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Report: WikiLeaks Outed People With HIV, Rape Victims

| by Michael Allen

WikiLeaks, a website founded by Julian Assange (pictured), has famously disclosed numerous dark government and corporate secrets, but according to a new report, there have been many innocent people who have been outed along the way.

According to The Associated Press, the privacy of hundreds of people has been compromised by the transparency group.

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The news service notes that WikiLeaks named teens who were victims of rape on two occasions, and revealed the name of a Saudi Arabian citizen who had been arrested for homosexuality -- a death penalty offense in the strict Muslim country.

The news service was not able to reach Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012, and there was no answer to questions sent to the WikiLeaks website.

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However, WikiLeaks did tweet on Aug. 23: "US big media scramble to side with presumptive winner #Clinton. We expect many more recycled attacks like AP's today as our leaks continue."

"No, WikiLeaks did not disclose 'gays' to the Saudi govt. Data is from govt & not leaked by us. Story from 2015. Re-run now due to election."

There is no mention of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or the U.S. election in the AP report.

The news wire notes that diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia, exposed by WikiLeaks, contain at least 124 medical files that included "psychiatric conditions, seriously ill children or refugees."

The AP reports that it contacted 23 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia, whose personal information was revealed by WikiLeaks.

According to the news service, WikiLeaks often reveals people's "identity records, phone numbers and other information easily exploited by criminals."

WikiLeaks has reportedly published information that includes: marriages, divorce documents, kids who are missing, elopements, marital certificates (virginity records), personal debt, custody disputes, theft allegations and people with sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Lisa Lynch, a professor at Drew University who has been following WikiLeaks, told the AP: "For [Assange] the ends justify the means."

"We have a harm-minimization policy," Assange said in 2010. "There are legitimate secrets. Your records with your doctor, that’s a legitimate secret."

"We can’t sit on material like this for three years with one person to go through the whole lot, line-by-line, to redact," Assange later said. "We have to take the best road that we can."

Sources: The Associated Press via CBS News, WikiLeaks/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Tania Burgos-Lucero/Facebook via Wikimedia

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