WikiLeaks: the whistle-blower


As I was scouring the Web for a topic for today's post, I realized there is one common denominator in the usual websites I often visit.
One of the Big News in The Huffington Post and a top page story in CNN are still about WikiLeaks.
Apparently, this international non-profit media organization (WikiLeaks) is making waves in both political and business scenes around the world.

So far, this website has dropped numerous bombs in the last few years.
The document that the site first released in 2006 was signed by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, ordering that some Somali government officials be assassinated.
After a year, The Guardian featured a front page story about the corrupt ways of former Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi.
More documents were leaked as years passed, from Sarah Palin's hacked yahoo account to some logs/ documents regarding Afghanistan/ Iraq.
The most recent explosion was the disclosure of numerous U.S. diplomatic cables.
Yahoo gave the top 10 revelations from the WikiLeaks cables in this post:

In this event, some would ask where is the boundary of freedom of press?
Should all news and information be opened to the public?
We know that in some countries, journalists are restricted.

In the recently released Press Freedom Index 2010, the top nations in the list are from Northern Europe.
Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland share the top spot.
However, the bottom ten countries (where it's not good to be in the media industry) are Rwanda, Yemen, China, Sudan, Syria, Burma, Iran, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.
Japan ranks 11th on the list with Denmark and Lithuania while the United States of America maintains 20th spot.

Upcoming leaks from the giant whistle-blower is making the US government plug holes all over.
For sure, other industries (such as the banking industry) are also on the scramble to keep everything under a tight lid.
We can just all wait for the next bomb to drop.

scour - search very carefully and thoroughly through an area, a document etc.
making waves - to cause problems
drop a bomb - to suddenly tell someone a shocking piece of news
hacked - to use a computer to enter someone else's computer system without their permission
disclosure - a secret that someone tells people or the act of telling this secret
cables - telegram
revelation - a surprising fact about someone or something that was previously secret but is now being made known
boundary - the highest or most extreme limit that something can reach or the limit of what is possible or acceptable
restricted - limited or controlled, especially by rules or laws
whistle-blower - someone who tells people in authority or the public about dishonest or illegal practices in business, government etc.
plug - to fill or block a hole
scramble - a situation in which something has to be done very quickly, with a lot of rushing around
keep a tight lid - to control a sitaution or to keep something secret, especially so that the situation does not become worse



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