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How Much Did WikiLeaks Damage U.S. National Security?
To its supporters, the WikiLeaks disclosures have revealed a wealth of important information that the U.S. government wanted to keep hidden, particularly in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This included abuses by the military and a video that showed a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq on suspected militants. Those killed turned out to be unarmed civilians and journalists.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, now under arrest in Britain, has often argued that no one has been harmed by the WikiLeaks disclosures.
But many in the national security community say the leaks were harmful to a broad range of people. However, they generally say the damage was limited and has faded since the first big WikiLeaks dump in 2010, which included hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the U.S. military and the State Department.
Top 10 Greatest Hits of WikiLeaks
The Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs showed the true number of civilian deaths in Iraq and is the most detailed record of war to date. It detailed the abuse and torture of prisoners by police and military in full knowledge of coalition forces. Graphic release, week 2
The Minton Report detailed how Dutch multinational company Trafigura had dumped toxic waste in the Ivory Coast affecting 108,000 people. The report had been suppressed through a super injunction that the Guardian and the BBC obeyed, but WikiLeaks exposed. Graphic release, week 3
The Collateral Murder this classified US military video of a helicopter gunship slaying eighteen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and their rescuers, documents a war crime. Graphic release, week 4
PLUSD The Public Library of US Diplomacy is a growing collection of 3,326,538 diplomatic cables from 274 consulates and embassies spanning the period 1966 to 2010. PLUSD documents fifty years of United States diplomatic relations across the globe, its activities, its component corporations, its allies and its enemies. The collection has vastly expanded since the initial publication of Cablegate in 2010. Graphic release, week 5
The Syria Files provided extraordinary insight into the Assad regime over the period August 2006 to March 2012, through over two million emails from 680 Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies and the regime’s international security contracts. Graphic release, week 6
The Global Intelligence Files revealed the inner workings of the private intelligence firm Stratfor that services the US government and large corporations such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. Graphic release, week 7
TPP, TTIP & TISA, aka the ‘Big 3Ts’, are major trade agreements being drafted and negotiated in secret without proper democratic oversight. WikiLeaks has provided multiple draft chapters and negotiating positions to the public, which have fueled social justice and fair trade movements throughout the world. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are now stalled. The lesser known Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) between US, EU and 22 other countries accounts for two thirds of global GDP has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TiSA enters into force. Graphic release, week 8
The NSA World Leaders Targets are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organisation. The documents revealed interceptions of NSA targets, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s meetings with Heads of State, Prime Ministers Berlusconi and Netanyahu, President Hollande, the Japanese cabinet, and US economic espionage in Japan, France and Brazil, its singling out for interception of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) among others. Graphic release, week 9
The Democratic National Committee Leaks consist of 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the US Democratic National Party leadership, which resulted in the resignation of five top officials who had stacked the chips against one of the two Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders, to favour Hillary Clinton by pressuring media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and black PR methods. Graphic release, week 10