Privacy or Truth: Behind WikiLeaks Essay

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WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of unveiled and confidential information from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers. The slogan of this organization is “keep government open”, which emphasizes WikiLeaks’ purpose to eliminate censorship and establish an untraceable mass document leaking system. After publishing its first document which was about a decision to assassinate government officials in December 2006 (Massimo 2010), WikiLeaks has received praise as well as criticism from publics. Being a part of the phenomenon of the online, empowered citizens (Polly 2010), WikiLeaks has attracted some companies to be their donators to keep its website strong, meanwhile, it also …show more content…
Sharing the same belief in technological freedom with WikiLeaks, The Pirate Party announced it will be hosting and managing many WikiLeaks’ new servers in August 2010 (Swedish Pirate Party). This corporation has promotional value for both WikiLeaks and Pirate Party. WikiLeaks has found a partner who has the same interest with itself and then get the institutional backing of growing and attention-getting. On the other hand, Pirate Party gets a high-profile chance to live out its principles which focused on the effort to increase transparency and accountability of power in the world.
The other example of being a donator for WikiLeaks is the company from the United States called XIPWIRE. This company allows customers to transfer cash using their mobile phones, and then consumers can send and receive money via text message. And there’s one thing worthy noticing, XIPWIRE is the only US Company apparently remaining partnership with WikiLeaks (Wells 2010). The founder of XIPWIRE, Alexandre is not concerned about establishing a relationship with WikiLeaks and its consequences. He and his company believe that “people have the right to donate to whatever causes they want to.” In WikiLeaks and his supporters’ minds, the leaked information improves the transparency published materials and this transparency creates a better community for people. To some extent, leaking hazardous information such as corruption and embezzlement of governors is

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