Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

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
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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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Libertarians need less strategy — and more principle!

December 18, 2010
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Self-Sovereign Individual Project Self-Sovereign Individual Project
by Paul Wakfer  

"I can only wonder where are the principled people of action today -- the Paul Reveres and the Patrick Henrys ('Give me liberty or give me death!')? In fact, as of the date of this article I know of no other website, libertarian or otherwise, which has removed donation links to PayPal and/or credit cards in support of WikiLeaks. This lack of inaction to implement strong ostracism of all companies refusing to provide services to WikiLeaks makes it very clear that among those calling themselves libertarian, particularly among the free marketers and Miseans who still retain their Amazon links, the principled are damned few and far between at the present time!" (12/17/10)

http://selfsip.org/focus/libertariansneedmoreprinciple.html  

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Pentagon defends treatment of WikiLeaks suspect

December 18, 2010
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Wikileaks Christian Science Monitor    

"The Pentagon pushed back Friday against news reports that accuse the US military of mistreating [Bradley Manning], calling the allegations 'blatantly false.' ... The Pentagon denies that Manning is being held in solitary confinement. ... '[J]ust being in a cell by yourself doesn’t constitute solitary confinement,' says Col. Dave Lapan. 'He is surrounded by other people' in adjacent cells .... Manning can watch television for one hour per day and read newspapers, military officials say." (12/17/10)

http://tinyurl.com/29s8j6v  

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Campaign against Wikileaks is lawless

December 14, 2010
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Anyone who values the First Amendment ought to oppose the campaign to 'get' Assange by any means necessary. In a free society, you can't just 'change the law' to persecute someone you don't like, and you can't abuse your position to silence speech you oppose." (12/14/10)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12633  

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Assange’s extremist employees

December 14, 2010
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Reason Reason
by Michael C. Moynihan  

"Why is WikiLeaks employing a well-known Holocaust denier and his disgraced son?" (12/14/10)

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/14/the-assange-employees  

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