FROM WASHINGTON, DC: U.S. READY TO RELEASE LEAKS FROM WIKILEAKS
WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 18, 2010 (CBS BREAKING NEWS) The US government will imminently be announcing a new website which will reveal confidential information from Wikileaks, a source within the State Department told reporters this morning. The State Department will be publishing extensive transcripts of conversations between Wikileaks members, in what may be termed a role reversal. Wikileaks is a website which has been publishing leaked US government documents and diplomatic cables, causing strong reactions from the US administration.
The source in the State Department, who requested anonymity, told reporters that some of the conversations and email messages between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a German member known only as "K," and a third unidentified member may be potentially damaging to the reputation of the secretive organization.
The transcripts allegedly show the Wikileaks officers exchanging candid and at times coarsely worded messages, expressing glee and jubilation when Wikileaks made the headlines in early December.
The member identified as "K" is recorded as having exclaimed, "This is it baby, we hit the [inaudible] jackpot now!" A man referred to as "JA" in the transcripts replies, "Told you bloody [explective] it would come. I'm [expletive] Che Guevara now. Start printing bloody T-shirts."
"The shirts will sell better after they get you," K replies. "Don't get high on this. You [garbled] and stay out of sight."
"And miss out on the [expletive] party? No [expletive] way. This is my moment."
Several email messages to be released hint at abruptly improved financial fortunes within the secretive organization.
"Baby we got $12k in 3 [expletive] hrs! [expletive] me backwards! the [expletive] ships come in!"
"christ about time. but we'll need that for bloody servers and [expletive]. send half of all incoming to liechtenstein. the rest is contingency."
Veteran political commentator Nick Oba greeted the news with a tweet expressing satisfaction that Wikileaks would be getting a taste of their own medicine. Speaking over the phone from Chicago, Oba said it was a welcome development. "Let's see how much these guys really believe in the freedom of information principles they've been talking about."
When asked how the US government had obtained the data, the source declined to comment. Calls to the State Department were not immediately returned.
The US National Security Agency is widely believed to be tapping telephone conversations and scanning email messages internationally, while the FBI may eavesdrop domestically, with legal limitations.
WikiLeaks RETURNS: Website Takes New Approach After Being Forced Offline
WikiLeaks has returned roughly six hours after it was forced offline, but it's got a new address. The website's primary host in the United States pulled the plug after "mass attacks," according to WikiLeaks. Now the organization appears to be back online as WikiLeaks.ch instead of WikiLeaks.org.
They made the announcement via Twitter, saying "WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland."
Before the incident on Thursday night, WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon servers on Dec. 1, causing a brief outage, and tonight it went down again. The site had migrated to Swedish servers, per the AP.
The WikiLeaks Twitter account (@WikiLeaks) initially took a while to respond to the outage, but finally spoke up, stating "WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks."
The DNS outage meant that the Wikileaks.org domain name was down worldwide.
The Pentagon said Wednesday it could take down WikiLeaks if it wanted to, but to that point had decided against it. There have been reports that Russia is interested in shutting the site down.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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