Wikileaks Releases PlusD and The Kissinger Cables

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“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” — Henry A. Kissinger, US Secretary of State, March 10, 1975.

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Henry Kissinger

by Courtney Harrop
Political Fail Blog
April 8, 2013

Wikileaks has announced the release of “Special Project K: The Kissinger Cables” as part of the launch of a new online, interactive public library, called the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy, or “PlusD”. The library contains sophisticated search tools, as well as the ability to map, graph and track trends throughout the cables. According to the press release:

“The Kissinger Cables are part of today’s launch of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which holds the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of its launch on April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words.

 

WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange stated: “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.

 

The Kissinger Cables comprise more than 1.7 million US diplomatic records for the period 1973 to 1976, including 205,901 records relating to former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Dating from January 1, 1973 to December 31, 1976 they cover a variety of diplomatic traffic including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence. They include more than 1.3 million full diplomatic cables and 320,000 originally classified records. These include more than 227,000 cables classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” and 61,000 cables classified as “SECRET”. Perhaps more importantly, there are more than 12,000 documents with the sensitive handling restriction “NODIS” or ‘no distribution’, and more than 9,000 labelled “Eyes Only”.

 

At around 700 million words, the Kissinger Cables collection is approximately five times the size of WikiLeaks’ Cablegate. The raw PDF data is more than 380 Gigabytes in size and is the largest WikiLeaks publication to date.”

 

You can view the full press release HERE.

Here are some links to view and peruse the library:

Map: http://wikileaks.org/plusd/map

Timegraph: http://wikileaks.org/plusd/graph

On Monday Apr 8th at 9am, there will be  a press conference announcing Special Project K, at the National Press Club in Washington.

WikiLeaks Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is available for interviews after the press conference. Please make arrangements with Melanie Lerardi MIerardi@press.org or +1 (202) 662 7502 Alternatively you can call Kristinn directly on +3548217121 or email sunshinepress@this.is

About the Author:

Courtney Harrop is a freelance journalist/photographer and live broadcaster, covering social justice, politics, activism, police brutality/violence, and other news and photo worthy events. Courtney has had her work featured in places such as the Huffington Post, Fog City Journal, GroundedTV, Photographers Without Borders, and CJMP 90.1FM. East coast raised, west coast destined, Courtney has a passion for all things visual, investigative journalism, research projects, cookies, and a good cup of coffee, preferably with chocolate. Follow me on twitter!
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