Last Saturday evening during a discussion with a friend about current events, the subject of Wikileaks came up. He's not much of a follower in terms
of what's being released; instead, he casually follows the story as reported by the mainstream media. I briefly described some of the things that
I'd found interesting, admitting that I'd probably read only 5% of the cables that had been released. It was at that moment I'd remember the
overall count on the Cablegate page showing the total progress of the cable release:
(Will edit with direct link if this doesn't display correctly; doesn't seem to be working in preview)
The first batch of cables was released on November tenth, meaning that the leaking has been an ongoing process over the past 62 days. If we take a
look at the total number of released cables to date, we see 2017 as of this post. Averaging the total number of posts over the total number of days
gives us 32.53 cables released per day. Let's subtract the released cables from the total number of cables, which is 251,287. That leaves us with a
number of 249,270. If we divide that by the average number of cables released per day, that tells us that by this average, releasing the remainder of
the cables will taker roughly 7,553.64 days. Divide that by 365, the number of days in a year and you get 20.69, or nearly 21 years.
Now, watch me do it with less words, just because executing the above was so much fun!
2017 cables released over
= approx. 33/day
249,270 cables remain
= approx. 7,554 days
7,554 days converted to years
= approx. 21 years
I, for one, do not wish to wait that long! Suspense is one thing, but this, in my opinion, is kind of unfair. My mildly-interested friend even though
it odd. Now, granted, there's no indication that the leaks will continue at this slow of a pace, but:
1) If Assange has ALL of the files, why not put them out?
2) If other organizations have indeed acquired the files, as some papers are reporting, why don't we all have them yet?
3) Why are we, as a population, especially here on ATS, content to sit back and watch this unfold like it's a soap-opera, rather than contact
Wikileaks directly to encourage the immediate release of the information. Public interest is public interest.
There is a related thread here.
The topic explores why it's taking so long for the
release. Good speculation.
Did this realization dawn on you a long time ago, and I'm just a bit slow on the intake?
Looking forward to your comments and ideas!