Washington — A list drawn up by U.S. officials of companies and installations around the world regarded as “critical” to the security of the United States has been published online by controversial website WikiLeaks.
The list includes factories, ports, fuel companies, drug manufacturers, undersea cables, pipelines, communication hubs and a host of other “key resources.”
A Danish insulin plant, a company making anti-snake venom in Australia and a Cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo are also included.
Its publication was denounced as “irresponsible” by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley, amid fears it could be used as a list of targets by terrorists, Britain’s Times newspaper reported.
The document was drawn up after the State Department asked diplomats in February 2009 to identify “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States the incapacitation or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.”
The cable is marked “secret state … noforn, not for internet distribution.” “Noforn” means it should not be shown to foreign governments or other non-U.S. interests.