The Wiki Leaks group does claim to have published material of ethical, political and historical significance while hiding the identity of the sources, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.Beyond a doubt, a huge set of classified documents including the leaked US embassy cables was released into the public domain – is actually detrimental to the US foreign Policy. Nevertheless, the documents would give the people an insight into the US foreign handling, yet publishing of the secret cables has raised some genuine concerns about the safety of innocent people.
The question-Whether Wiki Leaks has violated the law by publishing the classified stuff is yet to be assessed with passage of time. But the disclosure of these documents has definitely given birth to several "painful human rights issues" namely the torture scenarios, free speech difficulties, and the way 'businesses' would react to government pressure to censor.
As Wiki Leaks founders are a mixture of different ethnic groups of various nationalities including Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa, they continue to maintain that their organization has never released any document without duly verifying. In fact, Julian Assange, an Australian internet activist and director of the Wiki Leaks, says that the submitted documents are reviewed by a group of five experts.
Siding with Wiki Leaks, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil expressed his solidarity with Julian Assange following his arrest in the UK. The government of Ecuador made an offer to Julian Assange to establish residency in Equador. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a statement calling on non-governmental organisations to consider "nominating Julian Assange as a nobel prize laureate." While Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, offered his support for Wiki Leaks following the release of US diplomatic cables in November 2010 that showed the United States had tried to rally support from regional governments to isolate Venezuela.
On the contrary, Australia, France, Iran, Libya, Philippines and the United States criticized Julian Assange. Russian investigative reporter Andrei Soldatov has criticised Wiki Leaks for disclosing documents without checking of the facts, without putting them in context, and without analyzing them.
Australia condemns Wiki Leaks actions. France views Wiki Leaks as violation of diplomatic relations. Iran also criticised Wiki Leaks following the release of United States diplomatic cables. Ahmadinejad claimed that the release of cables purporting to show concern with Iran by Arab states was a planned leak by the United States to harm his government. Libyan leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi said, "Do not be fooled by Wiki Leaks because that publishes information written by “lying ambassadors” in order to create chaos.
Hillary Clinton denounced the group saying, "this disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests, it is an attack on the international community."
Seventy percent of Americans think the leaks are doing more harm than good by allowing enemies of the United States government to see confidential and secret information about U.S. foreign policy. A majority of Germans disapprove of Wiki Leaks. A poll by CNN revealed that more British people agree than disagree that Wiki Leaks was right to release the cables, Australian UMR research poll shows that the majority of Australians are against the official government position on Wiki Leaks. The poll also looked at issues in relation to Julian Assange, with the results showing a positive opinion on him. A December 2010 Gallup poll in Pakistan found that 52% of Pakistanis believe "America itself has published the documents on purpose to create unrest," while 24% believe that this is not the case.
Quite shockingly, the recent high profile hacking of Sony Play station, Lockheed Martin, Google Gmail etc. has proved that the hackers are getting smarter as they are staying ahead of security experts.
Both Google and Microsoft are competing for the maximum popularity of the social networking sites such as Face book and Twitter; both have made their presence known worldwide. Apple proved the significance of a brilliant idea to turn around a struggling brand.
The servers of Sony, the entertainment giant, were subjected to two successive hacking within days. Surprisingly, the accounts of millions were hacked into and the servers of Nintendo suffered the same disaster as well.
The shameful ‘hack activity’ and the publication by the Wiki leaks have done a huge damage to national and international interests beyond repair.
A recent 'data theft' from International Monetary Fund computers by hackers is thought to be linked to a foreign government. The computer worms were downloaded into the IMF’s networks through so-called spear phishing, which involves sending e-mails that appear to come from colleagues or other officials.
Ongoing hacker attacks undermine the confidentiality of the stored data which eventually ends up in the hands of publishers such as wiki Leaks.
Since the crime of hacking poses a great threat to individuals, corporations, banks, companies and the governments around the world, internet security apparatus has to be evolved through revolution before it gets out of hand.
At the end of the day, transparency remains the best medicine for socio-economic and political healing through providing the “humankind” with truth alone.