Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wikileaks release says documents classified secret, not 'top secret'

Wikileaks is all set to release the promised 2.8 million documents which are calssified as Secret, if not 'Top Secret', going by an early leak by German newspaper Der Spiegel, according to which is keeping track of Wikileaks documents and news. It says the Q&A was immediately removed from the site.Going by hints, Wikileaks documents will be released around 22:00 GMT on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

The posting says the documents include:

* 251,287 cables and 8,000 diplomatic directives
* Except one cable from 1966, most are newer than 2004
* 9,005 documents are from the first two months of 2010

Apart from Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and El PaĆ­s have had access to the files in advance.

According to Der Spiegel, just over half of the cables are not subject to classification, 40.5 percent are classified as "confidential" and only 6 percent or 15,652 dispatches as "secret."

About 2.5 million U.S. employees have access to SIPRNET material, from where these cables apparently reached Wikileaks.

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