Monday, March 15, 2010
WikiLeaks was investigated by US government
Today I tweeted about the news that US intelligence planned to destroy WikiLeaks. A 2008 report from the US Army Counterintelligence Centre, entitled "Wikileaks.org—An Online Reference to Foreign Intelligence Services, Insurgents, or Terrorist Groups?" was launched to investigate the threat posed to the US Army by WikiLeaks.
In the key judgements of the document, it concludes that "The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the US government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out. The claim made by Wikileaks.org that former US government employees leaked sensitive and classified information is highly suspect, however, since Wikileaks.org states that the anonymity of the whistleblowers or leakers is one of its primary goals."
WikiLeaks has long been a tool for people to view documents that would otherwise not be obtainable. As The Guardian says; "[WikiLeaks] ... serves as an uncensorable and untraceable depository for the truth, able to publish documents that the courts may prevent newspapers and broadcasters from being able to touch."
The key judgements conclude, "Web sites such as Wikileaks.org use trust as a center of gravity by protectingthe anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers, or whistleblowers. The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistleblowers could potentially damage or destroy this
center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site."