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August 31st, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Flood of WikiLeaks cables includes identities of dozens of informants

A torrent of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks has been published in the last few days, with at least 170 of them naming sources whose identity was meant to be protected, according to an analysis of the documents by CNN.

Altogether nearly 143,000 of the cables obtained by WikiLeaks last year had been published by Tuesday, out of a total of 251,000 the group says it possesses.

Academics in China, human rights activists in Syria, bankers in Turkey, a Coca-Cola executive in Nepal and British members of Parliament are among dozens of confidential sources named in the cables, which have appeared unredacted on websites such as

On its website Tuesday, WikiLeaks said it had published 133,877 cables in the past week, but has denied any part in releasing unredacted cables, maintaining that it was "totally false" to suggest it had exposed any sources. On its Twitter feed WikiLeaks said: "The issue relates to a mainstream media partner and a malicious individual."

In this report, Kaj Larsen explores one of WikiLeaks’ most controversial leaks for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange”


Filed under: Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
August 31st, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Polygamist leader hospitalized

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs remained in critical condition in a Texas hospital on Tuesday, but was not in a coma and is expected to recover, state prison officials said.

Jeffs fell ill while fasting in a prison in Palestine, Texas, where he is serving a life-plus-20-year term for sexual assault, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said.

But while a source familiar with Jeffs' condition told CNN Monday that the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in a coma, Clark said Tuesday that Jeffs was conscious. 

"He's somewhat sedated, but he is responsive," Clark wrote. 

And Michelle Lyons, another press officer for the department, said Jeffs "is expected to make a full recovery." Lyons said that in addition to not eating, he had "bigger issues that required medical attention." 

Prison officials have not elaborated on those conditions, citing inmate privacy rules. 

Jeffs was convicted in early August of the aggravated sexual assaults of a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl he claimed were his "spiritual wives."  His church is a breakaway Mormon sect that practices polygamy, which the mainstream Mormon Church renounced more than a century ago. 

CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports on Jeffs’ polygamist sect.

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Warren Jeffs
August 29th, 2011
02:54 PM ET

Irene aftermath

As a much-weakened Irene entered Canada, parts of the U.S. East Coast are still grappling Monday with dangerous floodwaters, widespread power outages and stranded residents.

At least 24 deaths in nine states were blamed on Irene, which fizzled to a post-tropical cyclone and headed over eastern Canada on Monday.

Flooding was ongoing, particularly in New England and southern states were affected primarily by power outages and the effects of storm surge.

Downed power lines left more than 4 million customers without electricity during Irene's weekend journey up the East Coast and more than 8,500 people spread up and down the East Coast awoke Monday in Red Cross shelters, according to a spokesman.

But life along much of the East Coast returned to normal Monday, as subway services resumed on all 22 lines in New York City, and the three major airports in the area reopened after thousands of flights were canceled over the weekend. Flight schedules were expected to normalize slowly and passengers were urged to check with their airlines before going to the airport.

The U.S. government estimated that the cost from wind damage alone will exceed $1 billion.     

"The impacts of this storm will be felt for some time, and the recovery effort will last for weeks or longer," Obama said Sunday evening from Washington.

CNN’s Amber Lyon reported from Virginia Beach, Virginia where Irene’s wind and rain knocked out power for many.

Filed under: Amber Lyon
August 23rd, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Former WikiLeaks spokesman destroys cache of unpublished documents

Former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg says he destroyed a cache of unpublished files obtained during his employment with WikiLeaks.

Domscheit-Berg would not confirm the contents of the data, but downplayed the importance of the material.

“Statistically 80 to 90 percent of the material should be rubbish,” he said Tuesday in a statement to CNN.

The documents in question were obtained by WikiLeaks before Domscheit Berg left the organization in 2010.  

CNN’s Kaj Larsen interviewed Daniel Domscheit-Berg about his work with WikiLeaks for CNN Presents “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange."


Filed under: Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
August 19th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

West Memphis 3 freed

Three men who served 18 years in prison over a 1993 triple-slaying in West Memphis, Arkansas, walked free Friday to cheers from a supportive crowd outside the courthouse after entering new pleas in the case.

"I want to be out.  I deserve to be out," said Jason Baldwin, who along with Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were freed after entering rarely used pleas in which they maintained their innocence but acknowledged that prosecutors have evidence to convict them.

Echols and Baldwin entered what is known as an Alford plea on three counts of first degree murder.  Misskelly similarly pleaded to one count of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.

Craighead County Circuit Judge David Laser sentenced the three to their 18 years already served, and imposed a 10-year suspended sentence - meaning they could be returned to jail if they violate the law.

Tune in tonight to a CNN Presents special presentation: "Presumed Guilty: Murder in West Memphis" at 11 p.m. ET on CNN for more on the West Memphis Three and the evidence that set them free. 


Filed under: David Mattingly • West Memphis 3
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