Using encryption and virtual projection blocks, Julian Assange’s Wikileaks website created a new revolutionary media model to attract massive digital leaks from informants and uncover everything from US military secrets to illegal tax calculations abroad.
The arrest of Assange in London on Thursday at the request of the issuance of the United States on charges of computer crimes could lead to the end of the 13-year-old Wikileaks.
But his legacy will live long in the world media.
News agencies and journalists around the world can now provide encrypted applications and virtual safe mailboxes to potential sources to get secrets that were once revealed by secret messages, anonymous phone calls and anonymous envelopes from Manila.
Born in Australia with hacking and encryption skills – due to deep distrust of traditional institutions – Australia has taken the libertarian line from Cebibonk to challenge state secrets.
In 2006, he created an online platform that provides an encrypted and anonymous way to leak computerized files without fear of disclosure.
“We edited encryption”
Leaks were forever a crucial currency in the press. But no one has ever created convenient and easy-to-use electronic drop boxes, which could almost instantly, with absolute secrecy, receive GB documents.
He did this in a mature time, with the advent of a connected world and the launch of social networks.
For Assange, a process of democratization of powers that previously belonged only to governments. “Encryption was then exclusive to countries,” he wrote in 2013.
“By writing and publishing our own program everywhere, we edited, democratized, and distributed encryption across the new frontiers of the Internet.”
The first version of Wikileaks in December 2006 was clearly the assassination of the leader of the Somali rebels, which may or may not be genuine.
But he paid attention. Over the next year, Wikileaks received documents that prevent the corruption of the Kenyan leader, the secret rules of the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, and records in foreign banks from a Swiss bank.
I began to involve major media around stories from secret climate discussions to Iran’s nuclear activities and banking fraud in Iceland.
In 2010, US military intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman named Bradley, began transferring hundreds of thousands of secret files to WikiLeaks.
They suggested possible war crimes committed by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an unprecedented video of the attack of an American helicopter against Iraq, which killed 18 people, including two civilians and two Reuters journalists.
In the old days of faxes and printers, it was impossible to make an amazing leak and put it on Wikileaks in the mainstream.
Assange collaborated with the New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and others to help classify and assimilate the material. Wikileaks won prizes, and Assange was placed on the cover of Time magazine.
“What WikiLeaks showed was the ability of a stateless organization to circumvent the ability of the most influential governments in the world to suppress information,” said Mika Severi, author of Wikileaks 2011.
As soon as she reached the peak, the star Asanga began to fade.
Political pressure on Wikileaks was considerable. Multi-country efforts have provided credit cards and large payment companies with a reduction in the financial donation line of Wikileaks.
He began to fall along with collaborators who fell victim to his authoritarian personality, which made Wikileaks an individual program, his perseverance in distributing the leaked material without release, including information that could harm people – soldiers in the field, human rights activists and others.
By 2012, however, others had already relied on his own model of coded and anonymous routes for those who wanted to deliver documents.
Wikileaks sites were hacked in different countries. Journalists were trained to use encryption and the transfer of confidential files.
“Disclosing the secrets of the US government was a strong signal that no one can keep information under control in the Internet era,” said North.
Edward Snowden did not transfer to the United States violations of his collection of hundreds of thousands of secret intelligence and secret documents to the media fund in 2013.
But he used encrypted messages that Assange helped spread to communicate with journalists with whom he collaborated.
In 2013, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which helped Wikileaks finance, developed a new, anonymous, anonymous drop-down list for using SecureDrop.
New Yorker, one of the first adopters, said it was important for those who quit: “We cannot determine where the files come from.