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Is it right to expose secret data? And can such disclosures ever be harmful? Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, responds to these questions and more in this 2010 interview with TED’s Chris Anderson. Assange explains that to “police the perpetrators of crime,” the WikiLeaks site publishes classified documents provided mainly by whistle-blowers. Although a few commentators have questioned some of Assange's facts and figures, getAbstract recommends this candid interview, which predates sexual misconduct allegations against Assange and the release of the movie The Fifth Estate. Please note that the video contains graphic footage of a US airstrike in Baghdad.

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Activist Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2007. Chris Anderson is the curator of TED.



WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, has reportedly published more classified documents than all other news organizations combined. It receives information from whistle-blowers through encrypted Internet pathways and by mail. The journalistic team then verifies, formats and releases the data. WikiLeaks rarely knows its sources, but when it does, it protects them.

WikiLeaks has influenced politics and events worldwide. For example, in 2004, the Kenyan government, headed by Mwai Kibaki, commissioned a report...

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    M. W. 7 years ago
    My picture of Julian Assange was very shallow and affected by the media, prior to this summary. I now have a much better sense for what drives him to do what he does. Seems like a friendly guy actually.