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WikiLeaks outs complete cache of 251,000 cables

WikiLeaks has published it complete cache of 251,000 US diplomatic cables - without redactions.

The move comes after the whistle-blowing outfit decided to sue the Guardian newspaper over the publication in a book of a password which WikiLeaks said unlocks the full archive anyhow.

Previously, Wikileaks worked in conjunction with newspapers, the Guardian, New York Times, El Pais and Der Spiegel, which helped edit out some details of sources whom they reckoned would be put at risk if outed.

These media outlets have condemned Wikileaks' publication of the full archive as irresponsible.

"We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk," a joint statement put out by the organisations reads.

"Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough joint editing and clearance process. We will continue to defend our previous collaborative publishing endeavour. We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data – indeed, we are united in condemning it.

According to the 'papers: "The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone."

The archive contains details of 'several thousand' individuals marked "STRICTLY PROTECT", which the US uses to denote sources it thinks may be endangered.

Wikileaks asked its Twitter followers whether it should publish the documents and indicated that these were overwhelmingly in favour, but declined to give details.