July 26th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

How WikiLeaks works

John D. Sutter

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WikiLeaks isn't much to look at.

The website's homepage is largely composed of a plain-text logo and a giant hyperlink that simply says: "Submit documents."

But there's plenty of technical muscle and strategy behind the whistle-blowing website that's known for leaking state secrets, including, on Sunday, tens of thousands of alleged documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

That's not to say WikiLeaks is immune to attacks and technical challenges, however. The site crashes on occasion, either because of high traffic, as was the case Sunday and Monday, or because of lack of funds, which reportedly was the case when the site briefly shut down in January.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Samuel Jinadu

    It is important that this leak of official document that has bearing with human live is criminal should be so treated

    July 27, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  2. max

    I am not familiar with all 92,000 documents, but has Wikileak informed us of something we didn't know or suspect. Pakistan friend? I think not. Now the question is how does Pakistan respond? Do they deny and act shocked! Or do they take their basketball and go home? Hopefully the latter. I think we should probally rely more on India then Pakistan. Its a shame we go anywhere with a fistful of dollars and expect to buy loyalty. Its rediculous and we should let Pakistan know that they are on their own. Screw them. If theu "lose" a bomb or sell one, let's make it very clear that Pakistan will look like Afganistan after we are done bombing should theu have anything to do with a nuclear attack, directly or indirestly!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  3. Elaine McKellips

    I am appalled at the blaze faire attitude of the WikiLeak administration. They were leaking classified documents, we are in the state of war. Why is not violating that state not Treason? I think that a criminal investigation should be conducted and the person/s responsible for this iresponsible leak and disemination of classified documents, should spend a considerable amount of time in prison. My son served in the first Gulf War and my sister has a grandson in Iraq. This (leak sounds to trivial) leak of information could make it very unsafe for not only our allies, but our own sons. Bring them home and let them have their own civil war.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  4. Richard Foley

    Please include a time-frame-date-frame identifier information with each report. Without this data your reports can give false impressions. Your viewers desire to factual accurate information. With out some time frame reference we can not accomplish our goals. Don't make us have to go searching elsewhere.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Billions of American taxpayer dollars being given to Pakistan during the utterly corrupt Republican administration of Bush-Cheney appears on official US Military documents tracking them to have funneled those free dollars to the Pakistani ISI spy agency who used that free money to equip, train and fund the Taliban killing American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

    White House spokesperson Gibbs is stating 'the present administration' has been fully aware of the US military information that was leaked. Really? You knew Billions of free American taxpayer dollars were being funneled by the Pakistani ISI to the Taliban??!

    July 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  6. Miranda

    Phenomenal and fascinating very much indeed:)

    July 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm |