WikiLeaks Releases List of Sites Key to US Security

Critics call list 'gift' for terrorists
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2010 1:32 PM CST
WikiLeaks Releases List of Sites Key to US Security
In this Sept. 24, 2010, file photo the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) prepares for the Cyber Storm III exercise at its operations center in Arlington, Va.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks has released a State Department cable listing dozens of sites around the world that the US considers vital to its national security, CNN reports. The list springs from a February 2009 cable, in which the State Department asked diplomats to identify key resources, facilities, and installations. Diplomats replied with dozens of locations on every continent, including dams close to the US border, major telecommunications hubs, manufacturing complexes, and more.

The chairman of the British Security Committee called the list "a gift to any terrorist trying to work out what are the ways in which it can damage the United States." The US strongly condemned the release, as well. Julian Assange "may be directing his efforts at the United States," one State Department spokesman said, "but he is placing the interests of many countries and regions at risk. This is irresponsible." (Read more WikiLeaks stories.)

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