WikiLeaks Cablegate: An Overview

Hundreds of Leaks the Tip of the Iceberg, WikiLeaks Insists

The first indications of today’s WikiLeaks release came early in the morning Sunday, when certain newstands in rural Germany released early copies of Monday’s Der Spiegel centering around the leaks. In short order The Guardian and the New York Times jumped in with their own releases, followed a bit later (owing to problems with their site coming under attack) by WikiLeaks themselves.

The releases spilled a number of major stories, but they are also only the tip of the iceberg, incredibly, as the leaks on cover 220 specific cables out of 251,287 that WikiLeaks says it will release in the weeks and months to come.

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Author: Jason Ditz

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