Wikileaks to Release Sensitive Israel Documents



By: SARAH BAUDER  
Published: December 24th 2010
in News » Israel

Julian Assange

Al-Jazeera television has quoted WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange as saying that the website will publish approximately 3,700 "sensitive" U.S. diplomatic cables regarding Israel, including 2,700 originating from Israel. The documents will include information on the Israel-Hezbollah war of 2006, and this year's assassination of a militant leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Dubai.

 

Some of the leaked documents are expected to confirm charges that Israel's Mossad secret service was behind the murder of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, one of the founders of Hamas, in his Dubai hotel room on January 20th. Mabhuh was found dead in his room near Dubai airport. According to the Dubai police, he had been drugged and asphyxiated, apparently by a group of people seen on hotel closed-circuit security cameras following him to his room. Mabhuh was wanted in Israel for the alleged murder of two Israelis.

 

Wikileaks has previously released other U.S cables regarding Israel. A document leaked this week outlines that Syrian officials suspected Israel of being responsible for the assassination of a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad. Another released cable says Israel and the Palestinian Authority exchanged intelligence about Hamas, as it took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

 

In the Al-Jazeera interview, Assange was quoted as saying only a small portion of the documents related to Israel have been published thus far, because newspapers in the West with exclusive rights to the material have been apprehensive to publish sensitive information about Israel. “The Guardian, El-Pais and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel. Even The New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the US,” Assange stated.

 

The diplomatic cables will be released on Wikileaks over the next six months.



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