WikiLeaks' top releases

Other top leaks obtained by WikiLeaks include:

– 2007: The site publishes “Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures,” a 238-page US Army instruction manual from 2003 for the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The detailed manual, which states rolls of toilet paper, among other things, could be given to detainees as rewards, was criticised by rights groups.

– 2008: In September, during the 2008 US presidential campaign, the content of Sarah Palin’s personal email account was hacked and some email screenshots were posted on WikiLeaks. The manager of the McCain-Palin campaign, Rick Davis, called the leak “a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law” in a statement.

– 2008: WikiLeaks posted on its website a list of more than 10,000 names — including addresses, telephone numbers and occupations — of members of Britain’s British National Party (BNP). At least one police officer was fired as a result from the leak, as British police and prison officers were banned from joining the BNP in 2004. The party threatened legal action against whoever had published the list.

– 2009: In November, the site began publishing what it said were hundreds of thousands of pager messages from the day of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. WikiLeaks did not reveal how it had obtained the pager messages purportedly from telecommunications companies, but technology blogs said at the time they appeared to be genuine.

– 2009: WikiLeaks was among the websites to publish controversial documents and email exchanges between researchers at the Climate Research Unit at Britain’s University of East Anglia, one of the world’s leading climate centers. The leak was seized upon by climate change sceptics who said the emails supported their cause, sparking a global row later dubbed “climategate.” An inquiry later cleared the researchers of any wrongdoing.

– 2010: In April, WikiLeaks released a video of a US military Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad three years ago which killed two Reuters employees and a number of other people. The gun camera footage included audio conversations between Apache pilots and ground controllers in which they identify the men in a Baghdad street as armed insurgents and ask for permission to open fire. Wikileaks said it obtained and decrypted the video “from a number of military whistleblowers” but did not provide any further information about how it got hold of the footage.

– July 25, 2010: WikiLeaks published nearly 77,000 classified US military documents — Pentagon files and field reports spanning from 2004 to 2010 — on the war in Afghanistan and said it will soon publish another 15,000. The documents reveal details of civilian victims and supposed links between Pakistan and the Taliban insurgents, infuriating the Pentagon and shining the spotlight on WikiLeaks.

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