WikiLeaks: A Look Back at Developments in the Case

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Developments in the WikiLeaks case:

** December 2006

WikiLeaks is set up by a group of people including Australian Julian Assange, a former computer hacker. The group's intent is to help whistleblowers around the world post sensitive documents on the Internet without being exposed.

** August 2007

WikiLeaks posts a report showing former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi and his family embezzled billions of dollars of government funds.

** February 2008

The anti-secrecy website faces a major legal challenge in a U.S. court.

** June 2009

The Internet group wins Amnesty International's UK Media Award for publishing a 2008 report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights about police killings in Kenya.

** October 2009

The site publishes detailed contact information for 13,500 members and supporters of the controversial far-right British National Party.

** November 2009

WikiLeaks posts thousands of text messages from U.S. emergency workers and military personnel from the day of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

** April 2010

The site posts a military video of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 12 people, including two reporters for the Reuters news agency.

** July 2010

WikiLeaks releases tens of thousands of classified military documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan.

** October 2010

The Internet group releases some 400,000 classified military documents dealing with the prosecution of the Iraq war from 2004-2009.

** November 2010; August 2011

WikiLeaks publishes more than a quarter of a million classified U.S. diplomatic cables, including frank and sometimes embarrassing comments about foreign leaders and blunt assessments of security threats.

** December 2010

U.S. officials say the leaked diplomatic and military documents create national security risks and say there is an active criminal investigation into Assange. Also in December, he surrenders to British police, but later is released on bail.

** October 2011

WikiLeaks says it is suspending publication of classified U.S. documents to focus on fundraising following a financial blockade by Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and Western Union.