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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”


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