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By Steven Z.K. Nickels     Jan 3, 2010 in Internet, the website devoted to providing a place for whistleblowers to leak documents and remain anonymous and untraceable, has suspended its website until January 6, 2010 while they seek needed funds to continue operations., the website founded in December 2006 as a place where whistleblowers can leak sensitive documents while remaining anonymous and untraceable, says on its default web page that the site is currently suspended until January 6, 2010 as the organization seeks additional funding. That amount includes $532,000 sought from a News Challenge grant from the nonprofit Knight Foundation. The Wikileaks's Twitter feed, reported the site going to temporary inactive status on December 24, 2009.
A message to visitors of the website says that "Wikileaks is overloaded. We need your support for more servers." The Wikileaks website appeal says that, We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world.
In the Knight Foundation grant proposal, which Wikileaks calls the, "WikiLeaks full-scale localization and community expansion project," the website says that Wikileaks enables whistleblowers and censored journalists to safely reveal primary-source material to the world. We (Wikileaks) have sourced thousands of stories for newspapers all over the world and helped expose both corporate and government corruption on a global scale.
The Knight proposal explains that Wikileaks plans to provide a link to local newspapers that publish stories based on documents published on the web site. And in what seems be a fascinating and valuable aspect of the localization goal, the grant proposal says that Wikileaks will allow local newspapers to add a "code snippet" to the newspaper's website to allow for local users to upload documents to Wikileaks. They say of this feature, By uploading to Wikileaks through their local newspaper, both the whistleblower and the journalist will optionally be able to further communicate anonymously to ensure that the story receives full coverage and maximum depth. The proposal further says of Wikileaks short history, "In our nearly three years of operation, every source has been protected, and every attempt at censorship of our material has been defeated."
The Wikileaks website does not list a phone number but after requesting comment for this story using an email address posted on the site, Wikileaks replied, saying, "We will be back on the six(th) in some form come hell or high water. How much we can release and how fast, depends on how much funding we have." The email reply also included a link to the grant request from the Knight Foundation. No name was included with the response.
Some of the more notable and controversial documents posted on Wikileaks includes 570,000 pager messages from September 11, 2001, reports of meetings of the secretive Bilderberg Group posted in May 2009, proposed Internet censorship lists of the Australian Communications and Media Authority in March 2009, details of a hacked Yahoo email account belonging to Sarah Palin in September 2008, documents related to the Church of Scientology in March and April 2008, Standard Operating Procedures relating to the operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities uploaded in November and December 2007, and documents related to the Swiss bank Julius Baer which resulted in Wikileaks being taken off-line briefly in February 2008, after a lawsuit was filed in California over the leaks.
The document database has reportedly grown to more than 1.2 million documents since the site actually went online in January 2007. Wikileaks says that they have "successfully" fought over 100 lawsuits that have been filed against them.
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