Wikileaks launches publicly searchable library of US ‘cables’
apr 2013 15

Wikileaks have organised their controversial ‘Cablegate’ logs alongside a further 1.7 million diplomatic files from the 1970s into a searchable public database called The Wikileaks Public Library of US Diplomacy, or PlusD. The new ‘Kissinger Cables’, dating from 1973 to 1976, have already led to a number of front page stories around the world and were previously available through the US national archives, although not as easily accessible, Julian Assange told a press conference today. The files were “technically in the public domain,” said Julian Assange, speaking via video link to the press conference in Washington, “but not practically available in a way that the public would be able to make sense of.” He also described the database as “the single most significant geopolitical publication that has ever existed.”The project, which has been a year in the making, was presented by Assange and Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson as a reaction to the process of “reclassification” of initially declassified documents.