A selection of private medical files published by transparency website WikiLeaks is shown in Paris.
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WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, the Associated Press has found.In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims.The AP found that WikiLeaks also routinely publishes identity records, phone numbers and other information easily exploited by criminals.Assange insisted WikiLeaks had a system to keep ordinary people's information safe.Assange initially leaned on cooperating journalists, who flagged sensitive material to WikiLeaks which then held them back for closer scrutiny.Some private information is dangerous, courting serious consequences for the people involved.Vural Eroz, 66, was one of many people who'd written to the AK Party, complaining in 2013 that his car had been towed from his lawn by authorities in Istanbul. He was startled to find that WikiLeaks had published the message along with his personal number.
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