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WikiLeaks goes Google, launches PlusD

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.

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 tag.

WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks and classified media from anonymous sources.Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director. WikiLeaks describes itself as “an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking”.The website is available on multiple servers and different domain names as a result of a number of denial-of-service attacks and its elimination from different Domain Name System (DNS) providers.

Wikileaks India

WikiLeaks sent shockwaves around the diplomatic world in 2010 when it released a set of more than 250,000 leaked US cables. According to WikiLeaks revelations, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi may have worked as a middleman for Swedish company Saab-Scania, which had tried to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s.

Funding model

WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit organisation, funded largely by volunteers, and it is dependent on public donations. Its main financing methods include conventional bank transfers and online payment systems.On 24 December 2009, WikiLeaks announced that it was experiencing a shortage of funds and suspended all access to its website except for a form to submit new material.During September 2011, Wikileaks began auctioning items on eBay to raise funds, and Assange told an audience at Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas that the organisation might not be able to survive.

Perhaps the search engine will prove fruitful. If not, be a mensch and support anarchy with this fashionable line of WikiLeaks merchandise which is an online store opened  in 2011, selling an activism-branded collection of Assange-adorned T-shirts and sweatshirts made by Fruit of the Loom and American Apparel, as well as coffee mugs and bumper stickers.

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