Buzzword enthusiasts would call this a “pivot”: infamous classified document release outlet, WikiLeaks, has developed a search engine for over 1.7 million historical diplomatic cables. The so-called “Kissinger Cables” span from 1973-1976, partly covering the leadership of controversial Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, containing “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,” claims WikiLeaks in a Sunday night press release.
“The government can’t be trusted with its own archives,” explains WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, justifying the shift from contemporary leaked cables to declassified (but obscure) documents. “One form of secrecy is complexity. That’s the reason why we decided to merge these files with our existing cables and put a lot of effort into making a user-friendly and accessible database.”
WikiLeaks claims that the government has repeatedly attempted to reclassify some of the documents, which were obtained from the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). WikiLeaks has named the database, the Public Library of United States Diplomacy or “Plus D”, for the sake of a convenient Twitter hashtag.
WikiLeaks hasn’t had any juicy anonymous submissions since 2010 and is clearly trying to remain relevant in the face of financial turmoil and the legal troubles of its leader, Julian Assange, who’s holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.
Perhaps the search engine will prove fruitful. If not, be a mensch and support anarchy with this fashionable line of WikiLeaks merchandise.