Search the cables
Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables , the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. Here’s how media outlets strive to make the data more accessible than its original form. While the data will be released in stages over the next few months to the general public, five publications around the world have had prior access to the material. New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel were given access on condition that they observed common deadlines over the timings of release. Wikileaks have created a set of interactive visualizations to give an overview over the amount, origin subject, categorization, program, topic and classification of the leaked documents. The visualizations are created using Tableau Public which seems to have a good adoption in the online journalism space lately.
Update (Apr 2012): the exploratory work described in this post has since blossomed into the Overview Project , an open-source large document set visualization tool for investigative journalists and other curious people, and we’ve now completed several stories with this technique. If you’d like to apply this type of visualization to your own documents, give Overview a try ! Last month, my colleague Julian Burgess and I took a shot a peering into the Iraq War Logs by visualizing them in bulk, as opposed to using keyword searches in an attempt to figure out which of the 391,832 SIGACT reports we should be reading. Other people have created visualizations of this unique document set, such as plots of the incident locations on a map of Iraq, and graphs of monthly casualties. We wanted to go a step further, by designing a visualization based on the the richest part of each report: the free text summary, where a real human describes what happened, in jargon-inflected English.
Date 2009-10-03 04:46:00 Source Embassy Kabul Classification CONFIDENTIAL Classified By: Interagency Provincial Affairs Deputy Coordinator Hoyt Y ee for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
WikiLeaks has released the dates, sources and tags of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. The website says it will release the complete text of all the cables, but it started with just about 200. You can browse the text of the released cables on the WikiLeaks "Cablegate" website. You can use the app below created by CBC News to search the dates and sources of all the cables. You can find cables within a certain date range, or originating from a particular embassy or consulate.
This website hosts an archive of all 251,287 US Embassy diplomatic cables that were released by WikiLeaks between November 28, 2010 and September 2, 2011. While the cables are generally available at http://wikileaks.org/cablegate.html , we find it hard to search or even navigate the site to read the cables. We have made all 251,287 cables available here at Dazzlepod with the hope to make it easier for readers to browse, search, share and discuss about the released cables. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
WikiLeaks cables broken down. Click image for full graphic. Illustration: Finbarr Sheehy for the Guardian