By Brian Karimi
If you have been following world news for the past several months, you know that perhaps the only thing bigger than recent developments is where many of them have originated: Wikileaks, a not-for-profit international media group comprised of intellectuals, political dissidents, hackers, engineers, mathematicians and tech savvy activists from across the world.
Not to be confused with Wikipedia, WikiLeaks has governments, including our own, wondering what embarrassing or controversial information the young and bold organization will release next.
Committed to governmental transparency and scrutiny, freedom of speech, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Wikileaks is essentially a group that protects whistleblowers against retaliation.
It collects and releases often damaging information, exposing governments’ practices, policies, and internal dialogues. Their website, mirrored on 1426 other sites to avoid attack, states, “We go to great lengths to bring the truth to the world without fear or favour.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained this week, “I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks until the end of my life.” In late November, the organization released cables revealing that the Secretary had ordered State Department officials to obtain iris scans, fingerprints, credit card numbers and DNA samples from foreign leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
In an age of evaporating privacy, WikiLeaks is testimony to the fact that, like individual citizens, even the most powerful governments and corporations across the world will have trouble keeping secrets under wraps.
As a result, the organization holds, the more difficult questions posed will breed a tougher and more independent type of journalism. Those of us reading along will wait in anticipation.