After a promise from Wikileaks that a pending release of confidential documents will be 'seven times' the size of the Iraq war papers, the US alerted the Israeli government of likely embarrassments.
The United States has alerted the Israeli government that a massive release of intercepted documents from the Wikileaks organization could cause embarrassment between the two nations. The move was designed to prepare Israel's publicity wing for contingency communications, though it is not yet publicly known what exactly will be exposed.
"The Americans said they view the leak very seriously," an anonymous Israeli official told Haaretz. "They don't know when they will be released on the Internet and what exactly they say, but they didn't want us to read about it in the newspapers."
In October, Wikileaks released 391,832 documents - known as "The Iraq War Logs" - the largest classified military leak in history. The release caused a fanfare of scorn from intelligence and military interests and praise among those seeking open information.
The Iraq War Logs showcased documents pulled from soldier reports over a five-year period from 2004 to 2009.
The new Wikileaks release is expected to be "seven times" the size of the Iraq War Logs.
"The cables date from the past five years and include media reports, talks with politicians, government officials and journalists, as well as evaluations and various analyses by American diplomats regarding their host countries," Haaretz reported.