This included Wiki Leaks volunteers placing an encrypted file containing all Wiki Leaks data online as "insurance" in July 2010, in case something happened to the organization.
In February 2011 David Leigh of The Guardian published the encryption passphrase in a book; he had received it from Assange so he could access a copy of the Cablegate file, and believed the passphrase was a temporary one, unique to that file.
The Washington Post reported that it also requested permission to see the documents, but was rejected for undisclosed reasons.
saying there was an agreement between the newspapers for simultaneous publication of the "internationally relevant" documents, but that each newspaper was free to select and treat those documents that primarily relate to its own country.
While it is unclear how it received the documents, they were apparently not obtained directly from Wiki Leaks.
In it, Leigh revealed the encryption key Assange had given him.The full set of cables published by Wiki Leaks can be browsed and searched by a variety of websites, see Sites offering search capabilities. The diplomatic cables revealed numerous unguarded comments and revelations: critiques and praises about the host countries of various U. embassies, discussion and resolutions towards ending ongoing tension in the Middle East, efforts for and resistance against nuclear disarmament, actions in the War on Terror, assessments of other threats around the world, dealings between various countries, U. S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, in apparent violation of international treaties prohibiting spying at the UN.due to its unflattering portrayal of the site's founder, but The Guardian decided to share coverage, citing earlier cooperation while covering the Afghan and Iraqi war logs.In response, Wiki Leaks decided on 1 September 2011 to publish all 251,287 unedited documents.The publication of the cables was the third in a series of U. classified document "mega-leaks" distributed by Wiki Leaks in 2010, following the Afghan War documents leak in July, and the Iraq War documents leak in October. when Wiki Leaks—a non-profit organization that publishes submissions from anonymous whistleblowers—began releasing classified cables that had been sent to the U. State Department by 274 of its consulates, embassies, and diplomatic missions around the world. For reactions to the leak, see Reactions to the United States diplomatic cables leak.However, by June 2010, The Guardian had been offered "half a million military dispatches from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense's classified version of the civilian internet. 15 Sep: Daniel Domscheit-Berg formally leaves Wiki Leaks.There might be more after that, including an immense bundle of confidential diplomatic cables", and Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian had contacted Bill Keller, editor of The New York Times, to see if he would be interested in sharing the dissemination of the information. Documents marked "top secret" are not included in the system. Department of State, via his lawyer Jennifer Robinson, inviting them to "privately nominate any specific instances (record numbers or names) where it considers the publication of information would put individual persons at significant risk of harm that has not already been addressed". Sep: Wiki Leaks volunteer gives Heather Brooke Cablegate file access.Later that year, Julian Assange, Wiki Leaks' editor-in-chief, reached an agreement with media partners in Europe and the United States to publish the rest of the cables in redacted form, removing the names of sources and others in vulnerable positions.On 28 November, the first 220 cables were published under this agreement by El País (Spain), Der Spiegel (Germany), Le Monde (France), The Guardian (United Kingdom) and The New York Times (United States).