Deep Dives 13 | The Wikileaks Archive

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Deep Dives Research Challenge - Wikileaks Archive

Wikileaks founder and longtime editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested by UK police on April 11th, 2019.

This is the backdrop for Deep Dives #13 and it's now more important than ever before to dig deep into the material Wikileaks has made public. Deep Dives has already hosted six research challenges into the organization's archive which has uncovered a wide range of underreported articles thanks to Wikileaks.

It's time to get back to digging in the vaults and back to building an archive of research on the blockchain.

The Wikileaks archive is arguably the most trusted publicly available archive and one of the largest collections of government documents, files, emails, and cables anywhere across the internet.

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The Wikileaks Archive

“WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we obtain more.”

- Julian Assange

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  • The Wikileaks archive contains well over 10 million documents
  • Wikileaks Docs have been cited in over 28,000 academic papers and US court filings

The Wikileaks Index

Back in late 2016, Wikileaks revealed the existence of a little-known index that combines onsite and offsite resources relating to Wikileaks material. This invaluable tool helps make the mammoth amount of documents available on the Wikileaks website more accessible and systematic.

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Always Exercise Caution

When engaging in research of government websites, intelligence agencies and whistleblower sites, such as Wikileaks, we strongly urge you to take all necessary precautions.

We recommend that you take the time to properly explore available privacy tools and VPNs.

Check out the inaugural Deep Dives Challenge for tips on protecting yourself, here.


The Wikileaks Archive Challenge

  • Search the Wikileaks archive at or
  • Find an overlooked, underrated, underreported or obscure leak/ email/ cable/document/ court filing on a topic that interests you.
  • Build a post around your findings
  • Provide additional sources to make your case and strengthen your position
  • Explain the significance of the leak and why it’s an important piece of news that should be communicated to the public.

    If you’re having trouble finding a focus, begin with a person, country or topic of interest such as; Clinton / Netanyahu / Gaddafi / Saudi Arabia / China / Chemical Weapons / Free Trade / Trafficking / etc.

    You never know what will turn up!


  • Help spread the word, resteem this post
  • Limited to 2 contest entries per account
  • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
  • Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Monday, May 6th 2019, UTC 12.00.00PM)
  • This research challenge is open for three weeks
  • Use the lead tag “deepdives”
  • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the Wikileaks archive
  • Provide a link to the specific document or page
  • Make an attempt to keep your post concise and to the point
  • You may leave a link to your entry in the comments below

  • Please, do not plagiarize the work of others

Note: This round of Deep Dives is open for over three weeks. Also, contributors are allowed to make 2 entries during this extended challenge period!


The Winning Post Should

  • Meet the rules criteria
  • Winners will be announced 72hrs after the submission deadline
  • Well researched
  • Fully sourced
  • Clearly presented
  • Original Content (not widely reported on in the media)
  • Significance should be clearly articulated
  • 3 Outstanding contributions will be acknowledged


  • Liquid STEEM (or SBD) earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
  • Example: 100 STEEM – 1st place = 50% // 2nd = 30% // 3rd = 20%
  • Bonus @v4vapid & @ausbitbank upvotes and resteems for exceptional and/or original contributions
  • SP earned from challenge announcements and the winner’s announcements will go to the community account @deepdives


Those that do not ‘win’ should not view their work and efforts as being wasted. All submissions are valuable and will be contributing to building a body of research on the blockchain. We hope that contributors support each other’s efforts wherever possible whether by sharing tips, links or through constructive feedback to their fellow researchers.

Good luck and happy digging!

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@palikari123, @krnel, @geke, @bifiracoil, @thoughts-in-time, @an0nkn0wledge, @gregorypatrick, @deliberator, @angryman, @richq11, @tarazkp, @v4vapid.

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  ·  last month (edited)

Not making any promises but hopefully we'll have a new tool at our disposal from @deepdives contributor @fortified that could be very useful to researchers out there.
Fingers crossed ;)

Curated for #informationwar (by @thoughts-in-time)

Ways you can help the @informationwar!

VPN suggestion?

  ·  last month (edited)

We prefer not to recommend specific VPNs, but a good rule of thumb would be to use a VPN that is based outside of the US and generally paid versions are much more secure than unpaid versions.

A good place to start might be: proton vpn
This is a free vpn but is based in Switzerland and TOR compatible.

protonmail is a very trusted end-to-end encrypted email service.

  ·  last month (edited)

As always, @deepdives Research Challenge is a recurring opportunity for any Steemit author to explore and report on an issue which interests them related to 'Government' and/or Government related activities which may directly or indirectly affect the health, safety and prosperity of all.

This Deep Dives challenge rewards you for your time and energy spent in producing an entry, which in my opinion is quite generous compared to what 'others' typically offer on the Steemit platform.

@AngryMan supports and endorses these Deep Dive challenges, and encourages you to join in with support as well.

I'm on an Africa kick right now. Might be time to dive deep on operations there.


It's open-ended, go for it!

  ·  last month (edited)

There seems to be a lot of confusion going around about a 'new dump' from Wikileaks. Just for clarity, this is an Index that was previously released in 2016 and Deep Dives has been linking to it in the announcement posts for many months now. This is the same as the files, it just makes it easier to download and mirror.
WL has been trying, all be it unsuccessfully, to point this out.
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Ah I see, thanks for the heads up, I was informed by 3 people it was a new dump.

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