U.S. warns about danger to individuals from WikiLeaks ahead of more exposure

WASHINGTON — The State Department has warned hundreds of human-rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and moved a handful to safer locations, administration officials said Thursday.\r\n

The operation, which involves a team of 30 in Washington, D.C., and embassies from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, reflects the administration’s fear that the disclosure of cables obtained by the organization WikiLeaks has damaged U.S. interests by exposing foreigners who supply valuable information to the United States.

Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date by WikiLeaks, The New York Times and several other publications, many with some names removed.

The officials declined to discuss details about people contacted by the State Department in recent weeks.

The State Department is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on websites, nearly 99 percent of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks. – New York Times