The weekend before the start of the Democratic National Convention WikiLeaks posted 20,000 hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee. Within days, the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was ousted from her position, as the emails revealed a bias among DNC officials towards Hillary Clinton at the expense of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
WikiLeaks has released more than 10 million documents
In the ten years since WikiLeaks first appeared on the world scene, the organization has released more than 10 million documents. WikiLeaks states that it does not steal any material; rather they receive information from sources and publish it online.
The founder of WikiLeaks is Julian Assange. Mr. Assange is currently residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he was granted asylum in June 2012. Mr. Assange is wanted for questioning on rape allegations in Sweden but has said that he fears for his life if he leaves the protection of the Ecuadorian Embassy.
WikeLeaks founder lives under asylum at Ecuadorian embassy
On Monday of this week, the Ecuadorian embassy reported that an intruder attempted to gain access to the Embassy. There is no concrete evidence that the intrusion was related to Mr. Assange residency in the embassy, but it did raise concern among his supporters for his safety.
Exactly how and where WikiLeaks gets the material it releases in a tightly held secret. Some think that the current batch of hacked emails concerning the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and the Clinton Foundation is the work of Russian intelligence. Other feel that disgruntled staffers may be the source. According to CNN Mr. Assange has said that there is additional material related to Hillary Clinton that is yet to be released.
"We have quite a lot of material (from the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and the Clinton Foundation), so I think we will stagger it in different batches when we are ready to publish each batch. " — Julian Assange
WikiLeaks describes itself as a “giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them, and we obtain more.” The timing of the release of some documents, such as the DNC emails, suggest a possible political motivation as well.
Assange considers Hillary Clinton a “personal foe.”
According to The New York Times, Assange regards Hillary Clinton as a “personal foe.” Assange went on to say, “We do see her as a bit of a problem for freedom of the press more generally.”
It appears that the majority of WikiLeaks documents are real. The DNC did not dispute that the hacked emails were real emails but chose to attack the source of the leaks, which it claimed was Russia. WikiLeaks says that it does a pre-publication review of the material it releases, although the sheer volume of some of the releases would likely make that a limited examination.
While many would like WikiLeaks to disappear, that does not appear to be in the cards. Even if Mr. Assange should be arrested at some point, the organization and its ability to released information would likely continue.