Do we really know what happens in this world? I mean we always have these leaks come out and tell us something new is happening we aren’t supposed to know. What are these leaks? Why are they going global so quickly? Why are they so hard to get offline? These are probably some questions the government keeps asking themselves. The answer is in the networks. Look at wikileaks, this organisation has leaked more than its fair share of incriminating evidence against the US government; and yet they still leak documents online and are yet to be taken down or IP’s blocked.
Why is it the leaks can’t be stopped by government officials though? Well According to Raffi Khatchadourian, it is the number of networks and relationships Julian Assange’s people have created over the years. The data they get sent is so encrypted and protected it is on hundreds of servers across the globe before it is finally leaked online. So you can stop one server, but there are hundreds more with the same information so the internet can continuously reload it. That’s some cool tech right there, and it is why the whistleblowers for wikileaks can never be traced. The best part is According to Assange himself, the raw data is so encrypted, that even if you traced potential leaks, you would have a fun time decrypting it to see if it was a leak or something else.
“we use this state of the art Encryption to bounce stuff around the internet to hide trails, pass it through legal jurisdictions like Sweden and Belgium to inact their legal protections” – Julian Assange 2010, on TED talks, which can be seen below .
These leaks that Assange’s organisation has provided the world have really given a good insight into what really happens behind the scenes in some of the worst places in the world. If it wasn’t for Wikileaks, you wouldn’t know that the NSA can hack your phones and were doing it; if it wasn’t for Wikileaks we wouldn’t have seen the REAL Afghanistan. We need wikileaks like we need toilet paper, “These sort of things reveal the true state of let’s say our own governments are like” (Assange, 2010)
These leaks are what stirs the pot in this world, the journalist’s willing to report on them and submit these documents to the public take huge risks. Look at Julian Assange right now, he is held up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London because leaving will mean in some way him going to America to face Espionage charges. So what will be the next big leak, Will we find out America can hack our webcams on our laptops and watch us? Will we hear that our government keeps up –to-date profiles on their population from their online activity? No one really knows what the next leak will be however, we know the leaks will come, and it will be sometime before they are deleted from the world of cyberspace.
TED 2010, Julian Assange: Why the world needs wikileaks, Online video, 19th July, Viewed 29/09/2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOnvp5t7Do
Khatchadourian, R. (2010) ‘No Secrets: Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency’ The New Yorker, 7th June, viewed 29/09/2013 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian