The whistleblowing website has published medical files, names,
addresses and credit card numbers of hundreds of people alongside huge
releases of documents in the last year, the Associated Press found.
The releases included exposing the names of two teenage rape victims
and in one case, the identity of a Saudi man arrested for being gay,
which has led to the death penalty in the Arab state.
tweet, denying the latter charge. “No, WikiLeaks did not disclose ‘gays’
to the Saudi govt. Data is from govt & not leaked by us. Story from
2015. Re-run now due to election,” it said.
WikiLeaks, founded in 2006 by Julian Assange, came to prominence in 2010 when it published thousands of leaked US government documents related to the Iraq War.
Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in
London for over four years to avoid being sent to Sweden to face
questioning over a 2010 rape allegation, which he fears could lead to
extradition to the US.
Julian Assanges time in Ecuador embassy may have left him anxious and depressed
The AP investigation found medical files belonging to “scores” of
ordinary citizens in WikiLeaks’ releases, and hundreds more with other
sensitive data such as identity records and financial information.
| Julian Assange
- Founder of WikiLeaks – a website set up to allow whistleblowers to release anonymous documents
- 3 July 1971
While in Sweden in 2010, Assange was alleged to have raped a woman known as SW,
then aged 26, and committed other sexual offences against AA, a
31-year-old woman. The lesser sexual allegations have now lapsed because
of the Swedish statute of limitations.
Later that year, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Mr Assange’s arrest. Assange gave himself up, appeared before a judge in Westminster and was granted bail after his supporters paid £240,000 in cash and sureties.
In June 2012, he fled bail and applied for asylum in Ecuador, through the embassy in Knightsbridge. Police encircled the embassy and refused to allow him to leave: the UK says its courts ruled he must be sent to Sweden.
Mr Assange’s lawyers have claimed that if he was sent to Sweden he
would subsequently be at risk of being extradited to the US, where he
believes he would face political persecution for WikiLeaks’ disclosures of sensitive information about the US military.
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