WikiLeaks has once again unloaded a large number of formerly confidential information from the United States government. Released over the weekend, the “Kissinger Cables” contain more than 1.7 million US diplomatic record from 1973 to 1976, a number of which relate to former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. A number of these cables were classified as “CONFIDENTIAL”, “SECRET”, “NOSID” or “no distribution”, and “Eyes Only.”
““The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published.” stated WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange.
The United States Department of State has a 25-year declassification process for its documents, though there have been numerous attempts at reclassifying sections of the US National Archives according to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks gathered all the files from the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and brought it to the public eye through a searchable database. Even with its 25-year process, there are no diplomatic records later than 1976.
At roughly 700 million words, these cables include what WikiLeaks describes as “significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco’s Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels.” The raw “Kissinger Cables” PDF of all 700 million words is more than 380GB in size. A quick search through the database for documents that mention the Philippines come up with 40,262 documents.
One of the cables revealed in the search came from the US ambassador to the Philippines in the 1970s, William Sullivan, who criticized then-Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos for putting on a forced military drag show. In the cable, Sullivan recounted a “two-day blast” of a party for Marcos that was at odds with state-controlled media reports that said Marcos “spend a quiet birthday at his desk.”
The most scathing commentary came when Sullivan recounted when military chiefs were required to perform as part of the palace floor show in “garish female attire,” causing “much grumbling among military hierarchy and wives of service chiefs stood conspicuously in a grim, un-smiling phalanx throughout the hilarity.”
“This whole affair was a saccharine suffusion of sycophancy which reminded me unhappily of the heydays of Sukarno and Sihanouk.” commented Sullivan.