WikiLeaks releases Kissinger cables

Agence France-Presse
Wikileaks releases 1.7 million US documents from the 1970s, including those sent by or to then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

KISSINGER CABLES. Wikileaks releases 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s, including those sent by or to then US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Screenshot from Wikileaks

LONDON, United Kingdom – Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Monday, April 8, published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s.

The website has collated a variety of records including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence and is releasing them in a searchable form.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has carried out much of the work from his refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London and told the domestic Press Association that the records highlighted the “vast range and scope” of US influence around the world.

Assange has been holed up in the tiny diplomatic mission for 9 months as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denies.

WikiLeaks sent shockwaves around the diplomatic world in 2010 when it released a set of more than 250,000 leaked US cables.

The new records, dating from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, have not been leaked and are available to view at the US national archives.

They include many communications which were sent by or to then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. 

Many of the documents, which WikiLeaks has called the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), are marked NODIS (no distribution) or Eyes Only, while others were originally marked as secret.

Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in June after losing his battle in the British courts against extradition to Sweden.

Ecuador granted him asylum in August but Britain has refused to allow him safe passage out of the country, sparking a diplomatic stalemate.

Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that enraged Washington by releasing cables and war logs relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in one of the biggest security breach in US history. – Rappler.com

 

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