After the War Logs, Iraq Diary, the US is bracing up for a leak of its State Department cables, which are notes, analysis, messages sent by its embassies all over the world. And guess who is doing it: Wikileaks, of course.
The state department knows it's their turn now, after the department of defence, target of the previous two leaks. But it doesn't what exactly is coming, but it is getting ready for the worst.
"They are going to create tension in our relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world," said state department spokesman P J Crowley on Tuesday. But the US was ready, he added.
The first leak was of field reports filed by military intelligence operatives in Afghanistan, which showed the US was not on top of the war, something the administration quickly said was not new.
The second was reports filed by field units showing far more civilian casualties than earlier known and rights violations and abuse by Iraqi forces with the US looking the other way.
But as Crowley said, the US is now prepared for the worst.
At home, the state department has alerted the House representatives and senators.
And they are in touch with governments abroad. "We are in touch with our posts around the world. They have begun the process of notifying governments that release of documents is possible in the near future," Crowley said.