Hotel front near Haeundae Beach. Busan, South Korea. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
What happens behind closed doors and hotel curtains? More often than not, WikiLeaks has got the answer.
Back in May 2012, I chose to feature this image after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had lost his appeal at the supreme court in London against his extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations. Shortly afterwards, Assange sought and was granted asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Nearly five years later, it is ever more apparent that Assange’s fear of being extradited to the US are far from unfounded, as US attorney general Jeff Sessions recently stated that arresting him is a priority.
“Wikileaks was officially launched in 2007 in order to receive leaked information from whistle-blowers, using the latest technology to protect the anonymity of the sources. The organization has increasingly gained global recognition with the successive publication of massive troves of classified documents from the U.S. government relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands of cables from the U.S. embassies around the world.” [Source: Amy Goodman]
Some think that “WikiLeaks has contributed to a healthy and necessary dose of governmental and business transparency”, other believe that the organisation “undermined necessary confidentiality and security by revealing information that should not be in the public domain”. [Source: Rick Cohen]