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Survey of Libraries and Wikileaks
In November, 2010, Wikileaks began to release a cache of secret leaked US State Department diplomatic cables (1966 - 2010), with partnered coverage in the New York Times, Guardian, Der Spiegel, El Pais and le Monde newspapers (
for more on the story). Wikileaks has made the growing cache available for download via BitTorrent from their site (Cables released so far... 3890 / 251,287 as of 2/8/2011).
Below are several questions meant to explore what libraries are doing in response to this. Thanks for your time in answering this brief survey. Survey results will be posted to
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Questions or comments can be sent to
1) Has your library cataloged the wikileaks cable site link for inclusion in your library catalog?
2) Are you currently downloading the Wikileaks cable archive for your library?
3) If yes, how are you giving access to your library's users?
Burn to DVD/media
Host a local mirror site
Build a database/search interface
4) If no, do you plan to download the Wikileaks cable archive?
5) If you aren't or do not have plans to download, why not?
Out of scope for my library
6) Do you think it is important for libraries to preserve and give access to wikileaks cables?
7) Please explain your answer to Q6
8) Please feel free to comment here on any issue regarding the Wikileaks diplomatic cables
9) In what kind of library do you work?
For questions or comments, please email James Jacobs (jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu)
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