This self-styled media organization leaked the largest cache of classified intelligence in U.S. history. But who are these guys anyway? Our special report takes a closer look at the inner workings of Wikileaks and its connection to the hactivists known as 'Anonymous'.
To understand the nature of the work Wikileaks performs, this series, formed out of my undergraduate dissertation, analyses their organisational structure, capabilities and its technological advantages.
The consequences of Wikileaks' work ultimately led to allegations made towards founder, Julian Assange, and his organisation became a worldwide target for intelligence agencies, governments and journalists alike.
As the largest cache of classified intelligence leaked in United States' history, the wide ranging ramifications of the release raised questions about governmental transparency, openness and trust.
Wikileaks is an organisation -- decentralised in structure and with no fixed headquarters or abode. The internal dialogue of the organisation has been blended and distorted by the media, with claims of inner corruption and conflicts of power, arrogance and self-seeking hedonism by Assange.
Yet a more pragmatic and objective view of the goals and objectives of Wikileaks, shows it to be a not-for-profit organisation acting in a capacity to bring news and information into the public domain. Similar in style to that of a broadcasting or media company, Wikileaks is famed for publishing leaked documents; some highly classified in nature.
Yet before the explosion of media interest in 2010, Wikileaks was lesser known and fought for different motives. The transformation of the organisation resulted through the varying level of information leaked to Wikileaks, from low level private industry whistle-blowing leaks to full transnational governmental releases.
The themes noted in this work explore empirically how the self-styled media organisation operates and notes its organisational structure.
Also, this work will critically examine in empirical detail how 'hactivist' group Anonymous have defended Wikileaks in paramilitary style, and will uncover how the cables came to be in the public light.