Wikileaks is accused of exposing personal data of hundreds of citizens which include rape victims, mentally ill and sick children. According to an analysis published by Associated Press, it is found that WikiLeaks released medical score reports of innocent people. As usual, it also published other sensitive information exploited by criminals which include phone numbers and identity records.
Committed to the exposing of government secrets, Wikileaks releases diplomatic cables and other classified information. The organisation faces some criticism for handling personal data after its emails, which have been published was sent to Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Turkey’s ruling AKP party back in July.
It is reported that Wikileaks collection of documents comprises of virus and spam along with the sensitive collection of the people. The information was first published earlier year by the foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia. This includes medical files of 124 people which include mentally ill patients, refugees and children. More than 500 passports, employment files and academic records were uncovered by transparency activist Paul Dietrich, after conducting a partial scan of the Saudi cables.
In two different cases, the organisation also named teenage rape victims. It also published the name of a Saudi citizen who had been arrested for being gay which is a punishable offence under Saudi law. Other files have also been posted on Saudi marriages, divorces, personal debt histories, and custody battles contained information on people who married women with sexually transmitted diseases and other sensitive data.
“We have a harm minimization policy. There are legitimate secrets. Your records with your doctor, that’s a legitimate secret.” Said, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange back in 2010. AP is not taking an initiative to identify the leak affected people, though it contacted 23 citizens who were in Saudi Arabia. Where some were unknown or not bothered about the exposure, while other were mortified. “This is a disaster, What if my brothers, neighbours, people I know or even don’t know have seen it? What is the use of publishing my story?” says, a Saudi woman to AP.