Wikileaks Paper

Topics: Government, Iraq War, Classified information Pages: 7 (2243 words) Published: October 19, 2011
Title: Democracy without transparency is no democracy; it’s just an empty word. Essay for: Global Media Perspectives
Main topic: Information reliability of media in the 21st century Topic: WikiLeaks
Author: Bas Tietze
Student number: 456918
Class: 4MD41 [Duaal student]
Teacher: Henk Schilstra

What is WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. was created by Julian Assange and a group of colleagues and it is dependent on public donations. They wanted a platform for ‘whistle blowers’ to expose abusive institutions in order to create a check on powerful systems such as governments and big companies. They think that the governments of the world have long proven their ability to strangle freedom and privacy by the abuse of state surveillance. They believe that mass leaking of true information is the most cost-effective political weapon. With these believes they intend to place a new star on the political firmament of man.

WikiLeaks describes its founders as a mix of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. One year after the launch of they claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents from thirteen countries. The followers/conspirators comprised of hackers and mathematicians are located all over the world and communicate via a restricted mailing list. In January 2010 the organization has 5 full-time employees and over 800 volunteers with unknown identities. Since the foundation of, no media system has been as successful in advocating government and institutional accountability while keeping the identities of its sources secret. In its four years of publishing history, WikiLeaks has played quite a role in changing the world. The best leaks in my opinion were; - The Iraq war logs [2010],

- The apache helicopter shooting [2010],
- China’s intrigue to hack Google [2010],
- Corruption in Kenya's government [2007],
- The Iceland's state bank [2009],

The Iceland state bank scandal it brought to light the financial corruption in Iceland's state bank, which has led to the collapse of the economy of Iceland, and helped push a law to make the country a haven for free press.

WikiLeaks was inspired by Wikipedia; distribute the leaked information to anonymous volunteers to check its authenticity and eliminate any traces of the sender’s identity. The site was originally launched as a user-editable wiki, but has progressively moved towards a more traditional publication model and no longer accepts user edits. Wikileaks turns to the media channels that have the resources and motivation required to create a real impact on society when they want to release a document of state secret. (Krishnan, 2010), (WikiLeaks, 2011)

WikiLeaks in my opinion

Is it true, that Wikileaks has released more classified documents than the rest of the world media combined? It’s a worry that the rest of world’s media are doing such a bad job, that a little group of activists is able to release more of that type of information than the rest of the world has combined. Wikileaks have made public the most extensive classified military and diplomatic material ever. What they released is challenging and provoking governments all over the world.

WikiLeaks has made the most extensive classified military and diplomatic material ever public. What they released is changing and provoking governments all over the world. Some people believe that WikiLeaks is a vital defender of the public interest, uncovering government’s lies and deception and holding the perpetrators of such actions to account. Others believe that WikiLeaks is a dangerous organization that assumes the right to decide what should and what should...
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