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How ‘user-generated’ is Wikileaks?

Prince of controversy: Wikileaks' director Julian Assange. PHOTO: New Media Days


Emily Fairbairn
Wikileaks is undeniably the king of user generated content.  The whistle-blowing site, which releases leaked documents in an effort to hold governments to account, demonstrates just how powerful UGC can be.

Today, Wikileaks caused a global diplomacy crisis by releasing thousands of classified US documents. Revelations contained within the documents include that US officials were instructed to spy on the UN leadership, French president Nicholas Sarkozy was seen as a ‘naked emperor’, and Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was referred to as ‘Hitler.’

Already the US government has insisted that the leaks will put “countless” lives at risk. Meanwhile, Wikileaks supporters view the release as a victory for transparency and democracy.
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