If you’re on top of your world news than you surely know all about WikiLeaks. If you’re busy with the rat race of ordinary life and aren’t really tapped in then let us give you a bit of a primer.
It’s fairly simple.
And in the WikiLeaks tradition here it is straight from the source:
WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.
WikiLeaks has been called an information clearinghouse and it has made a lot of powerful people angry.
The editor-in-chief and spokesperson for WikiLeaks is Australian Julian Assange.
Mr. Assange is an award-winning journalist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. Since then the site has been involved in leaking secret materials relating to extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Africa, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and illegal banking practices.
In 2010, WikiLeaks published classified information about the United States activities in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Subsequently, more than 251,000 American diplomatic cables have been published including secret and classified documents from the U.S Embassy in Warsaw relating to Poland’s Foreign Policy.
Links to classified American diplomatic documents relating to Poland’s Foreign Policy
Mr. Assange has his supporters and critics.
He has been described as a “high-tech terrorist” by some and a hero by others.
While ‘Veterans for Peace’ president Mike Ferner has said that Wikileaks and its soldiers should get a medal, a number of others, including Tom Flanagan, a University of Calgary professor and former Stephen Harper adviser, have publicly called for his assassination.
The Washington Times columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner suggests Julian Assange should be assasinated.
On December 7th, Mr. Assange turned himself in for arrest with the London Metropolitan Police for alleged sexual offenses. He has called the accusations “politically motivated.”
Since his arrest supporters of WikiLeaks have launched hacker attacks against its “enemies”; notably MasterCard which ended its relationship with the organization this week.
Just today Mr. Assange responded with an article in The Australian, here’s an excerpt:
WikiLeaks is not the only publisher of the US embassy cables. Other media outlets, including Britain’s The Guardian, The New York Times, El Pais in Spain and Der Spiegel in Germany have published the same redacted cables.
Yet it is WikiLeaks, as the co-ordinator of these other groups, that has copped the most vicious attacks and accusations from the US government and its acolytes. I have been accused of treason, even though I am an Australian, not a US, citizen. There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be “taken out” by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden”, a Republican bill sits before the US Senate seeking to have me declared a “transnational threat” and disposed of accordingly. An adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister’s office has called on national television for me to be assassinated. An American blogger has called for my 20-year-old son, here in Australia, to be kidnapped and harmed for no other reason than to get at me.
And so the story continues…
Hopefully, this gives you an insight into what the WikiLeaks madness is all about. But, as they say, there’s nothing better than hearing it from the hourses mouth so, with that, check out this video…
Here Mr. Assange speaks to TED about why the world needs WikiLeaks:
So, what do you think? Terrorist or Revolutionary?
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