WikiLeaks reveals cable identifying 'sensitive sites'
U.S. officials expressed outrage Monday after WikiLeaks released a State Department cable that listed sites around the world whose "loss" could "critically impact" the health, communications, economy or security of the United States.
The cable, from February 2009, was part of an effort to compile an international list of infrastructure sites for the Department of Homeland Security, which maintains a similar database of domestic sites it seeks to protect from terrorist attack.
The State Department cable listed many obvious sites -- various countries' dams, bridges, mines, underwater communication cables and oil pipelines. But it also identified specific factories that are key producers of vaccines and weapons parts.
"This is really irresponsible. It is tantamount to giving a group like al-Qaeda a targeting list," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.
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