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What was the purpose of the WikiLeaks website?

What was the purpose of the WikiLeaks website?

It was established to obtain and disseminate classified documents and data sets from anonymous sources and leakers. “They started out saying they’re an open source intelligence agency, or an intelligence agency for the people,” said James Ball, an ex-WikiLeaks staffer-turned-critic who is also the author of “Post Truth.”

How did WikiLeaks become an open source intelligence agency?

“They started out saying they’re an open source intelligence agency, or an intelligence agency for the people,” said James Ball, an ex-WikiLeaks staffer-turned-critic who is also the author of “Post Truth.” He added: “Same as the CIA or [Britain’s] GCHQ find secrets for their governments, the idea was WikiLeaks would get them for everyone.”

What did WikiLeaks release about the Iraq War?

WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents and videos from the Afghan and Iraq wars, including the so-called Collateral Murder footage and “Iraq War logs.” They also released a trove of more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables in 2010.

Wikileaks is a self-described “not-for-profit media organization,” launched in 2006 for the purposes of disseminating original documents from anonymous sources and leakers. Its website says: “Wikileaks will accept restricted or censored material of political, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance.

How many documents have been released by WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks ( /ˈwɪkiliːks/) is an international non-profit organisation that publishes news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organisation Sunshine Press, claimed in 2016 to have released online 10 million documents in its first 10 years.

What was the second phase of WikiLeaks?

Wikileaks’s second phase was exemplified with the release of the “Collateral Murder” video in April 2010. The video was a highly curated, produced and packaged political statement. It was meant to illustrate a political point of view, not merely to inform.

What did Yochai Benkler say about WikiLeaks?

Harvard professor Yochai Benkler praised WikiLeaks as a new form of journalistic enterprise, testifying at the court-martial of Chelsea Manning (then Bradley Manning) that “WikiLeaks did serve a particular journalistic function,” and that the “range of the journalist’s privilege” is “a hard line to draw”.