Britain condemns WikiLeaks infrastructure revelations

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Britain condemned Monday the release by WikiLeaks of a secret list of key global infrastructure compiled by the United States, saying such leaks were "damaging to national security".

A US diplomatic cable dated February 2009 includes the British locations of undersea cables, satellite systems and defence plants among key sites across the world considered vital to US security.

"We unequivocally condemn the unauthorised release of classified information," a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office said Monday.

"The leaks and their publication are damaging to national security in the United States, Britain and elsewhere. It is vital that governments are able to operate on the basis of confidentiality of information."

The leaks list three British sites owned by BAE Systems, and a spokeswoman for the defence firm said: "BAE Systems recognises its role as a custodian of key industrial and military assets.

"We would be concerned at any activity which compromises this."

© 2010 AFP

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