How Julian Assange rocked the world and brought international securities to its knees, is currently the hottest story-in-the-making.
WikiLeaks.org, which started out -in 2006- as a simple website for unknown and discreet exchanges of top-secret information, has since become -in 2011- an Internet hot-spot targeted for espionage and government sabotage.
Managed with strict confidentiality and as stated on its homepage, wikileaks' "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." Contributors (international journalists and whistle-blowers), receive no compensation for information that is shared, and 'freedom of speech' is protected via wikileaks' secure web server(s) located in Sweden; Swedish government offers protection to people who provide confidential information.
Recently, the site (along with its self-proclaimed founder, Assange), has come under fire for releasing logs of information on U.S. involvement with the Iraq and Afghanistan war(s). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly condemned Assange and wikileaks as having performed an illegal act in making such information available, and former Alaska-governor Sarah Palin has reportedly compared Assange's website to that of a Taliban-esque operation.
Assange -and his staff- are frequently reported as being harassed and/or questioned by government/secret-service/FBI authorities (because of their association with the site and the information being shared). Assange has cited several attempts of various entities trying to secure information (read: sources) from him. But, because such attempts have failed, authorities have brought up past charges of sexual assault (committed by Assange), in a continued effort to gain access to what he knows. And, because of the recent turmoil surrounding the site's U.S. war logs, wikileaks has been forcibly 'shut down' on numerous occasions, either due to restricted or tampered access to the site, thus prompting Assange to change the domain name to www.wikileaks.ch; there are also several mirrors for the website.
Presently, Assange is a free-man, but only time will tell if he and wikileaks will remain secret for years to come...
www.google.com, b (free daily newspaper), www.wikileaks.org/ch