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The whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks is in hot water again—and this time, it is being condemned by news outlets that had been its partners.
In a joint statement they put out Friday, the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde condemned WikiLeaks for releasing via Twitter the unedited versions of all 251,000 of the secret U.S. diplomatic cables in its possession.
“We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk,” the news organizations said in the statement, which was published in the Guardian.
In 2010, the organizations partnered with WikiLeaks to publish a selection of diplomatic cables that were carefully redacted to protect certain individuals whose names appeared in the correspondence. This time, WikiLeaks, acting independently, chose to publish the documents in their entirety.
“Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough joint editing and clearance process,” the statement went on. “We will continue to defend our previous collaborative publishing endeavour. We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data – indeed, we are united in condemning it.”
"The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone."
A day earlier, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced that his organization was suing the Guardian, accusing the British paper of leaking passwords that provided access to the U.S. diplomatic cables. The Guardian denied the accusation.