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Some Facts About WikiLeaks

Posted by Info on 29/11/2010

* WikiLeaks says it is a nonprofit organization funded by human rights campaigners, journalists and the general public. Launched in 2006, it promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

* In October, WikiLeaks released 400,000 secret U.S. files on the Iraq war. The documents involved sensitive subjects including abuse of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody, Iraqi rights violations and civilian deaths.

* In July, it released tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents about the war in Afghanistan, offering them first to The New York Times, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and Germany’s Der Spiegel.

* The Pentagon said the Afghan war documents leak — one of the largest in U.S. military history — had put U.S. troops and Afghan informers at risk.

* Under the heading “Afghan War Diary,” the 91,000 documents collected from across the U.S. military in Afghanistan cover the war from 2004 to 2010, WikiLeaks said in a summary.

* Although founder Julian Assange has given few interviews recently, a website, http://www.wikileaks.org, and a Twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/wikileaks, occasionally release material.

* Sweden’s media laws are among the world’s most protective for journalists. In addition, Sweden’s Pirate Party, which advocates reform of copyright law, has agreed to host WikiLeaks’ servers, giving it additional legal protection.

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