Wikileaks: The story so far in photos

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On 28 November, WikiLeaks announced it was undergoing a massive Distributed Denial-of-service attack but vowed to still leak the cables and documents via prominent media outlets including El País, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

The announcement was shortly thereafter followed by the online publication, by The Guardian, of some of the purported diplomatic cables including one in which United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently orders diplomats to obtain credit card and frequent flier numbers of the French, British, Russian and Chinese delegations to the United Nations Security Council. Here you can find the story so far, in photos.

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A file photo taken on November 4, 2010 shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange attending a press conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva.
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Image 1 of 18:  1 / 18A file photo taken on November 4, 2010 shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange attending a press conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva.

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The US State Department is seen on November 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton accused WikiLeaks of an'attack' on the world, as key American allies were left red-faced by embarrassing revelations in a vast trove of leaked memos.
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Image 2 of 18:  2 / 18The US State Department is seen on November 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton accused WikiLeaks of an"attack" on the world, as key American allies were left red-faced by embarrassing revelations in a vast trove of leaked memos.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks about the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department memos by the website Wikileaks, during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, November 29, 2010.
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Image 3 of 18:  3 / 18White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks about the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department memos by the website Wikileaks, during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, November 29, 2010.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the recent release of some 250,000 classified cables released by Wikileaks at the State Department November 29.
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Image 4 of 18:  4 / 18U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the recent release of some 250,000 classified cables released by Wikileaks at the State Department November 29.

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German Foreign Minister and vice-chancellor Guido Westerwelle gives a press conference to comment on WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables on November 29, 2010 in Berlin.
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Image 5 of 18:  5 / 18German Foreign Minister and vice-chancellor Guido Westerwelle gives a press conference to comment on WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables on November 29, 2010 in Berlin.

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A photo shows a US captain silhouetted at the Bagram prison, north of Kabul, during a media tour. leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.
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Image 6 of 18:  6 / 18A photo shows a US captain silhouetted at the Bagram prison, north of Kabul, during a media tour. leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

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Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in Tehran on the occasion of Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead 'within months' according to a memo released by WikiLeaks.
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Image 7 of 18:  7 / 18Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in Tehran on the occasion of Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead "within months" according to a memo released by WikiLeaks.

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published on November 28, 2010 by daily newspapers.
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Image 8 of 18:  8 / 18King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published on November 28, 2010 by daily newspapers.

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The Saudi king considers President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to progress in Pakistan, according to scathing comments reported by the New York Times in leaked US diplomatic cables on November 28, 2010.
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Image 9 of 18:  9 / 18The Saudi king considers President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to progress in Pakistan, according to scathing comments reported by the New York Times in leaked US diplomatic cables on November 28, 2010.

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Sarkozy miffed his hosts on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, avoiding local food, looking bored and aggressively promoting French business, a newly released US diplomatic cable revealed on December 1, 2010.
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Image 10 of 18:  10 / 18Sarkozy miffed his hosts on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, avoiding local food, looking bored and aggressively promoting French business, a newly released US diplomatic cable revealed on December 1, 2010.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talking while skiing in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi. US diplomats refer to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as a hesitant leader and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an 'alpha male'.
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Image 11 of 18:  11 / 18Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talking while skiing in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi. US diplomats refer to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as a hesitant leader and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an "alpha male".

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North Chinese officials are increasingly exasperated with close ally North Korea and some feel China's erratic neighbor is losing its strategic value for Beijing, according to leaked US documents.
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Image 12 of 18:  12 / 18North Chinese officials are increasingly exasperated with close ally North Korea and some feel China's erratic neighbor is losing its strategic value for Beijing, according to leaked US documents.

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This satellite image by the (FAS), shows the Khushab plutonium production reactor in Pakistan. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.
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Image 13 of 18:  13 / 18This satellite image by the (FAS), shows the Khushab plutonium production reactor in Pakistan. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

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Leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.
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Image 14 of 18:  14 / 18Leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

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P.Cristina Kirchner greeting supporters during the inauguration of the school 'President Nestor Kirchner' next to San Juan province Governor, Jose Luis Gioja. Argentine diplomats pointed out the seriousness of the US documents offending President Cristina Kirchner which were released by Wikileaks.
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Image 15 of 18:  15 / 18P.Cristina Kirchner greeting supporters during the inauguration of the school "President Nestor Kirchner" next to San Juan province Governor, Jose Luis Gioja. Argentine diplomats pointed out the seriousness of the US documents offending President Cristina Kirchner which were released by Wikileaks.

