With its sparse design, WikiLeaks doesn’t look like it would stir incredible worldwide controversy. But that’s what the whistleblower website has done.
On Sunday, WikiLeaks published part of what it says is a cache of more than a quarter-million U.S. diplomatic cables. The leak of this classified material could be embarrassing at best, some say. At worst, revelations in the cables “can damage national security” and “may put lives at risk.”
The organization known as WikiLeaks has been defined many different ways. It has previously said it publishes and comments on leaked documents that allege government and corporate misconduct, and it is supported by private, confidential donors. The Wall Street Journal breaks down how the site keeps its funding secret.
Although WikiLeaks has been online since 2006, it attained megawatt international celebrity in July after what was then considered the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history – the release of 90,000 secret documents about the war in Afghanistan – appeared on the site. Read more