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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been warned by the US government

The US government has warned online whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of secret documents would put “countless” lives at risk, threaten anti-terror operations and jeopardise American relations with its allies.

In a letter sent to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the State Department’s top lawyer said publication of the documents could do massive harm to America’s standing by exposing secret military operations and revealing dissidents’ claims against foreign governments.

State Department legal adviser Harold Koh sent the message in response to a letter from Mr Assange and his lawyer in which they asked about the safety of people who might be named in the messages.

Mr Koh says the US would not co-operate or negotiate with WikiLeaks.

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