WikiLeaks announced late Thursday that it will be publishing thousands of previously unseen US diplomatic cables this week, a number of which are classified documents. “We will have released over 100,000 US embassy cables from around the world by the end of today,” the organization said on its Twitter account. It is believed that the Twitter feed is operated and controlled by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The documents that will reportedly be published come from a cache of more than 250,000 State Department records leaked to the press several months ago. WikiLeaks began publishing the documents late last year, but until now has released just a few choice documents at a time. While news outlets around the world have had the documents for several months, they have only released a few of them at a time when they pertained to particular news stories.
While a motive for releasing such a large cache of documents was not offered by WikiLeaks or Assange, sources close to the Australian said the release stems from Assange's frustration with a lack of media interest in publishing stories based on the material. The organization said late Thursday it had released more than 97,000 of the intercepted communications.
Elsewhere, federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia ordered Dynadot, an Internet registrar that had hosted WikiLeaks, to produce information on Julian Assange. WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed that Dynadot had complied with the order. No further information is available about the investigation into WikiLeaks and Assange, and Dynadot and State Department officials have not responded to requests for comment.