KESHAV P. KOIRALA
KATHMANDU: After leaking a cache of confidential United States documents on international backstage diplomacy on Sunday‚ whistle-blower website Wikileaks is preparing to publicise hundreds of cables from the US mission in Kathmandu.
The recent Wikileaks catch includes as many as 2278 documents related to or from Nepal‚ all of them originating from the US Embassy in Kathmandu from February 1‚ 2005 to February 25‚ 2010.
The documents are tagged with several keywords like Government of Nepal‚ political parties‚ U.S.-Nepali relations‚ India relations‚ Tibetan refugees‚ Human Rights‚ UN‚ Maoist insurgency‚ Bhutanese refugees‚ and acronyms like NP‚ IN‚ PINS‚ PTER‚ CASC‚ PGOV‚ MOPS.
They are expected to be released in a few months.
However‚ no details about the documents are immediately availabe on the website.
The whistle-blower website had provided 2‚51‚287 cables--including 2‚278 from the U.S. mission in Kathmandu‚ 3‚038 from India‚ 3‚325 from Colombo and 2‚220 from Islamabad-- to The The New York Times.
According to the news agencies‚ many of the documents are unclassified‚ and none are marked ´top secret.´
The Times said that the cables are the daily message traffic between the State Department and more than 270 U.S. diplomatic outposts around the world. The newspaper said that in its reporting‚ it attempted to exclude information that would endanger confidential informants or compromise national security.