Deep Dives Research Challenge #5 | The Wikileaks Archive

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The fifth instalment of the Deep Dives Research Challenge series brings us back to the vast Wikileaks archives.

“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

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

    Participants are able to select their own topic for research depending on individual interest. Broad categories from international politics, the economy, war, military, corporations, trade, intelligence, etc. offer endless possibilities. Use the custom search feature to sharpen your focus.

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    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.


    The Wikileaks Archive Challenge

    • Search the Wikileaks archive at
    • 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 1 contest entry per account
    • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
    • Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC -Sunday, Aug. 26th 2018, 12.00.00PM)
    • This research challenge is open for two weeks (plus a bonus day)!
    • 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: Longer entries with multiple links and references does not equate to higher quality. Clear and concise work with a handful of supporting sources is preferable.


    The Winning Post Should

    • Meet the rules criteria
    • Winners will be announced 48hrs 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 SBD (or STEEM) 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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Still never scooped enough for a decent article. It'll be different this time though, I'll use the whole day searching if I have to


Happy to hear that!
Pace yourself, you have 15 days ;)

I hope that the tags will work this time around ;)

Great stuff V. Glad to see this project taking off. Will attempt to put on my thinking cap and if I can get around the great firewall of China, put in an entry


Right on! Don't get yourself in trouble with the Chinese authorities please ;)

The last DD4 FBI challenge didn't generate a lot of interest but considering the current state of the cryptosphere it's understandable. Makes it easier to get your posts noticed and increases your chance to win some liquid rewards though, always a silver lining I guess.



yeah it is definitely understandable right now with crypto bleeding and fair weather steemians getting discouraged. The requirements also mean that people need to do a bit of work to submit an entry, it's not as easy as a selfie challenge.

Either way, it's a good project and I'm sure it will grow over time


Thanks, we hope it continues to grow. It's a bit more work for some but for others who are already into digging and researching it can be quite rewarding.

Been looking forward to this next round of Wikileaks to come around! I predict there will be a lot of steem in the prize pool this time around, but more importantly a group of steemians doing great research!


I knew I would find you here. :-) Good luck bro.


I knew I would find you here I set the trap:)


LOL yep you caught me, fair bust.


I'm a huge fan of this initiative/account and think it will stick around long time.

Resteemed in the hope more folks pick ball up and delve into wikileaks.


Thank you @abh12345, we appreciate your support and resteem. We're here for the long run irregardless of the price of crypto!


My pleasure, and 'same here!'

Looking forward to what obscure information will be dug up this round


You going to join in bro?


yes, I have a few topics in mind there is a lot of interesting information in the early leaks but still need to figure out how to navigate it all


Well if you need any help, give me a shout out on disco and I will do my best to help you, there is no I in team. :-)

I just published my entry for this research challenge, here is the article.

Looking forward to read other people's entries as well!


Count me in again, now I am back off my holidays. :-)


Nice, welcome back!


Thank you kindly.

I missed the last one, dunno how it skipped without me seeing it. Coming on this one


Welcome back @yungchief! No worries, it's probably a good idea if people get out and enjoy the summer season as well!

Awesome job promoting the development of independent research skills among the general public! Encouraging people to be eclectic with sources and do in-depth research on subjects they may not have heard of before... school is in session! This is one of the most important skills for us to develop in this sea of disinformation.

The value is not in the steem here, but the skills developed and information revealed.

Not sure if I'll be entering, resteemed anyway.

Thanks @deepdives!

Ok, so I am going to try to enter this round again.. But need to find the peace of mind first lol, and then a focus point .. Good luck everyone, looking forward to those entries!

I put an entry in last time and even though I wasn't picked for a top prize I was hugely rewarded with a ton of heavy upvotes and really great comments:).
My biggest question is (cause this time I'm going for the top spot;) what's the best way to cross check the article you pick for your post to make it sure it's not been done a lot already?

Here is my entry: Perverse Sexual and Cannibalistic Rituals of the Elite

In looking up the tag #deepdives, this post doesn't even show :/

Good luck and good weekend to all, I'm off to Toronto.

Seems like an awesome project in hand.
Keep it up.

Here is my entry I hope you guys like it. I went in the direction of exposing corporate corruption and how they push and pull kings and presidents alike ;).

We need this for so many reasons, thanks for making it happen!

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I expected more articles this round