WikiLeaks: Issues in Whistle Blowing



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Code : GOV0059

Year :
2006 to 2012

Industry : Media, Journalism, International Business

Region : USA, Sweden, U.K., Australia, Ecuador

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Abstract: WikiLeaks and its founders have won many accolades and awards from prestigious organizations for their work in investigative journalism and in freedom of expression and human rights reporting.

At the same time, WikiLeaks has been attacked by various governments and organizations for breaching national security and has been charged with treason and espionage.

The case tracks the origin of WikiLeaks and its founder as well as the work done so far and the various charges levied against it. The case also tries to bring out the ethical angle by taking into consideration people and organizations on both sides of the fence.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • Understand the intricacy of the entire WikiLeaks episode and its impact on the society.
  • Analyze and discuss the purpose of Freedom of Speech and Press and the importance of such freedom in a Democratic country.
  • Analyze and discuss the activities of WikiLeaks from both its side and the governments' side.
  • From an ethical stand point, analyze and discuss the strategies used by both WikiLeaks and the U.S. Government against each other while performing their duties.
  • Analyze and discuss the future steps to be by WikiLeaks and the U.S. government in achieving their desired objectives.


    Keywords : WikiLeaks, Freedom of Speech, Julian Assange, Freedom of Press, USA, Ecuador, Australia, Hacking, Ethics of Journalism, Ethics of Governance, Australia, Diplomatic Cables, Afghanistan war information leaks, First Amendment , U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Sunshine Press, Anonymous, Financial Blockade, Senator Peter King, Julius & Baer Bank, Treason and Espionage

    Contents :
    A Troubled Upbringing
    Wikileaks
    American Press: The Fourth Estate
    Court Cases


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