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WikiLeaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records
« on: April 08, 2013, 13:59:28 PM »
WikiLeaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records

Julian Assange says 1973-76 reports, including many by Henry Kissinger, show vast range and scope of US activity

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Julian Assange said WikiLeaks had been working for a year to analyse US national archives data. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

WikiLeaks has published more than 1.7m US records covering diplomatic or intelligence reports on every country in the world.

The data, which has not been leaked, comprises diplomatic records from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, covering a variety of diplomatic traffic including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence.

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks had been working for the past year to analyse and assess a vast amount of data held at the US national archives before releasing it in a searchable form.

WikiLeaks has called the collection the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), describing it as the world's largest searchable collection of US confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications.

Assange told Press Association the information showed the vast range and scope of US diplomatic and intelligence activity around the world.

Henry Kissinger was US secretary of state and national security adviser during the period covered by the collection, and many of the reports were written by him or were sent to him. Thousands of the documents are marked NODIS (no distribution) or Eyes Only, as well as cables originally classed as secret or confidential.

Assange said WikiLeaks had undertaken a detailed analysis of the communications, adding that the information eclipsed Cablegate, a set of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks from November 2010 and over the following year. He said WikiLeaks had developed sophisticated technical systems to deal with complex and voluminous data.

Top secret documents were not available, while some others were lost or irreversibly corrupted for periods including December 1975 and March and June 1976, said Assange.

He added that his mother, who lives in Australia, had told him he was being kept at the embassy "with nothing to do but work on WikiLeaks material".

Assange is confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought asylum in June after losing his legal attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted to answer allegations of rape and sexual assault against two women.

Assange denies the claims, and argues that he fears that if he was remanded in Sweden he would be at greater risk of extradition to the US to face potential prosecution for espionage relating to the WikiLeaks cable releases.



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Re: WikiLeaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 15:24:12 PM »
More on the Kissinger cables release:


WikiLeaks Releases 1.7 Million U.S. Diplomatic Records in the 'Kissinger Cables'

Stan Schroeder5 hours ago

WikiLeaks has announced the release of the "Kissinger Cables," a set of 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic records, dating from 1973 to 1976.

The Kissinger Cables are comprised of more than 1.3 million full diplomatic cables and 320,000 originally classified records, WikiLeaks claims. The collection also includes 205,901 records relating to former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger (hence the name).

All in all, the Kissinger Cables contain around 700 million words, which makes it five times as large as Cablegate — WikiLeaks' release of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables in November 2010.

"The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published," said WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

According to WikiLeaks, most of these records were reviewed by the U.S. Department of State's 25-year declassification process, but their declassification is "running 12 years late."

The release is a part of WikiLeaks' launch of the "WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD)," a searchable collection of U.S. "confidential or formerly confidential" diplomatic communications. WikiLeaks claims it now holds 2 million records comprised of around 1 billion words.

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 15:56:12 PM »
~ Wikileaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records ~

*Wikileaks says it has created the world's largest searchable collection of US diplomatic documents*

- Wikileaks has published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s.

They include allegations that former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman in an arms deal and the first impressions of eventual British PM Margaret Thatcher.

The documents have not been leaked and are available to view at the US national archives.

Wikileaks says it is releasing the documents in searchable form.

Much of the work has been carried out by the website's founder Julian Assange while he has been holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy last June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two female ex-Wikileaks supporters in 2010.

He denies the allegations, and has said they are politically motivated and part of a smear campaign against him and his whistle-blowing website.

Wikileaks made headlines around the world in 2010 after it released more than 250,000 leaked US cables

- 'Trifle patronising' -

Mr Assange told Britain's Press Association that the latest collection, entitled the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), reveal the "vast range and scope" of US diplomatic activity around the world.

The data comprises diplomatic cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence running from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976.

Much of the correspondence is either written by or sent to Henry Kissinger, who was US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser during that period.

It includes claims, being widely reported by the Indian media, that Rajiv Gandhi - of India's most famous political family - was employed by the Swedish firm Saab-Scandia as it tried to sell its Viggen fighter jet to India.

Mr Gandhi was working as a commercial pilot and not in politics himself at the time.

A US diplomat is quoted in a February 1976 cable as saying: "We would have thought a transport pilot is not the best expert to rely upon in evaluating a fighter plane, but then we are speaking of a transport pilot who has another and perhaps more relevant qualification."

Rajiv Gandhi became prime minister in 1984 and was assassinated in 1991.

Saab-Scandia did not win its bid to sell Viggen fighter jets to India; the contract went to Britain's Jaguar planes.

Another cable, dated February 1975, from London sets out "some first impressions" of new leader of the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday.

The diplomat wrote that "she has a quick, if not profound, mind, and works hard to master the most complicated brief".

She is "crisp and a trifle patronizing" with the media, but "honest and straight-forward" with her colleagues, "if not excessively considerate of their vanities", the diplomat wrote.

"The personification of a British middle class dream come true," she is the "genuine voice of a beleaguered bourgeoise [sic], anxious about its eroding economic power and determined to arrest society's seemingly inexorable trend towards collectivism", the cable said.

The diplomat noted she had "acquired a distinctively upper middle class personal image", which might damage her chances of becoming prime minister, but said she should not be underestimated.

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