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White House condemns WikiLeaks' document release

The Associated Press / November 28, 2010

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WASHINGTON—The White House says WikiLeaks' decision to release classified U.S. diplomatic files endangers U.S. diplomats, intelligence agents and democratic activists who seek America's help.

The website has defied U.S. demands that it not publish the hundreds of thousands of documents. The material includes candid assessments of foreign leaders and governments.

The White House says such initial reporting is "often incomplete information" and doesn't always shape final policy decisions.

The White House calls the release "reckless and dangerous" and counter to President Barack Obama's goal of open and accountable government at home and around the world.

It considers the files to be "stolen" and says they put at risk the cause of human rights across the globe.