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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 08/24/2011

WikiLeaks crowdsources to pull gems from latest doc dump


WikiLeaks issued a statement saying that one of its Web site hosts has been ordered to turn over information in order to prosecute tbe organization’s founder, Julian Assange, under the Patriot Act. (Kirsty Wigglesworth - AP)
Those who follow WikiLeaks on Twitter are pulling small nuggets of information from the organization’s latest data dump and posting them to Twitter using the hashtag #wlfind.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, WikiLeaks has been posting small crowdsourced finds from approximately 35,000 cables the organization has promised to disseminate over the Web. The cables are now in a searchable database online as well.

The group has released diplomatic cables between the U.S. and a number of countries including Rwanda, Germany, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia and Israel. The data released by the group has caused Twitter users to pull out and rebroadcast tidbits of information meant to harm a variety of targets: some highlights include language in the cables that suggest the U.S. lobbied on behalf of Monsanto, and that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the company is as Israeli as it is American.

The organization also released a press statement Wednesday saying that it has seen an unsealed order that its California-based hosting company, Dynadot, to release information on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. According to the statement, the government is looking to prosecute Assange under the Patriot Act. Dynadot has said it will comply, the statement said.

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