WikiLeaks is a non-profit journalistic organization that posts secret information and classified media for public view. WikiLeaks was founded in 2006 and in its first year of operation, more than 1.2 million documents were submitted anonymously to the site. Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks. Their website claims that their goal is to inform the public of important news and they “publish original material alongside [their] news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth.” This website and its content have been compared to the historical Pentagon Papers from the 70s.

WikiLeaks has published several stories that have become front page news. In July 2010, the released the Afghan War Diary which is a compilation of over 76,900 documents that the public had never seen before regarded the Afghanistan War. In April of the following year, they released almost 800 files regarding the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. In 2012, they began to publish the Syria Files which consisted of more than two million emails between Syrian political figures and associated companies from 2006-2012. In October of 2012, they published the Detainee Policies. These were more than 100 restricted files from the US Department of Defense outlining the rules and procedures for detainees in US military custody.

The mass amounts of information that WikiLeaks releases on a daily basis is enough to bother any smart American citizen. There is much debate when it comes to WikiLeaks. Some believe that it is an outright violation of privacy and that it is anti-American to support them. Others believe that we have a right to know certain information. I am not sure where I stand on WikiLeaks but I do know that it is so important to be wary of the media and all the things that they leave out when we believe that we have the full story. There is almost always some sort of information that we as the public are unaware of.


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