8 April 2013
WikiLeaks Project K - Release of Kissinger Cables
From: "Sunshine Press"
Date: Apr 7, 2013 7:37 PM
Subject: WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE | THE KISSINGER CABLES OVER 1.3 MILLION
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WIKILEAKS SPECIAL PROJECT K: THE KISSINGER CABLES
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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
THE KISSINGER CABLES
"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer."
-- Henry A. Kissinger, US Secretary of State, March 10, 1975:
The Kissinger Cables comprise more than 1.7 million US diplomatic records
for the period 1973 to 1976, including 205,901 records relating to former
US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Dating from January 1, 1973 to
December 31, 1976 they cover a variety of diplomatic traffic including cables,
intelligence reports and congressional correspondence. They include more
than 1.3 million full diplomatic cables and 320,000 originally classified
records. These include more than 227,000 cables classified as "CONFIDENTIAL"
and 61,000 cables classified as "SECRET". Perhaps more importantly, there
are more than 12,000 documents with the sensitive handling restriction "NODIS"
or 'no distribution', and more than 9,000 labelled "Eyes Only".
At around 700 million words, the Kissinger Cables collection is approximately
five times the size of WikiLeaks' Cablegate. The raw PDF data is more than
380 Gigabytes in size and is the largest WikiLeaks publication to date.
WikiLeaks' media partners will be reporting throughout the week on their
findings. These include significant revelations about US involvements with
fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain
(including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime
of the Colonels.
The documents also contain hourly diplomatic reporting on the 1973 war between
Israel, Egypt and Syria (the "Yom Kippur war"). While several of these documents
have been used by US academic researchers in the past, the Kissinger Cables
provides unparalleled access to journalists and the general public.
Most of the records were reviewed by the United States Department of State's
systematic 25-year declassification process. At review, the records were
assessed and either declassified or kept classified with some or all of the
metadata records declassified. Both sets of records were then subject to
an additional review by the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA). Once believed to be releasable, they were placed as individual PDFs
at the National Archives as part of their Central Foreign Policy Files
collection. Despite the review process supposedly assessing documents after
25 years there are no diplomatic records later than 1976. The formal
declassification and review process of these extremely valuable historical
documents is therefore currently running 12 years late.
The form in which these documents were held at NARA was as 1.7 million individual
PDFs. To prepare these documents for integration into the PlusD collection,
WikiLeaks obtained and reverse-engineered all 1.7 million PDFs and performed
a detailed analysis of individual fields, developed sophisticated technical
systems to deal with the complex and voluminous data and corrected a great
many errors introduced by NARA, the State Department or its diplomats, for
example harmonizing the many different ways in which departments, capitals
and people's names were spelt. All our corrective work is referenced and
available from the links in the individual field descriptions on the PlusD
text search interface:
RECLASSIFICATION ATTEMPTS THWARTED
The CIA and other agencies have attempted to reclassify or withhold sections
of the US National Archives. Detailed minutes of US State Department meetings
show that these attempts, which originated under the Bush II administration,
have continued on through until at least 2009. A 2006 analysis by the US
National Security Archives, an independent non-governmental research institute
and library located at George Washington University, found that 55,000 pages
had been secretly reclassified.
The censorship of the US National Archives was thrown into stark relief in
November last year when the Archive censored all searches for 'WikiLeaks'
from its records. See
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' publisher, said: "The US administration cannot
be trusted to maintain the history of its interactions with the world.
Fortunately, an organisation with an unbroken record in resisting censorship
attempts now has a copy."
MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS REPORTING THIS WEEK
Australia - Fairfax (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Canberra Times and
the Australian Fianancial Review)
Argentina - Pagina 12
Brazil - Publica
Bulgaria - Bivol
Egypt - Al Masry Al Youm
Greece - Ta Nea
Guatemala - Plaza Publica
Haiti - Haiti Liberte
India - The Hindu
Italy - L'Espresso
Italy - La Repubblica
Lebanon - Al Akhbar
Mexico - La Jornada
Spain - Publico
Sweden - Aftonbladet
UK - Press Association
US - Associated Press
US - The Nation
WikiLeaks Special Project K: concerning the United States, Latin America,
the Middle East, Africa, Central and South East Asia, Europe and the Pacific,
with special focus on Israel, Russia, India, Japan, South Africa, France
and Francophone Africa.
