The messages were posted by an activist group called Wikileaks. The group says some of the messages were sent by federal
and local officials, but most appear to be from regular people,
including frantic New Yorkers trying to reach loved ones in and around
the World Trade Center, according to the Associated Press. Wikileaks says its goal is to promote transparency by putting leaked documents online.
In a statement, USA Mobility Inc., which in 2004 merged two of the companies, Arch and Metrocall systems, from which messages were leaked, said it was "troubled" by the "public disclosure" of these messages in what it calls a "clear violation of federal criminal law."