WikiLeaks – Giant library of secret documents

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WikiLeaks – Things you need to know about

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Background :

  • WikiLeaks is a multi-national media organization and associated library, that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.
  • Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organisation Sunshine Press, claims a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch.
  • It was founded by its publisher Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist.
  • WikiLeaks specializes in the analysis and publication of large data sets of censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving war, spying and corruption.
  • It has so far published more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.
  • It has contractual relationships and secure communications paths to more than 100 major media organizations from around the world. This gives WikiLeaks sources negotiating power, impact and technical protections that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve.
  • WikiLeaks is entirely funded by its publisher, its publication sales and the general public.

WikiLeaks : Recent leaks

  • During the 2016 US presidential election campaign, WikiLeaks released e-mails and other documents from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. These releases caused significant damage to the Clinton campaign and may have contributed to the Democratic Party’s loss. The U.S. intelligence community expressed “high confidence” that the leaked e-mails had been hacked by Russia and supplied to WikiLeaks, while WikiLeaks denied their source was Russia or any other state.
  • In July 2015, published a top secret letter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Ministerial Meeting in December 2013 which illustrated the position of negotiating countries
  • In July 2015, published documents which showed that the NSA had tapped the telephones of many German federal ministries, including that of the Chancellor Angela Merkel, for years since the 1990s.

WikiLeaks : CIA documents

  • On 7th March 2017, WikiLeaks published confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices, named “Vault7”.
  • The files are the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public, according to Julian Assange.
  • In total, there are 8,761 documents that account for “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA”, Mr Assange claimed in a release, and the trove is just the first of a series of “Vault 7” leaks.

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