They have been called spies, collaborators and lackeys, their lives have been threatened and some have had their careers destroyed. They are "the redacted", the third parties that supplied local information to US diplomatic outposts that was deemed sensitive enough that the US State Department co-operated with its bête noire, WikiLeaks, to censor the names of the informers as the cables were being published.

Censored, that is, until last month when the full collection of unedited cables, including the names of the redacted, was made publicly available.