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The online platform WikiLeaks rose to prominence by publishing a cache of documents and video from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and secret American diplomatic cables. The nonprofit whistleblower has been praised by some for the greatest leaks of classified information ever and compared by others to "terrorists."

WikiLeaks Founder Loses Appeal: UK Court Rules Assange Should Be Extradited

WikiLeaks Founder Loses Appeal: UK Court Rules Assange Should Be Extradited

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his appeal in London on Wednesday against extradition to Sweden, where he faces rape and sexual assault charges. He has one more court of appeal at his disposal, but the web activist faces a high probability of rejection. more...

The World From Berlin: 'The Principle of WikiLeaks Has Been Destroyed'

The World From Berlin: 'The Principle of WikiLeaks Has Been Destroyed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2011

The release of the complete archive of unredacted US State Department diplomatic cables has been condemned by WikiLeaks' previous media partners and has drawn strong criticism from editorialists at major German publications. Some accuse Julian Assange of abusing his power. more...

Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts

Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2011

Some 250,000 diplomatic dispatches from the US State Department have accidentally been made completely public. The files include the names of informants who now must fear for their lives. It is the result of a series of blunders by WikiLeaks and its supporters. By Christian Stöcker more...

Leak at WikiLeaks: Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources

Leak at WikiLeaks: Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2011

A WikiLeaks file containing the original leaked US State Department cables has inadvertently been released onto the Internet. The documents have not been edited to protect sources, meaning that the lives of informants could be at risk. more...

Assange Battle Escalates: Ex-Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Unpublished Files

Assange Battle Escalates: Ex-Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Unpublished Files

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2011

Tensions between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and ex-spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg have escalated. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, the former deputy destroyed thousands of unpublished documents entrusted to WikiLeaks. The information they contained appears to be lost forever. more...

'I Doubt Domscheit-Berg's Integrity': Top German Hacker Slams OpenLeaks Founder

'I Doubt Domscheit-Berg's Integrity': Top German Hacker Slams OpenLeaks Founder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2011

Former WikiLeaks deputy Daniel Domscheit-Berg has been expelled from Germany's top hacker group, the Chaos Computer Club. In an interview, the group's spokesman Andy Müller-Maguhn told SPIEGEL how he lost faith in Domscheit-Berg and his new whistleblowing project OpenLeaks. more...

Traitor or Whistleblower? The Divided Life of Bradley Manning

Traitor or Whistleblower? The Divided Life of Bradley Manning

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2011

Chat transcripts by Bradley Manning, the alleged source of secret US government documents for WikiLeaks, will be used as evidence in his military trial. They reveal a conflicted and lonely young soldier who felt strongly about revealing "almost criminal" behavior. He's spent 14 months in jail, but there is still no date for his trial. By Marcel Rosenbach more...

Guantanamo's Child Soldiers: Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors

Guantanamo's Child Soldiers: Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2011

The Guantanamo files reveal many of the inmates in the controversial detention camp were under 18 at the time of their capture and that the charges against them were often based on hearsay. Even detainees who US interrogators admitted were innocent had to wait a long time before being freed. By Gregor Peter Schmitz more...

An Innocent in the Terror Prison: The Guantanamo File on Germany's Murat Kurnaz

An Innocent in the Terror Prison: The Guantanamo File on Germany's Murat Kurnaz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2011

The Americans built Guantanamo to hold the most dangerous terrorists, but secret files show that their information on the inmates was often based just on rumors and suspicions. The file on Bremen-born prisoner Murat Kurnaz chronicles the absurd tale of an innocent man held for almost five years. By John Goetz and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

WikiLeaks documents on Guantanamo and earlier diplomatic cables reveal the arbitrary treatment of prisoners at the infamous camp. They also underscore America's fears of not being able to properly monitor prisoners after their release. One cable obtained by SPIEGEL describes a suggestion by the Saudi king to implant electronic chips to monitor released inmates. more...