Internet users in Pakistan led the way in Google searches for the term “WikiLeaks” in the build-up to and the first two days of releases of secret diplomatic cables.
Google Insights for Search through Monday show that people in Pakistan and Italy seem to have had the most interest in the first batch of documents.
Google is the most-used search engine in every major country, except for China and Russia.
Several other European countries did a lot of searching for WikiLeaks, including Turkey, Poland, Israel and Spain. The U.S. doesn’t crack the top 10; Americans do lead the way in searching for “cables.” The overall interest in searching for cables is way lower than for “WikiLeaks.”
There’s good news for the five newspapers which received special access to the documents. Google searches worldwide for the websites of the N.Y. Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais have skyrocketed since this weekend’s release of the first documents. Comparing them, the Guardian and El Pais are attracting the most searches.