WikiLeaks.org began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables today, the largest set of leaked confidential government documents ever to be released into the public.
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 full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of “The Iraq War Logs”, the world’s previously largest classified information release).
The New York Times has a detailed scoop on the contents of the leak.
Secret US Embassy Cables [WikiLeaks]
It is quite natural that we should adopt a defensive and negative attitude towards every new opinion concerning something on which we have already an opinion of our own.
–Arthur Schopenhauer in Essays and Aphorisms.
Interesting op-ed by Tony Manfred, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and the Associate Editor of The Cornell Sun, on how Goldman Sachs stalks and recruits new talent amongst college graduates on campuses across the coutry:
Goldman Sachs is a criminal money factory with a vast network of alumni who occupy the most powerful positions in the financial-regulatory world, effectively protecting the bank from any economic threat — governmental or otherwise — such that the bank is free to suck every bit of profit out of every corner of American life, regardless of collateral damage, like an impossibly large vacuum cleaner whose belly fills not with dirt and hair destined for the garbage, but dollars and cents destined for the already bulging pockets of the upper-class.
There is nothing we can do to stop Goldman Sachs. [...] Most importantly, as students, we can cut the bullshit and tell our friends that, yes, working for Goldman Sachs does make you a bad person.
Throw Goldman Sachs Off Campus [CornellDailySun]
It’s better to be passionate about beautiful girls than be gay.
–Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 74, on his latest sex scandal involving a 17-year-old Moroccan model. Berlusconi is my favorite politician. If he can’t do anything at work, at least he is funny.
Berlusconi faces down his opponents over latest scandal [DailyMail]