State database flaws possibly linked to WikiLeaksd

Monday - 1/3/2011, 4:16pm EST

What does the State Department's database Net-Centric Diplomacy have to do with WikiLeaks?

Investigators say the site played a critical role.

In the wake of rapid sharing of information at the Pentagon, Net-Centric became an inadvertent repository for a vast array of State Department cables, including records of the U.S. government's most sensitive discussions with foreign leaders and diplomats.

The Washington Post reports like many bureaucratic inventions, it expanded beyond what its creators had imagined. It also contained risks that no one foresaw.

The database lacked features to detect the unauthorized downloading by Pentagon employees and others of massive amounts of data. The result was a disastrous setback for U.S. diplomatic efforts around the globe.

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