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Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (R) talking with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.
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Image 16 of 18:  16 / 18Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (R) talking with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.
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Image 17 of 18:  17 / 18Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.

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The 'Wanted' Interpol web page for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seen on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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Image 18 of 18:  18 / 18The "Wanted" Interpol web page for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seen on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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A file photo taken on November 4, 2010 shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange attending a press conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva.

Image 1 of 18A file photo taken on November 4, 2010 shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange attending a press conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva.

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The US State Department is seen on November 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton accused WikiLeaks of an'attack' on the world, as key American allies were left red-faced by embarrassing revelations in a vast trove of leaked memos.

Image 2 of 18The US State Department is seen on November 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton accused WikiLeaks of an"attack" on the world, as key American allies were left red-faced by embarrassing revelations in a vast trove of leaked memos.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks about the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department memos by the website Wikileaks, during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, November 29, 2010.

Image 3 of 18White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks about the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department memos by the website Wikileaks, during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, November 29, 2010.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the recent release of some 250,000 classified cables released by Wikileaks at the State Department November 29.

Image 4 of 18U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the recent release of some 250,000 classified cables released by Wikileaks at the State Department November 29.

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German Foreign Minister and vice-chancellor Guido Westerwelle gives a press conference to comment on WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables on November 29, 2010 in Berlin.

Image 5 of 18German Foreign Minister and vice-chancellor Guido Westerwelle gives a press conference to comment on WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables on November 29, 2010 in Berlin.

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A photo shows a US captain silhouetted at the Bagram prison, north of Kabul, during a media tour. leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

Image 6 of 18A photo shows a US captain silhouetted at the Bagram prison, north of Kabul, during a media tour. leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

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Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in Tehran on the occasion of Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead 'within months' according to a memo released by WikiLeaks.

Image 7 of 18Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in Tehran on the occasion of Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead "within months" according to a memo released by WikiLeaks.

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published on November 28, 2010 by daily newspapers.

Image 8 of 18King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published on November 28, 2010 by daily newspapers.

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The Saudi king considers President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to progress in Pakistan, according to scathing comments reported by the New York Times in leaked US diplomatic cables on November 28, 2010.

Image 9 of 18The Saudi king considers President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to progress in Pakistan, according to scathing comments reported by the New York Times in leaked US diplomatic cables on November 28, 2010.

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Sarkozy miffed his hosts on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, avoiding local food, looking bored and aggressively promoting French business, a newly released US diplomatic cable revealed on December 1, 2010.

Image 10 of 18Sarkozy miffed his hosts on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, avoiding local food, looking bored and aggressively promoting French business, a newly released US diplomatic cable revealed on December 1, 2010.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talking while skiing in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi. US diplomats refer to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as a hesitant leader and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an 'alpha male'.

Image 11 of 18Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talking while skiing in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi. US diplomats refer to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as a hesitant leader and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an "alpha male".

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North Chinese officials are increasingly exasperated with close ally North Korea and some feel China's erratic neighbor is losing its strategic value for Beijing, according to leaked US documents.

Image 12 of 18North Chinese officials are increasingly exasperated with close ally North Korea and some feel China's erratic neighbor is losing its strategic value for Beijing, according to leaked US documents.

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This satellite image by the (FAS), shows the Khushab plutonium production reactor in Pakistan. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

Image 13 of 18This satellite image by the (FAS), shows the Khushab plutonium production reactor in Pakistan. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

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Leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

Image 14 of 18Leaked American diplomatic cables revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces.

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P.Cristina Kirchner greeting supporters during the inauguration of the school 'President Nestor Kirchner' next to San Juan province Governor, Jose Luis Gioja. Argentine diplomats pointed out the seriousness of the US documents offending President Cristina Kirchner which were released by Wikileaks.

Image 15 of 18P.Cristina Kirchner greeting supporters during the inauguration of the school "President Nestor Kirchner" next to San Juan province Governor, Jose Luis Gioja. Argentine diplomats pointed out the seriousness of the US documents offending President Cristina Kirchner which were released by Wikileaks.

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Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (R) talking with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

Image 16 of 18Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (R) talking with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. Leaked memos exposed deep tensions between the United States and Pakistan on nuclear arms safety, and revealed how the army considered forcing out a president who dreads his own assassination.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.

Image 17 of 18Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.

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The 'Wanted' Interpol web page for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seen on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Image 18 of 18The "Wanted" Interpol web page for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seen on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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