Wikileaks made a name for itself releasing secret government documents which proved the United States had participated in grotesque war crimes. However, now times have changed and WikiLeaks is apparently now in the business of outing gay men in parts of the world where such information may get them executed.
The whistleblowing group has released thousands of documents from Saudi Arabia, which was completely unredacted in a massive info dump. Among the data were the names of homosexual individuals living in Saudi Arabia which is a theocracy that puts individuals to death for being gay. The archaic methodologies of death can range from being beaten, stoned, or having their heads chopped off with an axe.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange defended the leak and said, “The Saudi Cables lift the lid on an increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship that has not only celebrated its 100th beheading this year, but which has also become a menace to its neighbours and itself.”
In the information dumped by WikiLeaks the personal information of thousands of civilians was included. Some of the data showed the identities of domestic workers who were sexually abused by employers, even going so far as to list the individual’s passport numbers. One particular point of outrage is a cable which included the personal details of a Saudi Arabian citizen who had been arrested for “sexual deviation”, but had not yet been sentenced. The worry is now that the man’s information is public the government will use him as an example to other gay citizens by killing him in a grotesque and public way.
Saudi Arabia has executed over 100 gay people this year alone, and that number will likely rise to 101 thanks to the reckless actions of WikiLeaks.