US Warns Israel of WikiLeaks Release


wikileaksWashington has warned its ally Israel of potential embarrassment from the expected release of US diplomatic cables on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday. 

A senior Israeli official, quoted in Haaretz, said it has been informed that WikiLeaks plans to release hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, some of which could include confidential reports from the US embassy in Tel Aviv.

“The Americans said they view the leak very seriously,” he told the paper, on condition of anonymity.

“They don’t know when they will be released on the Internet and what exactly they say, but they didn’t want us to read about it in the newspapers,” the Israeli official said.

Embassy spokesman Kurt Hoyer, contacted by AFP, declined to comment except to say that such leaks could put lives at risk.

“The cables date from the past five years and include media reports, talks with politicians, government officials and journalists, as well as evaluations and various analyses by American diplomats regarding their host countries,” according to Haaretz.

Yigor Palmor, spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, said the ministry did not comment in public on diplomatic exchanges.

The State Department said on Wednesday that US embassies around the world had “begun the process of informing governments that a release of documents is possible in the near future.”

“These revelations… are going to create tensions on our relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

WikiLeaks has not said what will be contained in its coming release, indicating only it will be “seven times” the Iraq War logs in which it posted 400,000 secret documents.



  1. First of all, the US is no friend of Israel. Look at the pressure Obama is putting on Israel. You call that a friend?
    Second of all, the embarrasment is all the US’s. The leaks are probably all nasty comments from State Dept workers who are anti Israel from the get go.


  2. There is a way to cast a protective eye over others and not invade their privacy. A good parent knows how to do this trick. Some intelligence must remain in the view of certain people. A perfect democratization of intelligence is only possible in a perfect democracy. In a good family, the father and mother will make executive decisions on behalf of their children to help them unfold their potential. When the child is old enough to stand on their two feet they can share in the burden of adult decision making. Human beings are loathe to admit that they need and benefit from structure. So a hierarchy of intelligence is warranted. Mr.Assange has major flaws in his philosophy and worldview. I wonder what his understanding of the word “sovereignty” is ?