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But WikiLeaks said that the document, approved by Hillary Clinton, provided further evidence that the US Administration was hoarding sensitive information on countries without their knowledge.
The Secretary of State faced embarrassment after earlier cables revealed that US diplomats were asked to collect information on high-ranking UN diplomats and other individuals.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, a spokesman for the website, said: "This further undermines claims made by the US Government that its embassy officials do not play an intelligence-gathering role. "In terms of security issues, while this cable details the strategic importance of assets across the world, it does not give any information as to their exact locations, security measures, vulnerabilities or any similar factors, though it does reveal the US asked its diplomats to report back on these matters."
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ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 201327Z MAR 09
FM AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4231
S E C R E T STOCKHOLM 000194
SIPDIS S/CT SHARRI R. CLARK
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/20/2019 TAG PTER, PGOV, ASEC, EFIN, ENRG, KCIP, SW
SUBJECT: SWEDEN: CI/KR RESPONSE FOR S/CT
REF: SECSTATE 15113
Classified By: CDA Robert Silverman for reasons: 1/4 (B), (D), (E), and (G)
¶1. (S) In response to reftel, post would like to add Sweden's communications infrastructure to the CI/KR list. Although Sweden does not posses a direct undersea cable from the U.S., Sweden is a central European communications hub. For example, Swedish company TeliaSonera is an international carrier that owns and manages 43,000 km of fiber optic cable linking Russia and the Baltics to the rest of Europe and the U.S. If these lines of communications were to be destroyed, disrupted, or exploited, it may compromise global communications.
¶2. (S) Post recommends keeping Swedish pharmaceutical manufacturing company Recip AB on the CI/KR list for its production of ThyroSafe (potassium iodide). This resource provides protection in the aftermath of a nuclear emergency. ThyroSafe is the only FDA approved 65 mg potassium iodide tablet used to protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodine released during a nuclear emergency.
Originally posted by Tsuki-no-Hikari
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
reply to post by Guilp
Why is it "just dumb"?
Honestly, what is your reasoning for it being dumb...
I will say it sounds suicidal... though I bet the list will be rather self evident.... I question if this is highly classified data or not.
I consider it dumb because it doesn't reveal anything that the government is doing wrong, which is supposedly the point of releasing the cables. The only new information that can be learned from it are previously unknown targets for attack.
Originally posted by BiGGz
This is a HUGE thumbs down from me to Assange.
Releasing this information only puts every single US citizens life in danger. And there is no denying it this time. NOW wikileaks has crossed the f* line. I assumed wikileaks was after the government, attempting to expose their evil side, but this leak was a clear shot at anyone living in America.
I was a supporter of wikileaks, but now an adversary. Shame on you Julian.edit on 6-12-2010 by BiGGz because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Britguy
Can you please explain how this "puts every single US citizens life in danger"?
I am sorry, I fail to see how any of these leaks are in any way putting anyones lives in danger.
I am not understanding the vital importance of a anti-venom facility in Australia. How could that possibly be vital to US interests?
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
Originally posted by Guilp
reply to post by HunkaHunka
i am surely not convinced!
and if something like that is present, than it could have waited a few months more!
in my opinion, yeah? get that?,
i was holding back, its plain retarded at this time.
A few months more? For what reason?
Why is a few months out better than tomorrow? or whenever this leak is planned for?