WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. All of this is done through cyberspace and breaches of cyber security. WikiLeaks’ website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organization Sunshine Press, claims a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch. The group has released a number of significant documents that have become front-page news items. During the 2016 US presidential election campaign, Wikileaks released e-mails and other documents from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. These releases are believed to have caused significant damage to the Clinton campaign. The U.S. intelligence community expressed “high confidence” that the leaked e-mails had been hacked by Russia and supplied to Wikileaks, while Wikileaks denied their source was Russia or any other state. During the campaign, Wikileaks and Assange regularly promoted and popularized conspiracy theories and falsehoods about Clinton and the Democratic Party. Wikileaks has drawn criticism for its absence of whistleblowing on or criticism of Russia, and for criticizing the Panama Papers’ exposé of Russian businesses and individuals with offshore bank accounts. Wikileaks has also been criticized for inadequately curating its content and violating the personal privacy of individuals. Wikileaks has, for instance, revealed Social Security numbers, medical information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive personal information. Should officers of WikiLeaks, including Assange be prosecuted? Has WikiLeaks damaged the United States or has it performed a service by revealing information that the United States citizens had a right to know. Remember, nothing that WikiLeaks has ever published has been proven to be false.
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