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WikiLeaks is a non-profit organisation founded in 2006 to publish suppressed materials that support the public interest. WikiLeaks launched as a joint project between Chinese dissidents, scientists, mathematicians, journalists, and technologists.
What is a Leak?
A leak is unpublished material that is classified, censored, restricted, or is being actively suppressed. The information published by WikiLeaks is of political, historical, scientific, or ethical significance. "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine
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About Our Media Partners
To maximise the impact of the information we release, we frequently team up with veteran journalists and news agencies to cross-publish leaked material. Joining forces with news organizations allows us to make critical information available to people across geographic, political, and language backgrounds, who would otherwise be denied access to it.
Documents cross-published by The Guardian show that the former president of Kenya used shell companies and secret trusts to funnel hundreds of millions of pounds out of Kenya and into his personal accounts in other countries. This laundered money was then used to purchase expensive properties in London, New York, South Africa and Australia.
In January 2008, WikiLeaks began publishing documents detailing money laundering between Swiss Bank Julius Baer and anonymous trusts in the Cayman Islands. Bank Julius Baer sought an injunction against the wikileaks.org domain registrar in the United States, which temporarily forced the domain offline. Seeking to censor WikiLeaks brought additional negative publicity to the bank's practices. After court filings by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU, the injunction was lifted in February 2008 and the case against WikiLeask was dropped.
The publication of the 2003 Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta ± the operating manual for Guantanamo Bay ± revealed that some prisoners had been designated as ³off-limits´ from Red Cross workers sent to review their conditions. This is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and contradicted public statements made by military officials to the media.
Guantanamo SOP 2007
In December 2007, the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas at UC Davis found that the guidelines violated international humanitarian law and constituted abuse. In addition to the standard operating procedures, additional abusive actions and negligent conditions were imposed upon detainees. Witness testimonies were collected from medical personnel, translators, soldiers, and others come together to paint a disturbing picture of life at the world's most notorious prison.
Toxic Dumping in Africa 2009commissioned by Trafigura showed that A report
toxic dumping off the Ivory Coast lead to serious injuries ± ultimately affecting more than 100'000 people. In September 2009, Trafigura obtained a super-injunction to prevent reporting the incident. Nine days after the material was published by WikiLeaks, Trafigura announced that it would make $46million available to assist those affected by the tragedy. In October, the injunction was lifted, which allowed the Guardian to run the story as well.
Kaupthing Bank 2009
Internal documents from Kaupthing Bank show that billions of euros were loaned to major shareholders just prior to the collapse of the bank. The collapse of Kaupthing and other major banks led to the 20082010 Icelandic financial crisis. In the wake of the resulting uproar in Iceland, criminal charges relating to improper financing are currently being investigated.
9/11 Pager Messages 2009
In November 2009, WikiLeaks began publishing 570'000 intercepts of pager messages collected the day of September 11th, 2001. These messages were between people living in New York City, as well as between the Pentagon and the NYC Police Department.
US Defense Report on WL 2010
The US Department of Defense developed a secret counterintelligence report in 2008 in response to what they perceived to be the threat of future classified disclosures to WikiLeaks. The report describes indetail potential methods for deterring potential whistleblowers and discrediting the organization as a whole.
Collateral Murder On July 12th, 2007, an Apache helicopter 2010 upon nine individuals walking crew came
through the streets of New Baghdad, one of which was believed to be armed. This group of included two Reuters journalists carrying camera equipment, Namir NoorEldeen and Saeed Chmagh, who were accompanied by seven members of the local community who were familiar with the area.
Namir Noor-Eldeen, 2007
Collateral Murder 2010
The helicopter crew may have mistaken the camera equipment for weapons, and as a result, requested permission to open fire on a group of otherwiseunarmed civilians. Permission was granted based on the inaccurate description of the group as being heavily-armed ³five to six individuals with AK47s.´ The Apache opened fire, killing all but one of the men with 30mm machine-gun rounds.
