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Wednesday
Dec222010

Wikileaks Leak? Norwegian Paper Claims Access to Entire Cache of Cables

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(OSLO) -- Wikileaks appears to be leaking.

Norway's main business newspaper reported Wednesday that the Aftenposten news service has obtained unfettered and unathorized access to the entire cache of secret government documents held exclusively by Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

If true, Aftenposten would be the only international news organization to have direct possession of the entire trove of U.S. diplomatic cables and military records believed to have been originally leaked by U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning.

The paper does not reveal who leaked the documents from inside Wikileaks' operations.

"I have no comments on how we have secured access to the documents. We never give our sources, even in this case," Aftenposten news editor Ole Erik Almlid told the paper Dagens Naerings, according to a rough translation of his comments, which were in Norwegian.

Until now, Wikileaks has selectively released roughly 2,000 of the more than quarter million controversial documents, disseminating them to the general public through a handful of news organizations, including The New York Times, Guardian and Der Spiegel newspapers.

The leak from Wikileaks could undermine Assange's plan to use the release of the documents as leverage against foreign governments.

"We are free to do whatever we want with these documents," Almlid told Dagens Naerings. "We're free to publish the documents or not publish the documents. We can publish on the Internet or on paper. We are handling these documents just like all other journalistic material to which we have gained access."

More than a dozen Aftenposten reporters are now sifting through the documents, according to the Australian Herald Sun, which first reported on Aftenposten's acquisition.

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