The WikiLeaks Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy, better known as just Wikileaks, is an international, non-profit organization that publishes classified and formerly classified diplomatic communications of the United States. Readers are able to navigate through thousands of national troves, making WikiLeaks a reliable historic database that includes a helpful “Text search” function that can narrow search results. This creates an exploratory opportunity that anyone, including Bellevue College students, can embark on by reading and applying messages to prevalently known history. The works can help formulate a creative essay, a business report of the past, or can even help a writer create a historically relevant, controversial plot setting. The most recent additions to the WikiLeaks collection are the Kissinger Cables, which uncover thousands of international communications and propositions related to Henry A. Kissinger, the former U.S. secretary of state who famously said that, “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” These documents are significant simply due to their sheer number, comprising not only the largest collection on Wikileaks, but actually five times more bytes of data then the entire Wikileaks Archive up to this point in time.
“The collection covers U.S. involvement in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on earth,” WikiLeaks reveals on its website, and declares it to be “the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published.”
Wikileaks is working in partnership with media outlets to peruse the immense wall of text that comprises the cables, keen on finding information on, “significant revelations about U.S. 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,” as well as anything else that might be buried in the 700 million words, 250,000 documents originally classified as “confidential”, 61,000 labeled as “secret”, 12,000 labeled NODIS which means no distribution whatsoever to anyone, and 9,000 labeled Eyes Only, so intensely secret it is to never be discussed with anyone for any reason. This is despite significant and well-documented effort on the part of the CIA since the Bush II administration to reclassify documents before reaching the light of day, therefor burying them in larger masses of text.
The historic content now held by WikiLeaks represents a shift in their focus of publication, which has been traditionally used to feature leaked material primarily related to contemporary news, that is, cherry picking the seemingly significant information and letting the rest fade away. The information has yet to be thoroughly analyzed because of its sheer bulk, but just a little personal reading does not fail to include shocking details and revelations.
It is important to note, if you do peruse the information gathered for you, the casual manner in which crimes against the constitution or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are discussed within the telegrams, crimes perpetuated by people put in power to uphold the very laws and standards they mutilate. As ever, this should be a warning to those who place criminals in power, accidentally or not.