Hackers Paralyze Hezbollah-linked Web Site for Publishing WikiLeaks Cables

WikiLeaks gave the the privately owned Al-Akhbar an advance copy of secret U.S. diplomatic documents, and the paper has been publishing the cables since last week.

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The web site of a newspaper affiliated Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has been shut down following a hacker attack, apparently over its publishing of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, an editor with the daily said Thursday.

Omar Nashabe said he doesn't want to speculate who is behind what he called the most serious attack on the Al-Akhbar newspaper since it was established in 2006.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a video link for the occasion of Jerusalem Day in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010.Credit: AP

WikiLeaks gave the the privately owned Al-Akhbar an advance copy of secret U.S. diplomatic documents, and the paper has been publishing the cables since last week.

On Thursday, the paper published a document about corruption in the North African Arab nation of Tunisia. The U.S. memo focused on alleged corruption inside President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's family.

Last week, Al-Akhbar printed another diplomatic cable saying that Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr offered U.S. officials advice on how Israel could defeat Hezbollah in a future war. The memo also said Murr vowed to keep the Lebanese army out of the fighting.

Murr's office denied he had made the comments, and said the report was out of context and inaccurate.

Nashabe, the editor, said the paper is trying to reactivate the website and plans to investigate the attack. He says the website has been inaccessible since about 4 A.M. on Thursday.

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