The former spokesperson of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, is believed to have destroyed over 3,000 documents which he took with him when leaving the organisation.
According to a statement released by WikiLeaks, the documents destroyed were of the highest importance and could have proved explosive if posted.
The news first came into the public domain when German reporters at Der Spiegel covered the story following the revelation made by Daniel Domscheit-Berg that he destroyed over 3500 unpublished files.
Domscheit-Berg earlier claimed that he took approximately 3500 sensitive documents with him when leaving the organisation and then recently destroyed them for the sake of preventing the sources from being compromised.
“We can confirm that the DDB claimed destroyed data included a copy of the entire US no-fly list,” WikiLeaks said in a comment on Twitter, the Tech Herald reports.
“Mr. Domscheit-Berg has repeatedly attempted to blackmail WikiLeaks by threatening to make available, to forces that oppose WikiLeaks, these private communications... He has stated he will commit this action, should WikiLeaks move to charge him with sabotage or theft,” said another statement from the whistleblower site.