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List of public disclosures of classified information


By countryEdit




  • Siemens scandal: A political scandal of late Meiji and Taishō period Japanese politics, leading to the fall of the cabinet of Yamamoto Gonnohyoe. It involved collusion between several high-ranking members of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the British company Vickers and the German industrial conglomerate of Siemens AG.


  • Luxembourg Leaks: A leak based on confidential information about Luxembourg’s tax rulings set up by PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2002 to 2010 to the benefits of its clients. This investigation resulted in making available to the public tax rulings for over three hundred multinational companies based in Luxembourg.


Palestinian territoriesEdit



  • Bárcenas affair: Publication of documents that allegedly indicate that the ruling People’s Party kept, for many years, a parallel bookkeeping system to record undeclared and illegal cash donations, and used them to pay bonuses to senior members of the party as well as for daily party expenses.


  • Swiss Leaks: Publication of a giant tax evasion scheme allegedly operated with the knowledge and encouragement of the British multinational bank HSBC via its Swiss subsidiary, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse).


  • Syria Files: A collection of more than two million emails from Syrian political figures and ministries.[7]

United KingdomEdit

  • Downing Street memo: Memo of a secret meeting of senior British Labour government, defence and intelligence figures discussing the build-up to the Iraq War.[8][9]
  • MI-6 agents list: In May 1999, a list of 116 alleged MI6 agents was sent to the LaRouche movement's publication Executive Intelligence Review, a weekly magazine which published it online.

United StatesEdit


  • Summers memo
  • Bush–Aznar memo
  • "The Assessment" (1963) : Alleged NATO Cosmic Top Secret document of few thousand of pages, where just couple of pages of this document is leaked in an obscure British magazine during the 1990s.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Zhang Liang. The Tiananmen Papers. New York: PublicAffairs, 2001. ISBN 978-1-58648-122-3. pp.xxxv – xxxvi.
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  3. ^ "The Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission Report". Story of Pakistan. 1 January 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Introducing The Palestine Papers". Al Jazeera English. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  5. ^ "FAQ: The Palestine Papers". Al Jazeera English. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Poročilo Generalnega sekretariata Vlade RS v zvezi z nezakonito objavo posnetkov sej vlad na spletnem portalu YouTube" [The Report of the Secretariat–General of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia Regarding the Illegal Publication of the Recordings of Government Sessions on the YouTube Web Portal] (in Slovenian). Government of the Republic of Slovenia. 26 January 2012.
  7. ^ Phneah, Ellyne (9 July 2012). "Anonymous, hacktivists helped WikiLeaks with 'Syrian Files'". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  8. ^ "The secret Downing Street memo". The Sunday Times. London. 1 May 2005. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  9. ^ "Why has "Downing Street memo" story been a "dud" in US?". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  10. ^ "The WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs: Greatest Data Leak in US Military History". Der Spiegel. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  11. ^ Davies, Nick; Steele, Jonathan; Leigh, David (22 October 2010). "Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  12. ^ Carlstrom, Gregg (22 October 2010). "WikiLeaks releases secret Iraq file". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  13. ^ Welch, Dylan. "US red-faced as 'CABLEGATE' sparks global diplomatic crisis, courtesy of WikiLeaks", Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November 2010.
  14. ^ Temple-Raston, Dina; Gjelton, Tom; Williams, Margot (25 April 2011). "Military Documents Detail Life At Guantanamo". U.S. National Public Radio. USA. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  15. ^ Greenberg, Andy (2017-03-07). "How the CIA Can Hack Your Phone, PC, and TV (Says WikiLeaks)". WIRED.
  16. ^ "Who Is Joshua Adam Schulte? Former CIA Employee Charged Over Vault 7 Leak". Newsweek. 19 June 2018.