Wikileaks: the most controversial and exceptionally significant issue of 2010. World has not experienced such a fabulous use of Internet before. Releasing 250000 confidential US cables all sudden make the politicians realize Internet could be fatal.
No matter we want or do not, we are now living a parallel online live. And no longer is Internet a media of mere sharing of audio-video. Internet has been a media to reach the greatest number of people.
Factual person of the year
The controversy about Wikilaeks has made its founder Julian Assange the most intruding person of 2010. The Time had to face a lot of criticism making Mark Zuckerberg the person of the year. Julian Assange was the first choice of the raeders.
Bank of America, Paypal, Visa, Master card cut transaction with Wikileaks. These organizations have been rocked by pro-Wikileaks hackers’ frequent attack.
“Wikileaks” was the search term with the most significant growth worldwide in the first week of December.
In May 2010, WikiLeaks said they had video footage of a massacre of civilians in Afghanistan by the US military which they were preparing to discharge.
In an interview on 19 July 2010, Assange showed a document WikiLeaks had on an Albanian oil well blowout, and said they also had material from inside BP,and that they were getting huge amount of whistle-blower disclosures of a very high quality. They have not been capable to prove and release the material since they do not have sufficient volunteer journalists. In October 2010, Assange told a top Moscow newspaper that “The Kremlin had better brace itself for a coming wave of WikiLeaks disclosures about Russia.” Assange said,
“We have material on many businesses and governments, including in Russia. It’s not right to say there’s going to be a particular focus on Russia”.
Assange claimed 5GB from Bank of America is still in their possession, he told Forbes magazine,
“WikiLeaks was planning another megaleak for early in 2011, which this time would be from inside the private sector and engage a big U.S. bank”.