Wikileaks Iraq War Logs October 24, 2010Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, News, Web Video.
Tags: Iraq documents, Iraq war logs, Julian Assange, Wikileaks
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Whistle blowing Website WikiLeaks has released nearly 400,000 pages of classified military logs chronicling the Iraq War, despite attempts by the Pentagon to stop the document dump. In the largest leak of its kind in US military history, the logs offer an incomplete, yet graphic portrait of one of the most contentious issues in the Iraq war — how many Iraqi civilians have been killed and by whom.
The documents themselves are known at the Pentagon as ‘SIGACTs,’ raw field reports chronicling “Significant Action” in the conflict as seen by U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq. The archive is the second cache obtained by Wikileaks and made available to news organizations.
Shedding new light on the war, the secret logs allegedly show the US ignored systemic abuse, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, according to news reports. Der Spiegel, Al-Jazeera News, The Guardian and Le Monde have been collaborating with WikiLeaks on the latest leak.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is ‘a hacker fighting for the freedom of information.’ At 39, the former journalist has built his life around an uncompromising quest for information. He has no home and travels the world with one bag containing his clothes, and another holding his computer. The Iraq papers is the latest stage in a life of action against vested interest.
Wikileaks’ operators and volunteers – five full-timers, and another 1,000 on call – are almost all anonymous. The intentions are laudable – to “allow whistleblowers and journalists who have been censored to get material out to the public.” Who will watch the watchdogs? The Web has its own wisdom, and the crowds will provide the needed context, analysis and background.
Wikileaks’ most high-profile previous success came with the release of a helicopter cockpit video that showed civilians shot in Baghdad. The publicity from video added US$1m to the group’s coffers and prompted more people to come forward with leaks of their own. Read more.
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Webscrubbing in Wikileaks Libel Row November 13, 2008Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News.
Tags: Index on Censorship, New Statesman, Wikileaks
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Here’s an interesting read about a spat in Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression.
The New Statesman has removed a blog post caught between threats from an Iraqi billionaire and Web whistleblower site, Wikileaks. The site says the move would defame Wikileaks by implying its content was inaccurate. Wikileaks also claims news organisations were pressured to remove the offending articles.
Wikinews has confirmed that at least some of the articles involved definitely previously existed but have now been removed, including from newspapers that usually keep all of their articles online.
So does it mean that if a certain book contains inaccuracies, and a reviewer gave the book a good review, the publisher can now sue on the grounds that the reviewer has “defamed their professionalism” by offering a contrary opinion? Or if someone writes inaccuracies about another person (whether libellous or not), will this person risk being sued simply for daring to put the record straight publicly?