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Wikileaks breach concerns Norway organisations. Wikileaks' collection of 251,000 unedited US cables have been found online. Whilst the organisation points fingers at The Guardian, Norwegian human rights organisations fear it could be potentially fatal for the people involved. “Very vulnerable sources, for both diplomats and human rights workers, have suddenly been exposed to dictators, militias and extremists. We are among the organisations that are desperately trying to find out what and who are in these [documents], and if there are people and organisations we should warn. All of a sudden, brave and important sources could be laid bare, from Syria to Burma, Belarus and Uzbekistan, not to mention Afghanistan and Iraq,” says European Director of Human Rights Watch Jan Egeland to Aftenposten. The Norwegian paper managed to get hold of Wikileaks’ collection in December last year, and has released details to eager readers ever since. News editor Ole Erik Almlid alleges, “There is no evidence these documents come from Aftenposten. We have done research and gone through the logs.”

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Wikileaks breach concerns Norway organisations

Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 09:40 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 2nd September 2011 at 11:22.

Wikileaks' collection of 251,000 unedited US cables have been found online. Whilst the organisation points fingers at The Guardian, Norwegian human rights organisations fear it could be potentially fatal for the people involved.

Julian Assange, Copenhagen 09 (illus. ph.)
Julian Assange, Copenhagen 09 (illus. ph.)
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“Very vulnerable sources, for both diplomats and human rights workers, have suddenly been exposed to dictators, militias and extremists. We are among the organisations that are desperately trying to find out what and who are in these [documents], and if there are people and organisations we should warn. All of a sudden, brave and important sources could be laid bare, from Syria to Burma, Belarus and Uzbekistan, not to mention Afghanistan and Iraq,” says European Director of Human Rights Watch Jan Egeland to Aftenposten.

The Norwegian paper managed to get hold of Wikileaks’ collection in December last year, and has released details to eager readers ever since. News editor Ole Erik Almlid alleges, “There is no evidence these documents come from Aftenposten. We have done research and gone through the logs.”

At the same time, he believes there are indications the files were leaked from a completely different source. Wikileaks has alleged one of The Guardian’s journalists is responsible for disclosing the password to the secret archives, which the paper has categorically denied. The Guardian was one of Wikileaks’ choice media collaborators.

Wikileaks has since announced plans to make its unedited collection public. An unnamed US State Department official told The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, she regarded the organisation’s actions as “reckless, and frankly dangerous”.

Amnesty International are also following the story, fearing groups and regimes could use the documents to pursue people.

Lieutenant Colonel Palle Ydstebø at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College (NORDCSC) believes the Taliban might take advantage for increased publicity. He tells Aftenposten that, “They can track down the person, hold a public hearing and conduct an execution to gain the most benefit.”

“If the Taliban get to know names and choose to do something about these contacts, it will be publicised. They will make sure the whole village gets to know if it happens there, and it would not surprise me if they posted in on YouTube, concludes the Afghanistan expert.

Norwegian defence intelligence experts have warned of an increasing threat to Norwegian troops in Afghanistan.




Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 09:40 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 2nd September 2011 at 11:22.

This post has the following tags: wikileaksbreach, norwayhumanrights, julianassange.





  
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