By Gautham Nagesh - 07/01/10 04:02 PM EDT
The online whistleblower site Wikileaks is experiencing significant issues and hasn't been able to accept submissions securely in more than two weeks, according to a report from Wired.
Despite a slew of positive press coverage in recent months, the report notes Wikileaks has only published 12 documents since the beginning of this year. The site attracted headlines in April after founder Julian Assange claimed credit for posting a classified video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad that resulted in the deaths of several civilians. But that video was posted at another website; Wikileaks has not posted a new document since a classified U.S. embassy cable published February 18.
Since June 12, the site's secure submission page has stopped working after the site failed to renew its SSL license, which according to Wired costs less than $30 per year and takes a few hours to set up. Another system to upload documents securely via the anonymizing service
Tor stopped working in February. The site has also stopped supporting secure downloads, making users susceptible to eavesdropping should they download any content.
Assange has also been in the headlines recently for speaking out on behalf of Army analyst Bradley Manning, who was arrested on suspicion of leaking the video and other pieces of classified information to Wikileaks. Assange has said he plans to stay away from the U.S. lest authorities here attempt to question him with regards to the Manning situation. Wikileaks also announced it has decrypted a video of the 2009 Garani air strike in Afghanistan, which Manning has claimed credit for leaking.