WikiLeaks Releases 1.7 Million New Secret Government Communications
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
WikiLeaks announced it would be hosting the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential diplomatic communications, and that it has even more confidential files to add to its collection.
The controversial whistle-blowing website rose to fame when founder Julian Assange announced that WikiLeaks would be going public with confidential government documents that it had obtained.
The site originally had a set of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables published from November 2010 and over the following year. WikiLeaks is now dramatically expanding its treasure trove of confidential government communications by adding another 1.7 million documents to its list.
The Public Library of United States Diplomacy (PlusD) is an effort to digitize two million confidential and formerly confidential documents, containing a total of a billion words in all.
“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,” WikiLeaks said.
The newly obtained documents, labeled “Kissinger Cables” are US diplomatic records for the period between 1973 and 1976, covering a variety of cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence. The Kissinger Cables were named after their connection to controversial US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
WikiLeaks said it has included more than 320,000 originally classified records, including 286,000 full US diplomatic cables, which are confidential message exchanges between a diplomatic mission and the foreign ministry of its parent country.
There are over 12,000 documents that bear the restriction “No Distribution” and more than 9,000 labeled “Eyes Only.” WikiLeaks also reportedly has its hands on another 61,000 cables labeled “SECRET” and 250,000 classified as “CONFIDENTIAL.”
WikiLeaks says not all records from 1973 to 1976 have been obtained because tens of thousands of documents were irreversibly corrupted due to technical errors, “or so the US Department of State claims.”
“This caused the content of the document to be lost, though the metadata is still available. These are often noted by an error message in the content of the document,” the site said.
The documents lost in this time frame include: from December 1, 1975 to December 15 1975; from March 8, 1976 to April 2, 1976; and from May 25, 1976 to July 1, 1976.
There were no “Top Secret” documents made available because the Department of State created printed copies of these documents for “preservation purposes” while permanently destroying the electronic versions.
When creating PlusD, WikiLeaks says it had to consider many spelling variants for certain search topics in order to make the database easier to look through.