What is WikiLeaks?

Wik­iLeaks has done it again. This week­end, the whis­tle-blow­ing web­site released 92,000 mil­i­tary doc­u­ments that vivid­ly illus­trate why the US mil­i­tary cam­paign in Afghanistan has achieved so lit­tle suc­cess. Among oth­er things, the release shines a light on Pak­istan’s intel­li­gence appa­ra­tus, which has pro­vid­ed strate­gic sup­port to the Tal­iban, help­ing it coor­di­nate attacks against US troops and assas­si­nate Afghani lead­ers. (Mean­while, Pak­istan offi­cial­ly claims to be an ally of the US.) The founder of Wik­iLeaks, Julian Assange, called this release “the near­est ana­logue to the Pen­ta­gon Papers” pub­lished dur­ing the Viet­nam War. “It pro­vides a whole map, if you like, through time, of what has hap­pened dur­ing this war.”

This is not the first time that Wik­iLeaks has made news late­ly. In April, the site released footage show­ing US troops launch­ing a seem­ing­ly unjus­ti­fied air strike in Iraq, killing 12 peo­ple, includ­ing 2 Reuters jour­nal­ists. (Click here and scroll to bot­tom for video.) And last year, Wik­iLeaks helped get “Cli­mate­gate” rolling when it pub­lished mem­os from cli­mate sci­en­tists – mem­os that gave con­ser­v­a­tives ammo to argue that glob­al warm­ing is a fic­tion.

So what is Wik­iLeaks all about? On July 14, NPR’s Fresh Air inter­viewed Philip Shenon, an inves­tiga­tive reporter pre­vi­ous­ly at the New York Times, and now con­tribut­ing to The Dai­ly Beast. Dur­ing the 35 minute con­ver­sa­tion, they enter the secret world of Wik­iLeaks and answer your ques­tions. You can stream the inter­view here, grab it on iTunes, or lis­ten below.

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Sources for this post: The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, and The Guardian

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  • Bruno says:

    Assange’s video was edit­ed to sup­port his pro­gres­sive agen­da. You might want to include that fact to your “report­ing”. I use that term light­ly due to the over­whelm­ing bias evi­dent in today’s media. Jour­nal­ism is dead.

  • Dan Colman says:


    This blog entry was­n’t attempt­ing to report any­thing. It was pro­vid­ing a lit­tle con­text for an audio inter­view.

    For what it’s worth, the Salon arti­cle (which I linked to) not only shows the Wik­iLeaks video, but also talks about why the clip may not be as incrim­i­nat­ing as Assange sug­gests. Also, the NPR inter­view does­n’t always present Wik­iLeaks in a glow­ing light. Did you both­er to explore either of these items?


  • himanshugahlot says:

    you give me the wik­ileaks

  • Jonathan says:

    닥쳐 병신들아

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