Deep Dives 18 | The Wikileaks Archive

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Deep Dives 18 - The Wikileaks Archive

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is currently being held prisoner at the 'Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh', a category A men's prison in London.

The longtime editor-in-chief of Wikileaks is facing extradition to the United States where he will face charges relating to espionage. Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested by UK police on April 11th, 2019.

Assange is being persecuted for his journalistic activities that include publishing information related to US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Welcome to Deep Dives #18. This is the 9th Deep Dives research challenge with a spotlight on the Wikileaks archive. Many under-reported articles have been produced by Deep Dives researchers on a variety of topics originating from material found in the archive.

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

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

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 our Resources for Researchers post for tips on protecting yourself online and resources for diggers.

The Wikileaks Archive Challenge

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  • 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, reblog 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, June 8th 2020, UTC 11.59.00PM)
  • This research challenge is open for THREE weeks
  • Please make sure to post or cross-post to the “deep dives community" page
  • Indicate that your post is a DD18 entree in the title of your post (so we don't miss it)
  • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the a publicly available 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
  • 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
  • *Winners will be announced within a week of the submission deadline


1st Prize = 30 Hive

2nd Prize = 12.5 Hive

3rd Prize = 7.5 Hive

  • The current prize pool is 50 Hive to be divided between the top 3 submissions.
  • Example: 100 Hive – 1st place = 50% // 2nd = 30% // 3rd = 20%
  • Liquid HIVE (or HBD) earned by the original contest post may be added to the prize pool
  • Bonus @v4vapid & @ausbitbank upvotes and reblogs for exceptional and/or original contributions
  • Winning posts will be Pinned and Featured on the Deep Dives Community page
  • HP earned from challenge announcements and the winner’s announcements will go to the community account @deepdives

  • Contributions

    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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    Be sure to check out some of the great work done by Deep Dives contributors over the last several months. Past winners and contributors include:

    Be sure to check out some of the great work done by Deep Dives contributors. Past winners and contributors include:

    @palikari123, @krnel, @geke, @bifiracoil, @thoughts-in-time, @direrat, @an0nkn0wledge, @gregorypatrick, @natepower, @deliberator, @angryman, @elchacal6, @richq11, @perceptualflaws, @tarazkp, @valued-customer, @v4vapid, @wedacoalition

    Deep Dives Aims

    • 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

      Over time, Deep Dives aims to build a repository of high quality research and original content preserved on the blockchain.

      We hope you join us in building this unique resource.
      It truly is a community effort and your exceptional contributions are what fuels this project.


New contributors are welcome to join!

If you're interested in participating, please check out the DD index from the post to see some of the previous winners and contributors.

Looking forward to reading some great investigative articles - sourced from the most extensive leaks database we have at our disposal!

Likewise, I'd love to see a few new contributors take a crack at it.
There's an almost endless amount of topics to choose from in the archive so it's pretty wide open, imo.

Well I managed to stumble onto some Wikileaks docs while doing a piece on Clinton corruption so I'll give it a shot when it gets published

Right on!
There's a lot going on right now, but in the future we'd like to post some "how to dig" type of content to DD. Hopefully, posts from members of the community sharing tips and tricks. The @deepdives account will also try to provide some resources like this. The WL archive itself is quite large and there are certainly ways to help narrow the search results.
In the meantime, if we can help you out your research in anyways, leave us a message and we'll see if we can help out in any way :)

I can never seem to find anything in the Wikileaks archive (my fault not theirs). I was doing an article in a Clinton Crimes series and there were 3 Wikileaks/ State Dept. emails I used in addition to other sources.

As for sharing tips on doing research I think that would be a wonderful asset, especially for new members of the DD community... I'd be happy to help in any way possible.

I got something cooking, this challenge ties into the work that I am doing right now and I can't wait to jump in, thanks for putting this on.

Great to hear.
We're looking forward to this round's contributions and hope a few community members join in. It's always exciting to see what people dig-up.
Thanks for spreading the word, again!

I just migrated from Steemit to Hive. Had a bit of a following before and am hoping to reconnect with them here. I also "deep dive' in the form of various exposés. My latest is EXPOSÉ: BillGates-COVID-19-ID2020-WHO-CDC-BigPharma-Gavi-Rockefeller: Connecting the Dots is but one of many and I will be posting the remaining parts in the coming days. - Cheers all, @libertyacademy.

Great, welcome to Hive!
Deep Dives 18 is open to all contributors as well, so feel free to enter if you have anything related to WL. We're always happy to welcome new participants!

Noo0o0o0 centered text again :P I'ma try to find something to post...

New, rule - ALL entrees must be centered text! ... Mmuhahahahaaaa

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Gosh that would have been a nice vote lol
did you not agree with what I was saying ?

This is the first time I have seen one of your posts.
Do you provide constructive criticism for deepdive posts?

Whenever possible ;)