Wednesday 26 January 2011

WikiLeaks seeking up to 60 media partners

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told The Associated Press he hopes to enlist as many as 60 news organisations from around the world in a bid to help speed the publication of the whistleblowing website's massive trove of secret U.S. diplomatic memos.

Assange told AP in a telephone interview he was making an effort to reach beyond the major newspapers — such as The New York Times and the Guardian — that worked with him on earlier releases, saying that he already has about 20 media partners, and could triple that number within the next three months.

"We're striving for maximum impact for the material," Assange said.

WikiLeaks has published 2,658 cables to its website — just over 1 percent of the 251,287 State Department cables it claims to have in reserve. Assange said that The New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde and Der Spiegel have yet to go through all of the cables, although he didn't say how many of the files remained unread.

Via Greg Mitch on Twitter

Pic: Jon Slattery

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