We came to you a few days ago with groundbreaking news about the arrest of well-known whistleblower, Julian Assange.
It was shocking…
Now, the international organization he once led is retaliating against that arrest — and they’re putting thousands of people at risk in the process.
Early in the week just after he was apprehended, WikiLeaks released thousands of documents worth of confidential information.
- It isn’t clear whether WikiLeaks was intentionally trying to be malicious or if they had some misguided belief in their whistleblowing powers. Either way, the documents included in the organization’s most recent release are incredibly damaging.
- The extensive list, found here, contains a smattering of private information sourced from individuals, businesses and government agencies. One listing shows private health records identifying former Apple leader, Steve Jobs, as HIV positive. Another contains a visual identification guide outlining how law enforcement agencies visually identify members of Al-Qaeda, both on home soil and overseas.
- Several major US corporations, including Walmart and Google, are also targeted. Documents reveal confidential company practices, training manuals, non-public policies, financial management information, and critical marketing strategies.
- Other documents continue the trend of exposing top-secret and highly sensitive information, much of which has the potential to jeopardize intelligence agency efforts in the war against terror. Nearly 20 come directly from the FBI and/or the CIA.
- All told, the release contains nearly 2000 documents, including PDF files, Word documents, images, faxes, emails, and videos. But beware; you may want to browse them at your own risk. Some of the information contained within is graphic and/or describes horrific events, especially in regard to terrorism in the Middle East.
Whistleblowing is one thing. Releasing confidential documents to the public out of a misguided believe that everything should be public knowledge? That’s unethical and frightening. Just how long will it be before WikiLeaks starts releasing private health records for everyday Americans and citizens of other countries? Sounds like the perfect way for insurance companies to find excuses for denying claims — or for the government to identify who believes in Second Amendment rights.
Now, that’s food for thought.