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  • Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels

    11/28/2010 2:54:52 PM PST · by FTJM · 38 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/28/10 | SCOTT SHANE and ANDREW W. LEHREN
    A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats. ome of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks intends to make the archive public on its Web site...
  • Julian Assange On TPP: Only 5 Of 29 Sections Are About "Traditional Trade" (restricts internet)

    06/01/2015 1:31:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    Real Claear Politics ^ | May 28, 2015
    Speaking from his 'prison' in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange explains the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, which would link his home country of Australia with the U.S. economically. "It is mostly not about trade," Assange says. "Only 5 of the 29 Chapters are about traditional trade." JULIAN ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS: First of all, it is the largest ever international economic treaty that has ever been negotiated, very considerably larger than NAFTA. It is mostly not about trade, only 5 of the 29 Chapters are about traditional trade. The others are about regulating the internet, and what information internet...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 86 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • Wikileaks: WMD program existed in Iraq prior to US invasion

    12/07/2010 4:50:21 PM PST · by LSUfan · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Law Enforcement Examiner ^ | 7 December 10 | Jim Kouri
    The release by Julian Assange's web site Wikileaks of classified documents reveals that U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, encountered insurgents who were specialists in the creation of toxins, and uncovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, Washington, DC officials and the news media have ignored this information.
  • Julian Assange Unleashed: Hillary Clinton Is A Threat, Google Is A Monopoly And Should Be Broken Up

    12/16/2014 8:06:58 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/15/2014 | Augustino Fontevecchia
    "Always controversial, Julian Assange gave an interview in London, where he’s exiled in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he lambasted Hillary Clinton, who he called a “threat” to the resolution of his issues. Beyond delving on Hillary’s relationship with Google, Assange also said the search giant should be broken up by regulators due to its dominant position. Assange also spoke of a secret trove of Bank of America BAC +0.5% data he threatened to release three years ago, and of course touched on the situations of Edward Snowden, who’s pursuit by the U.S. government was larger than Osama Bin Laden’s, and...
  • White House would consider Manning pardon request

    08/21/2013 12:49:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies
    White House would consider Manning pardon request By Justin Sink - 08/21/13 03:16 PM ET The White House said Wednesday that it would consider a clemency petition for Bradley Manning "like any other application" after the Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a cache of documents to WikiLeaks. "There's a process for pardon applications or clemency applications, I believe they're called," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "And I'm not going to get ahead of that process. If there is an application that's filed by Mr. Manning or his attorneys, that application will be considered...
  • Time Magazine's Michael Grunwald Wants to "Take Out" Julian Assange With Drone Strike

    08/18/2013 11:24:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | August 18, 2013 | James Holcomb
    Michael Grunwald, Senior National Correspondent for TIME Magazine, spent much of last night trying to find the mythical delete from internet button that many before him have sought out so desperately. At 7:25 P.M. on Saturday, Grunwald offered his opinion on how the United States should solve the problem of Julian Assange and his antagonizing position toward the U.S. Here's the tweet:Looking beyond the fact that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks and Australian citizen, has never been convicted (or charged) with a crime under United States law, Grunwald's use of the phrase "take out" more appropriately describes a Mafia-style hit...
  • Julian Assange Praises ‘Innovator’ Matt Drudge, ‘Principled’ Rand Paul

    08/16/2013 9:38:18 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 16, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Friday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participated in an online chat session hosted by Campus Reform, in which he offered up some special praise for conservatives Matt Drudge and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Assange applauded The Drudge Report for disrupting the “self-censorship of the establishment press” and held up Paul as one of the most “principled” members of the U.S. Congress. Responding to questions from Campus Reform editor-in-chief Josiah Ryan, Assange began by calling Drudge a “news media innovator” who has been on the rise since the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “It is as a result of the self-censorship of the...
  • WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden

    08/10/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden By Keith Laing - 08/10/13 10:40 AM ET The founder of the WikiLeaks website said on Saturday that President Obama’s announcement of changes to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program this week vindicated Edward Snowden’s release of information about the program. “Today the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America’s global surveillance program,” WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange said in a statement. “But rather than thank Edward Snowden, the president laughably attempted to criticize him while claiming that there was a...
  • Edward Snowden: I mistakenly believed in Obama’s promises

    06/09/2013 2:04:20 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 208 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sunday June 9, 2013
    Edward Snowden, the self-revealed whistle-blower at the National Security Agency, explains that part of the reason he decided to come forward was because President Obama did not roll back the surveillance measures put into place by the Bush Administration. “A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party,” Snowden said in an i nterview with the Guardian. “But I believed in Obama’s promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor.” Snowden acknowledged that he watched...
  • Julian Assange: Media failure to defend me and Manning led to AP, Rosen abuses

    06/04/2013 11:30:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange feels vindicated at the moment that his source, Bradley Manning, goes on trial for handing over hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive material. The US government eschewed a plea bargain (and Manning’s guilty plea to lesser charges) in order to try Manning for “aiding the enemy.” The prosecution made its opening argument yesterday: In an hour-long opening statement for the prosecution on Monday, Captain Joe Morrow told the court martial that the US army private had been motivated by a craving for “notoriety” that had led him to disregard his extensive training and to...
  • Julian Assange 101

