WikiLeaks FAQ What Do the Diplomatic Cables Really Tell Us?

A SPIEGEL ONLINE FAQ explains the origins of the diplomatic cables, their level of classification, the information they do and do not provide, and how to interprete the codes in the individual reports.
The cables sent from the US Embassy in Berlin to the State Department feature prominently in SPIEGEL's coverage of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables.

The cables sent from the US Embassy in Berlin to the State Department feature prominently in SPIEGEL's coverage of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables.

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Graphic: How to decipher the codes in the US dispatches

Graphic: How to decipher the codes in the US dispatches

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