Documents published by the non-profit organization Wikileaks reveal that the NGO Invisible Children has direct links with the Ugandan government, with accusations of espionage. Invisible Children was responsible for launching the viral video Kony 2012, which shows the story of LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) leader Robert Kony, possibly responsible for the kidnapping of more than 60,000 children in Uganda.
Julian Assange’s organization made public documents such as a 2007 correspondence, which reports on a meeting between Steven Browning, US Ambassador to Uganda, with Ben Keesey, the NGO’s CEO, so that he could be updated on activities and efforts he would have to undertake to publicize conditions in the country.
Another document was a letter sent by the US embassy in Uganda in 2009, which says that the NGO had given the country government the location of Patrick Komekech, a child soldier who pretended to be an LRA leader in order to extort money from other NGOs and until officers. Komekech even appeared in some Invisible Children documentaries, according to the Digital Journal.
The NGO says that, in following Patrick’s life, it saw that he and others were having attitudes that “could compromise the lives of civilians and put the organization and its employees at risk”. Those responsible for the organization complete, saying that “it does not pass on efforts of intelligence to any foreign government”.
It is not the first time that the NGO has suffered any type of accusation. When it was released, Robert Kony’s video – accused of forming a child army and sexually enslaving girls, and wanted by the International Criminal Court – was accused of containing manipulations. There are other claims that Invisible Children’s efforts and funding should be more transparent and aimed at supporting children.
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