Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wikileaks and the Power of Internet

WikiLeaks is an international organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous sources and leaks. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Within a year of its launch, the site claimed a database that had grown to more than 1.2 million documents. The organization has described itself as having been founded by Chinese dissidents, as well as journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the U.S., Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Newspaper articles and The New Yorker magazine (7 June 2010) describe Julian Assange, an Australian journalist and Internet activist, as its director.  

Assange claimed to release a new set of documents related to US policy for fighting terrorism in Muslim countries. The Obama administration is warning online whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of classified state department documents will put "countless" lives at risk, threaten global counterterorism operations and jeopardize US relations with its allies.  

The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks is preparing to release up to 400,000 U.S. intelligence reports on the Iraq War. The disclosure would comprise the biggest leak in U.S. history, far more than the 91,000 Afghanistan war logs WikiLeaks released this summer.  Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the secret history of the Vietnam War in 1971, talks on the situation:

This is the true power of free flow of information. Now a single media organization can threaten the diplomacy of US! 

That's a great move forward. Opposition to Wikileaks was natural, because those who are bound to be harmed by the opening of these secrets would try everything possible to stop it! These hooligans can no longer hide behind their position and power. That's the power of information and internet! I hope to see many such initiatives in future. Some of the Indians versions have already started coming up like the 2G scam and Barkha Dutt (Read more here and listen to the audio tapes here.) 

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