Collateral Murder 2010 Saeed Chmagh was critically-wounded in the attack,
and attempted to crawl to safety. He had crawled more than a hundred meters when a mini-van happened upon the scene. Three good samaritans attempted to assist Saeed into the van, as two small children remained inside (visible through the window).
Collateral Murder 2010 With ground forces headed to the
scene, permission to engage was again granted based on the helicopter crew¶s misleading description of the samaritans¶ activities. Saeed Chmagh and his three rescuers were killed, and the two small children in the van were gravely wounded.
Saeed Chmagh, 2007
Collateral Murder 2010 The official statement on the incident in 2007 was that
US forces engaged an active ³hostile threat´ and in doing so killed nine insurgents and two civilians. This contradicts eye-witness testimony, police accounts and the leaked video. The release of the video highlighted not only the harsh conditions journalists face in Iraq, but trials that average Iraqi families must endure as a consequence of ongoing military action in Baghdad.
Afghan War Diary 2010
The Afghan War Logs consist of 91¶000 reports written by soldiers and intelligence officers within Afghanistan between 2004 and 2010. WikiLeaks has published more than 75¶000 of these reports, redacted for safety, and is holding back another 15¶000 so that they can undergo further review. We are committed to releasing these additional documents once this harm minimization process is complete.
Afghan War Diary 2010
Taken as a whole, these detailed narratives offer the most complete picture of the war in Afghanistan to date. Among other revelations lies the true extent of wartime corruption and inefficiency, as well as detailing the controversial use of paid military contractors and mercenaries.
The Iraq War Logs consist of 391'832 reports written by US soldiers on the ground in Iraq. These war logs represent a significant history of the Iraq War that was previously untold and is the largest disclosure in US military history. Among many notable findings, they report that 109'000 violent deaths occurred between, 66'081 of which were of civilians. The logs also shed light on the formal absence of torture investigations, despite at least two confirmed torture-related deaths.
Iraq War Logs 2010
US Diplomatic Cables On November 28, 2010, WikiLeaks began 2010 publishing the largest set of confidential
documents ever to be released into the public domain. These documents have given people around the world unprecedented insight into geopolitical affairs. The breathtaking breadth and depth of these documents is such that they must be released in stages, to do the material justice and allow for maximum positive impact.
US Diplomatic Cables 2010
Offered additional confirmations about Tunisia¶s corrupt oligarchs. This information reinforced ongoing protests against President Ben Ali¶s authoritarian regime, which ultimately lead to the Tunisian Revolution. Child sex trafficking knowingly-assisted by a US company (DynCorp) for the purposes of impressing Afghan policemen. Pfizer planned to blackmail Nigerian attorney general Michael Aondoakaa, to pressure him into dropping charges against the company. Pfizer had been sued for negligence in the deaths of children during drug trials. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting credit card information, frequent flier numbers, passwords, biometrics and DNA samples from UN representatives. McDonald¶s attempted to stall the Dominican Republic ± Central America Free Trade Agreement in order to win a $24million lawsuit. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh took credit for US air attacks on Yemeni militants, while the US sold weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Files 2010
On April 24, 2011, WikiLeaks and our media partners released files for 779 Guantanamo detainees. Included among these are more than 150 innocent people who were held for several years without having been suspected of a crime. Included in this group was Naqib Ullah, who had been kidnapped by the Taliban at age 14 and presented no threat to the US.
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Files 2010al-Hajj, a cameraman, was held for six years for Sami
the sole purpose of questioning him about the AlJazeera News Network. Among the documents are interviews, memos, and assessments of detainees. These assessments describe mysterious injuries and severe mental health conditions that indicate poor treatment within the prison.
Other Notable Leaks
³Cry of 2010 Blood´ - Kenyan extrajudicial killings, which
won Amnesty International's New Media Award in 2009; Somalian assassination order; Sarah Palin's emails; British National Party membership lists (2008/2009); Scientology Operating Thetan Documents; British Ministry of Defence guide on preventing leaks; and many others.
Media partners and independent journalists frequently make creative use of WikiLeaks data to make it easier to understand.
US Diplomatic Cables by Embassy; Der Spiegel
Cablegate; The Guardian 2010
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