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Spotlight on the Dodgy

Surely the imperialists would put a stop to WikiLeaks' exposure of their shady ways.

Much of the front-page news from around the world over the last year and more cannot be understood, perhaps, without factoring in the role and effect of WikiLeaks. But today, despite its multiple successes, or some may say because of those, WikiLeaks is facing a challenge it may not survive. Not only has it been enfeebled with the attacks, it has been steadily deserted by its supporters, both in the media and civil society as well as within the organisation itself. However, it has changed the world in ways unthinkable and there is perhaps no going back.

While most of the travails of WikiLeaks are well known, this may be a good place to list some of the more important ones. Firstly, like many of the great institutions of the present world, WikiLeaks is also largely a virtual entity; that is, it exists in servers, mirror sites and packets of data on the world wide web with very little of a physical presence. Apart from the lack of a physical presence, it has also been identified, almost entirely, with one man – its founder and head – Julian Assange. This has been both a source of strength, and increasingly, of weakness for WikiLeaks.

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