Category Archives: Wikileaks

WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organisation, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. WikiLeaks describes its founders as a mix of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its director. The site was originally launched as a user-editable wiki, but has progressively moved towards a more traditional publication model and no longer accepts either user comments or edits.

In April 2010, WikiLeaks posted video from a 2007 incident in which Iraqi civilians and journalists were killed by US forces, on a website called Collateral Murder. In July of the same year, WikiLeaks released Afghan War Diary, a compilation of more than 76,900 documents about the War in Afghanistan not previously available for public review. In October 2010, the group released a package of almost 400,000 documents called the Iraq War Logs in coordination with major commercial media organisations. This allowed every death in Iraq, and across the border in Iran, to be mapped. In November 2010, WikiLeaks began releasing U.S. State department diplomatic cables.

WikiLeaks has received praise as well as criticism. The organisation has won a number of awards, including The Economist’s New Media Award in 2008 and Amnesty International’s UK Media Award in 2009. In 2010, the New York City Daily News listed WikiLeaks first among websites “that could totally change the news”, and Julian Assange was named the Readers’ Choice for TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010. The UK Information Commissioner has stated that “WikiLeaks is part of the phenomenon of the online, empowered citizen”. In its first days, an Internet petition calling for the cessation of extra-judicial intimidation of WikiLeaks attracted over six hundred thousand signatures. Supporters of WikiLeaks in the media and academia have commended it for exposing state and corporate secrets, increasing transparency, supporting freedom of the press, and enhancing democratic discourse while challenging powerful institutions.

At the same time, several U.S. government officials have criticized WikiLeaks for exposing classified information and claimed that the leaks harm national security and compromise international diplomacy. Several human rights organisations requested with respect to earlier document releases that WikiLeaks adequately redact the names of civilians working with international forces, in order to prevent repercussions. Some journalists have likewise criticised a perceived lack of editorial discretion when releasing thousands of documents at once and without sufficient analysis. In response to some of the negative reaction, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed her concern over the “cyber war” against WikiLeaks, and in a joint statement with the Organization of American States the UN Special Rapporteur has called on states and other actors to keep international legal principles in mind.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog WikiLeaks Japan International Atomic Energy Agency Tomihiro Taniguchi

WikiLeaks Japan International Atomic Energy Agency Tomihiro Taniguchi U.S. Called Former Japan Nuclear Safety Official a ‘Disappointment’: WikiLeaks Former IAEA Official Tomihiro Taniguchi Advised Stricter Safety Standards to ‘Avoid Another Chernobyl’ By LEE FERRAN Two years before a powerful earthquake … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Anonymous Cyberwar Champion of WikiLeaks Mideast Protesters

Anonymous Cyberwar Champion of  WikiLeaks Mideast Protesters Hacker group vows ‘cyberwar’ on US government, business Actions to retaliate for treatment of WikiLeaks, Manning, spokesman for Anonymous says By Michael Isikoff DALLAS — A leader of the computer hackers group known as … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog WikiLeaks Genetic Modification

WikiLeaks Genetic Modification WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for ‘retaliation’ over opposition to genetic modification by John Vidal, environment editor The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Anonymous Cyber Revolution

Anonymous Cyber Revolution Anonymous and the global correction A loosely organised group of hackers has been targeting oppressive regimes and has said this is just the beginning. The tendency to relate past events to what is possible in the present … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Saudi Oil Reserves And WikiLeaks

Saudi Oil Reserves And WikiLeaks WikiLeaks cable: Saudi oil figures may have been exaggerated By Tim Lister (CNN) — Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves may have been grossly overestimated and its capacity to continue pumping at current capacity exaggerated, according to … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Ahmed Ezz and Egyptian Corruption

Ahmed Ezz and Egyptian Corruption Egypt’s Ire Turns to Confidant of Mubarak’s Son by KAREEM FAHIM, MICHAEL SLACKMAN and DAVID ROHDE CAIRO — As Egyptians turned their anger on symbols of the state late last month, torching police stations along … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Economic Revolt Domino Effect

Economic Revolt Domino Effect Egypt’s revolt: Which country is the next ‘domino’? New York – The spirit of revolution that’s swept through Tunisia and Egypt may still spread to other parts of the Arab world. Here, 9 governments that could … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog WikiLeaks: US support Egyptian opposition

WikiLeaks: US support Egyptian opposition Baku – APA. The U.S. government secretly supported leading opposition figures in Egypt who have been preparing to topple President Hosni Mubarak for the past three years, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. The … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Joe Lieberman and the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act

Joe Lieberman and the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act Egypt’s ‘Internet Kill Switch’, Democracy via WikiLeaks & Terror ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ By Brad Friedman Here’s what happened last night in Egypt (late last night in U.S.):   … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog WikiLeaks Egypt

WikiLeaks Egypt WikiLeaks Exposes New Egypt Docs Amid Protests. Will Anyone There See Them? As Egyptian police fire tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at protestors in Cairo, WikiLeaks has been firing back with a stream of new State Department … Continue reading

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