so every morning i check the wikileaks site to see if there are any new cables from kazakhstan. there haven't been many. on november 29th, five cables from astana appeared. on december 2nd, a sixth cable from astana appeared. so far there have been nothing from the consulate in almaty, and there hasn't been any new cables from kaz in over a week. each morning last week, i just kept seeing those same six cables listed.
but i'm still checking every day. then this weekend i noticed that there are now only five cables listed.1 one is missing. what happened to it?
i had some email exchanges about some of the kaz cables over the past week, so i went back through my emails to see if i could figure out which one had been removed. i figured it out. the missing cable was titled "LIFESTYLES OF THE KAZAZHSTANI LEADERSHIP" and it's cable #08ASTANA760. as far as i can tell, it's no longer anywhere on the wikileaks site (i think that this should be the link but there's no file there). the cable was reprinted here before it vanished from the wikileaks site, so once i knew the title i could google it up.
but why isn't it on the wikileaks site anymore? does this mean that wikileaks is now removing cables? or maybe they didn't remove it willingly? is it a casualty of the cyberwar? but if so, why would it target one kazakhstani cable and leave the other five? does anyone have any idea why it would disappear like this?
1- check for yourself: (a) go here, (b) look for the "browse by origin" box on the left and click "A", (c) click on "Embassy Astana", and then count to see how many are there. unfortunately, i can't just link to the results page. when i've tried it in the past within an hour it no longer links to the right results.