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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Thanks to WikiLeaks, personal data on rape victims and sick kids is now public


Publishing personal stuff like that could destroy people.
Saudi man, after his paternity documents leaked

WikiLeaks calls itself a "giant library of the world's most persecuted documents."

It's also a giant library of personal records of innocent people, including rape victims and sick children, AP reports.

Hundreds of people have seen innocent family and friends exposed in WikiLeaks data dumps, and in some cases, the group has put lives in danger.

This has nothing to do with politics or corruption... This is illegal!
Dr. Nayef al-Fayez, Jordan

In two cases, WikiLeak named two teenage rape victims. In another, it published the name of a Saudi Arabian man arrested for being gay, which can be punished by death in that country.

In another case, it released a brain cancer patient's medical history online, much to Dr. Nayef al-Fayez's chagrin. 

WikiLeaks has denied some of the accusations.

The group implied the AP investigation was part of a conspiracy.

Julian Assange on Seth Rich

WATCH:  The organization has been stoking controversies lately, due to its release of a large number of Democratic National Committee emailsĀ and fueling a conspiracy theory tied to DNC staffer Seth Rich.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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