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Cleaned Up and Structured WikiLeaks Spy Files Posted

In early September 2013 WikiLeaks released its last batch of leaked Spy Files - which it had started releasing in 2011. To mark this anniversary, one of Silk's data journalists Alice Corona cleaned and structured the data to build an interactive database combining the three Spy Files releases. Currently, there are 559 leaked company documents, and 15 location tracking reports from WikiLeaks Counter Intelligence Unit (WLCIU). The 559 files disclose to the public internal documents from more than 100 companies specialized in intelligence and (mass) surveillance technologies. These technologies are sold both to Western governments and to dictators, and have been used by the Syrian government. The 15 documents from WLCIU reveal the timestamps and locations of 20 members of these companies, whose whereabouts WikiLeaks has decided to track in order to show where the main surveillance contractors are sending its people. But what does the Spy Files database actually contain? Which are the most recurring intelligence companies and what systems do they target? How to download exactly the leaked document your research calls for? To answer these questions, we've decided to import WikiLeaks's DB into Silk, to combine it with semantic technologies, a powerful query engine and a user-friendly interactive visualization interface. You can now: Search through all leaked documents, companies and subjects tracked by WLCIU from filterable tables, clicking on each one for its specific facts and visualizations. Create maps and charts to visualize, explore and share interesting statistics and views from the database. All it takes is a few clicks to choose a type of graph and decide which variables to plot, which filters to apply and how to sort the data. Click "Explore" next to the following visualizations to get started and customize them as you wish. via WikiLeaks - Silk.

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