WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization that publishes classified information provided by anonymous sources in order to ‘bring important news and information to the public.’ Data leaked to the WikiLeaks electronic drop box are then published on WikiLeaks website alongside news stories. The organization is supported by a network of volunteers from around the globe, and is financed through donations and revenue from the WikiLeaks shop.
WikiLeaks editor in chief, Julian Assange, lists ‘defense of freedom of speech and media publishing,’ as well as ‘work towards creating open governments’ among the organization’s main principles.
WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization with 1,200 registered volunteers and a board of 9 directors, one of whom is the public face of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. This company was formed back in 2006 and its main purpose is to release government sensitive material that this organization feels that the public should be informed about.
After finding out bits and pieces of this organization it struck some interest with me, I wanted to find out more. When I entered their web address I was not surprised to see that this webpage has now been mirrored in order to keep it up and running; considering the number of government agencies trying to suppress it. Across the homepage appears this statement,
“We are of assistance to peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and institutions. We aim for maximum political impact.”
This is followed by a list of documents that have recently been released to the public, I quickly scan over the list and shiver at what I see. Some of the documents were titled “Iraq War Logs, 2004-2009”, the abbreviation “CIA”, an article called “Collateral Murder: WkiLeaks reveals Pentagon journalist murder-cover-up in Iraq, 5 Apr 2010” and the controversial “Secret US Embassy Cables (Cablegate)”, which consists of highly confidential government documents from several different embassies around the world, dating from 1966 to 2010.
The more research I did the more confused I became. WikiLeaks is not creating lies or delivering misleading information. The organization is exposing the corruption within our own governments. Whatever happened to the oath which our public officials take?
“… That I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”
I guess the oath only applies when it suits with the government, or perhaps it’s just a nice bedtime story they tell us to ease their conscience. Either way, the government will continue to desperately try to suppress this knowledge and WikiLeaks will continue to keep on educating us.
Julian Assange – the main spokesperson and editor in chief for WikiLeaks