WikiLeaks Includes Searchable Index of Clinton Emails
The infamous WikiLeaks website has announced it has published all of Hillary Clinton’s emails that have been released by the State Department to date, along with a full searchable index of the emails and attachments. WikiLeaks is a website that attracted worldwide attention when it published thousands of documents which had been stolen from the State Department and Department of Defense it acquired from PFC Bradley Manning.
It is unknown whether or not WikiLeaks intends to add any Clinton emails and documents that have been acquired from other sources. In the past, some of Clinton’s emails – which were not released by the State Department – were published by a hacker using the alias Guccifer, who had acquired a substantial number of Clinton emails when he hacked the email account of Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal.
While we don’t know if additional documents will be added to WikiLeaks, the website has published this searchable index of 30,322 Hillary Clinton emails that have been released by the State Department to date, thus making it possible to research, catalog and explore Clinton’s emails for information that has been hidden or obscured.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the WikiLeaks archive allows users to browse through 30,322 emails and attachments sent to or from Clinton’s private email server while she was Secretary of State. In all, the archive comprises 50,547 pages spanning from June 30, 2010, to Aug. 12, 2014. According to the site, Clinton authored 7,570 of those documents.
The State Department began releasing the emails in May of last year pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request, but it is the first time that the messages have been made easily available in a searchable format. The final PDFs of all the emails were just made available by the State Department last month.
Though the department has completed its publication of Clinton emails, it is now set to review 29,000 pages of emails sent or received by Huma Abedin, who served as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff from 2009-13. The department has said it plans to review at least 400 pages of Abedin’s emails every month. Completion is expected by April 2017.
While Wikileaks’ Wednesday release involved publicly available documents, the site has gained a reputation for illegally leaking classified information, including from the State Department. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking documents to the site both from the State and Defense Departments.
The site has also published files stolen from defense firm Stratfor, the Saudi Foreign Ministry and the National Security Agency, among others.