WikiLeaks to release more US diplomatic records

Apr 08, 2013
Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks says it will publish on Monday more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s, founder Julian Assange revealed.

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks was on Monday to publish more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s, founder Julian Assange revealed.

The website has collated a variety of records including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence and is releasing them in a searchable form.

Assange has carried out much of the work from his refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London and told the domestic Press Association that the records highlighted the "vast range and scope" of US influence around the world.

Assange has been holed up in the tiny diplomatic mission for nine months as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denies.

sent around the diplomatic world in 2010 when it released a set of more than 250,000 leaked US cables.

The new records, dating from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, have not been leaked and are available to view at the US . They include many communications which were sent by or to then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

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.

Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in June after losing his battle in the British courts against to Sweden.

Ecuador granted him asylum in August but Britain has refused to allow him safe passage out of the country, sparking a diplomatic stalemate.

Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that enraged Washington by releasing cables and war logs relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in one of the biggest in US history.

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geokstr
3.2 / 5 (5) Apr 08, 2013
Funny how wikileaks can publish millions of classified documents from the most free and open country in the world, but never has anything to reveal from Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or any of the other totalitarian regimes which actually do have ambitious plans for expansion of their power. None from any Muslim countries either like Egypt, Iran, Syria or other religious destabilizing forces either.

Hmmmm....
Frostiken
2.4 / 5 (5) Apr 08, 2013
Man wants people to face trial for their covered up crimes.

Man gets accused of rape, runs from the police and hides in an embassy to avoid facing trial for his crime.

What a hypocrite.

geokstr has a point. Wikileaks has basically evolved to a 'smear the US' site. He released 250,000 cables, 99% of which were irrelevant, and the other 1% weren't even that interesting the first place.

Yes, release 1.7 million more. I don't think people care anymore. Wikileaks damaged its reputation with the cable leaks. There's a huge difference between Karen Silkwood and Deep Throat, and doing what is effectively opening a random file cabinet, dumping it all in a pile, and calling it 'whistleblowing'.
gwrede
3 / 5 (2) Apr 08, 2013
Many of the other countries don't keep much of their records on computers, making it that much harder to copy and export files.

But still, I agree, Assange and Wikileaks do seem to be targeting the US. My understanding is that this is because "America" seems to think it owns the world. Throwing governments and killing leaders of other countries are only some of the things the US does. Other ways of manipulating domestic affairs and outcomes in other countries are also everyday stuff.

I can imagine Assange &Co having a serious problem with one single country using the entire globe as their back yard.

I guess the idea is, if enough stuff becomes public, and if the American mind set can be changed to understand that everything they do or write in their files has the potential of becoming public, the Americans would become less cavalier in their actions and attitudes.

rwinners
5 / 5 (1) Apr 08, 2013
From the '70s? This is just fodder to feed the conspiracy theorists' hunger pangs. Not much of it can matter 40 years later.
geokstr
1 / 5 (2) Apr 09, 2013
From the '70s? This is just fodder to feed the conspiracy theorists' hunger pangs. Not much of it can matter 40 years later.

Hey, maybe some of them will reveal the exact address of that stage in Arizona where they filmed the moon landings, or contain videos of the autopsy of the alien recovered from the crashed UFO, or even the name of the guy on the grassy knoll.