The UK government has been briefed by US authorities about the expected release of sensitive diplomatic files on Julian Assange’s whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Downing Street confirmed yesterday.
Reports suggest that the files could include hundreds of cables relating to UK interests, and might include revelations about secret intelligence sources and practices.
Washington is braced for the release within days of thousands of documents on the website, which has previously published secret details of allied military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“These revelations are harmful to the US and our interests,” said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley last night.
“They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.”
Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman yesterday declined to discuss the nature of any confidential communications which may have been obtained by WikiLeaks.
The spokesman said: “I don't want to speculate about precisely what is going to be leaked before it is leaked.”
It is thought that the documents may include reports from officials in Washington and diplomatic posts around the world about issues on which the UK and US have collaborated closely, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.