Wikileaks is blaming the leak of over 250,000 secret US cables on a security breach caused by one-time cable publishing partner the Guardian. We originally reported that the newspaper Wikileaks was so angry with was the New York Times, but that's no longer the case. Wikileaks announced Wednesday evening they've "commenced pre-litigation action" against the paper for leaking a Wikileaks password without their permission in a book by investigations reporter David Leigh that was published seven months ago. The original statement from Wikileaks said this:
A Guardian journalist has, in a previously undetected act of gross negligence or malice, and in violation of a signed security agreement with the Guardian's editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, disclosed top secret decryption passwords to the entire, unredacted, WikiLeaks Cablegate archive. We have already spoken to the state department and commenced pre-litigation action. We will issue a formal statement in due course.
Wikileaks says, in an expanded statement, that David Leigh, "recklessly, and without gaining our approval, knowingly disclosed the decryption passwords in a book published by the Guardian." Wikileaks says they didn't pursue legal action sooner because they've, "been in the unenviable position of not being able to comment on what has happened, since to do so would be to draw attention to the decryption passwords in the Guardian book. Now that the connection has been made public by others we can explain what happened and what we intend to do."
The leak of the cables, according to the Guardian, stems from a Twitter user who, "is believed to have found the information after acting on hints published in several media outlets and on the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, all of which cited a member of rival whistleblowing website OpenLeaks as the original source of the tipoffs."