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April 9, 2010

Wikileaks: the whistleblowing website speaking truth to power

wikileaks1.jpgI've watched and been fascinated by the growth of Wikileaks.org, a lean but powerful site that whistleblowers can use to submit information all over the world.

Governments and corporations have tried to undermine the site over the last couple years, to no avail. Thanks to the Internet, one can arguably say the planet has never had such a powerful source for disruptive news and information as Wikileaks, founded by Julian Assange.

The Washington Post's Story Lab highlighted a great article in Mother Jones that profiles the Australian man behind the site. Take a look here.

To whet your appetite, here's the first paragraph from the Mother Jones story. Go read!

The clock struck 3 a.m. Julian Assange slept soundly inside a guarded private compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Suddenly, six men with guns emerged from the darkness. A day earlier, they had disabled the alarm system on the electric fence and buried weapons by the pool. Catching a guard by surprise, they commanded him to hit the ground. He obliged, momentarily, then jumped up and began shouting. As the rest of the compound's security team rushed outside, the intruders fled into the night.


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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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