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Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by Xcathdra
With any luck, this release will be the catalyst that allows us, the 'little people' to clear the decks, and sweep away the entrenched corruption that festers in the corridors of power, and make a new start for the betterment of humanity, not just the few at the top of the stinking heap.
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by thoughtsfull
I'd forgotten about 'the Arctic Sea' mystery.
Went all quiet didn't it.
I wonder why...as you say, hopefully that will be part of what we are finally told about.
Der Spiegel has posted a Q&A about the 'Embassy Files' release. Among the details:
- Included are 251,287 cables and 8,000 diplomatic directives
- One cable dates back to 1966, but most are newer than 2004
- 9,005 documents date from the first two months of 2010
- Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and El País have had access to the files and reviewed them.
None of the documents are classified 'Top Secret', but only 'Secret' at the highest clssification rating. This was also confirmed by Politico's White House correspondent Mike Allen on Twitter, quoting the US administration.
According to Der Spiegel, just over half of the cables are not subject to classification, 40.5 percent are classified as "confidential" and only six percent or 15,652 dispatches as "secret." 2.5 million U.S. employees have access to SIPRNET material, where these cables originated.
A graphical representation of the worldwide distribution of the cables appears on the Spiegel site.
Der Spiegel is expected to go live with the full edition at 22:30 Sunday, local time.
Saturday 08:25 UK government tries to intimidate newsrooms
Based on an antique piece of legistlation, the British government has sent several DA-Notices (short for Defence Advisory Notice) to newsrooms throughout the country. This is a non-binding procedure that advises editors to consult with the Ministry of Defence before publishing any information. On his blog, Guido Fawkes published the email sent to all media institutions:
"May I ask you to seek my advice before publishing or broadcasting any information drawn from these latest Wikileaks’ disclosures which might be covered by the five standing DA Notices. In particular, would you carefully consider information that might be judged to fall within the terms of DA Notice 1 (UK Military Operations, Plans and Capabilities) and DA Notice 5 (UK Intelligence Services and Special Forces)."
On his blog, Sky News editor Simon Bucks explains that DA-Notices have almost always been followed, at least by ways of compromise, where journalists make sure to obfuscate some elements.
None of the documents are classified 'Top Secret', but only 'Secret' at the highest classification rating.