According to the Times of London (subscription required)
WikiLeaks raised the stakes in its battle with America last night (Sunday night) by releasing a secret list of all the global industries and assets that the US most wishes to protect. Security experts said that the cable, published by the whistleblower website as part of an unauthorised package of diplomatic correspondence, was a gift for terrorist organisations. It spelt out hundreds of pipelines, undersea cables and factories across the world, including a number in Britain, that would cause most damage to US interests if destroyed.
The BBC has a related story that is available without subscription: List of facilities “Vital to US Security” leaked.
The Office of Management and Budget has instructed federal employees not to access the still-officially-classified documents. A copy of the memo is provided by the TPM blog. Avert thy eyes O ye innocents!
Now that nearly everyone else — including our adversaries — have access, we evidently are trying to contain the damage by restricting our own public servants access to the information.
P.J. Crowley, the State Department spokesperson, suggested the OMB counsel’s office may be a bit “overzealous” here. In the midst of all the serious fallout that PJ is in the middle of handling, I expect he had some choice words — behind closed doors — regarding the late Friday OMB circular.
As of Monday morning WikiLeaks continues to be available via a Swiss domain: www.wikileaks.ch