Cablegate: Where to view the cables

The flood of news about wikileaks is kind of hard to keep up with. The cables were released Sunday. U.S. politicians are asking that Wikileaks be designated a terror organization. In an interview with Forbes, Julian Assange announced his next leak (documents showing the inner workings of a major American Bank). Iran’s president  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  says “Ha Ha, very funny, Americans” and thinks the leaks are just a worldwide episode of Punk’d.

All of this non-stop Wikieaks excitement is almost overshadowing that face the cables are out there, on the internet, for anyone to read. Look at this post as your one-stop shop for where you can find the cables so you can focus more on finding what’s in them than all the other not as interesting stuff…like Interpol adding Assange to their online list of wanted fugitives.

So here are the places I’ve been reading/searching through them. I have the feeling stories will be coming from these for a while. Maybe you’ll be able to find something juicy before someone else does.

[UPDATE 11:48 a.m.]: The Guardian has created a twitter page specifically on coverage of the cables @GdnCables

[UPDATE Dec 3  2:26 a.m.] Found a site that allows you to do a text search on the cables here.

3. THE NEW YORK TIMES is publishing selected cables on their website. Their presentation of the cables is laid out with headers showing the meaning of each line of the transmission for people not familiar with cables. They provide a summary of each cable on the top left and a sidebar on the right with links to cables of interest, also separated by topic of discussion. The NYT database comes with a little editor’s note: “A small number of names and passages in some of the cables have been removed by The New York Times to protect diplomats’ confidential sources, to keep from compromising American intelligence efforts or to protect the privacy of ordinary citizens.”

2. THE GUARDIAN has created an interactive database in the form of a map that lets readers search by keyword or by location. You can view the map by countries referenced or by the country of origin. At the time this was published there were about 250 cables available to view from The Guardian. Wikileaks plans to release the full text of more cables over time. They also provide a link to download the details of all 250,000 plus cables (excluding the body text) on their Data Blog here.

1. The best place I’ve found to view the cables is, of course, WIKILEAKS. They’ve created a simple, easy to navigate, cable viewer. No redactions. You can browse by date, origin, classification, and topic. They keep a running tab at the top left of the page of how many complete cables they have published so far. Right now: 291/251,287. You can also download the complete data set. So that means more Wiki-goodness to come for a good long time….well as long as the site is still running.

Keep an eye out for my next post on the cables -the most interesting stories to come out of the cables so far.

A hint of what’s to come: What did the five fingers say to Ahmadinejad?

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