WikiLeaks Blames Guardian for Cable Leak

Newspaper leaked password for unredacted files, WikiLeaks complains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2011 5:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A lesson in the importance of changing your passwords, courtesy of WikiLeaks and the Guardian: An unredacted version of WikiLeaks' entire trove of US diplomatic cables has been leaked online and WikiLeaks says it's all the newspaper's fault, the BBC reports. A message from the site posted on Twitter accuses Guardian journalists of committing a "previously undetected act of gross negligence or malice" by leaking top-secret decryption passwords. WikiLeaks warns that it has commenced legal action.

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The Guardian counters that while a password was mentioned in its book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, the paper had been told it was a temporary password that would be deleted within hours after the cables had been accessed. The same file with the same password, however, later appeared on file-sharing site BitTorrent. "It's nonsense to suggest the Guardian's WikiLeaks book has compromised security in any way," the paper said in a statement. "No concerns were expressed when the book was published and if anyone at WikiLeaks had thought this compromised security they have had seven months to remove the files." (Read more WikiLeaks stories.)

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