Wikileaks publishes 1.7 million US diplomatic records

Posted on April 8, 2013 11:33 am

Mr Julian Assange founded whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has this morning published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s.The website collated a variety of records including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence and is releasing them in a searchable form. WikiLeaks came into global limelight three years ago when it released a set of more than 250,000 leaked US cables. In todays’ latest development, Mr Assange did much of the work from Ecuador’s embassy in London where he has been holed up for almost a year. Many of the documents, which WikiLeaks has called the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), are marked NODIS (no distribution) or Eyes Only, while others were originally marked as secret. Mr Assange said the records highlighted the vast range and scope of US influence around the world at the time. The new records, dates back from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, have not been leaked and are available to view at the US national archives and include communications sent by or to then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Mr Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that released cables and war logs relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in what US said was one of the biggest security breach in its history.  The collection published today has not been leaked. However, according to information available on wikileaks, Mr Assange reveals that together with his team, they have been working for the past year to analyze and assess a vast amount of data held at the US national archives before releasing it in a searchable form. Mr Assange added that WikiLeaks had developed sophisticated technical systems to deal with complex and voluminous data. Most sough after secret documents were not available, while some others were lost or irreversibly corrupted for periods including December 1975 and March and June 1976 according to Mr Assange. The Australian also added that his mother, who lives back home in Australia, had told him he was being kept at the Ecuadorian embassy with nothing to do but work on WikiLeaks material. Personally, I don’t expect the latest leaked diplomatic cables to send shockwaves across the diplomatic circles but am certain there will be stormy response from ‘grandfather’ of the universe.

Contador Harrison