WikiLeaks's one-time spokesman, who left the organization in 2010, now says he deleted some 3,500 files he took with him, including a copy of the U.S. government's no-fly list. Der Spiegel, which broke the news on Monday, reported that Daniel Domscheit-Berg says he deleted the files because "founder Julian Assange could not guarantee safe handling of the documents." According to Spiegel, WikiLeaks has criticized Domscheit-Berg for "stealing" the files, but hasn't denied that he did so, nor countered his claim he destroyed them. Assange previously criticized Domscheit-Berg for publishing Wikileaks chat logs in his book, Inside WikiLeaks. The Spiegel report has a bit more on the nature of the lost files:
According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, documents from the database included the United States government's so-called No-Fly list, which contains names of terrorism suspects who are prohibited from boarding aircraft. Assange said that the database also contained documents with insider information relating to 20 far-right organizations -- a claim that Domscheit-Berg would not confirm. Assange has been calling for the publication of this data since the beginning of the year.
WikiLeaks is not accepting further information deposits, Spiegel reported, noting that if Domscheit-Berg really did destroy the files, they would be impossible to replace.
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