The anti-secrecy international organisation was founded in 2006 by Australian Julian Assange. The non-profit group calls itself a media organisation and also acts as an online "drop box" for anonymous sources to leak information and documents to journalists. In 2010, WikiLeaks became more prominent after releasing the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed US Army helicopter firing on a group of mostly unarmed men, two of whom were journalists.

Please explain: Abe asks Biden for an investigation into claims the US spied on close ally Japan

US Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke about US spying allegations.  Photo: Reuters

Working to prevent tension with a treaty ally, Vice President Joe Biden reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the US limits its surveillance of friendly nations, after leaked documents showed US spying on Japanese officials and companies.

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015, 1:45pm 3 comments

Japan calls WikiLeaks’ US spying allegations ‘deeply regrettable’

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan was seeking an explanation from Washington over alleged US spying on the Japanese government and Japanese companies. Photo: Kyodo

Tokyo on Monday described claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable”, in its first official response to revelations from whistleblower group WikiLeaks.

 “I will withhold comment. But If this is true, as an ally, it’s deeply regrettable,” the government’s top spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing.

3 Aug 2015 - 1:15pm

WikiLeaks to release 500,000 Saudi diplomatic cables, including paper on 'Bin Laden inheritance'

King Salman is head of state and government of Saudi Arabia. If genuine, the Saudi diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks would offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the notoriously opaque kingdom. Photo: Reuters

WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said on Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of US State Department cables in 2010.

WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to be in Arabic.

20 Jun 2015 - 2:36pm

WikiLeaks draws fire for creating online database for Sony files hacked 'by North Korea'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the hacked files are a matter of public interest. Photo: Reuters

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive.

It is the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack, which the company estimates caused millions in damage.

17 Apr 2015 - 2:42pm 1 comment

Swedish prosecutor asks to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waves from a window with Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino at Ecuador's embassy in central London in 2013. Photo: Reuters

Swedish prosecutors have asked for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s approval to question him in London where he is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy.

14 Mar 2015 - 3:05am 1 comment

Google accused of secretly handing WikiLeaks staff data to US authorities

Google was apparently acting in response to warrants issued by the US Department of Justice when it turned over e-mails and IP addresses of key WikiLeaks staff to the US Department of Justice. Photo: Reuters

WikiLeaks has accused Google of handing over the e-mails and electronic data of the whistle-blowing site's senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:58pm 1 comment

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy in London ‘soon’

Julian Assange. Photo: EPA

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion yesterday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition was resolved.

19 Aug 2014 - 12:45pm

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange tries to end deadlock with Swedish legal challenge

Julian Assange

Lawyers for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who yesterday marked his second anniversary holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, are preparing to file a challenge to his detention order in Sweden in a move that could lift the state of legal limbo in which he is trapped.

20 Jun 2014 - 6:05pm

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks vows to reveal second country where NSA is recording all mobile phone calls

WikiLeaks has pledged to reveal the name of a second country that is having virtually all of its mobile phone calls recorded by the US National Security Agency, despite a warning that leaking the information could 'lead to deaths'.

20 May 2014 - 6:53pm 13 comments

More WikiLeaks data on the way, Julian Assange tells Web forum

Attendees watch Assange from Austin, Texas. Photo: Bloomberg

Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, said his living situation was a bit like prison - with a more lenient visitor policy.

10 Mar 2014 - 7:34am

Julian Assange biographer Andrew O’Hagan breaks silence on WikiLeaks

Writer Andrew O'Hagan. Photo: Getty Images

The ghostwriter who collaborated with Julian Assange on his abortive 2011 autobiography has broken his silence to describe his months working with the WikiLeaks founder, which culminated in the collapse of the high-profile book deal.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:36pm

WikiLeaks founder Assange likely to avoid secrecy charges in US

Assange in Ecuador's embassy

The US Justice Department has "all but concluded" it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents.

27 Nov 2013 - 2:28am

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks likely to miss deadline for deal, leak shows

Leaders meet at the Trans-Pacific Partnership meet in Bali. Photo: AP

The leak of a document purported to be part of the draft text for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord has further dented optimism talks can be concluded by the end of this year.

22 Nov 2013 - 1:14am 1 comment

British aide to Snowden advised to stay in Berlin

Sarah Harrison (right)

Sarah Harrison, the British journalist and Wikileaks staffer who has been acting as an assistant to Edward Snowden since his arrival in Moscow, has left Russia and joined the growing band of net activists stranded in Berlin.

8 Nov 2013 - 2:26am

Chelsea Manning rejects 'anti-war pacifist' label

Chelsea Manning. Photo: AP

Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks source formerly known as Bradley Manning, has expressed intense unhappiness at the public profile that is being presented about her, warning that a false impression is being given to the outside world that she is an anti-war pacifist and conscientious objector.

10 Oct 2013 - 4:35pm