Julian Assange may have promised a "harm minimisation policy", protecting the private details of WikiLeaks subjects unless directly linked to uncovering government corruption. But that's been called into question by a new report from the Associated Press, which states the whistleblowing group shared personal information on "hundreds" of innocent people.
Financial details, medical records, and even the identities of teenage rape victims were exposed. Those linked to the leaked Saudi Arabia cables could now see their civil liberties come under attack in the staunchly conservative nation as a result, with those flaunting the country's religious laws surrounding sexuality now at risk.
WikiLeaks is disputing the claims, calling the story a "ridiculous" re-run of a 2015 story, resurfaced as part of a conspiracy by the US media in retaliation to publishing damning emails relating to likely winner of the US presidential race, Hilary Clinton. In its defence, WikiLeaks didn't leak the Saudi cables nor upload the AKP party data from Turkey – it merely facilitated making them easier to trawl through. Regardless, it does call into question who exactly it's prepared to expose in order to achieve its goals. [Associated Press]