Seeds: Wikileaks is a media organization founded in 2006. Its main goal is to de-censor documents and expose corruption. Some of their most famous releases include the War logs, which are documents which detail the U.S.’s use of torture and the death of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan citizens. The organization is both praised and disdained. Some think it is a champion of freedom and people’s rights to know what is happening in their government. Others believe that the company poses a threat to national security by releasing such censored documents.
Core: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has recently claimed that members of the Ecuadorean government shut down his internet access right after the company released speeches from Hillary Clinton to a company called Goldman Sachs, which the campaign had previously refused to show the public. Just a fun fact about Assange and why he’s claiming that Ecuador shut off his internet; he’s been seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 because he’s facing extradition to Sweden for sexual assault crimes (literally, he’s been in the embassy for four years).
Skin: Wikileaks makes the press often. They have famously supported a fellow-leaker named Edward Snowden, which has bolstered some people’s opinions of the organization, but it has also alienated it from others.
Food For Thought: Do you think the organization is ethical? What do you think will be released next?