Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

Italy: Foreign ministry summons US ambassador over NSA spying

February 24, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Italy's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador John Phillips on Tuesday after WikiLeaks released top-secret documents showing how Washington had spied on the Italian prime minister. Foreign Minister Michele Valensise asked for 'clarifications' about U.S. surveillance, the Italian ministry said in a statement. The Italian government also alluded to changes that the Obama administration made in 2014, on the heels of damaging leaks from Edward Snowden, to prohibit personal spying on friendly foreign leaders. In response, the American ambassador promised to 'immediately' address Italy's concerns, the foreign ministry claimed." (02/23/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/270495-italy-summons-us-ambassador-over-reported-nsa-spying  

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Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant

February 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Independent [UK]    

"Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant in a rape case [sic]. The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts. Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said in a statement: 'We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision.'" (02/22/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html  

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When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?

February 8, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prior to this ruling, Assange's persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange's continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes." (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595  

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Assange says he’ll accept arrest if UN rules against him

February 4, 2016
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Wikileaks USA Today    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday that he would allow British officials to arrest him if a United Nations panel rules against him in a case against the United Kingdom and Sweden about his detention in London. ... The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to announce Friday its verdict on whether Assange is being detained illegally, according to media reports. The decision comes more than 16 months after the man filed a complaint with the panel about his detention. ... Assange noted that if the panel rules in his favor, he expects the return of his passport and 'the termination of further attempts to arrest me.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/03/julian-assange-will-accept-arrest/79800340/  

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Court ruling against Chicago sheriff proves thuggish anti-Wikileaks blockade was unconstitutional

December 1, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Beyond the positive outcome in this specific case -- What kind of person would become sheriff of Chicago and then choose to spend his time worrying about adult sex ads? -- the 7th Circuit's ruling is crucial for protecting free speech rights generally. That's because corrupt public officials have realized that they can abuse their power to pressure corporations to 'suffocate' private actors whom they dislike but who are breaking no laws. The most notorious, most dangerous case was in late 2010, when Joe Lieberman blatantly abused his power as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to implicitly threaten and coerce companies like Amazon to terminate website hosting and payment processing services to WikiLeaks, which had just published the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and diplomatic cables." (12/01/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/12/01/court-ruling-against-chicago-sheriff-proves-thuggish-anti-wikileaks-blockade-was-unconstitutional/  

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Julian Assange and the value of WikiLeaks: Subverting illusions

August 17, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Norman Solomon  

"Three years after Ecuador's government granted political asylum to Julian Assange in its small ground-floor London embassy, the founder of WikiLeaks is still there -- beyond the reach of the government whose vice president, Joe Biden, has labeled him 'a digital terrorist.' The Obama administration wants Assange in a U.S. prison, so that the only mouse he might ever see would be scurrying across the floor of a solitary-confinement cell. Above and beyond Assange's personal freedom, what's at stake includes the impunity of the United States and its allies to relegate transparency to a mythical concept, with democracy more rhetoric than reality. From the Vietnam War era to today -- from aerial bombing and torture to ecological disasters and financial scams moving billions of dollars into private pockets -- the high-up secrecy hiding key realities from the public has done vast damage. No wonder economic and political elites despise WikiLeaks for its disclosures." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7cuctt  

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WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on the last three French presidents

June 24, 2015
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Wikileaks ABC News    

"WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents, releasing material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece's economy, relations with Germany -- and, ironically, American espionage. The release caused uproar among French politicians, although it didn't reveal any huge surprises or secrets." (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2d6rqs  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime warns citizens to ignore Wikileaks doc dump

June 22, 2015
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Wikileaks The Guardian [UK]    

"Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens to ignore thousands of its diplomatic documents leaked by the transparency site WikiLeaks, which give a rare insight into the kingdom’s habit of buying influence and monitoring dissidents. ... On Sunday the Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali warned citizens not to 'allow enemies of the state to achieve their intentions in regards to exchanging or publishing any documents,' many of which, he said, had been 'fabricated in a very obvious manner.'" (06/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2c7yb5  

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Media lessons from Snowden reporting: LA Times editors advocate prosecution of sources

June 8, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"When it comes to taking the lead in advocating for the criminalization of leaking and demanding the lengthy imprisonment of our source, it hasn't been the U.S. Government performing that role but rather -- just as was the case for WikiLeaks disclosures -- those who call themselves 'journalists.' Just think about what an amazing feat of propaganda that is, one of which most governments could only dream: let's try to get journalists themselves to take the lead in demonizing whistleblowers and arguing that sources should be imprisoned! As much of an authoritarian pipe dream as that may seem to be, that is exactly what happened during the Snowden debate." (06/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzmrw22  

