Site decided to release the entire package of telegrams.
Packet was distributed, with password, by the Wikileaks.
The Web site Wikileaks decided to release the package with more than 250,000 telegrams from U.S. embassies after the file had already been placed on the Internet by third parties. According to the German newspaper “Der Spiegel”, a careless disregard of Wikileaks and the other a journalist from “The Guardian” would have resulted in the leakage of information.
The British newspaper “The Guardian” was one of the publications that received the packet of telegrams so privileged and who collaborated with Wikileaks to remove names and other sensitive documents.
Book on Wikileaks contains password file distributed by the site
reporter David Leigh, who works for the “Guardian”, a book published on the Wikileaks. Leigh details how Assange, Wikileaks leader, wrote in a piece of paper the password to a secret file containing the original and unedited versions of the 250 thousand telegrams.
In the book, the journalist reveals that Assange delivered a paper containing the text “ # ACollectionOfHistorySince_1966_ToThe_PresentDay . “ Assange said that “this is the password, but you still need to put the word ‘Diplomatic’ before the word ‘History’. Understood? “
Assange would pass a link to download the protected file later. Leigh published because he said the password file does not believe that was in circulation.
Assange put the original file with the cables in a hidden folder on the Wikileaks server for which there was no external link.
When the site began publishing the telegrams and was immediately under attack , Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was spokesman for the Wikileaks server files collected and distributed to encourage Internet users to create clones of the Wikileaks sites in order to prevent the flow of information was limited by the attacks.
Among the files was password protected information published in the book by the journalist of “The Guardian”. When the book was published, so the two pieces of information were available.
Domscheit-Berg and Daniel Assange were at odds on Wikileaks. Domscheit-Berg left the organization, founding the site “competitor” OpenLeaks .
According to the newspaper “Der Spiegel”, supporters of OpenLeaks began commenting on the possibility of the cables are available on the Internet, as proof that Wikileaks could not be trusted.
Then the “Der Freitag”, a German weekly publication, was informed about the presence of the password file in the book by David and Leigh published an article on the subject, making it clear that all parties needed to obtain the information were publicly available . The “Der Freitag” is a partner of OpenLeaks.
Knowing this, the Wikileaks held a vote on Twitter to publish all messages in an unedited version, as everything was available anyway. The “Guardian” denies its share of blame, saying that the password would have been temporary and that Wikileaks had enough time to get the file from their servers.
The “Spiegel” considers that the case “is nothing short of a catastrophe” for sites like Wikileaks and OpenLeaks, citing risks to the lives of people whose names are disclosed in the cables.
“No you will feel comfortable to disclose these platforms leak now. They seem out of control, “said the German newspaper, who was also among the publications privileged to publish and edit documents.