Julian Assange had a lot of time on his hands while being holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. So the Wikileaks founder did what he does best: he prepared classified material for release.
“With nothing to do but work on WikiLeaks material,” as his mother put it, Assange spent his time data-mining and preparing the release of 1.7 million intelligence reports and classified communications. The first batch of documents to be released is from 1973 to 1976, the period in which Henry Kissinger served as U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser.
This period includes the beginnings of the dirty war in Argentina, the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile and other highly controversial aspects of U.S. Cold War policy. Revelations from this period may not only be potentially damaging to Kissinger but also Pope Francis, who was at the time a leader of Argentina’s Jesuit order that either tacitly supported, turned a blind eye toward or remained publicly silent about atrocities committed by the military. Thousands who were suspected of “subversion” were rounded up and subsequently “disappeared.”