nations react to leaks
- Turkey's prime minister is threatening to file a lawsuit over comments that a U.S. ambassador to his country made about him in one of the leaked documents. According to the 2004 document, then-Ambassador Eric Edelman suggested that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan concealed his wealth in Swiss bank accounts.
- The U.S. State Department says it has offered to provide protection to human rights activists who may be in jeopardy after their identities were revealed in the leaked diplomatic cables. That protection may include the temporary relocation of some people, the department said.
- Top Pakistani officials on Wednesday dismissed fears over the safety of the nation's nuclear weapons revealed in U.S. diplomatic cables. The cables, according to the New York Times earlier this week, showed the U.S. has been concerned about Pakistan's uranium stockpile, its role in the struggle against Islamic militants and its economic crisis.
- The White House appointed Russell Travers, a career counterterrorism official, to oversee government-wide efforts to fix security gaps in light of the WikiLeaks releases. Travers has been deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2003 and spent the rest of his 30-plus-year career working for such intelligence agencies as the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.