Swedish daily to jointly publish WikiLeaks

Three major newspapers in northern Europe will join forces with a Norwegian paper to comb through about 250,000 cables originally exclusively handled by WikiLeaks' media partners, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet told AFP on Sunday.

Swedish daily to jointly publish WikiLeaks

Norwegian daily Aftenposten will share its findings with three major media outlets in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, Martin Jönsson, the executive director of Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, said on Sunday. The other two papers are Germany’s Die Welt and Denmark’s Politiken, he said.

The content was so voluminous that “it would be easier from a logistical point of view to work in a team,” Jönsson said. SvD and Aftenposten both belong to Norway’s Schibsted Media group.

The mounting number of media that have gotten their hands on the cables is undermining WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s strategy of tightly controlling how and where the documents it obtains appear.

The whistleblower website had originally reached a deal with five major newspapers, The New York Times, France’s Le Monde, Spain’s El Pais, The Guardian in Britain and Germany’s Der Spiegel, to gradually release the diplomatic cables.

The exact terms of the agreement are unknown. Aftenposten has refused to reveal how it obtained the database.

Since obtaining them late December, Aftenposten has published them regularly without marching in step with the slow release scripted by Assange. Svenska Dagbladet has so far published eight articles based on the secret data, its director said.

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