Friday, December 17, 2010

WikiLeaks- Open Governments

Hi!!!! friends. Thanks for visiting my previous post. It is the post which i like most because it is close to my heart.

This time i want to post something about an organisation which works with good and hates bad illegal matters.

It leaks highly confidential issues which are using for selfish purpose. Many newspapers, organisations,............. are appreciating the work being done by that people.

... could become as important a journalistic tool
as the Freedom of Information Act. 
                                                                         -Time Magazine 
Got it about what i am talking about all these time????
WikiLeaks. Yes about WikiLeaks which became hot topic these days.

Its targets are not small people or organizations. It targeted many familiar organizations like WHO, UN, Govt. of any country........... etc.,

Let us we know first what is WikiLeaks because already you may have got a thought that 
what is this damn WikiLeaks? 
Was Koundinya gone mad and speaking nonsense here and wasting our time?
I don't think so that i'm wasting your valuable time because we should have an idea what going on there in our environment. So just have a look with much patience and with less hesitation

WikiLeaks is an international new media non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and news leaks. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Within a year of its launch, the site claimed a database that had grown to more than 1.2 million documents. The organisation has described itself as having been founded by Chinese dissidents, as well as journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its director.

The creators of WikiLeaks have not been formally identified.It has been represented in public since January 2007 by Julian Assange and others. Assange describes himself as a member of WikiLeaks' advisory board. News reports in The Australian have called Assange the "founder of WikiLeaks". According to Wired magazine, a volunteer said that Assange described himself in a private conversation as "the heart and soul of this organisation, its founder, philosopher, spokesperson, original coder, organiser, financier, and all the rest". 
Julian Assange, the main spokesperson for WikiLeaks

Julian Paul Assange born 3 July 1971) is an Australian journalist, publisher,and Internet activist. He is the spokesperson and editor in chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for news leaks. Before working with the website, he was a computer programmer and hacker.He has lived in several countries, and has made occasional public appearances to speak about freedom of the press, censorship, and investigative journalism. 

The domain name was registered on 4 October 2006. The website was unveiled, and published its first document in December 2006. The site claims to have been "founded by Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa".

WikiLeaks states that its "primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations."
In January 2007, the website stated that it had over 1.2 million leaked documents that it was preparing to publish. An article in The New Yorker said:
  One of the WikiLeaks activists owned a server that was being used as a node for the Tor network. Millions of secret transmissions passed through it. The activist noticed that hackers from China were using the network to gather foreign governments’ information, and began to record this traffic. Only a small fraction has ever been posted on WikiLeaks, but the initial tranche served as the site’s foundation, and Assange was able to say, "[w]e have received over one million documents from thirteen countries.''

The organisation's stated goal is to ensure that whistleblowers and journalists are not jailed for emailing sensitive or classified documents, as happened to Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was sentenced to 10 years in 2005 after publicising an email from Chinese officials about the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

On 17 July, Jacob Appelbaum spoke on behalf of WikiLeaks at the 2010 Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York City, replacing Assange because of the presence of federal agents at the conference. He announced that the WikiLeaks submission system was again up and running, after it had been temporarily suspended.Assange was a surprise speaker at a TED conference on 19 July 2010 in Oxford, and confirmed that the site had begun accepting submissions again.
Upon returning to the US from the Netherlands, on 29 July, Appelbaum was detained for three hours at the airport by US agents, according to anonymous sources. The sources told Cnet that Appelbaum's bag was searched, receipts from his bag were photocopied, his laptop was inspected, although in what manner was unclear.Appelbaum reportedly refused to answer questions without a lawyer present, and was not allowed to make a phone call. His three mobile phones were reportedly taken and not returned. On 31 July, he spoke at a Defcon conference and mentioned his phone being "seized". After speaking, he was approached by two FBI agents and questioned.
Assange is quoted as acknowledging that his practice of posting largely unfiltered classified information online could one day lead the Web site to have "blood on our hands.
In 2010, at least a dozen key supporters of WikiLeaks have left the website.
 May be they are facing many problems but they are being appreciated by many around the world. It is a known secret that they are doing good which is not good for the governments.

We may have doubt that from where they are getting funds. WikiLeaks is dependent on public donations since it is a non-profit organisation. Its main financing methods include conventional bank transfers and online payment systems. Wau Holland Foundation, one of the WikiLeaks' main funding channels, stated that they have received more than €900,000 (US$1.2 million) in public donations between October 2009 and December 2010, out of which €370,000 has been passed on to WikiLeaks. Hendrik Fulda, vice president of the Wau Holland Foundation, mentioned that the donations through PayPal was twice[vague] as through normal banks, before PayPal's decision to suspend WikiLeaks' account. He also noted that donations were never as strong as when WikiLeaks started publishing leaked diplomatic cables.

Despite using the name "WikiLeaks", the website is no longer wiki-based as of December 2010. Also, despite some popular confusion due to both having the term "wiki" in their names, WikiLeaks and Wikipedia have no affiliation with each other; i.e. "wiki" is not a brand name. Wikia, a for-profit corporation loosely affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation, did however purchase several Wikileaks-related domain names (including "" and "") as a "protective brand measure" in 2007.

The legal status of WikiLeaks is complex. Assange considers WikiLeaks a whistleblower protection intermediary. Rather than leaking directly to the press, and fearing exposure and retribution, whistleblowers can leak to WikiLeaks, which then leaks to the press for them. Its servers are located throughout Europe and are accessible from any uncensored web connection. The group located its headquarters in Sweden because it has one of the world’s strongest shield laws to protect confidential source-journalist relationships. WikiLeaks has stated that they "do not solicit any information". However, Assange used his speech during the Hack In The Box conference in Malaysia to ask the crowd of hackers and security researchers to help find documents on its "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009" list.

I hope that you might have got an idea about WikiLeaks. 
Then now i want to give some latest leaks by WikiLeaks. Here they are.........................

For more visit

Graphic of hourglass, coloured in blue and grey; a circular map of the western hemisphere of the world drips from the top to bottom chamber of the hourglass
URL[1][2] (originally)[Note]
Official mirrors list (2,194 as of 2010-12-15[3])
Slogan We open governments.
Commercial? No
Type of site Document archive
Owner The Sunshine Press[4]
Created by Julian Assange
Launched October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)[5]
Alexa rank 861 (December 2010)[6]
Current status Active (undergoing DoS attacks and ISP rejection)

So friends i hope that you haven't get bore of it. Keep visiting my blog friends. I will come back with even more good topics. Thanks to you all visitors. Keep thinking good always and avoid bad.
Love all, Hate none...........
Be like this friends. Keep smiling. Keep visiting blog friends. bye...........

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