Berlin - The online whistleblower platform WikiLeaks said on Thursday that hundreds of thousands of secret, unfiltered US diplomatic cables are now available online in a security breach it blamed on Britain's Guardian newspaper.
In a turnaround, the organisation that has been criticised for releasing a trove of the cables since November, said a password that provides access to the raw files was released by the Guardian.
The newspaper, which had been among the mainstream media partners of WikiLeaks in the release of the redacted cables, denied the charges.
“Guardian investigations editor, David Leigh, recklessly, and without gaining our approval, knowingly disclosed the decryption passwords in a book published by the Guardian,” WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post.
In Leigh's book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, published in February, the author writes about how WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange provided him with the password to give him access to WikiLeaks' cable archive.