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A visualisation of the Wikileaks "vital locations" cable

My colleagues at Floatingsheep and I have created a map of one of the most controversial Wikileaks cables: a list of locations deemed vital to US security. I should point out that the locations highlighted in this map are only the cities in which these critical facilities are located, and not the actual facilities themselves.



These data offer a fascinating insight into the ways that the national security priorities of the United States span the entire globe. Head over to Floatingsheep for the full post and a downloadable KML file of the data.

See also:
* A choropleth map depicting the number of facilities in each country, made by some folks at University College London.
* My map of all the Wikileaks cables.
* And, a user-generated effort to plot the cables.
Map of Wikileaks US Embassy Cables
The release of over a quarter of a million US embassy cables by Wikileaks has raised a lot of important questions, and journalists and researchers will undoubtedly spend the next few weeks closely analysing the dataset. In the meantime, here is a quick map that I put together using data from the Guardian’s data store.


It is important to point out that the dataset released by Wikileaks does not contain all cables sent by all US embassies and consulates. It is unclear whether the data in the release were selected according to any specific criteria or if they are a random sample (all of the cables were sent between 1966 and 2010).

In either case, and as one might expect, we see that there are a relatively large number of cables originating in the Middle East. We should therefore expect to hear much more about controversies from the region over the next few days.
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