The shit has hit the fan. Wikileaks’ complete uncensored archive of 251,287 secret US diplomatic cables – without redaction to protect sources – have been made available online. Untill now, many secret sources were not visible, they were replaced by XXXXXXXXXXXX (12 X’s). Wikileaks blames the Guardian:
A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks’ decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables.
The Guardian denies
Guardian denies allegation in WikiLeaks statement that journalist disclosed passwords to archive
Fact is that many persons that were previously protected can become targets. From now on, people are in danger and that is a scary thought. How this story unfolded can be read in a good article from Der Spiegel.
Update 2 Sept: Wikileaks now made all the cables available themselves. The archive is unencrypted, but still redacted in my understanding.