Afghan War Diary
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The Afghan War documents leak is the disclosure of a collection of internal U.S. military logs of the War in Afghanistan , also called the Afghan War Diary , which were published by WikiLeaks on 25 July 2010. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] The logs consist of 91,731 documents, covering the period between January 2004 and December 2009.
Wikileaks Afghanistan data: click image for the graphic.
Further to yesterday’s post about the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs, the Guardian datablog has published a post today describing how their data journalism operation worked.
When the WikiLeaks war data was released last month, the best visualizations of the data came from the three newspapers that received it early.
The New York City data community is a very jovial and tight-knit community. We go to Meetups together, visit each other at work to talk about projects, and even occasionally take over bars together. This is partly because all of us are crammed on this tiny island with everyone else; but it's mostly due to the effort of a group of extraordinary people from very different backgrounds committed to making NYC a great place to be doing data science. One of the threads that has consistently come out of conversations I have had with members of the community is the desire to highlight the strength of NYC's data community vis a vis this diversity of backgrounds and interests. For example, while NYC has become a strong geographic complement to Silicon Valley as a hub for technology startups , the data community stretches far beyond the startups.
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The last 72 hours or has been fairly crazy in the land of Visualising Data, with some notable visualisation stories and discussions popping up in various news and media channels. Firstly, on Sunday, the Wikileaks organisation picked up on my Tableau visualisations post and tweeted a URL to my site which led to visitor and page view counts going through the roof. Then on Monday, Wired magazine’s Danger Room section did a piece entitled “ Open Source Tools Turn WikiLeaks Into Illustrated Afghan Meltdown ” which also featured my tableau visualisations alongside those of NYU political science Ph.D. student Drew Conway .
According to Alfred Harmsworth , founder of both the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, news is "what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; the rest is advertising".
Ministery of Defense reaction and followUp
Outcomes of WikiLeaks investigation
26 July 2010 Last updated at 14:44 ET White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the records contained nothing new
Daniel Ellsberg musste Monate warten. Der Mann, der siebentausend Seiten der „Pentagon-Papiere“ kopiert hatte und sie einem Reporter der „New York Times“ überließ, machte 1971 die Erfahrung, dass die Zeitung das Material über den Vietnam-Krieg nicht beachtete. Erst als Ellsberg achtzehn weitere Zeitungen informierte und die „Washington Post“ mit einem Bericht startete, wurde Ellsberg zum berühmtesten Whistleblower seiner Zeit.
Today Wikileaks published 92,000 classified cables from military, intelligence, and other US officials in the field in Afghanistan. The New York Times , The Guardian , and Der Spiegel were given access to the documents a month ago and have published reports on the data (for a description on how this came about, see this NYT report ).