WikiLeaks Leaking: Newspaper Snags Site's Entire Stash

'We are free to do whatever we want:' editor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2010 6:44 AM CST
Julian Assange head of WikiLeaks gestures during a press conference at the home of Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – From the turnabout-is-fair-play department: A Norwegian newspaper has snagged unauthorized access to WikiLeaks’ entire stash of government records—making it the only news source to hold all the material, ABC News reports. Aftenposten wouldn’t say how it managed to acquire the documents, but the feat could suck the wind out of WikiLeaks’ burgeoning influence.

“We are free to do whatever we want with these documents," the paper’s editor said. "We're free to publish the documents or not publish the documents. We can publish on the Internet or on paper. We are handling these documents just like all other journalistic material to which we have gained access."

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