Wikileaks and State Department correspondence
28 Nov 2010

Index on Censorship has obtained copies of correspondence between whistleblowing website Wikileaks and the US embassy in the United Kingdom, which took place between Friday and Sunday. They reveal Wikileaks editor in chief’s last-minute attempt to seek the cooperation of the United States government in redacting information from the latest controversial release of documents.

Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, who represents Julian Assange in the UK, is a trustee of Index of Censorship.

26 November
Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks
US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman

Subject to the general objective of ensuring maximum disclosure of information in the public interest, WikiLeaks would be grateful for the United States Government to privately nominate any specific instances (record numbers or names) where it considers the publication of information would put individual persons at significant risk of harm that has not already been addressed. PDF

27 November
Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, United States Department of State
Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks

We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials. PDF

28 November
Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks
US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman

I understand that the United States government would prefer not to have the information that will be published in the public domain and is not in favour of openness. That said, either there is a risk or there is not. You have chosen to respond in a manner which leads me to conclude that the supposed risks are entirely fanciful and you are instead concerned to suppress evidence of human rights abuse and other criminal behaviour. PDF

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  3. […] Index on Censorship has published the legal toing and froing that took place between Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor in Chief, and a Legal Adviser to the US […]

  4. […] Department, just as they had with the Pentagon in the previous cases involving military issues. Here is a link to the relevant correspondences from the UK’s Index on Censorship, but this is the important quote which gives lie to this claim […]

  5. […] its web site, the Index publishes what it calls Assange’s ”last-minute attempt” to secure American guidance in […]

  6. […] prior to the Cablegate leak, WikiLeaks contacted the US Embassy in the UK in an attempt to prevent publication of information that might put individuals in […]

  7. Comrade Neva says:

    It is one thing to know your government lies, cheats and murders the innocent. However and a big stumbling block is how to defeat a government like that when they are all over the world! America encouraged all that through capitalism.

  8. […] US-Regierung auf mögliche Personengefährdung hin prüfen zu lassen. Das Departement of State hat abgelehnt: We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally […]

  9. […] has already pre-empted and rendered void.  Before the State Department cables were released, he asked them to suggest which ones should be redacted.  They refused to answer this request.  Meanwhile, no-one has presented evidence that previous […]

  10. Cato Ping says:

    It has always been known that America has commited warcrimes in Iraq and It’s obvious that American Foreign Policy is arrogant. The Leaks reveal nothing, they just provide evidence to support things are already known.

    The leaks are being used to get legislation put through congress to allow america to have greater control over the internet.
    These leaks are just pushing america closer to a Chinese style censorship

  11. […] WikiLeaks said it asked the State Department to name the documents that might compromise individuals, which the U.S. refused, according to notes the group published. […]

  12. […] WikiLeaks said it asked the State Department to name the documents that might compromise individuals, which the U.S. refused, according to notes the group published. […]

  13. […] Wikileaks and State Department correspondence […]

  14. […] WikiLeaks said it asked the State Department to name the documents that might compromise individuals, which the U.S. refused, according to notes the group published. […]

  15. […] WikiLeaks said it asked the State Department to name the documents that might compromise individuals, which the U.S. refused, according to notes the group published. […]

  16. WB says:

    Scott US of A:

    In the name of “Democracy” America is forcing Israel to adopt policies that are harmful to our government and society. The WikiLeaks cables have shown the public what many researchers and “insiders” have been saying for a long time – America is a duplicitous friend (i.e. not a friend at all).

    “Democracy” is supposed to rely on transparency and openness, with “The People” in possession of the full facts.

    So what, exactly, must be kept secret. And why must it be kept from “The People”?

    Governments that keep the facts away from citizens are not free. “Democracy” is actually just another form of dictatorship.

  17. Mickey Mouse says:

    “mary ann

    November 29, 2010 at 17:53

    to all those involved with wikileaks you should be marked for assination by all world leaders!”

