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Whistleblowers of the world unite at Wikileaks dot org

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Whistle blowers of the world unite at Wikileaks.org

- A summary of an article that was published in Haaretz, by Yotam Feldman - 27/Mar/08


Haaretz is one of the oldest Israeli daily newspapers, 3rd in national circulation (after Yedioth, and Maariv). Read more in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haaretz).

Over a million classified documents have been leaked to the site which started operation over a year ago with one purpose in mind: uncovering secrets. From their place of hiding, two of the operators are telling the stories of leaking the American Guantanamo detention facility and the money laundry allegedly conducted by Julius Baer swiss bank in the Cayman Islands.


The story starts off by describing "Daniel Schmidt", a German programmer, and his friends around the world who spend their nights working on Wikileaks. It then goes on mentioning the Guantanamo document, The Swiss bank money laundry affair and Government corruption in Kenya who affected the results of elections in the country.

The site operators are being described as taking personal and lawful risks, mentioning threats received on their lives, living "double lives", fighting legal battle with the swiss bank, who asked to shutdown the site. This request is mentioned to have gained the opposite result - boosting Wikileaks help circles, expanding the media coverage of the site ending in bank's backtrack on the lawsuit, and Wikileaks going back online.

Toilet paper to excellent prisoners

Steven Mayer, a lawyer which represented the American society for human rights in court is interviewed saying: "The world has a need of such a site as governments have many embarrassing documents. The social effects of bringing that information to the public is enormous". The article goes on saying that it is probably impossible and impractical to block the site.

The article then describes the events surrounding the publication of the "Delta base" document, the government's reaction, and the publication of the updated 2004 document and its contests: no access to the red-cross, interrogation techniques, gas spray operation how-to, prisoner rewards for "positive behavior".

How does it work?

The article describes the background of the "consulting committee" as being encryption specialists, activists and international journalists. Wang Dann, Tash Nemgial Hmitsneg, Julian Assenga are mentioned, with short brief on each. Ben Lorry describes Assenga's background, and the encryption technique co-invented with Robert Weinrmann. The article then describes the distributed nature of Wikileaks, the core activists who started the site and funding coming from "internet new-wealth". Daniel Schmidt is being quoted about "Sharing the same ideals is what binds all of us together".

Mooo.com

This section goes into the secure nature of the site, the process that each submission goes through and the actions taken to protect whistle-blowers. "Cover addresses" such as kiev.trade.org.us and destiny.moo.com are cited.

From the journal of a whistle-blower

This section goes in depth over the story of Rudolf Elmar, a swiss banker (53) who used Wikileaks to publish internal bank documents connecting the bank to tax evasion and money laundry of its customers. An in-depth flow of events is brought, followed by a short response from the Julius Baer bank.


Wanted: Information from Israel.

Wikileaks activists are described are focusing on publishing leaks from second and third world countries, mainly from Asia, Africa and the former Soviet bloc. Assenga is being quoted as saying that the site could serve a big purpose in countries where there is no governmental transparency and journalistic freedom. It is suggested that this might be a reason why there are rumors that the site is a branch of the CIA which found an original way of collecting information on its target countries. Schmidt is quoted refuting this claim re-iterating on the need for transparency as a way to improve the democratic process.

The article ends saying Schmidt and Assenga are hoping to get information from new countries. "I am sure that in Israel and Palestine there are many documents worth uncovering, I hope we can start getting these" - says Schmidt.

--PhilZ 12:46, 5 April 2008 (GMT)

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