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, 1971–, Australian Internet journalist and activist, founder of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website that publishes documents and images considered confidential or secret by governments and businesses.
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A website ( that according to its submission page, accepts classified, censored and restricted material that has ethical, diplomatic and political significance. Founded by Julian Assange, the site is designed to be uncensorable and untraceable because submissions are routed through Sweden and Belgium, which have laws that protect journalist sources. The first documents were published on WikiLeaks at the end of 2006.

Very Controversial
Documents and videos have been published on WikiLeaks that include sensitive military information, political cover-ups, tax evasion, suppression of free speech and spying. Some have caused enormous controversy, while others have effected changes such as the outcome of an election. Assange, who keeps an extremely low profile, has been hailed as both hero and villain.

WikiLeaks garnered major, international attention in the summer of 2010 when it published thousands of U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. It enabled the public to learn realities of the war as well as divulged U.S. strategy.
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Increasingly, the question for organisations across the public, private and non-profit sectors is not whether whistle blowing mechanisms are needed but how to ensure that they are designed, implemented and maintained effectively.
Therefore couldn't a former council employee take the confidentiality cash and still let the cat out of the bag by using the whistle blowing legislation?
The large-scale whistle blowing event at the arboretum is part of a five-month programme of Battle of the Somme commemorations.
He said that Bangladesh, India and South Africa have already made legislations by adopting Whistle Blowing Acts and such legislations have bore fruits in these countries.
Chairman NAB said, in this media age, Whistle Blowing Act is imperative for the country.
Internal auditors' perceptions of whistle blowing and the influence of moral reasoning: An Experiment.
Worryingly, just under half (44 per cent) of nurses in Wales said worries about victimisation or reprisals would make them think twice about whistle blowing with only 34% saying that they would be confident about whistle blowing.
(2004), "Developing and Teaching the Virtue-Ethics Foundations of Healthcare Whistle Blowing," Monash Bioethics Review.
London, Nov 28 ( ANI ): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused "right wing" American politicians and "extremists" of handing his whistle blowing website an "economic death penalty".
Summary: An American bank has announced it will no longer process transactions for the whistle blowing website WikiLeaks.