Kuwait Wikileaks fuels Arab whistleblowing revolt

A new Arab whistleblowing site, Kuwait Wikileaks, has been launched in the run-up to planned protests by opposition groups in the country.

Announcing the site's launch yesterday, human rights activist Khaled Al-Hajeri told the Arab Times: "Wikileaks has become a culture that publishes the truth using the tools of technology. Kuwait Wiklileaks is not just a website and we have long term goals set in place."

According to Al-Hajeri, Kuwait Wikileaks is the first site dedicated to disseminating previously unseen documents relating to judicial, legislative and executive authorities in the country, as well as civil and private intuitions.

Kuwait has so far been relatively unaffected by the events sweeping the Arab world, but with opposition groups calling for a wave of national protests on 8th March, the site's demand for "a substantive system that monitors and regulates the performance of different institutions" looks set to ruffle feather's among the country's elite.

Al-Hajeri, who is also the founder and chairman of environmental NGO Kuwait Greenline, maintains that access to information about these bodies is a human right

"The website is designed to disseminate information needed by members of the community to understand their reality and what is happening around them, especially since knowledge has become overshadowed by rumours and misinformation," Al-Hajeri said in a press statement.

Hinting at the political turmoil engulfing many of Kuwait's Arab neighbours, the statement expressed support for "truth-seeking" by Arab youth, and encouraged them to support WikiLeaks' culture of openness throughout the Arab region, adding that documents available on the site would help to make sense of Kuwait's past and analyse contemporary events.

Kuwait Wikileaks has no official affiliation with Julian Assange's whistleblowing organisation, but bases itself around a similar methodology.

Al-Hajeri says the site's administrators will act as "mediators" between those supplying the documents and members of the community, assessing the credibility of material before sorting and classifying it, ensuring that all sources are protected.

"The management also vows to maintain the source's confidentiality in order to encourage the information owners, especially those who may be harmed, to send their documents to the site for publishing," the statement added.