WikiLeaks has defended itself from criticism over its publication of secret US government documents realting to the war in Afghanistan, saying it is seeking greater transparency in government activities, the New York Times has reported.
Maverick Australian journalist Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has said that the documents, dubbed “The War Logs”, will offer a deeper and broader understanding of the violence and conditions prevailing in Afghanistan.
WikiLeaks, which published more than 92,000 top secret documents on the Afghan war, states on its webpage that the site aims to expose “unethical behaviour” by governments and corporations.
“We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information,” said the website.
In publishing the documents, WikliLeaks has gained many critics, including Steven Aftergood, the current head of government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, who has accused the website of “information vandalism”.
“WikiLeaks must be counted among the enemies of open society because it does not respect the rule of law nor does it honor the rights of individuals,” he wrote on his blog.