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Factbox: WikiLeaks

Whistle-blower site Wikileaks has dominated news, after releasing many secret documents into the public domain.


Here are some key facts about WikilLeaks.

– Wikileaks released around 250 000 diplomatic cables and documents.

– Wikileaks has done deals with major newspapers including the New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and The Guardian to publish the top-secret documents.

– The documents concern the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear program and information from more than 250 US embassies and consulates. The cables and documents show how the US deals with both its allies and its enemies.

– The US Military have detained a soldier, suspected of leaking the secret files to Wikileaks.

– Bradley Manning has been held in solitary confinement for the last seven months and is facing a court martial in the New Year. The former intelligence analyst is charged with unauthorised downloads of classified material while serving on an army base outside Baghdad.

– The military suspects Manning, a former intelligence analyst, took state department archive as well as secret video footage and daily war logs from military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

– It has been reported that Manning would go in with a music disc, for example Lady Gaga. He would then erase the music and then write a compressed file. To avoid suspicion, he would lip-sync the songs to make it look authentic.

– Last month, Wikileaks released almost 400,000 documents related to events in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

– Two months before that it posted around 90,000 secret files about US military activities during the war in Afghanistan.

– Last year the site also published a list of names and addresses of people said to belong to the far-right British National Party.

– It also published a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta, which detailed restrictions placed on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

– Wikileaks was founded in 2007 by Australian Julian Assange, with a mission statement of bringing important news and information to the public.

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