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Wikileaks director Julian Assange addresses a press conference in London on Monday


Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director, has been publishing "sensitive documents" through what it calls "principled leaking" since July 2007.

Sunday's release of more than 75,000 classified reports about the war in Afghanistan is perhaps its biggest leak yet.

The site has become a key conduit for whistleblowers, hosting more than 1m documents and datasets ranging from Sarah Palin's email inbox and the Guantánamo Bay prison manual to a membership list of the the U.K.'s far-right British National Party and the financial secrets of Kaupthing, the Icelandic bank. It has even posted what it says is a U.S. intelligence report on the site itself.

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