Sunday, 28 November 2010

WikiLeaks Revelations Get Global Prominence - Yahoo! News UK

Despite humble beginnings WikiLeaks has steadily become a major irritant to governments across the world. Skip related content

The latest batch of discloures, featuring confidential cables sent by US diplomats across the world - follow a series of highly sensitive exposes that have generated headlines everywhere.

And the revelations have also led to the whistleblowing organisation being viewed with increasing respect by human rights groups.

The not-for-profit group was launched in 2007 with a mission statement of bringing important news and information to the public.

Its website states its modus operandi is to provide an "innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists".

Its secretive way of operating has resulted in a series of dramatic exposes.

Among a long list of high-profile stories are revelations regarding the controversial belief system of scientology and details of the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

It has also published the names and addresses of members of the far right British National Party.

WikiLeaks came in for concerted military criticism during the summer after publishing confidential documents regarding the war in Afghanistan.

But it followed up the expose with a further release of classified papers from the Iraq conflict.

Led by Australian Julian Assange, the latest revelations will go down as one of the group's highest profile coups.

But as WikiLeaks has proved time and time again, it seems inevitable there will be more to come.