US government scrambles to limit damage from WikiLeaks

WHISTLEBLOWER website WikiLeaks yesterday released a cache of classified documents that left the US government scrambling to limit the damage.

The 250,000 US diplomatic cables, which have been sighted by newspapers around the world, provided candid views of foreign leaders and sensitive information on terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

Reports say the documents show Saudi donors remain chief financiers of militant groups like al Qaeda and that Chinese government operatives have waged a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage targeting the United States and its allies.
They also criticise UK military operations in Afghanistan and David Cameron before the general election.

Yesterday the White House condemned WikiLeaks’ “reckless and dangerous action”, saying it could endanger lives and risk hurting relations with friendly countries.

“When the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world,” said spokesman Robert Gibbs