Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

Who will free Bradley Manning?

December 27, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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What Wikileaks revealed to the world in 2010

December 25, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wikileaks: UK trained Bangladeshi “death squad”

December 22, 2010
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Wikileaks MSNBC    

"The British government has trained a paramilitary force accused of hundreds of killings in Bangladesh, according to leaked U.S. embassy cables. The Guardian newspaper said the cables described training for members of the Rapid Action Battalion as being in 'investigative interviewing techniques' and 'rules of engagement.' ... the battalion has been accused by human rights activists of being a 'death squad' responsible for more than 1,000 extra-judicial killings since it was established in 2004." (12/22/10)

 

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Is Julian Assange a journalist?

December 22, 2010
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Reason Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"'Freedom of the press' does not mean the freedom of those individuals who are lucky enough to be officially recognized as members of the Fourth Estate. It means the freedom to use technologies of mass communication, which today include the Internet. This freedom does not amount to much if the government can deny it to someone by questioning his journalistic credentials." (12/22/10)

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/22/is-julian-assange-a-journalist  

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Assange’s conspiracy theory is not hypocritical

December 22, 2010
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People v. State
by John Kindley  

"There is no hypocrisy whatsoever in Assange’s condemnation of the leak of secret police files pertaining to the pending rape charges against him in Sweden, for the same reason that there’s a difference between using a gun in self-defense and using a gun to rob a bank, or using a phone to dial 911 and using a phone to order a mafia hit." (12/21/10)

http://www.peoplevstate.com/?p=623  

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PFC Bradley Manning, Patriot

December 22, 2010
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Wikileaks CounterPunch
by Sherwood Ross  

"As the U.S. is now an international aggressor, do Americans still owe it allegiance? If a citizen releases information about crimes the U.S. commits, can he or she be legally punished? These questions arise in connection with the arrests of Australian Julian Assange and PFC Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst believed to be the source of the secret government cables published by Assange's WikiLeaks Web site." (12/22/10)

http://counterpunch.org/ross12222010.html  

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Sneering as a tactic: The campaign against Wikileaks

December 21, 2010
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Strike The Root Strike the Root
by Glen Allport  

"Be very cautious when hearing any argument against someone who relies on a sneering tone. To put it bluntly, decent people don't use such tactics. ... WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are only the latest victims of such a campaign -- of a smear campaign that relies, in part, on a sneering tone. Any person or group successful at exposing and demystifying Power is likely to suffer such an attack." (12/21/10)

http://tinyurl.com/29u7lzg  

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Apple unplugs Wikileaks app; Google not yet evil on topic

December 21, 2010
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Wikileaks Information Week    

"After three few days of availability, Apple on Monday unplugged a WikiLeaks app from its iTunes App Store. The application, which went live on December 17, provided users with access to WikiLeaks documents and updates from the site's Twitter account. In addition, it automatically forwarded users to mirrored WikiLeak content and CableGate data. ... Interested Android users still can check out several WikiLeaks applications, both free and for a price." (12/21/10)

http://bit.ly/h2FaVF  

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The government’s one-way mirror

December 20, 2010
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"That's the mindset of the U.S. Government: everything it does of any significance can and should be shielded from public view; anyone who shines light on what it does is an Enemy who must be destroyed; but nothing you do should be beyond its monitoring and storing eyes. And what's most remarkable about this -- though, given the full-scale bipartisan consensus over it, not surprising -- is how eagerly submissive much of the citizenry is to this imbalance." (12/20/10)

http://salon.com/a/s1yAfAA  

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The WikiLeaks Bollywood anti-terror conspiracy

December 20, 2010
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Mother Jones
by Emily Loftis  

"Kurbaan starts just like any other Bollywood flick: An unknown woman is irritated by an unknown man who'll eventually win her heart. In this case, the man tricks her and takes the cab for which she was waiting in line. But this film is not your typical Mumbai-based song-and-dance production: It's a heavy-handed action film ... and a cautionary tale for terrorists! And according to a WikiLeaked State Department cable, it may be the product of a conspiracy between American diplomats and Bollywood bigwigs to propagate an 'anti-extremist genre' in Indian films." (12/18/10)

http://bit.ly/elQ7Xe  

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It is treason to call WikiLeaks treason

December 19, 2010
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Wikileaks Liberty For All
by John Jay Myers  

"Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. Now get over it. You might believe some speech gives away national secrets, for instance how we prop up puppet dictators in foreign countries, or how we have been training troops who are now turning against us in droves, or how we are supplying billions of dollars to countries who supply those who want to attack us, or how we back companies that supply men with young boys for sex slaves in Afghanistan, or how the leaders of the countries we manipulate are now scared that we aren’t bombing Iran.  Surely no one should become privy to this." (12/18/10)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=5293  

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Brad Manning has rights!

December 19, 2010
posted by

LewRockwell.Com
by Karen Kwiatkowski  

"Charged but not convicted of any crime, American airman Brad Manning is being held largely incommunicado at Guantanamo, without bedding or permission to exercise in his cell. He is purposely deprived of human contact. His current treatment -- based on unproven charges -- is far harsher than the treatment and sentences of four famous and convicted US federal-level spies." (12/20/10)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski260.html  

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Wikileaks on Cuba: US undermines dissidents

December 19, 2010
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The WikiLeaks revelations continue to pour in, the latest including revealing material on the intimate and always troubled relationship between Cuban dissidents and the US government. Most of the attention has been given to a cable that characterized the dissident movement as being old, tired, and out of touch, with little support inside Cuba. Far more interesting, however, is a 2006 cable detailing a visit to the US Interests Section in Havana by two dissidents, whose names are redacted -- but not consistently." (12/20/10)

http://tinyurl.com/23v94ac  

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Beware the campaign for war against Iran

December 19, 2010
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Despite the horror with which the war party has received the WikiLeaks dump of secret diplomatic cables, at least some of the revelations were cheered. Those who have been agitating for an attack on Iran were pleased to see cables apparently reporting that the heads of Arab states also favor war." (12/17/10)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1012j.asp  

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Wikileaks and the Free Press

December 19, 2010
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Wikileaks CounterPunch
by Saul Landau  

"US officials routinely declare commitment to a free press -- except when someone uses it to reveal unflattering information. Ironically, members of the media critical of Wikileaks also think the government should protect us by not sharing 'classified information.' Those two words often alert us to some bureaucrat is covering his ass by barring the public from knowing of a possibly illegal act." (12/18/10)

http://counterpunch.org/landau12172010.html  

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Things we shouldn’t have had to learn from WikiLeaks

December 19, 2010
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Wikileaks Orange County Register
by Alan Bock  

"There have been expressions of alarm over the possibility that the release of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks could endanger Americans and others, notably human-rights activists in other countries, leaving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 'with blood on his hands.' To date, however, the government has not described a single instance of a life being endangered, or even of a diplomatic initiative threatened, by the document dumps -- which you know it would do if it had a credible example." (12/18/10)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-280775--.html  

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