WikiLeak Online News Archived Circa 2010-2012
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WikiLeaks specializes in the analysis and publication of large datasets of censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving corruption. spying and war. It has published more than 10 million documents and associated analyses and will continue publishing even though it has contended with ;denial-of-service attacks, has had to have staff members use software like Tor and PGP to communicate and preserve sources' anonymity, and been hit with numerous lawsuits.
“WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we obtain more.” - Julian Assange, Der Spiegel Interview
WikiLeaks success has allowed it to cultivate contractual relationships and secure communications paths to more than 100 major media organizations from around the world, giving WikiLeaks sources negotiating power, impact, and technical protections that would otherwise have been difficult or impossible for them to achieve.
Thus far WikiLeaks has a perfect record in defending and preserving both document authentication and resistance to all censorship attempts.
The many awards granted WikiLeaks, its publisher and its journalists attest to the valuable service they are performing. Awards includes:
- The Economist New Media Award (2008)
- The Amnesty New Media Award (2009)
- TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People’s Choice (highest global vote) (2010)
- The Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)
- The National Union of Journalists Journalist of the Year (Hrafnsson) (2011)
- The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)
- The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)
- The Blanquerna Award for Best Communicator (2011)
- The Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011)
- The Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)
- The International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists (2011)
- The Jose Couso Press Freedom Award (2011)
- The Privacy International Hero of Privacy (2012)
- The Global Exchange Human Rights People’s Choice Award (2013)
- The Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2013)
- The Brazillian Press Association Human Rights Award (2013)
- The Kazakstan Union of Journalists Top Prize (2014)
- As well as nominations for the UN Mandela Prize (2015) and nominations in six consecutive years for the Nobel Peace Prize (2010-2015)
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Examples of WikiLeak News Circa 2010-2012
The Night ‘Osama Bin Laden’ Came for Dinner?
Posted at May 2nd, 2012
What happens when your surprise dinner guest turns out to be the world’s most wanted man? A year on from the death of Osama Bin Laden, two men tell how they came to host the then leader of al-Qaeda.
Late one night in the summer of 2010, on the fringes of the Waziristan region in north-western Pakistan, half a dozen men of a local tribal family waited nervously for the arrival of a guest whose identity they didn’t know.
They had been alerted to this visit weeks earlier, by someone they describe simply as an "important person". They were not given any names, and the exact time of the guest’s arrival was conveyed to them just a few hours in advance.
At about 23:00, when the world around them was in deep sleep, they heard the rumble of the approaching vehicles.
"A dozen big four-wheel drive jeeps drove into the compound," recalls one family elder who agreed to speak to me about it. "They seemed to converge from different directions."
One of the 4x4s drove up close to the veranda, and from its back seat emerged a tall and frail-looking man. He wore flowing robes and a white turban.
The waiting men couldn’t believe their eyes. Standing before them was none other than Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world.
"We were dumb-struck," says the elder. "He was the last person we’d expected to turn up at our doorstep."
He stood beside the vehicle for a while, shaking hands. The elder says he kissed Bin Laden’s hand and pressed it against his eyes in a gesture of reverence.
Then, putting his hand lightly on the shoulder of one of his assistants, Bin Laden walked into the room they’d set up for him. The villagers didn’t follow him in. Only a couple of his own men kept him company.
This happened exactly one year before Bin Laden was killed in a secret operation of the US Navy Seals in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, located some 300km (186 miles) to the north-east of this remote tribal compound.
The shock of his death prompted one of his former hosts to tell close friends about this unexpected visit, which is how I came to know about it.
After some persuasion, I was able to speak to two of the men who’d met Bin Laden on that occasion. Both requested that their names and locality be kept secret.
During the three hours Bin Laden spent with them, they said he offered prayers, rested, and ate the lamb chops, chicken curry and rice they’d prepared for him and his entourage.
All that time, his hosts weren’t allowed to leave the compound, or let anyone in. Armed men took positions at the main gate, along the walls and on the roof.
There was a slight commotion among the guards when one of the hosts requested that his 85-year-old father be allowed to see Bin Laden.
"Consider this to be his dying wish," he pleaded. The message was passed to Bin Laden, who agreed to see the old patriarch.
Four armed men escorted the son home to fetch his father. The old man was only told about Bin Laden’s presence once they were back inside the compound.
They said the old man spent 10 minutes with Bin Laden, pouring out his admiration and prayers for him, and offering time-tested advice on tribal warfare, all in his native Pashto language, which Bin Laden apparently didn’t understand.
This brought smiles to the faces of Bin Laden’s hosts and his guards, they say.
Bin Laden and his men departed in just the same way as they’d come – their 4x4s leaving the compound in a bustling confusion – and heading out in different directions, giving his hosts little chance to determine which way Bin Laden’s vehicle went.
While my interlocutors were quite open about the details of the visit, they didn’t want to discuss the identity of the "important man" who had asked them to host Bin Laden. They were also reluctant to share information on who else was in the entourage.
Following Bin Laden’s death a year later, both Pakistani and American officials had insisted that the al-Qaeda chief had lived in total seclusion for nearly five years, without once leaving his Abbottabad compound.
That would seem not to be the case. And many questions remain unanswered.
The area where he showed up in 2010 is in the middle of a vast tribal hinterland which was, and to an extent still is, the focus of a number of military operations against militants. Troops stationed there were on high alert and had set up dozens of security checkpoints to monitor commuters along both regular and rarely frequented routes.
How did he get past those posts undetected?
The Pakistanis have always denied having any knowledge of his whereabouts or providing any support to Bin Laden.
There’s also the question of who was planning his itinerary, what was the purpose of his visit and, above all, how frequently did he pay midnight visits to unsuspecting hosts?
Spy chief James Clapper Wields Lie Detector in War on Leaks
Employees at many of America’s top intelligence gathering and analysis agencies will have to convince a lie detector that they haven’t spilled any of the nation’s secrets to the media. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the plan Monday to plug up leaks of sensitive information.
With a Department of Justice investigation under way into recent revelations about cyberwarfare against Iran and the publication of details of the U.S.’s drone program, Clapper ordered "that a question related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information be added to the counterintelligence polygraph used by all intelligence agencies that administer the examination."
In plain English, that means that employees at the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy, the FBI, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency will be quizzed about whether they have overshared with the press. And officials in key positions could find themselves subject to more frequent polygraph tests. Clapper also asked the Intelligence Community inspector general to lead leak investigations when the Department of Justice declines to prosecute the officials involved.
And Clapper opened a review of existing policies governing when employees of those agencies must report "non-incidental contact" with journalists, with an eye on overhauling those guidelines if they are found to be inconsistent—or even nonexistent, an aide told Yahoo News.
"These efforts will reinforce our professional values by sending a strong message that intelligence personnel always have, and always will, hold ourselves to the highest standard of professionalism," Clapper said in a statement.
Some Republican lawmakers, notably Sen. John McCain, have accused the Obama administration of disclosing national security information to the press to polish Obama’s image on national security ahead of the election. The president has called such allegations "offensive" and said he has a "zero tolerance" approach to leaks.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, said Clapper’s announcement was "a good first step" toward deterring and detecting leaks.
"The leaking of classified national security information is intolerable at any level, but the parade of recent leaks requires action. We must break this culture of unauthorized disclosures," Rogers said in a statement.