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WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit [ 2 ] organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks , [ 4 ] and classified media from anonymous sources . [ 2 ] [ 5 ] Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organisation Sunshine Press, [ 6 ] claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. [ 7 ] Julian Assange , an Australian Internet activist , is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director. [ 8 ] Kristinn Hrafnsson , Joseph Farrell and Sarah Harrison are the only other publicly known and acknowledged associates of Julian Assange. [ 9 ] Hrafnsson is also a member of Sunshine Press Productions along with Assange, Ingi Ragnar Ingason and Gavin MacFadyen. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] The group has released a number of significant documents which have become front-page news items.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 13, 2011 Aboard Air Force One En Route Andrews Air Force Base