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America’s most wanted secret — Wikileaks is raising $100k reward for leaked drafts of the TPP

June 3, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"The only real information we have about the shady corporate giveaway known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), is via three chapters released by Wikileaks. Now, the whistleblower organization is raising $100,000 as a reward for additional leaked draft chapters." (06/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhud6x5  

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Sony hack: Wikileaks publishes more than 30,000 documents

April 17, 2015
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Wikileaks The Hollywood Reporter    

"On Thursday, WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, obtained from a hack that has been sourced to North Korea in anticipation of the studio's release of The Interview. The Julian Assange website noted in a press release that 'whilst some stories came out at the time, the original archives, which were not searchable, were removed before the public and journalists were able to do more than scratch the surface.' In a move that could trigger another round of embarrassing prying into Sony affairs, WikiLeaks has now published those documents in a searchable format." (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pyh7ea4  

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Interview: Julian Assange

March 17, 2015
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Wikileaks teleSUR [state media -- multiple Latin American governments]
by Chris Spannos  

"In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Julian Assange talks about why he chose Ecuador for asylum and the ongoing U.S. investigation into WikiLeaks." (03/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/me2ocgs  

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Sweden: Prosecutor requests permission to question Assange at London embassy

March 13, 2015
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Wikileaks Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Swedish prosecutor said on Friday that she had asked permission to question Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in the British capital, where he has taken refuge since losing a legal battle against extradition to Sweden in 2012. Prosecutors had previously refused to travel to London, but lead prosecutor Marianne Ny said time was running out to press certain charges against Assange, as their statue of limitations will be reached in August. ... One of Assange's defense lawyers, Per Samuelson, welcomed Friday's offer, saying his client would probably accept it. 'It's something that we have been asking for four years,' Per Samuelsson, one of Assange's lawyers, told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet. 'This is the way to go so that he is (proven) innocent.'" (03/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n55f4r7  

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Wikileaks accuses Google of silently handing over emails to US regime

January 27, 2015
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Wikileaks NDTV [India]    

"Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks on Monday accused Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification until almost three years later. Google was apparently acting in response to warrants issued by the US Department of Justice, which is investigating WikiLeaks for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files. WikiLeaks said the allegations against it point to a far broader investigation into its activities than the US authorities have previously indicated." (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phkye2n  

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Assange beamed into Nantucket as a hologram

September 29, 2014
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Wikileaks Vanity Fair    

"Julian Assange has figured out a way to escape his asylum in London. Sort of. Like Tupac Shakur, will.i.am, and Jem’s backing band before him, Assange, the embattled Wikileaks founder, shed his house arrest and corporeal form today, and appeared as a hologram at The Nantucket Project. ... The conference, a TED-type gathering of the intellectual elite of the Northeastern set, let Assange rub virtual elbows with the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers, poet Billy Collins and journalist Eugene Jarecki, who interviewed Assange’s hologram." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/py2pl2e  

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Julian Assange and extradition

August 20, 2014
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Wikileaks CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"So far, the latest chapter in the Julian Assange chronicle within the Ecuadorian embassy in London is one of mixed, and ultimately doomed promise. He is ailing, though it was clear that a deficiency in Vitamin D for a period of two years was bound to have some effect. Added to this lung and heart problems, and we have a serious patient with serious needs. Not even conventional prisoners should be denied a certain mandatory level of sunlight a day." (08/19/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/19/julian-assange-and-extradition/  

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Sweden: Court upholds Assange arrest warrant

July 17, 2014
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Wikileaks Ars Technica    

"A Swedish judge has upheld the arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ... The Australian remains wanted in Sweden for questioning relating to alleged sex offenses dating back to 2010—however, Assange has not yet been formally charged with a crime. ... Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012. ... He refuses to go to Sweden over fears that he will be extradited to the United States to face further potential charges relating to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified material." ()7/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q7kboku  

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WikiLeaks: Bringing the First Amendment to the world

July 9, 2014
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Wikileaks CounterPunch
by Nozomi Hayase  

"We live in a globalized society where consent of the governed is often manufactured through domestic propaganda or denied by military forces of authoritarian regimes or foreign powers. This use of coercive force is well-hidden from the vast majority of people in the world. The global crisis of legitimacy that seeded the cycle of protest movements revealed the interwoven structure of Western economic and military power, which in many countries imposes a kind of corporate dictatorship under the guise of liberal democracy. WikiLeaks was a game changer. Their publication of disclosed documents along with established media reaction showed the true face of liberal institutions and the waning effectiveness of the politics of representation." (07/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lmxwxy6  

