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Clinton Reaches Out to Several Countries about Wikileaks


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference in London, 26 July 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference in London, 26 July 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reached out to several countries ahead of the controversial website WikiLeaks imminent release of millions of secret and potentially embarrassing diplomatic cables.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday on Twitter that she reached out to leaders of Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France and Afghanistan.

A senior Israeli official quoted in Haaretz newspaper said his government was warned that some of the cables could include confidential reports from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.

The London-based newspaper Al-Hayat is reporting the release will reveal U.S. support for the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey listed by the State Department as a terrorist group.

It is not known when WikiLeaks will make the documents public. WikiLeaks announced on its Twitter page Monday that it is planning to publish almost three million secret documents.

The expected document dump would be seven times larger than the 400,000 documents the website released on the Iraq war.

WikiLeaks was founded by Australian Julian Assange, a former computer hacker. The highly secretive Assange, who has been criticized by the Pentagon for his previous releases of confidential material, is wanted in Sweden for questioning on a rape charge. He has denied the allegations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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