The United States has been briefing foreign governments on the content of an expected upcoming WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables, in an apparent attempt at preemptive damage control:
Sydney Morning Herald: US briefs Canberra on secret files
„Australia has been briefed by the US on the imminent release by WikiLeaks of a huge tranche of diplomatic cables that sources say contain allegations of corruption and embarrassing behaviour by politicians worldwide.“
The Globe and Mail: U.S. warns Ottawa about fallout from pending WikiLeaks release
„The U.S. government has notified Ottawa that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive U.S. diplomatic files that could damage American relations with allies around the world.
U.S. officials say the documents may contain accounts of compromising conversations with political dissidents and friendly politicians as well as activities that could result in the expulsion of U.S. diplomats from foreign postings.“
Sky News: Washington Braced For Millions Of Leaks
„US embassies around the world are contacting allies, as Washington braces itself for the leak of millions of diplomatic documents.[…] Sky News understands the US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, has been seen going into Downing Street and the Foreign Office for what one source called ‚contingency planning‘.“
NRK: USA advarer om nytt Wikileaks-slipp fredag
„We have received today a general briefing from the American embassy to the effect that Wikileaks has announced that they will post new documents tomorrow,“ writes Martin Lerberg Kopstad, spokesman at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an e-mail to nrk.no.
Politiken: USA advarer Danmark om ny Wikileaks-læk
„‚The Foreign Ministry has been contacted by the United States on Wikileaks‘ forthcoming publication. We can not go into details on the content of the conversation,‘ the Foreign Ministry told politiken.dk.
The reason that Denmark is briefed by the Americans is that the next leak can be very embarrassing not only for the U.S. but also the Danish and many other governments around the world.“
Ha’aretz: Israel, U.S. tense as WikiLeaks sets to release classified bilateral communiqués
„The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv has informed the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem that the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks was planning on releasing hundreds of thousands of American diplomatic cables, some of which might deal with Israel-America relations.“
Politiken: Enhedslisten: WikiLeaks-stifter skal bo i København
In other news, Denmark’s Unity alliance would like to extend Julian Assange an invitation to live in Copenhagen, reports Politiken: „WikiLeaks is fighting a brave fight for freedom of expression. And they are under immense pressure from the world’s warring nations. If we are serious about being a Refuge Network, sending an invitation to Julian Assange would be an obvious step.“ Copenhagen’s Refuge Network System has as its objective to protect persecuted writers.