“What makes WikiLeaks interesting,” said James Ball of The Guardian, “isn’t the whistleblowing. You can publish come what may.” WikiLeaks is not the first leaking website; there are others that work in more inconspicuous ways. But this one doesn’t have the problems of publications in the UK, for example, where libel law influences the way in which a story is written.
“WikiLeaks doesn’t have these problems. It’s in so many places, in so many countries. You cannot take it down,” Ball said. New kinds of leaked material are emerging because of the ways in which WikiLeaks works. It allows for the publishing of raw material, collaboration between the source and the journalist, and the processing of large, complex and significant data. “We’re all realizing the importance of that,” Ball said.