Since Wikileaks started contacting Norm Coleman supporters to tell them their personal information was available on his campaign Web site, the site has been receiving a flood of questions and accusations.
In their third update since the announcement, Wikileaks addresses some of those questions and concerns.
To catch you up on the latest, check out previous stories on the leak. About 50,000 Coleman supporters had their personal data leaked. About 4,700 of those had their financial data, including full credit number and security card easily available on the site.
1) Wikileaks is a non-partisan public service:To see proof to back up their statement and read the rest of their statement and report, head over to Wikileaks.
Wikileaks is an international public service primarily based out of Stockholm, Nairobi and Washington. Wikileaks protects confidential sources trying to get information to the press and journalists who have been censored. We protect all our sources under the Swedish Press Freedom Act, which provides criminal sanctions against those attempting to breach source-journalist confidentiality.
We are also personally bound by this law as are all our contractors. Wikileaks protects sources regardless of country or political alignment. In practice, most of our work is related to human rights violations, corruption and preventing censorship. We are banned in the United Arab Emirates and China.
We don't just talk about neutrality--we practice it. Many of you have asked whether we would publish similar material from the Democrats. The answer is yes. All documents that fit our simple, transparent guidelines are released to the public.
We are non-partisan and have published many documents considered to be supportive of Republican interests that have become major news items.
2) Coleman released full credit details, but Wikileaks did not.
Although the Coleman database contains full credit card numbers, security numbers and all personal necessary details needed to make a transaction. Wikileaks did not release these.
Wikileaks released the last 4 digits and the security numbers only, and then only after notifying those concerned:
A number of people tried to raise the issue back in January, without releasing any information at all. There was no response from the Coleman Campaign and the material had been "floating around" the Internet for at least six weeks.
Please try to avoid the quite natural desire to shoot the messenger.
Coleman supporters only know about the issue because of our work. Had it been up to Senator Coleman, you never would have known.
As part of our public benefit maximization strategy, we privately, and pre-emptively contact parties concerned. That is why we contacted you. We would have liked donors to have had several days to digest the findings in private, but Senator Coleman decided to publicly "spin" the issue, forcing us to respond.
3) The database was made public by the Coleman Campaign.
There was no "hack". The database was made publicly available for a short period of time by Coleman staff as http://colemanforsenate.com/db/database.tar.gz on Jan 28 and possibly other days.
This is clearly due to sloppy handling by the Coleman Campaign.