Wikileaks has become known worldwide through the dissemination of videos taken by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan showing that the soldiers' behavior resembles that of the players on PC and consoles. A video called "Collateral Murder" was viewed by millions.
Then it's cablegate, the revelation of messages of U.S. embassies to their government.
Wikileaks servers are safe in a bunker dating from the Cold War in the White Mountains Pionen in Sweden.
Noting that hackers were using the Tor network to transmit documents, the group began to filter content across the network to gather information.
Tor hides IP behind proxies and operates from a network server computers made by individuals. A member of wikileaks being part of this network, so access to content.
Another major source is an analyst for the U.S. Army, Bradley Manning, who made a backup of the contents of the computers of its service on a CD and forwarded it to the site.
The site also receives documents directly and is presented as a wiki, but not editable. Documents must be original to be published.
Wikileaks lives from donations. The organization founded as a nonprofit association employs a few people full time and 800 occasional volunteers.
It receives funding from the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. In return it provides its documents to newspapers, the site itself being down most of the time.
It is housed in the offices of Bahnhof as seen in video above.
The activity of Wikileaks is protected by Swedish constitution.