What is WikiLeaks and why did it get Julian Assange in so much trouble?

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Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blower media group WikiLeaks, pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that will allow him to return home to Australia after a 14-year-long legal saga. What is WikiLeaks? On its website, WikiLeaks says it is a multinational media organization that specializes in analyzing and publishing databases of censored or otherwise restricted materials involving wars, spying and corruption. It was founded by Assange in 2006 and lists several international media organizations among its co-publishers, research partners and funders. It also says that it is a not-for-profit organization that...