Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

Bradley Manning and the rule of law

January 10, 2011
posted by

Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by Kevin B. Zeese  

"The case of Pfc. Bradley Manning raises legal issues about his pre-trial detention, freedom of speech and the press, and proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Putting aside Manning’s guilt or innocence, if Bradley Manning saw the Afghan and Iraq war diaries as well as the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, what should he have done? And what should be the proper response of government to their publication?" (01/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4bef4hv  

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Obama should read WikiLeaks on Afghanistan

January 4, 2011
posted by

Information Clearinghouse
by Ray McGovern  

"Perhaps President Barack Obama should give himself a waiver on the ban prohibiting U.S. government employees from downloading classified cables released by WikiLeaks, so he can better understand the futility of his Afghan War strategy." (01/04/11)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27195.htm  

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After Wikileaks, there’s no way to go but forward

January 3, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"2010 saw the utter destruction of a mainstay of state power: Secrecy. It’s not coming back. And that means that in 2011, we shall necessarily see the state leaning ever more heavily on its remaining crutch: Terror." (01/03/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/5658  

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Judith Miller scolds Assange for not “verifying” sources

January 3, 2011
posted by

Wikileaks The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos  

"Rarely do we see hypocrisy with such sparkle! Judith Miller, queen of the Curveball, matron of the missing WMD, maiden of the cakewalk, told her fellow media analysts on FOX News Watch this weekend that Julian Assange is a 'bad journalist.' Why? '[B]ecause he didn’t care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out, or determine whether or not it hurt anyone.'" (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/36mhs5u  

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Bradley Manning: One soldier who really did “defend our freedom”

January 2, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"When I hear someone say that soldiers 'defend our freedom,' my immediate response is to gag. I think the last time American soldiers actually fought for the freedom of Americans was probably the Revolutionary War — or maybe the War of 1812, if you want to be generous. Every war since then has been for nothing but to uphold a system of power, and to make the rich folks even richer. But I can think of one exception. If there’s a soldier anywhere in the world who’s fought and suffered for my freedom, it’s Pfc. Bradley Manning." (12/30/10)

http://c4ss.org/content/5587  

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Intimidation and the tyranny of silence

January 2, 2011
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is celebrating his $1 million-plus book deal on a 600-acre estate and enjoying his status as a lefty fringe hero, former cartoonist Molly Norris is in hiding. The moral of this column is that in today's world, cartoons, if they target Islam, can be more hazardous to your health than crossing the mighty U.S. government and its allies." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/2e6qcqp  

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WikiLeaks, ideological legitimacy and the crisis of empire

January 2, 2011
posted by

Wikileaks Truthout
by Frances Shor  

'While empires try to maintain their hegemony through economic and military prowess, they must also rely on a form of ideological legitimacy to guarantee their rule. Such legitimacy is often embedded in the geopolitical reputation of the empire among its allies and reluctant admirers. Once that reputation begins to unravel, the empire appears illegitimate." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/39rd2st  

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Wikileaks: Presidents like immunity

January 2, 2011
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Among recent Wikileaks documents is this message from the Obama administration to Spain: Don’t indict the 'Bush 6' for alleged torture in the treatment of war on terror detainees." (01/01/11)

http://www.independent.org/blog/index.php?p=8980  

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Russia, realism and the Wikileaks factor

December 30, 2010
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"If you’re an empire, with its vaunted self-assurance and air of invulnerability, any sort of sustained 'realist' foreign policy is fundamentally impossible because appearances must be kept up, no matter what the facts might be. Retreat is not an option: the frontiers of empire must be pushed ever-forward, never back. The idea that the Russians are falling back into a form of neo-communism, or neo-Stalinism, with Putin in the role of Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, is utter nonsense, and yet it serves the purposes of the War Party, which can never run out of enemies." (12/31/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2ua6k47  

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Wired’s refusal to release or comment on the Manning chat logs

