US diplomats have been hard at work trying to control the fallout from the imminent release of close to three million confidential documents by the website Wikileaks.
The US state department has been briefing world leaders on the content of the diplomatic communiques.
Washington is furious that such documents will come into the public domain. They are believed to contain blunt appraisals by embassy staff on foreign governments and world leaders, and have the potential to damage relations between the US and its allies.
It is not the first time Wikileaks has tweaked Washington’s nose, the website has previously released sensitive details of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US has complained that such information puts lives at risk on the ground and called on Wikileaks to return any documents to their rightful owners.