The National Press Club
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Monday April 8th at 9am (Washington time)
WikiLeaks Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is available for interviews after
the press conference please make arrangements with Melanie Lerardi (
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you can call Kristinn directly on +354
821 7121 or email
WIKILEAKS AND JULIAN ASSANGE
After WikiLeaks' publication of Pentagon and State Department documents in
2010, the White House launched a multi-agency investigation into WikiLeaks
and its publisher Julian Assange. The investigation includes the Department
of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, the State Department, the CIA and the Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA) among others. The DoJ / FBI investigation is ongoing,
as is its associated Grand Jury in Alexandria, Virginia, which is headed
up by District Attorney Neil McBride, a current candidate for the FBI
A number of senior political figures in the United States have called for
the assassination, extraordinary rendition or kidnapping of Julian Assange
and other WikiLeaks staff and for the execution of WikiLeaks US sources:
The Grand Jury has coercively forced numerous people to give testimony in
secret and to do so without the presence of a judge or defence lawyer. The
actions of the Grand Jury, including issuing PATRIOT Act 'subpoenas' against
Twitter, Google and other companies, is the subject of ongoing legal
On 1 February this year, the Associated Press reported that the FBI was
conducting an illegal investigation into WikiLeaks' activities in Iceland.
This investigation was discovered by the Icelandic Minister of the Interior,
Ögmundur Jónasson, who ordered the FBI to leave and issued a
formal diplomatic protest to the United States.
Julian Assange, an Australian, was granted political asylum on 19 August
2012 by the government of Ecuador. He remains under their protection in the
Embassy of Ecuador in London. British police have surrounded the embassy
and the British government admits to spending more than $4.5 million on this
policing presence so far. Contrary to international law, the United Kingdom
refuses to grant Julian Assange safe passage to Ecuador, saying that he must
be extradited to Sweden to answer questions. He has not been charged with
an offence in either country and the chief of the Swedish Supreme Court says
there is no legal reason why Swedish police cannot go to London should they
wish to speak to him.
By 8 April 2013 Julian Assange will have been imprisoned, detained under
house arrest in the United Kingdom, and unable to leave the protective custody
of the Ecuadorian Embassy for a total of 854 days.
On 11 April 2013 a feature film about Julian Assange in his formative years
will open the Washington DC International Film Festival:
Julian Assange is a popular figure in his native Australia, where he is running
for the Australian Senate. The latest poll, by Labour party polling outfit
UMR, showed he had 27 per cent of the voting intention:
For further information see:
and https//usvwikileaks.org/ and
An alleged WikiLeaks source, intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, now aged
25, was arrested on 26 May 2010 by US Army investigators. Manning was detained
under extreme conditions in Kuwait and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
The United Nations Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez formally found these
conditions to amount to "cruel and abusive treatment" akin to torture. Judge
Denise Lind of the US military court found that his conditions were illegal.
After the resignation of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
P. J. Crowley over the issue, Manning was transferred to Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas, and the Quantico barracks were decommissioned. Mr. Manning's defence
team said that the abusive treatment may have been in order to break Mr.
Manning into turning State's witness against WikiLeaks publisher Julian
By 8 April 2013 Bradley Manning will have been detained without trial for
1049 days, the longest detention without trial of a US soldier in modern
history. His trial is said by Guantanamo beat reporters to be more secret
than the military commissions held against al Qaeda suspects. It is scheduled
for 2 June 2013 at Fort Meade, Maryland. WikiLeaks, the Center for Constitutional
Rights and more than 30 other media organizations have filed suit against
the US military for the abuse of secrecy used in prosecuting the case.
ECONOMIC CENSORSHIP: BANKING BLOCKADE
After documented political pressure, including from Senator Joseph Lieberman
and Congressman Peter T. King, VISA, MasterCard, Bank of America, PayPal,
Western Union, AMEX, Diners Club, Discover and JCB erected an extra-legal
banking blockade against the WikiLeaks organization and its donors. The blockade
is the subject of ongoing litigation and a resolution by the European Parliament.
It has been condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom
of Expression, Frank La Rue, the New York Times, Reporters Without Borders,
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, the Council of
Europe, and numerous other organizations.
The fiscal blockade against WikiLeaks is similar to that conducted against
the central banks of Cuba and Iran, however, unlike these two countries,
the WikiLeaks blockade is being conducted with no known legal or administrative
basis. In fact, the US Secretary of the Treasury found in early 2011 that
there was no legal reason to place WikiLeaks under a US embargo. Due to the
market dominance of VISA, MasterCard and PayPal, the extra-legal action has
cut off 95 per cent of WikiLeaks' income stream, costing the organization
more than $50 million dollars.
All litigation to date has been won by WikiLeaks and its partners, but the
blockade continues. An appeal, lodged by Valitor (Visa Iceland) is to be
heard by the Icelandic Supreme Court on April 15, 2013.
BREAKING THE BLOCKADE: THE US FREEDOM OF THE PRESS FOUNDATION
In December 2012 Daniel Ellsberg, John Cusack, John Perry Barlow, Glenn Greenwald
and others launched the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which allows US
citizens to bypass the blockade to make tax-deductable and anonymous donations
to WikiLeaks. For more information go to: See
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