One of the world’s most infamous document sharing sites, WikiLeaks, released confidential emails yesterday that were obtained from an influential security think tank – Strategic Forecasting (Stafor), an Austin, Texas-based firm provides security analysis to the U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the emails dating back from July 2004 to December 2011 “reveal the inner workings” of the company, including their “web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
“Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants from the U.S. government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations, and journalists,” Assange told Reuters. “What is of grave concern is that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organizations fighting for a just cause.”
The existence and value of WikiLeaks is certainly a contentious issue. When they released thousands of documents pertaining to the Iraq war in 2010, many people were quick to call Assange and his organization muckrakers and, even worse, enemies of the United States government. But as document sharing gains prominence, it is inevitable that such organizations will exist. Document sharing and information sharing can be a democratizing force, and there is no telling all the ways it will begin to be used in the future.
WebPal is preparing to release the newest version of the Cloud Content Server, version 2.2, and ease of document sharing is definitely an important feature. Recent documents, shared files and folders, and attached WebPal Drives are listed for easy access on the home screen. Online document viewing allows full-content reading at full resolution without a download. For more information, check out this blog post and stay tuned in the coming days for more updates.