Deep Dives Research Challenge | First Edition | The Wikileaks Archive

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To kick off the Deep Dives series, we thought that exploring the vast Wikileaks archive would be the best place to start.

“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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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 don’t want people ending up on some government watch lists for participating in this type of research.

Please take time to think about this.

This type of research may not be for you.

Having said that, we’ve learned from the Wikileaks Vault 7 leaks that the vast majority of our online activity is being monitored with the use of a myriad of hacking tools.

Corporate entities such as FB, Google and Amazon are also tracking our activity, monitoring our conversations and mining our personal information without our consent.

One could easily come to the simple conclusion – Fuck it!
I’m being surveilled anyways might as well be reading the kind of information they don’t want us seeing.

Still, let’s not make things easy for them.

The suggestions below are precautionary measures.

Deep Dives does not endorse nor guarantee the effectiveness of ANY privacy tools.

It is up to each individual to determine how to best protect themselves.

Privacy Tools

  • Consider using the TOR browser for searching websites (note: some suggest TOR is compromised)

  • A new alternative to TOR

  • Consider using I2P The Invisible Project

  • Consider using a VPN, preferably a paid version outside of US jurisdiction

  • Consider using a VPN in combination with other privacy tools

  • Consider using (protonvpn is also available)

  • BE CAREFUL if you download ANY files (take screen shots or copy and paste)

  • Consider using sandbox isolation application

Using a paid VPN is much safer, but still doesn’t guarantee that your searches will not be logged and sold to a 3rd party by unscrupulous companies.

Look for VPNs that are headquartered in countries with strong privacy laws (ex: Switzerland).

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

The Wikileaks Archive


This edition of Deep Dives is wide open and really up to you what you choose to investigate and how you put your posts together. Just be sure to read the Challenge description and the Rules below.

The 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.

As mentioned in the Deep Dives introductory post the first edition will be quite broad and up to the individual to find a point of focus.

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 - 14:00 Monday, May 21st, 2018)
  • 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 necessarily equate with 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 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 earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
o Example: 100 SBD – 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!

Deep Dives Community

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Deep Dives Mission

  • Promote original content
  • Promote investigative journalism
  • Promote focused and quality research
  • Encourage community engagement
  • Encourage collaboration and teamwork
  • Recognize and reward high quality original content

Future Challenges

As mentioned in the introductory post, future research initiatives will be more focused on specific themes, archives and sub-archives.

Our hope is that eventually research projects will be community driven.

Have your say, and let us know what topics you feel would be worthwhile for future Deep Dives research!

Community Feedback

Deep Dives is a work in progress any suggestions, feedback and input from you is greatly appreciated.

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  • Be aware that the Big Dig is fresh as can be and will need a bit of time before it gets rolling ;)

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If I'm not on a government watchlist by now, I've been doing something wrong!

Apparently doing a web search for "Linux" or non-Windows OS's will get you on the NSA watchlist, let alone systems like Tor or TAILS Linux. As for me, I've been blogging and commenting on all the above plus OpenBSD in particular for years, so I suppose it's only a matter of time before I'm abducted and spirited away to Guantanamo Bay.

Forwarded this one on, a sweet sounding initiative and I think #deepdives could be a tag to watch over the coming months.

Good luck all involved!

Upvoted and Resteemed. Will be interesting to see the posts that come out of this!

Count me in, 100% upvoted, resteemed, following - and off to Wikileaks we go. :-)

Curated for #informationwar (by @wakeupnd)
Relevance: Countering MSM and Government lies.

My entry for the 1st edition of deep dives! Thank you!

I am trying to access the big dig channel, but neither link works.

Here is my entry! Sorry for late but i hope still can participating!

This is my entry for the Wikileaks challenge.

I reference an e-mail about privatized torture.

Thanks for creating a forum for this type of content. Posting information to the blockchain to preserve endangered content is important.

Discord link invalid


Try this:

Thanks for letting us know. We'll update the post, cheers!


It works now!

I like this idea; because the wikileaks vaults of information are often quite daunting to read through, this type of venture will help bring up some of the issues that were raised by the vaults of information.

The only down side I can see to this is that it will be quite easy for multiple people to write about one detail.

I will not be participating in this particular research project. About five years I ago I determined for my own comprehension that is and always has been a shill organization used to disclose old news. While this would make a great story. I am not inclined to revisit old news. The good news is that the disclosed documents are actually true in all the cases I uncovered. The real story here is how they where originally reported and of course the fact that it proves the slave trade is the system.
Good luck and I will see about the next challenge.

Great initiative ! Upvoted, followed and resteemed (not that any of this will have an impact).
Count me in !
Thanks for all the security advices too !

excellent idea! can't wait to see the first posts about this. I also like abh12345's idea for keeping #deepdives as a tag for checking out the future posts.

thank you sir, for this contribution :-)

Very good initiative, going to see what I can find while digging in the wikileaks files ..

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@deepdives Your First Edition is marvellous.
I appreciate your First Edition which great.

Sounds scary, but will try to do some research. I guess the US isn’t concerned much about me or where I come from to target me. Will give it a try.

Here's my entry. This was my first time doing a research article - hope you like it!

Oh cool your talking my deep dive idea too now. Sweet I'll be very active in making sure to point out all the problems. Also Thanks for giving me credit for all the work I did getting that back on the internet and getting people excited about it. It's kind lame as hell when an amazing researcher like myself get's robbed by the spawn of a lesser stars.


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That's really cool and informative post and now i am follow you for your next cool post. You shared broad level idea thankyou