Secret US Embassy Cables
Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.
The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments -- even the most corrupt -- around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.
The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of "The Iraq War Logs", the world's previously largest classified information release).
The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.
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15, 652 secret
Iraq most discussed country – 15,365 (Cables coming from Iraq – 6,677)
Ankara, Turkey had most cables coming from it – 7,918
From Secretary of State office - 8,017
According to the US State Departments labeling system, the most frequent subjects discussed are:
External political relations – 145,451
Internal government affairs – 122,896
Human rights – 55,211
Economic Conditions – 49,044
Terrorists and terrorism – 28,801
UN security council – 6,532
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18 Dec 2010 @ 07:54 by : Obviously...
Not too many people here at NCN are too interested in wikileaks. Or...am I wrong? Maybe there aren't too many people left at NCN? Could that be it? Or...
The mother ship came and got everyone and left little ol me behind? Yeah...
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20 Dec 2010 @ 15:49 by : Yup...
Something to look forward to, eh A-d... more war, war, war! Well, can't say we haven't been trying to wake up the dead. Now it's "told you so!" Nah, it's gonna be SERE for what it's worth.
Glad to see you're still hopping. I'd wish you a merry x-mas but I don't believe in the crud so I'll just hope that you gt through all this unscathed in in one piece.
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Great to see you here! Hope all is well. Thanks for everything... ~♥~