|Q:||Can I look up a Reference ID?|
|A:||Yes. Just enter the ID in the "search text" field. Leave all other options blank.|
|Q:||How can I search for more than three tags?|
|A:||You can enter as many tags as needed in the "search text" field.|
|Q:||"Your search returned more than 5000 results." What can I do?|
|A:||If you get too much results, narrow your search with specific details (e.g. origin and/or
On full text queries you also might try to search the subject lines only instead of the the entire cables.
|Q:||How can I edit my query without filling the entire form again?|
|A:||Simply use your browser's back button. It works with most browsers.|
|Q:||Can I bookmark a result list?|
|A:||Yes. Click the "Permalink" button below the result list before bookmarking it.|
|Q:||Which data source is used on cabledrum?|
|A:||The data shown on cabledrum originate from the cablegate release
published by WikiLeaks on 01 September 2011. Additionally, the original data source
(aka cables.csv) is utilized to show the unredacted cables.
|Q:||What are redacted cables?|
|A:||During the publication of the Cablegate files, WikiLeaks cooperated with
several media organisations. These media partners agreed to redact the material
in order to protect individuals who are "at risk of either persecution
or prosecution resulting in death or serious injury, or arbitrary incarceration."
It was further agreed to renounce any other redactions and particularly not to
redact "individuals identities, regardless the jurisdiction, who have
the opportunity to defend themselves either through an impartial legal process or
through their political or financial power." Sadly, this process was misused
by several media partners for redactions that have nothing to do with the protection
of endangered individuals.
(See details here.)
On cabledrum all cables are available both redacted and unredacted. The comparison view shows all differences between the unredacted source and the latest released version.
|Q:||What's the difference between "modified" and "redacted"?|
|Q:||Why do some origins have no routing indicator?|
|A:||Particular origins actually have no routing indicators and are not listed in the "Allied Routing Indicator Book". This concerns the embassies Tehran and Mogadishu, the Mission to the EU in Brussels (shares the routing indicator RUEHBS of the Embassy Brussels) and several consulates.|
|Q:||Are there Routing Indicators that are not listed in the "Allied Routing Indicator Book"?|
|A:||Yes, the Embassy Muscat (RUEHMS) and the consulates in Johannesburg (RUEHJO) and Chennai (RUEHCG) are missing. Also some Plain Language Addresses are misspelled or indexed wrongly (e.g. AMEMBASSY PARAMARIBO instead of AMEMBASSY PORT LOUIS for RUEHPL).|
|Q:||Why are some longer tags missing on cabledrum?|
|A:||In a few cables two or more tags are compound by mistake, e.g. PHUMPREL instead of PHUM and PREL (and in fact KFRDCVISCMGTCASCKOCIASECPHUMSMIGEG is not a valid tag). While these tags are split in our index, they can still be found using the full text search.|
|Q:||What are TAGS?|
|A:||In this context TAGS stands for Traffic Analysis by Geography and Subject. Tags are used
to describe and categorize the content of cables. Basically there are four categories of tags:
All tags and their usage are defined by the U.S. State Department and completely described in the TAGS Terms Handbook.
Additionally there are Personal Tags, intended to contain personal names. Since these tags are not defined by the State Department, they are used "freestyle" and often simply contains misspellings. (About 15 percent of the cables have personal tags.)
By definition every cable must have at least one subject tag. On average each cable has five tags. Since the cables are partially incomplete, some cables (about 5%) have no tags.
|Q:||What are Routing Indicators?|
|A:||Routing Indicators (RI) are unique identifiers for stations within the telegraphic network, like phone
numbers or e-mail addresses. Routing indicators are used in diplomatic cables, but primarily for communication within
Routing indicators consist of four to seven letters. The first letter is always "R". The second letter identifies the nation (e.g. "U" for the United States, "C" for Canada, "B" for United Kingdom). Nearly all routing indicators of Cablegate origins begin with "RUEH".
Each station also has a (more or less) humanly readable Plain Language Address (PLA).
Each cable header contains the routing indicator of origin preceded by "DE" and its plain language address preceded by "FM", e.g.:
The complete list of routing indicators and plain language addresses is published regularly in the Allied Routing Indicator Book (ACP 117).
You can look up all routing indicators in our glossary.