Wikileaks releases 1.7 million diplomatic cables from the 1970s
MOSCOW, April 8 – RAPSI, Ingrid Burke. Wikileaks has released 1.7 million new US diplomatic records, including cables, intelligence reports, and congressional correspondence dated between 1973 and 1976.
The records, collectively referred to as the Kissinger cables, are included in Wikileaks’ Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which, the organization contends, contains the largest searchable database of confidential or formerly confidential US diplomatic records in the world.
According to a statement published on the website Monday: “As of April 8, 2013 [PlusD] holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words. 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 founder and chief editor Julian Assange had announced last December that the organization had prepared upwards of a million documents to be released in the new year.
Speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy where he has holed up for nearly ten months, Assange boasted with his usual flare for drama, “WikiLeaks has already over a million documents being prepared to be released, documents that affect every country in the world. Every country in this world.”
Assange has gained international notoriety in recent years for having exposed scores of sensitive and secret documents via his website Wikileaks.
During the announcement in December, Assange explained the driving force behind the work of Wikileaks in terms of metaphorical skyscrapers and shanty towns: “Our buildings can only be as tall as their bricks are strong. And our civilization is only as strong as its ideas are true. When our buildings are erected by the corrupt. When their cement is cut with dirt. When pristine steel is replaced by scrap—our buildings are not safe to live in. And when our media is corrupt. When our academics are timid. When our history is filled with half truths and lies. Our civilization will never be just. It will never reach the sky. Our societies are intellectual shanty towns. Our beliefs about the world and each other have been created by same system that has lied us into repeated wars that have killed millions. You can’t build a sky scraper out of plasticine. And you can’t build a just civilization out of ignorance and lies.”