People are always quick to blame WikiLeaks for any innocent blood spilled as a result of publishing secret documents that include names of informants and double agents and other such compromising information. But as this letter [PDF, 29 KB] demonstrates – and keep in mind that it’s one of many that have been sent over the months since WikiLeaks attained heightened notoriety – the blame is, as it usually is, squarely on the shoulders of the US Government who refused to provide any assistance despite WikiLeaks practically begging it to.
Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks
Ambassador Louis B. Susman
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 1AE
26 November 2010
Dear Ambassador Susman,
I refer to recent public statements by United States Government officials expressing concern about the possible publication by WikiLeaks and other media organisations of information allegedly derived from United States Government records. I understand that the United States Government has recently devoted substantial resources to examination of these records over many months.Subject to the general objective of ensuring maximum disclosure of information in the public interest, WikiLeaks would be grateful for the United States Government 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.
WikiLeaks will respect the confidentiality of advice provided by the United States Government and is prepared to consider any such submissions made without delay.