WikiLeaks

We all know what WikiLeaks is: an international non-profit organization created in 2006 that publishes secret information from anonymous sources whose goal is to “bring important news and information to the public” and to ensure that whistleblowers are safe and do not go to prison. On November 2010, through the Der Spiegel, El Pais, Le Monde, The Guardian and The New York Times, WikiLeaks published hundreds of American diplomatic confidential cables. Among other things, the contents of those cables comprise actions in the War on Terror, critiques and praises about the host countries of US embassies and conversations diplomats had.

After two and a half years, Julian Assange is locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy, and most of us have forgotten about WikiLeaks. So if we think about it again, what was the point? WikiLeaks justifies its action as a duty to enhance transparency. How necessary is transparency? A lot of diplomats had to resign after the leaks of information and many intelligence missions were compromised. On the other hand, some people claim that much of the information was already available, serving political agendas… Is the point to inform citizens, or to provoke political and power quarrels? Was it worth it? Thanks to WikiLeaks we know more, but do we use this information? Do we even understand it?

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