December 29, 2010
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The first part of Wired's response was from Wired.com Editor-in-Chief Evan Hansen, and the second is from its Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen. Both predictably hurl all sorts of invective at me as a means of distracting attention from the central issue, the only issue that matters: their refusal to release or even comment on what is the central evidence in what is easily one of the most consequential political stories of this year, at least." (12/29/10)

http://salon.com/a/s0iEfAA  

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The treasonous US government

December 28, 2010
posted by

Strike The Root Strike the Root
by Scott Lazarowitz  

"The ongoing WikiLeaks affair has been an expose of who really understands the principles that define America, and who is truly confused. The 'classified' leakers and their publishers ... are merely attempting to expose the State and its crimes as well as its outright ridiculousness and irrationality. The ones who defend the State’s intrusions abroad, the killing of innocents, the occupations of foreign lands, the removal of due process through renditions, indefinite detentions and assassinations without cause or even suspicion, are the ones who want to suppress any exposing of those State crimes." (12/28/10)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/treasonous-us-government  

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Julian Assange: Man of the Decade

December 27, 2010
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"It’s an old cliche, but the 9/11 terror attacks changed everything, and to act bewildered about where Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are coming from, with their demands of government transparency and accountability and of a corporate reckoning is as absurd as it is insincere. We all know where they come from. We created them." (12/28/10)

http://tinyurl.com/23qkn49  

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Wikileaks may spawn new “sedition act”

December 27, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks Atlanta Journal-Constitution
by Bob Barr  

"The infamous Sedition Act, which criminalized speech critical of the federal government and which was passed by the Federalists during another of America’s undeclared wars (that time, against France), lasted only three years, from 1798 to 1801. However, if the congressional critics of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have their way, a new and revised version of the Sedition Act may be in the offing." (12/27/10)

http://bit.ly/g2ChRQ  

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WikiLeaks’ conservative purpose

December 27, 2010
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Jack Hunter  

"Lovers necessarily keep or share secrets. Being in a healthy relationship means achieving a certain level of intimacy, where shared knowledge of each others' weaknesses and insecurities is protected by a bond of mutual trust. Sometimes lovers might do devilish things that outsiders wouldn't understand, or shouldn't be privy to, and this is fine. But by and large, what they do is simply no one else's business." (12/27/10)

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1260  

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Who will free Bradley Manning?

December 27, 2010
posted by

CounterPunch
by Eric Patton  

"If the left hasn’t figured out how to free Mumia, Peltier, or Lynne Stewart, why should anyone believe it will free Manning? The left will fail to free Manning, and then it will flit on to its next cause celebre.The right doesn’t operate this way. And actually, neither does the left. The right knows what it wants. The left only thinks it knows what it wants. What the left really wants is to be able to solicit donations, raise money, and get paid." (12/27/10)

http://counterpunch.org/patton12272010.html  

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Assange inks $1.5 million in book deals

December 27, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks Time    

"The WikiLeaks founder confirms that he expects to make in excess of $1.5 million from book deals. And in the least surprising revelation of the year, he plans to use the money on his ever-spiraling legal costs. ... ' don't want to write this book, but I have to,' he protested. 'I have already spent £200,000 ($250,000) for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.'" [editor's note: This is one book I'll buy on release day ... but not from Amazon! - TLK] (12/27/10)

http://bit.ly/hMziWA  

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The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired

December 27, 2010
posted by

Chelsea Manning Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"For more than six months, Wired's Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed -- but refuses to publish -- the key evidence in one of the year's most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks' source. ... it is just inconceivable that someone who claims to be a 'journalist' -- or who wants to be regarded as one -- would actively conceal from the public, for months on end, the key evidence in a political story that has generated headlines around the world." (12/27/10)

http://salon.com/a/sdSEfAA  

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Game changer

December 27, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks The New Republic
by Noam Scheiber  

