US government is ‘trying to undermine’ WikiLeaks
US President Donald Trump has accused WikiLeaks of trying to undermine US foreign policy by leaking thousands of secret diplomatic cables and other documents to its website.
Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday that WikiLeaks had published “very, very damaging” diplomatic cables, saying the US government had “tried to undermine” the organization.
“I don’t think you’re going to find a worse organization in the world than WikiLeaks,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.
“They’re trying to destroy our country.”
Mr Trump’s comments come as the US National Security Agency has revealed a trove of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks have been used by US intelligence agencies to monitor internet traffic.
The leaks also show that US officials were keen to keep a close eye on the increasingly influential organisation, including its staff and operations.
“We have to get rid of WikiLeaks,” said Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“The leaks are not helpful to us in any way.”
The leak of thousands of classified US diplomatic documents has drawn strong condemnation from human rights groups and the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
“These documents contain highly classified information, but not the kind of information that a journalist would want to publish in their reporting,” said Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed-up for more than five years.
“It is quite clear that WikiLeaks is attempting to undermine the very institutions that the US seeks to protect,” he said.
The CIA declined to comment on the claim.
Mr Assange has said the US is trying to intimidate WikiLeaks, which has published a number of highly sensitive documents, by publishing them in secret.
“Julian Assange has made it clear that he intends to keep us in the dark about the US Government’s efforts to silence him,” said WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Mr Rubio said the release of sensitive US diplomatic information by WikiLeaks was not a threat to US security.
“WikiLeaks does not pose a threat or a danger to the United States,” he told reporters.
“However, WikiLeaks does pose a danger and it is a very serious threat to the interests of the United Nations, our allies, and other governments.”‘
Trying to destroy the United State’US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the leaks could be used by the US to try to “destroy the United Nation”.
“The US has been trying to destabilise and undermine the international community and they have not succeeded,” she told reporters in New York.
“So, this latest leak from WikiLeaks has nothing to do with the United Kingdom or any other country, but with the US.”
Ms Haley added that WikiLeaks “has no regard for our own laws and we will not tolerate the actions of the US or anyone else to try and intimidate or undermine us”.’
They want to destroy US’US Senator Lindsey Graham said the leak was “a very, very serious matter” and that the leaks “raise serious questions about the safety and security of our country”.
“They want us to believe that WikiLeaks represents some kind of threat to our democracy,” he added.
“That they are trying to do that by leaking the documents, it’s a serious breach of trust, and they want to do it to discredit the United National.”
The US is an ally of Ecuador, which is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
“This latest leak is a serious violation of the law and the trust between the United nations and Ecuador,” Ecuador’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“In particular, this leak has a chilling effect on all of us who work for US companies and in our government,” it said.”US companies are not only our most important export partners, but they are also the ones who pay our salaries and provide our services to the country.”‘
We should stop trying to stop WikiLeaks’In a tweet on Thursday, WikiLeaks said it had published a batch of 250,000 diplomatic cables relating to “the United States’ relations with Latin American countries”.
“We are happy to publish the cables as they show the US has not only broken its international commitments but also the laws of the land,” it tweeted.
“At this point in time, we do not expect the US administration to take any steps against WikiLeaks or to stop our efforts to reveal US secrets.”
Mr Assange said the leaked cables revealed “a pattern of gross human rights violations” and could lead to a “global campaign” to shut down WikiLeaks.
“If WikiLeaks is not going to stop its actions, it should stop being part of this dangerous game,” he tweeted.
Mr Graham said WikiLeaks had made “clear” it would release the cables if the US requested them.
“For the record, we’re not going anywhere,” he continued.
“Our goal is to stop this nonsense.”
Mr Rubio, the Republican chairman of the Senate committee, said the disclosures showed the US had not “cured”