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More headaches for US with new WikiLeaks releases

world Updated: Aug 30, 2011 22:19 IST

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The accelerated online disclosure of tens of thousands of previously unreleased State Department cables by the WikiLeaks organization is raising new concerns about the exposure of confidential US embassy sources.

It is also proving a source of fresh diplomatic setbacks and embarrassment for the Obama administration.

Current and former American officials said Tuesday that the disclosure in the past week of more than 125,000 sensitive documents by WikiLeaks, far more than it had earlier published, further endangered informants and jeopardized US foreign policy goals.

The officials would not comment on specific information contained in the leaked documents but said the rate of the new releases, including about 50,000 in one day alone, had sparked fears that the cables may not be scrubbed to protect the identities of individuals named in them.