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WikiLeaks Outs Gay Saudi Arabian Man, Publishes Names of Rape Victims

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The document-sharing site has come under fire for releasing highly personal records that could endanger lives.

WikiLeaks has been accused of endangering private citizen's lives by exposing domestic complaints, medical records, and even passports on the document-sharing website.

An Associated Press report found that cables the site released from Saudi Arabia included reports of sexual abuse--where the victims' identities were revealed--and at least one report of a Saudi man who was held for "sexual deviation," or how the country refers to homosexuality.

Homosexuality in the Middle Eastern kingdom is illegal and carries a punishment up to death on the first offense.

The AP discovered that the site, founded by transparency advocate Julian Assange, has relaxed its standards on what information to withhold in recent years. WikiLeaks was instrumental in spreading the military documents leaked by former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth.

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