WikiLeaks publishes 1.7 million "Kissinger Cables"

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Published Monday, April 8, 2013

International whistle-blower website WikiLeaks announced on Monday the release of 1.7 million confidential, or formerly confidential, US diplomatic and intelligence records dated from 1973 to 1976.

The documents, most of which are contained in the US National Archives but are difficult to obtain, include revelations over US support of South American and European dictators, and provide details on the 1973 October War, among other topics relating to the time period.

The new collection, dubbed the "Kissinger Cables" after then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, is the largest group of documents from the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy database, which now contains about 2 million formerly classified documents.

"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 chief Julian Assange said in a statement.

WikiLeaks is partnering with Al-Akhbar and over a dozen other media organizations around the world to report on the documents.

Coverage of the cables is set to begin following a WikiLeaks news conference in Washington DC at 9:00 am local time, or 4:00 pm Beirut time.

The records, dating from 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1976, include diplomatic cables, intelligence reports and congressional communiques.

Among the documents, 61,000 are branded as “SECRET,” 12,000 are labelled “NODIS” to indicate no distribution, and more than 9,000 of of the most sensitive cables are classified “Eyes Only.”

The organization says the Kissinger Cables collection is five times larger than the over-250,000 document Cablegate collection, which triggered international panick when they were published in 2010.

Al-Akhbar has previously partnered with WikiLeaks to translate and publish thousands of diplomatic cables relating to the July 2006 War, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Syrian conflict.



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