    You should be on the hit list too for condoning murder! Get some of your own justice. You can go pretend you don’t want the truth but the truth always comes out… didn’t your mother teach you lying is wrong? Well American politicians are breaking laws and disrespecting the ethics us American’s supposedly value and preach to everyone. Because of this kind of gross disgard for ethics and law by people in power in America my children now have to grow up in a different America than I did. One where they need to be searched between their legs to fly on a plane and I’m sure worse as time goes on! Americans should be outraged by this information!!!! This is why people choose to terrorize us. Rediculous! I’m no fool, I know power is hungry and handling it has been the bases of cruelty to humans since the begining. All I ask is that we see an acurrate reflection of our selves in the mirror.

  18. jON jMAES says:

    Now its in the open the americans do not believe in democracy, but in any goverment that pedals to thier will

  19. […] just as they had with the Department of Defense in the previous cases involving military issues. Here is a link to the relevant correspondences from the UK’s Index on Censorship, but this is the important quote which gives lie to this […]

  20. […] Index on Censorship ha obtenido copias de la correspondencia entre Wikileaks y la embajada de Estados Unidos en Londres, en las que se revelan los esfuerzos del editor jefe de Wikileaks por intentar cooperar con el gobierno norteamericano en la redacción de la información de la última publicación de documentos. […]

  21. Scott US of A says:

    Some information needs to be censored! I applaud all of the agencies and individuals that are attempting to (currently succeeding) deny access to these cables.

  22. […] undermining the sense of political infallibility politicians strive to cultivate.  In this case, WikiLeaks asked the State Department for help redacting potentially injurious information but the St….  Indeed, at bottom these leaks mainly served to show that these documents could be leaked at […]

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  25. A-non'y-mous says:

    The United States government is afraid more of their criminal activity will be exposed, what about the cia drugging a town in france with lsd to test the effects as a chemical weapon. They are an allie even. Where is the outrage?

  26. stevenz says:

    Joe American’s crude post doesn’t warrant a reply, except to say it’s the typical America-right-or-wrong attitude. Sam is just wrong. No one will be killed because of the leak, in fact thousands have been killed because of the malfeasance the leaks reveal. And by the way, as someone who lived abroad (in a US ally nation) for a long time, America’s reputation can’t get much worse, and this kind of opening up can only help.

  27. Sam says:

    Because of this information being leaked, people are going to suffer and probly be killed. I hope the people who leaked this info and posted it online should be ashamed. I hope you all can sleep at night! Also this hurts America’s reputation abroad. How about we expose your secrets and see how people react to those.

  28. Joe American says:

    Sounds like he gave the US Govt a choice: hey, I’m gonna rape you in a minute. If you don’t want me to give you HIV, which you know I’ve got, then you better slip a condom on me before I jam it in there. By the way I’m gonna shove it up your ass too so don’t worry about lube.

  29. Great post. Thanks.

    I know it might be a tad ironic, but really, you could moderate some of the rot coming from the ‘info’s

  30. […] WIKILEAKS Y LA CORRESPONDENCIA DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE ESTADO [ENG] Se han obtenido copias de la correspondencia entre Wikileaks y la embajada de EE.UU. en el Reino Unido. […]

  31. stevenz says:

    There is no real news with regard to actual events, just in how the communication takes place … excuse me (yawn), OK …. so the overly self-important, the sanctimonious, the paranoid, the tea partiers, and other such misfits will get to wet themselves silly and feel oh so good about being so virtuous and “patriotic”. Ironically, those very people are the ones who have made a mantra of not trusting government, then squeal like stuck pigs when there is any suggestion of diplomatic or military malfeasance. But really, did anyone actually learn anything new about world events from this?

    — an American. (sorry)

    PS I never heard about the Index on Censorship until a series of links took me to Mr Kaempfert’s (sp?) piece in the Independent. I liked what he said and I like what I see on this site. It’s a comfort to know there are others who keep the real issues in sight. Thanks.

