WikiLeaks cable prompts Ethiopia reporter to flee

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists says an Ethiopian reporter has fled the East African nation after being named in a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

The group says this is the first instance of a leaked cable causing direct repercussions for a journalist. They said late Wednesday that Argaw Ashine fled after being interrogated over the identity of a government source.

The 2009 U.S. cable says Argaw was told by the anonymous source that the government would target journalists from a newspaper that later closed after citing harassment and intimidation.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon says WikiLeaks should take responsibility for reducing risks to journalists named in its cables.

Two Ethiopian government spokesmen said the government did not pressure Argaw to disclose a source.