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To be clear, this is the first time that these cables have been released to a Pakistani newspaper.

Wikileaks released the cables to an Indian newspaper (the Hindu) a long time ago.

See http://www.thehindu.com/system/topicRoot/The_Pakistan_Cables... for Pakistan-related cables and http://www.thehindu.com/news/the-india-cables/ for India-related cables

Here is a quote from Julian Assange in early April.

I am tempted to say, based upon my reading of The Hindu that it is in a position to report more freely than these other papers are in their respective countries. That may be, I suspect, not just as a result of the strength of The Hindu but as a result of the weakness of the Indian federal government as a structure that is able to pull together patronage networks and suppress journalism as a whole in India. While it’s certainly true that each one of the factions involved in Indian national politics is able to exert pressures, I think it is encouraging that India as a whole has not turned into one central pyramid of patronage, which is something we do see a bit in other countries like the United States.

Assange Interview transcripts are at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article1688846.ece




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