Wikileaks due to its idealistic framework has understandably come under criticism primarily from state and institutional entities. Arguments that the organisation hinders international diplomacy and the security of nations is a common theme amongst critics. This argument varies across the political spectrum of individuals, and their vested interest in relative issues. However beyond institutional leaks, another issue that Wikileaks faces is the public release of sensitive civilian information. According to Satter and Michael, Wikileaks has released information regarding the medical history, names of civilian causalities and rape victims.
Considering that Wikileaks slogan is ‘We Open Governments,’ how relevant is individual medical history is to reducing conflict and corruption. Wikileaks dismissed such privacy concerns as ‘unworthy of a headline.’Aftergood states that the publication of information can be considered as an act of oppression. However founder Julian Assange states that Wikileaks follows certain protocol to ensure harm minimisation. Lynch states that this release may be due to the limited resources that Wikileaks has. Contrast this release of information may be a reflection of ‘information wants to be free‘ aspect of Steven Levy’s framework for hacker ethic.
These incidents can be considered a small aspect in the ideals and achievements Wikileaks has accomplished. The opinions of such varies with ethics, as Wikileaks may consider such issues as a ‘means to an end.’