THOUSANDS OF UNPUBLISHED FILES have been deleted from whisleblowing web site Wikileaks, according to a former spokesman.
According to the BBC, Daniel Domscheit-Berg claimed to have "shredded" the files, telling German newspaper Der Spiegel that the documents included a copy of the complete US no-fly list.
The list contains the names of people who are banned from boarding planes in the US or bound for the US, based on suspected terrorist links or other security reasons.
Domscheit-Berg, who previously worked alongside Julian Assange until the pair had a high profile falling-out, supposedly took the files off Wikileaks' servers when he left the web site towards the end of 2010.
He said he deleted them to avoid their sources being compromised if the files were published.
Wikileaks confirmed the claims on Twitter. It said, "We can confirm that the DDB claimed destroyed data included a copy of the entire US no-fly list."
Wikileaks added that Domscheit-Berg had also deleted five gigabytes of data relating to Bank of America, the internal communications of 20 neo-Nazi organisations and US intercept information for "over a hundred internet companies".
Domscheit-Berg did not confirm the additional claims. µ
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