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Sweden: Assange to file fresh challenge in effort to escape UK political imprisonment

June 18, 2014
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Wikileaks The Guardian [UK]    

"Lawyers for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who on Thursday marks his second anniversary holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, are preparing to file a challenge to his detention order in Sweden in a move that could impact the state of legal limbo in which he is trapped. Jennifer Robinson, Assange's UK-based lawyer, told reporters that the legal challenge, which is due to be lodged with Swedish courts next Tuesday, was based on 'new information gathered in Sweden.' She declined to give any further details until the filing had been made." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n6jcls5  

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Wikileaks to reveal second country under NSA surveillance

May 20, 2014
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Wikileaks South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]    

"WikiLeaks said on Tuesday it would reveal within 72 hours the name of a second country where the US National Security Agency is said to be using a sophisticated cyber-espionage programme to record the content of all phone calls made, despite a warning from investigative journalist Glen Greenwald that revealing the name of the nation could 'lead to deaths.' ... The NSA has previously justified its 'metadata' trawling as a means to identify threats to US national security like terrorism, but the documents indicate use of collected mobile network data as a method of pursuing criminals in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). WikiLeaks’ vow, released on Twitter, to reveal the second country comes inspite Greenwald’s stated concerns." [editor's note: If Glenn Greenwald wants to wear the "journalist" hat, he needs to realize that a journalist's job is reporting, not coming up with excuses for not reporting; if there are "lives at stake" due to NSA's criminal activities, that's NSA's responsibility, not Wikileaks's - TLK] (05/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pq3gn5w  

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The surveillance of WikiLeaks

February 24, 2014
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Wikileaks CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"If only we could say it was the first time. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have become the bread and butter of a good many staff in the National Security Agency and their British equivalent, GCQH. The outfit is also providing rich fare for a range of agencies keen to mark out WikiLeaks in some capacity as an illegal organisation. The effort has so far failed because the implications -- at least for now -- are simply too terrifying, especially for those with even a shade of interest in publishing and reporting. Criminalise WikiLeaks, and you criminalise us all." (02/22/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/21/the-surveillance-of-wikileaks/  

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Anonymous hackers plead guilty to 2010 PayPal cyberattack

December 9, 2013
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Anonymous CNet News    

"Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges they were involved in a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal for the eBay unit's refusal to process payments for WikiLeaks. The hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for engineering the December 2010 distributed-denial-of-service attack in retaliation for the online payment processing company's suspension of an account linked to WikiLeaks after the document-leaking organization released a large number of classified documents." (12/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/or9hukl  

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Germany: Assange files charges, claiming US spied on him

September 4, 2013
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Wikileaks Dhaka Tribune [Bangladesh]    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed charges in Germany claiming a US Marines intelligence officer spied on him during a Berlin computer conference four years ago, media reports said Wednesday. Assange said the spying at the Chaos Computer Club's 2009 annual congress was made public when the ex-Marine gave witness testimony in June this year in the military trial of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, who was later sentenced to 35 years' jail. ... Assange argued that such intelligence activity is illegal in Germany, NDR public broadcaster and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported, citing his complaint to the federal prosecutor's office in the city of Karlsruhe." (09/04/13)

http://tinyurl.com/l6kp79x  

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Ecuador: Assange appears in bizarre rap video to promote Wikileaks candidates

August 27, 2013
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Wikileaks The Daily Mirror [UK]    

"He's been stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy for more than a year, so it's possible Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being driven to distraction. But the Australian-born fugitive has taken tackling boredom to a whole new level with the release of a bizarre music video as part of his party's campaign in Australia's forthcoming election. The video -- in which Assange appears at one point dressed as an 80s rock star -- combines rap and rock music to get across the message of his Wikileaks party, which is fielding six candidates in next month's vote." (08/26/13)

http://tinyurl.com/kn3j6cl  

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Manning show trial shifts to video of US troops murdering civilians

June 10, 2013
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Fresno Bee    

"The court-martial of a U.S. Army private who gave troves of classified material to the website WikiLeaks is shifting in its second week to specific items he sent. ... The prosecution lineup includes two witnesses familiar with video of a 2009 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed at least 26 civilians. Manning has acknowledged sending the video to WikiLeaks from Iraq in the spring of 2010. But it was never posted online." (06/10/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mo2t9wa  

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