WikiLeaks promised its latest release of classified documents to the Internet would be its biggest to date, and the resulting backlash ratcheted up as well.
Despite strident denunciations from Washington officialdom, the. Among the files released is a directive signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordering clandestine electronic surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys, and types of VPN versions used."
The files, which appear to have originated from the U.S. Defense Department's SIPRNET, were provided in advance to news organizations including Germany's Der Spiegel and Spain's El Pais--Wikileaks waited before releasing the cables on its own Web site.
However, even before WikiLeaks was able to post the files, its site was reportedly. "We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack," WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed the morning the files were expected to be released.
The climate only heated up from there. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, asked the Obama administration to "determine whether WikiLeaks could be," putting the group in the same company as al-Qaeda.
As a result of that pressure,
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