By now you have probably heard of Wikileaks.org. This “journalistic” website has been making headlines for about a week now with it’s release of 100,000’s of “top secret” cables from the U.S government. Unfortunately, Wikileaks is amongst the banned sites list of many countries including China. Additionally the site is under constant attack and hackings from so called “Hacktivists” and possibly other government funded parties who don’t like what they are seeing or hearing.
Fortunately the five or so people who run this volunteer-based website are rather smart cookies. They have servers all over the world, mirror sites and countless back-ups of all the information. On Wednesday, Wikileaks was banned from the Amazon servers but managed to quickly get back online on the EveryDNS.net site. Then, last night the site got hacked big time with people saying things like: “WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks.” And guess what? It only took them six hours to get the site back online in Switzerland on the domain Wikileaks.ch!
It is quite impressive for me to see that such a small group of people can have a ginormous influence in the world today. For example, according to their website, “WikiLeaks has released more classified intelligence documents than the rest of the world press combined.” This is quite astonishing to me but also it sheds some light on the sorry state of mass media funded by big corporations because they have a vested interest in NOT revealing the truth.
It seems to me that the people of the world are finally taking a stance and waking up to these lies and deceptions. People of all walks of life are coming together to support free press. On Facebook they have recently exploded with now almost 500,000 fans in just 1 or 2 weeks. Their Twitter page has a similarly massive number of over 334,000. I am really happy to see that social networking can be used to change the world and bring more transparency for the common people.
I wonder if the British from 200 years ago are now regretting sending their “convicts” down under to Australia?… Somehow this story and Julian Assange are making me proud to be Australian and proud that someone is finally standing up for themselves and for the world as a whole…
Julian Assange explains why the world needs Wikileaks – Ted Talk from July this year
Live Q & A for Julian Assange – awesome read
What exactly is Wikileaks? – Wikipedia definition
Wikileaks banned sites – Australian Government lifts the ban
State Department transcript on Wikileaks – “U.S. Government Values Vibrant Media”
Digital Rights Management – A way to help protect yourself or your company from having confidential documents leaked to Wikileaks or other internet sites
So what do you think? Should Wikileaks be a banned site and be hacked like crazy? Or should we support this cause for freedom of speech and uncovering the truth to reveal the corruption of our times?