  32. Usg nonsupport says:

    It’s important to remember that this is not representational of the American people unfortunately, and also that the cables are concerned with the corruption of us along with other governments. Many Americans like myself fully support wikileaks and I find the title of a sheep a little skewed.
    Excited for future leaks.
    -from the other side

  33. […] individuals, recently-published letters between Julian Assange and the U.S. government show that U.S. officials have also repeatedly refused to cooperate with Assange in order to “privately nominate any specific instances where it considers the publication of […]

  34. info20 says:

  35. info20 says:

    Ron Paul Exposes CIA & Federal Reserves’s drug running business on Alex Jones TV 1/2

    How CIA Money, Drug Money and Taliban Money Mix in the Same Pot

    Media Censor CIA Ties With Medellin Drug Cartel

  36. info50 says:

    Independent Investigation Into Pentagon Attack Yields Alarming Information

    – –

    WTC 7 is the THIRD tower that came down on 9/11 and was NOT hit by an airplane. Why remained the media silent on Building 7? ,

  37. Outhere says:

    Did I miss the explanation for why the response in the middle wasn’t the same person the original and ending emails referenced? The US Legal Adviser wasn’t listed in the notes to the London Ambassador.

  38. info49 says:

    [Detroit attack]

    Bombshell Eyewitness Revelations: Confirmed FBI Cover-Up Of Flight 253 Attack

    BOMBSHELL: Evidence Clearly Indicates Staged Attack on Detroit Flight

    State Department Admits: Detroit Christmas Bomber Was Deliberately Allowed to Keep US Entry Visa, Board His Flight


    Detroit jet terrorist attack was staged – journalist

  39. info48 says:

    Retired FBI Agent Says Oswald Didn’t Kill Kennedy

    August 22, 2010,0,6504699.story

    Downl.: (25,4MB)

    Website of the retired FBI agent:

  40. info48 says:

    The JFK Case: Oswald and His Twelve Handlers

    August 22, 2010 By Bill Simpich

    With millions of documents released in the years since the JFK Act was passed… Now is the moment to sum up what we have, demand the rest,… Although we may never know who fired the shots at JFK, you may agree that the new documents reveal who called the shots.

    One important clue revealed in the documents is that the CIA consciously used Lee Harvey Oswald’s visa requests for espionage purposes before JFK was assassinated. A CIA office used Oswald as “bait” while simultaneously trying to…–OSWALD-AND-by-Bill-Simpich-100315-5.html

    Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist

  41. info47 says:

    CIA NAZI connection,..:,,2046054,00.html


    – –

    Bush Prescott NAZI connection

    How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power
    – –


    Bohemian Grove 2008 Guest List Revealed


  42. info47 says:


    September 20, 1977 – “Memorandum for the secretary of defense”

    [Subject: Experimentation Programs Conducted by the Department of defence That Had CIA Sponsorship or Participation and That Involved the Administration to Human Subjects of Drugs Intented for Mind-control or Behavior-modification Purposes.]

  43. Nitoy says:

    Yet the sad truth is that Julian could even expose the killing and eating of Iraqi and Afghani children by the U.S. and their public would *still* be behind them. Sheep are deaf to truth – they only become angry and violent when it is thrown their way…

  44. info47 says:

    ‘How to create your very own terrorist state’

    Tim Coles takes us through 11 steps necessary to create a “terrorist state”. Using Yemen as a case study, he argues that these steps precisely match US and British policies in Iraq, Afghanistan,
    Pakistan, Iran as well as Yemen to grow “very poisonous seeds”, some which have ripened while others are ripening.

  45. info46 says:


    “Revealed: the men with stolen identities”

    Published: 23 Sep 2001

    THEIR names were flashed around the world as suicide hijackers who carried out the attacks on America. But yesterday four innocent men told how their identities had been stolen by Osama bin Laden’s teams (CIA et al) to cover their tracks.
    – –

    Professor on FOX-tv: 9/11 was an inside job, WTC 7 clearly is a controlled demolition and the twin towers were also another…
    – –

    Osama Bin Lyin?

