Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Manning vs. the Marines

December 4, 2012
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Kelley B Vlahos Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"As far as villains go, Pfc. Bradley Manning is hardly quintessential. At 5 foot 2 inches tall, his slender frame and bespectacled image has invoked snickers, sarcasm and according to reporting over the last two years, a lifetime of bullying. ... One can’t imagine worse conditions than being 21-year-old Manning in Army boot camp. Except a 23-year-old Manning incarcerated by the Marines." (12/04/12)

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Manning up

December 4, 2012
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CounterPunch
by Randall Amster  

"Whatever one’s views about his alleged actions, you would need a pretty hard shell not to be moved by the case of Bradley Manning. Hero to some, traitor to others, this diminutive soldier has endured an unprecedented level of mistreatment, languishing in a largely incommunicado pretrial state for more than two years and facing repeated episodes of humiliation and degradation. Compounding this case is Manning’s status as a gay solider, for which he had experienced repercussions well before gaining international notoriety as a purported Wikileaks source for some of the whistleblowing site’s most damning allegations about governmental and military machinations around the world." (12/04/12)

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Declassified docs: US military considers Assange “enemy”

September 26, 2012
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States -- the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with 'communicating with the enemy,' a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death." (09/27/12)

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Assange to Obama: Stop Wikileaks witch hunt

August 19, 2012
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Wikileaks CBS News    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on President Obama to end a "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, after appearing in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago. ... He also called on the U.S. to release Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who has been charged with aiding the enemy by passing the secret files to WikiLeaks and is awaiting trial." (08/19/12)

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UK: Top court backs Assange extradition to Sweden

May 30, 2012
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Wikileaks Agence France-Presse    

"The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but put his deportation on hold to give his lawyers a final chance to reopen the case. After an 18-month legal battle, the court rejected the argument by lawyers for the 40-year-old Australian that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant over sex crime allegations was not entitled to do so." (05/30/12)

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UK: Supreme Court to rule on Assange extradition

May 29, 2012
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Wikileaks Yuma Sun    

"Britain's Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, a potential turning point in the Internet activist's controversial career. Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempts to send him to the Scandinavian nation, where he is accused of sex crimes. At least one extradition expert said that his long-running legal campaign may finally yield a victory for the Australian programmer." (05/29/12)

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Rules are rules

May 6, 2012
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Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs  

"That video was the first time most Americans had heard about Wikileaks. Not long after, the name of Bradley Manning also entered the US consciousness. He would be accused of releasing that video and thousands of other documents relating to the US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, along with thousands of diplomatic cables describing in oftentimes explicit detail the crimes and morally questionable actions and words of Washington officials. Soon, Mr. Manning would be charged with treason and aiding the enemy (among other charges) for his actions. He is currently on trial in a US military court located at Fort Meade, MD. and faces life imprisonment. It is my belief that only an immense and broad popular movement could possibly change that fate." (05/06/12)

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UN official critical of Manning detention

March 13, 2012
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Chelsea Manning CNN    

"U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of aiding the enemy by passing reams of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, may have been treated inhumanely by the U.S. military since his arrest in 2010, according to a report from the United Nations' top official on torture. The findings are the result of a 14-month long probe conducted by U.N. special rapporteur Juan Mendez and released late last month." (03/13/12)

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In the hole

February 23, 2012
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CounterPunch
by Bill Quigley  

"The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice. US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger. As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined." (02/23/12)

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Lawyer in WikiLeaks case wants to depose Clinton

January 16, 2012
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Chelsea Manning Wichita Eagle    

"A lawyer for an intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks wants to question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before his client is tried. David Coombs, a lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, included a request to question Clinton as part of a redacted document posted Monday on his website and also sent to Army officials. Clinton's name is obscured in the document, but it is clear from context that she is the person he wants to question." (01/16/12)

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Almanza recommends full court martial in Manning case

January 12, 2012
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Chelsea Manning Telegraph [UK]    

"The case of Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of handing hundreds of thousands of secret military documents to WikiLeaks, has been recommended [by Article 32 hearing officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza] to proceed to a full military court martial. ... The recommendation will now be passed to the Special Court Martial Convening Authority which will make a decision based on Lt Col Almanza's report."

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Regime prosecutors use Manning hearing to send up Assange trial balloon

December 22, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Washington Post    

"Military prosecutors presented new and detailed evidence Thursday that they said showed that Pfc. Bradley Manning collaborated with Julian Assange, the founder of the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks, in stealing [sic] more than 700,000 documents from classified computer systems and publishing them on the Internet. ... Manning’s defense attorney, David E. Coombs, accused military prosecutors of 'over-charging' in the case in an effort to obtain a plea agreement and gain the former intelligence analyst’s cooperation in a separate, federal case against Assange." (12/22/11)

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When the bubble bursts

December 18, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Secrecy is the prerequisite for tyranny, and knowledge is the tyrant’s worst foe: that’s why whistleblowers -- from Dan Ellsberg to Bradley Manning -- are relentlessly pursued and prosecuted. That’s why anyone who tries to give context to their revelations -- such as this web site -- is attacked and spied on by the government and its shills. That’s also why the sickening smear campaign launched against both Manning and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has taken on the dual aspects of both a witch hunt and a crusade." (12/19/11)

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Manning to face pretrial hearing

December 15, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Washington Post    

"[E]xchanges between ]government informant Adrian] Lamo and [Bradley] Manning, a baby-faced tech savant who joined the Army in a bid to turn around a troubled life, could be among the key evidence in a pretrial hearing starting Friday at a Military District of Washington courtroom at Fort Meade. Investigators also have forensic evidence from computers used by Manning and data from the WikiLeaks Web site. Manning, who turns 24 Saturday, has been accused of aiding the enemy, violating the Espionage Act and several lesser charges -- enough to send him away for life." (12/15/11)

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Manning defense lists Obama, Clinton as witnesses

December 5, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Washington Post    

"When a military court opens one of the biggest national security trials in years late next week -- that of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning -- the defense would like some very big names to testify: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, filed his request for witnesses on Friday and released it publicly over the weekend. ... The Army has scheduled a pretrial hearing for Manning for Dec. 16 at Fort Meade." (12/05/11)

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UK: Assange can continue his extradition fight

December 5, 2011
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Wikileaks USA Today    

"A British court Monday gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange permission to continue his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. The decision means Assange does not face immediate deportation. British judges said Assange could apply to the Supreme Court to hear one specific point of his legal case -- but there is no guarantee that the higher court will accept his request." (12/05/11)

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