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“维基泄密”网站 WikiLeaks

时间:2010-05-26 08:40:45  来源:  作者:

http://wikileaks.org/

“维基泄密”网站成立于2006年,但在2007年1月才首次在网络上露面。它一直自我标榜为:反对权力过度扩张的政府,支持公民活动家、记者以及其他挑战强权的人士。该网站自打运营以来,就让不少国家的政府和企业头痛不已。

“维基泄密”虽然致力于揭露机密,但它自己却“深藏不露”:该网站没有公布自己的办公地址和电话号码,也没列举该网站的主要运营者的姓名,甚至连办公邮箱都没留。外界既不知道它的总部在哪,更不知雇员是哪些人。

“维基泄密”网站成立于2006年,但在2007年1月才首次在网络上露面。它一直自我标榜为:反对权力过度扩张的政府,支持公民活动家、记者以及其他挑战强权的人士。该网站自打运营以来,就让不少国家的政府和企业头痛不已。

“维基泄密”虽然致力于揭露机密,但它自己却“深藏不露”:该网站没有公布自己的办公地址和电话号码,也没列举该网站的主要运营者的姓名,甚至连办公邮箱都没留。外界既不知道它的总部在哪,更不知雇员是哪些人。

WikiLeaks is a multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate to the public. Since July 2007, we have worked across the globe to obtain, publish and defend such materials, and, also, to fight in the legal and political spheres for the broader principles on which our work is based: the integrity of our common historical record and the rights of all peoples to create new history.

We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly - in terms of human life and human rights. But with technological advances - the internet, and cryptography - the risks of conveying important information can be lowered.

In its landmark ruling on the Pentagon Papers, the US Supreme Court ruled that "only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government." We agree.

We believe that it is not only the people of one country that keep their government honest, but also the people of other countries who are watching that government. That is why the time has come for an anonymous global avenue for disseminating documents the public should see.

Why is WikiLeaks so important?
Consider the mosquito borne disease malaria. This year, malaria will kill over one million people, over 80% of which will be children. Great Britain used to have malaria. In North America, malaria was epidemic and there are still a handful of infections each year. In Africa malaria kills over 100 people per hour. In Russia, amidst the corruption of the 1990s, malaria re-established itself. What is the difference between these cases?

We know how to prevent malaria. The science is universal. The difference is good governance.

Put another way, unresponsive or corrupt government, through malaria alone, causes a children's "9/11" every day. [1]

It is only when the people know the true plans and behavior of their governments that they can meaningfully choose to support them. Historically, the most resilient forms of open government are those where publication and revelation are protected. Where that protection does not exist, it is our mission to provide it.

In Kenya, malaria was estimated to cause 20% of all deaths in children under five. Before the Dec 2007 national elections, WikiLeaks exposed $3,000,000,000 of Kenyan corruption and swung the vote by 10%. This lead to enormous changes in the constitution and the establishment of a more open government — one many hundreds of reforms catalyzed by WikiLeaks.

We believe WikiLeaks is the strongest way we have of generating the true democracy and good governance on which all mankind's dreams depend.

What is WikiLeaks? How does WikiLeaks operate?
WikiLeaks combines the protection and anonymity of cutting-edge cryptographic technologies with the comfortable presentation style of Wikipedia, although the two are not otherwise related. Our network also collects materials in person and from postal drops. We also run a network of lawyers and others to defend our work and our sources.

WikiLeaks information is distributed across many jurisdictions, organizations and individuals. Once a document published it is essentially impossible to censor.

 

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