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United States diplomatic cables leak

Post  tungduong_9102 on Fri 3 Dec 2010 - 8:59

The United States diplomatic cables leak began on 28 November 2010 when the website WikiLeaks and five major newspapers published a cache of confidential documents that detail correspondence between the U.S. State Department and its diplomatic missions around the world. The publication of the U.S. embassy cables is the third in a series of U.S. classified document "megaleaks" distributed by WikiLeaks in 2010, following the Afghan War documents leak in July, and the Iraq War documents leak in October. The first 291 of the 251,287 documents were published on 28 November, with simultaneous press coverage from El País (Spain), Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), The Guardian (United Kingdom), and The New York Times (United States).[1][2] Over 130,000 of the documents are unclassified; none are classified as "top secret" on the classification scale; some 100,000 are labeled "confidential"; and about 15,000 documents have the higher classification "secret".[1][3] WikiLeaks plans to release the entirety of the cables in phases over several months.[2]

The cables describe international affairs from 274 embassies dated from 1966–2010. The content includes diplomatic analysis of world leaders, an assessment of host countries, and discussion about many international and domestic issues, from the Middle East to nuclear disarmament, from the War on Terror to attempts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

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