  46. info46 says:

    Nano Thermite found in WTC dust:

    1,270 Architects/Engineers Reveal Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition at World Trade Center on 9/11

  47. info45 says:

    US, UK,.. CREATES/FUNDS/SUPPORTS/.. terror groups:

    Wikileaks founder still stands with the goberment’s 9/11 conspiracy theory :(
    Wasn’t wikileaks meant to open goberments ?

  48. info45 says:

    US, UK.. CREATES/FUNDS/SUPPORTS.. terror groups:

    Wikileaks founder still stands with the goberment’s conspiracy.
    Wasn’t wikileaks meant to open the goberment?

  49. […] PS: WikiLeaks tried to ask the U.S. govt for help redacting potentially injurious information, but the U.S. govt refused. […]

  50. mary ann says:

    to all those involved with wikileaks you should be marked for assination by all world leaders!

  51. rus says:

    this a wery good. me be no know and this time me know good this/
    рано или поздно правда должна выйти на свет. обеими руками за такую правду. пусть даже порочащая лицо бандитов во главе госсударства

  52. Man says:

    Full support for Wikileaks.
    This is the right way to do it, the Intelligent way.

  53. salvator says:

    albanian and greece

  54. JMe says:

    Well People have to Understand That The truth Cannot be hidden. Even in the Bible Talks about the truth to be sharper than a two edge sword. Many have kept silent for questionable things. We dont know what’s going to happen but as people we rather know the entire story than sit around not knowing what’s going on in this country.Even Martin Luther King in a speech actually said that the worst thing people can do is nothing.So many people did nothing when so many in the U.S were being abused and murdered because of their gender or color and it only had to get worst so that the people could really stand up and do something about all those things. What the people should do is wake up and smell the gun powder because it isn’t flowers and lilies like people try to picture life to be.There is war rising and if your not getting ready then who ever is making the big moves definitely has the weak for easy prey.

  55. MGcross says:

    Anyone who still believes that we live in a democratic world after these revelations must have a screw loose. We all live under dictatorships led by a personality which is the only thing we get to choose. If you are a threat to this system you will be dealt with accordingly

  56. […] UK in which he attempts to get help in redacting potentially harmful information in the documents, which is promptly refused on the grounds of “not helping people with illegally obtained documents”. It makes […]

  57. robin yates says:

    the UK government under Blair tried to frighten the population but we were not impressed with all his lies. Americans seem to believe all their government tells them, If in doubt read the WikiLeaks and make up your own mind

  58. Wangbu says:

    There has to be purpose why this thing happened to the US government. This will end up with the government’s improving of diplomatic secrecy tactics or waiving more information to the public.

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  60. […] their browsers to find out who's spying on them. Yeah, sure. Not to mention that State Department refused WikiLeaks' offer not to publish the names of people who might be […]

  61. Geminus says:

    and this is what happens when u keep secrets
    or at least when goverments keep secrets
    i thought every goverment had to follow theit own laws at least
    and that should mean that you may not lei to your own entire country
    and keep secrets for the world
    telling everyone it all goes by the rules while in fact most is against your own lawes
    i guess if a war will come
    it will involve the islametic country’s and amerika
    but probably china will go against amerika as well
    so good luck amerika (u will need it)

  62. WB says:

    Thus far, the “damage” is being done where it’s most deserved – the Islamic dictatorships and their Amemrican Hessians.

    We should all encourage WikiLeaks to expose more of the corruption, massive pollution, and social oppression going on in the Islamic dictatorships that have every intention of forcing their regressive way of life on the entire world.

  63. Civicus says:

    The release of these documents is an act of civic virtue. The veil of ignorance imposed by so-called democracies, intended to blind their citizens in a manipulative construct of consumption and fear, has been withdrawn. The agents of the State are furious that their monopoly on reality has been further compromised.

  64. Cueil says:

    this will end badly… this isn’t just a leak this site and it’s founder and anyone in the US that is involved are going to suffer some significant reprisal…

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