"When people riff about the impact of Wikileaks, you typically hear how it’s forever changed diplomacy or intelligence-gathering. The more ambitious accounts will mention the implications for journalism, too. All of that’s true and vaguely relevant. But it also misses the deeper point. The Wikileaks revolution isn’t only about airing secrets and transacting information. It’s about dismantling large organizations — from corporations to government bureaucracies. It may well lead to their extinction." (12/27/10)

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/80481/game-changer  

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe regime mimics Obama regime on Wikileaks

December 27, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks Agence France-Presse    

"Zimbabwe will appoint a commission to investigate the 'treasonous collusion' that led to several embarrassing reports being released by WikiLeaks, the country's attorney-general said Saturday. ... WikiLeaks this month released a series of cables from US diplomats that have been embarrassing to 86-year-old [head Zimbabwean kleptocrat Robert] Mugabe and his inner circle." (12/25/10)

http://bit.ly/fm506L  

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What Wikileaks revealed to the world in 2010

December 25, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Throughout this year I've devoted substantial attention to WikiLeaks, particularly in the last four weeks as calls for its destruction intensified. To understand why I've done so, and to see what motivates the increasing devotion of the U.S. Government and those influenced by it to destroying that organization, it's well worth reviewing exactly what WikiLeaks exposed to the world just in the last year: the breadth of the corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality on the part of the world's most powerful factions." (12/24/10)

http://salon.com/a/sZSEfAA  

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Is Julian Assange an anarchist?

December 25, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks People v. State
by John Kindley  

"It’s not surprising that someone currently as much in the media spotlight as Assange would not embrace publicly a loaded label as commonly misunderstood as 'anarchist,' when the inevitable misunderstandings don’t lend themselves to being readily dispelled with a sound-bite. But note the giant caveat in the principle proposed by the interviewer which Assange did appear to accept: 'you’re in favor of authority if it’s doing the right thing.' Placing that condition on authority contradicts and negates the very essence of authority." (12/24/10)

http://www.peoplevstate.com/?p=634  

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Norwegian paper says it has all WikiLeaks cables

December 23, 2010
posted by

Yuma Sun    

"A Norwegian newspaper says it has obtained the entire trove of 250,000 uncensored U.S. diplomatic documents that WikiLeaks has been distributing. The announcement Thursday appears to make Aftenposten the first media organization outside WikiLeaks' five partners to obtain the material -- a development sure to heighten U.S. [unsupported government allegations] that the public release of some uncensored diplomatic cables could endanger informants' lives." (12/23/10)

 

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Wikimania and the First Amendment

December 23, 2010
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Ralph Nader  

"We can only imagine what sleazy or illegal things our government has been up to that have been covered up. Soon, people may reject the those who would censor WikiLeaks. Many people do want to size up what’s going on inside their government in their name and with their tax dollars. Wasn’t it Jefferson who said that 'information is the currency of democracy' and that, given a choice between government and a free press, he’ll take the latter? Secrecy — keeping the people and Congress in the dark — is the cancer eating at the vitals of democracy." (12/24/10)

http://bit.ly/hCBJz3  

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Wikileaks cables reveal depth of collusion with Lockheed-Martin

December 23, 2010
posted by

Wikileaks DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left
by Justin Lee  

"Over the past two centuries, empires have manifested from the traditional colonial military armed forces to the more illusory model of politically favored corporations entrenching themselves in the bureaucracies of State Department-held client states. It is a more hidden form of empire, but the threat it poses no less endangers our liberties, which serve as incontinent (if only temporary) obstacles to the national security state. That is why WikiLeaks and soon others like it are providing such a valuable service, exposing to the public just what the war on terror and endless occupations have engendered." (12/23/10)

http://bit.ly/fPXDMw  

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CIA: WTF?

December 23, 2010
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Guardian [UK]    

"The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. The group will scour the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a list of information it would like on key UN figures -- it later emerged the CIA had asked for the information." (12/23/10)

http://bit.ly/iiAJkq  

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