The U.S. today termed as “deeply disturbing” the release of secret cables by WikiLeaks and said the whistleblower website was “inviting” terrorist attacks from groups like the al-Qaeda by making public documents about some of the key infrastructures projects across the globe.

“Without discussing any particular cable, the release of this kind of information gives a group like al-Qaeda a targeting list. This is why we have condemned WikiLeaks for what it has done,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added that the release of documents possesses potential damage to U.S. friends and partners.

“The illegal publication of classified information poses real concerns and even potential damage to our friends and partners around the world,” she told reporters.

“I won’t comment on any specific alleged cable, but I will underscore that this theft of U.S. Government information and its publication without regard to the consequences is deeply distressing,” she said in response to a question.

She said the U.S. continues to address all of the challenges it presents and call on countries around the world and businesses to assist us in preventing any of the consequences that could either endanger individuals or other interests internationally.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the WikiLeaks was inviting terrorist attacks by releasing the cable that mention some of the key infrastructures projects across the globe identified by the U.S. as vital for its national security interest.

“There are strong and valid reasons for classifying vital information, including the identification of critical infrastructure that is important to not only our society and economy, but those of other countries,” he said.

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