U.S. State Department Letter to WikiLeaks

Posted: November 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Legal Adviser
United States Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
November 27, 2010
Via Electronic Mail

Ms. Jennifer Robinson

Attorney for Mr. Julian Assange

179 Great Portland Street
London WIW 5LS

Dear Ms. Robinson and Mr. Assange:

I am writing in response to your 26 November 2010 letter to U.S. Ambassador Louis B. Susman regarding your intention to again publish on your WikiLeaks site what you claim to be classified U.S. Government documents.

As you know, if any of the materials you intend to publish were provided by any government officials, or any intermediary without proper authorization, they were provided in violation of U.S. law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action. As long as WikiLeaks holds such material, the violation of the law is ongoing.

It is our understanding from conversations with representatives from The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Speigel, that WikiLeaks also has provided approximately 250,000 documents to each of them for publication, furthering the illegal dissemination of classified documents.

Publication of documents of this nature at a minimum would:

  • Place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals – from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers to individuals providing information to further peace and security;
  • Place at risk on-going military operations, including operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in human beings and illicit arms, violent criminal enterprises and other actors that threaten global security; and,
  • Place at risk on-going cooperation between countries – partners, allies and common stakeholders – to confront common challenges from terrorism to pandemic diseases to nuclear proliferation that threaten global stability.

In your letter, you say you want – consistent with your goal of “maximum disclosure” – information regarding individuals who may be “at significant risk of harm” because of your actions.

Despite your stated desire to protect those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals. You have undermined your stated objective by disseminating this material widely, without redaction, and without regard to the security and sanctity of the lives your actions endanger. We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials. If you are genuinely interested in seeking to stop the damage from your actions, you should: 1) ensure WikiLeaks ceases publishing any and all such materials; 2) ensure WikiLeaks returns any and all classified U.S. Government material in its possession; and 3) remove and destroy all records of this material from WikiLeaks’ databases.


s/ Harold Hongju Koh
Harold Hongju Koh
Legal Adviser

If the next big Wikileaks dump is composed of State Department cables what then is in the insurance.aes256 file or other information reserved for protection against shutdown?

It would be foolish of Wikileaks to release all it has and lose the protection of threatening future releases.

The size of the encrypted 1.2GB insurance file might fit thousands of cables but it might contain other material not yet publicly disclosed.

Wikileaks reportedly has hundreds of other files which have been received but not published because of the attention given to the Afghan and Iraq war files.

Files on other governments have been mentioned: Russia, China, European and Asian nations.

What would be impressive would be files on North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and perhaps most signficantly, Israel — its weaponry, war plans, assassination squads, foreign sources of funds, Mossad and its collaborators.

Files on weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological. Top secret files of the IAEA on nuclear non-proliferation contributed and deceptively withheld by a bevy of nations, i.e., the CIA’s Valerie Plame and related front companies.

Files of global WMD research laboratories and the status of reserve stocks of offensive and defensive weapons.

War plans of all nations, for and against one another.

Reports and training literature on black prisons and torture chambers held by and shared among military and spy agencies.

Files of clandestine spy agencies and their operatives.

Files on human rights abuses, for example, secret Red Cross reports on visits to the world’s prisons.

Files of billionaire political meddlers.

Files of the major world banks and their attorneys.

Files of national tax agencies.

Perhaps the crown jewels would be the volumnious archives of The Vatican’s two millennia of worldwide complicity with the globe’s most evil empires. Second best, the Islamic version.

But why stop with information of exaggerated importance hoarded and bragged about by simple-minded secretkeepers?

Dream of what else should be known but has been forever out of reach. What nightmare would most terrify fabricators and marketers of deepest secrets? Even demolish newby Wikileaks and its venerable media and governmental collaborators now paranoically plotting secretly with and against each other what would best advance their mutual interests.

Secrecy begets ever more secrecy. Dream of the end of secrecy.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s