Everything You Need to Know About Wikileaks

Reasonably fair assesment of what Wikileaks is and what is has obtained and distributed.

From: MIT

Everything You Need to Know About Wikileaks
Two experts lay out the facts surrounding the controversy.

* Thursday, December 9, 2010

* By Jonathan Zittrain and Molly Sauter

What is Wikileaks?

Wikileaks is a self-described “not-for-profit media organization,” launched in 2006 for the purposes of disseminating original documents from anonymous sources and leakers. Its website says: “Wikileaks will accept restricted or censored material of political, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. We do not accept rumor, opinion, other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere.”

More-detailed information about the history of the organization can be found on Wikipedia (with all the caveats that apply to a rapidly changing Wiki topic). Wikipedia incidentally has nothing to do with Wikileaks—both share the word “Wiki” in the title, but they’re not affiliated.

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