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November 29, 2010

Wikileaks Releases 250k US Embassy Cables (Chinese Gov’t Responsible for Google Attacks)

Wikileaks, who are currently the target of a massive DDoS attack, has just released 251,287 leaked US embassy cables (dubbed Cablegate). Mirrors available here.

The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.

The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.

The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.

One cable reveals that China’s Politbureau was responsible for the attacks against Google China back in January 2010.

[Update] A torrent is available to download the entire Cablegate site in a single archive for your personal reading pleasure (magnet links).

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