On June 6, 2010, Wired reported that the U.S. government arrested one of its soldiers, Bradley Manning, for transferring hundreds of thousands of classified State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
“Hillary Clinton, and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” said Manning.
The release of these documents would become known as Cablegate and would begin on November 28, 2010. WikiLeaks would not release all the documents on that date. Instead, they would typically release a few documents everyday. With hundreds of thousands of documents in their possession, this process could take years, or even decades to complete.
And this slow dribble of document releases stands in stark contrast to their efforts on the Iraq War, in with they released nearly 400,000 documents in a single day. Obviously, they must be taking their time for a reason.
Cablegate was another instance of the New Diplomacy. This time, however, much of the information released would be damaging to so-called authoritarian governments, which implies that WikiLeaks was working on behalf of the West.