On December 6, 2010, the whistle-blowing organization Wikileaks has published a list of places "vital to U.S. security." The latest release hit the Internet following the massive wave of controversy surrounding last week's release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.
The most recent list states key areas determined by the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as "critical" places throughout the world the U.S. has listed as key sites "to prevent, deter, neutralize, or mitigate the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit them; and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency." The list includes: the Panama Canal, an insulin plant in Denmark, satellite communication sites throughout the United Kingdom, the Ludwigshafen plant of BASF chemicals in Germany, Qatar's Ras Laffen Industrial Center, a cobalt mine in the Congo, a chromite mine in South Africa, a maganese pit in Gabon, vaccine factories in Belgium, oil pipelines in Georgia, and the Abqaiq Processing Center in Saudi Arabia.
The Obama administration has condemned Wikileaks latest release. Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson defended the leak, insisting: "In terms of security issues, while this cable details the strategic importance of assets across the world, it does not give any information as to their exact locations, security measures, vulnerabilities, or any similar factors."