Monday, April 8, 2013

WikiLeaks launches 'PlusD' searchable repository

WikiLeaks is all about blowing whistle and releasing classified information about various governments "so readers and historians alike can see the evidence of the truth". Julian Assange, its founder, has already been the center of many legal battles and many countries and high ranking political figures have accused him of treason as well as demanded his assassination or extreme action against him. Now, WikiLeaks has launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD) which has been claimed to be "the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications". It holds about 2 million documents which amount to roughly 1 billion words which includes leaks, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and those released by the US Department systematic declassification review.

WikiLeaks, the international non-profit organization, has also published "The Kissinger Cables" - a collection of over 1.7 million US diplomatic records from 01.01.1973 to 31.12.1976 under the PlusD. They cover numerous intelligence reports, cables and congressional correspondence. Most noteworthy of these records relate to Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, and hence the name.

According to WikiLeaks, the collection totals roughly 700 words and the original PDFs mount to a total of 380 GB in size which include 320,000 originally classified documents, 227,000 confidential records and 61,000 secret cables. The Kissinger Cable is supposed to include "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels".


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