WikiLeaks reveals sites critical to US security

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive informationrevealed yet by WikiLeaks, the website has released a secret cablelisting sites worldwide that the U.S. considers critical to itsnational security.

The locations cited in the diplomatic cable from U.S. Secretaryof State Hillary Rodham Clinton range from undersea communicationslines to suppliers of food, medicine and manufacturingmaterials.

The Pentagon declined to comment Monday on the details of whatit called "stolen" documents containing classified information. Buta spokesman, Col. David Lapan, called the disclosure "damaging" andsaid it gives valuable information to the country'sadversaries.

"This is one of many reasons why we believe Wikileaks' actionsare irresponsible and dangerous," Lapan said.

WikiLeaks released the 2009 Clinton cable on Sunday.

In the message, marked "secret," Clinton asked U.S. diplomaticposts to help update a list of sites around the world "which, ifdestroyed, disrupted or exploited, would likely have an immediateand deleterious effect on the United States."

The list was considered so confidential, the posts were advisedto come up with it on their own: "Posts are not/not being asked toconsult with host governments in respect to this request," Clintonwrote.

Attached to Clinton's message was a rundown of sites included inthe 2008 "Critical Foreign Dependencies Initiative" list. Some ofthe sites, such as border crossings, hydroelectric dams andshipping lanes, could hardly be considered secret.

But other locations, such as mines, manufacturers of componentsused in weapons systems, and vaccine and antivenom factories,likely were not widely known. The Associated Press has decidedagainst publishing their names due to the sensitive nature of theinformation.

The release came as WikiLeaks faced more pressure to end itsrelease of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, which started lastweek.

The Swiss postal system on Monday shut down a bank account heldby WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving him and his websitewith few options left for raising money. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks'Swedish servers again came under suspected attack.

Also Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder again condemnedthe leaks and said the espionage act is just one of the laws theU.S. could use to prosecute those involved in the WikiLeaksreleases.

Holder declined to say which other laws might come into play.Possibilities include charges such as the theft of governmentproperty or receipt of stolen government property.

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Associated Press Writers Anne Flaherty and Alicia A. Caldwell inWashington and John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to thisstory.


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