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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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Introduction:

While I'm concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, the fact is these documents donít reveal any issues that havenít already informed our public debate on Afghanistan; indeed, they point to the same challenges that led me to conduct an extensive review of our policy last fall.

-Mr. Barack Obama, President of USA on WikiLeaks, July 2010

Publishing improves transparency, and this transparency creates a better society for all people. Better scrutiny leads to reduced corruption and stronger democracies in all society's institutions, including government, corporations, and other organizations. A healthy, vibrant, and inquisitive journalistic media plays a vital role in achieving these goals. We are part of that media."

WikiLeaks on its website, July 2012

On June 19, 2012, Julian Paul Assange (Assange), founder and director of WikiLeaks , fled to the Ecuador embassy in London to seek political asylum there. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom had dismissed his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faced allegations of sexual assault on two women . Assange had denied the allegation and reiterated that the charges were politically motivated to extradite him to the United States of America where he might be tried on espionage charges . WikiLeaks, an online media organization, claimed to publish credible information from various anonymous sources on its website. Over the years, the organization had published numerous confidential documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as more than 250,000 confidential US diplomatic communications which enraged Washington...

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