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Wikileaks Debuts Online Library of US Diplomatic Information

Wikileaks has published online more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s that were already declassified and available from the US government. They are archived in searchable form, which observers say makes the digitized information more accessible. The documents are in the Wikileaks’ Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which includes diplomatic cables, intelligence reports, and congressional correspondence from 1973 to 1976, many written to or sent from Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state and national security adviser. Several media outlets have said this is a sign of Wikileaks editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange getting soft. “Not so long ago, Wikileaks represented the world’s most radical group of investigative journalists. Lately, Julian Assange’s organization has been acting more like radical librarians,” Forbes noted. “The shift towards older documents may be a result in part of Wikileaks’ lack of an anonymous submission system since late 2010.” In the past, government officials and others accused Assange of irresponsibly releasing secret documents, saying this could cause serious national security and other problems. Assange has said releasing such original documents is important so that individuals can see some of the hidden, harmful things their governments are doing. (BBC)(Forbes)(The International Business Times)(The Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD))

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