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Posted: April 8th, 2013
WikiLeaks releases the Kissinger Cables

The press release on the WikiLeaks website says:

“The Kissinger Cables are part of today’s launch of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which holds the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of its launch on April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words.

WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange stated: “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.”

What’s this mean? Over the next week, various media outlets will be reporting their findings, including revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco’s Spain and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels. The whistle-blowing site calls the release of 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic records, dating from 1973 to 1976., “the most significant body of geopolitical material ever published.”

Julian Assange, who has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorean embassy for nine months, claims that the CIA and other agencies have attempted to reclassify or withhold sections of the US National Archives. In November last year when the Archive censored all searches for ‘WikiLeaks‘ from its records.

Assange says “the US administration cannot be trusted to maintain the history of its interactions with the world, but fortunately, an organization with an unbroken record in resisting censorship attempts now has a copy.”

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