December 21, 2010

what are Wikileaks ?

Wikileaks are in the news and its founder Assange has been implicated in a number of cases. The 'leaks' have shaken global dimplomatic community as many unkind communications that have been exchanged among diplomats and secret agencies have come in the open.

What really is Wikileaks?
 Wikileaks is a site that seeks to put in public domain private, secret and classified content that it sources from anonymous sources. As of 2010, it has published millions of pages of secret classified documents, including war documents and diplomatic exchanges.

On its website,, it puts its aim as follows: 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.

After 2010 release of diplomatic exchanges ['cables'], many governments went after Wikileaks. To avoid being shut down from public view and to provide more avenues to access the ;leaks', a number of mirror sites have been opened worldwide by Wikileak supporters.

Wikileaks gets its name from the wiki form in which the site was first created. Wikileaks is no more a wiki or user editable site.

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