    01/17/2013 1:09:49 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 17, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been called many things but he may soon become a business ethics course. Kathleen V. Willis of Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus, is exploring the possibility of doing so. “Assange launched WikiLeaks in 2006 to challenge world hegemony,” Willis said at the 2013 annual meeting in Boston of the Modern Language Association. In order to do so, he “leaked military and diplomatic correspondence,” Willis noted. Willis admits that Assange’s own background makes him problematic but focuses her inquiry upon his enterprise. “Where is Assange’s ethical slippage?” Willis asked. “According to his own business ethics?” “Who is...
  • Assange: Reelected Obama a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

    11/09/2012 5:54:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    rt.com ^ | 11/8/2012
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sees no reason to celebrate the reelection of US President Barack Obama. The US aggressively pursued and “persecuted” the whistleblower site under a Democratic administration, he explained. “Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the problem,” the 41-year-old told AFP, speaking from his room in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. “It's better to have a sheep in wolf's clothing than a wolf in sheep's clothing,” he said. “All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United States have occurred under an Obama administration.” Assange was equally critical of the Republican, saying it “has not...
  • Assange: Obama exploiting Arab Spring in campaign

    09/26/2012 8:24:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 26, 2012 | DAVID STRINGER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of seeking to exploit the Arab uprisings for personal political gain, as he addressed a sideline meeting of the U.N. General Assembly via videolink from his hideout at a London embassy. The Australian activist has sheltered inside Ecuador's embassy in London - beyond the reach of British police - since June 19, when he sought refuge after he exhausted all legal routes to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations.
  • WikiLeaks' Assange to address UN on asylum bid (via videolink from Ecudoran UK embassy hideout)

    09/25/2012 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/25/12 | David Stringer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to address a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly via a videolink from his hideout at Ecuador's London embassy, seeking to draw new attention to his efforts to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. Ecuador's mission to the United Nations said Tuesday that Assange was scheduled to speak Wednesday alongside foreign minister Ricardo Patino at a specially convened event to discuss his asylum case. The Australian activist is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations and has been sheltered inside Ecuador's...
  • Crux condom in Assange assault case lacks his DNA

    09/16/2012 4:02:51 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 16-sept-2012
    A ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange’s accusers does not contain the WikiLeaks founder’s DNA, forensic scientists have reportedly found.
  • The Left is tearing itself apart over Assange.

    08/23/2012 11:28:33 AM PDT · by managusta · 50 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/23/2012 | Dan Hodges
    They just can’t help themselves. Today it’s John Pilger in the New Statesman: “The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism”. One by one the cream of the intellectual left (and George Galloway) are lining up, in well-disciplined rows, to hurl themselves lemming-like onto the rocks of WikiLeaks. Tony Benn: “the charges are that it was a non-consensual relationship. Well that's very different from rape”. Galloway: "Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 per cent true, and even if a camera in the room...
  • Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Calls on President Obama to End 'Witch Hunt'

    08/19/2012 10:49:04 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    wisradio.com ^ | August. 19, 2012
    (LONDON) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared Sunday for the first time since he took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, calling for the release of Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking documents to the whistlebowling website, and urging President Obama to "do the right thing" and end the "witch-hunt" against WikiLeaks. For the past two years, Assange, 41, has fought extradition efforts to send him to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged sexual assaults against two women. The Australian has said he fears Swedish authorities will hand him over to U.S. officials. Ecuador granted Assange political...
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calls on Obama to end 'witch hunt'

    08/19/2012 1:46:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Newsday ^ | 08/19/12
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calls on Obama to end 'witch hunt' WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end a so-called "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador's Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crimes allegations. The 41-year-old Australian, who has fought for two years against efforts to send him to Sweden for questioning over alleged sexual misconduct against two women, addressed several hundred supporters and reporters as he spoke from the small balcony of Ecuador's mission, watched...
  • Defiant Julian Assange asks US to end its 'witch-hunt'

    08/19/2012 10:25:11 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 36 replies
    PTI, DNA ^ | Sunday, August 19, 2012 | Prasun Sonwalkar
    London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday asked US President Barck Obama to end the "witch-hunt" against his whistleblower website as he emerged in public for the first time in two months since he took refuge in the Ecuador embassy in London to escape extradition to Sweden on alleged sex offences. "I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks," Assange said. "The US war on whistleblowers must end. There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisation, be it Wikileaks or the New York Times," the...
  • Assange: How a cosy chat with the president of Ecuador turned into a diplomatic headache for Britain

    08/19/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 19, 2012 | Harriet Alexander, Philip Sherwell in New York and Hugo Carro in Quito
    One was an Australian computer hacker; the other a head of state. They did not speak each other’s language; and their first encounter was a videolink conversation across 6,000miles. ....“Welcome to the club of the persecuted!” a beaming Mr Correa[President of Ecuador]told the grinning Australian. ...on Mr Assange’s Russian television chat show in May, the Ecuadorean discussed at great length his resentment of American“imperialism”, and his vehement dislike of big business, media barons and “elites”. ..........Mr Assange nodded knowingly....... The two men laughed and joked as they congratulated each other on their pariah status. ......On Thursday, Mr Correa’s government announced...

    08/18/2012 7:56:52 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Gizadeathstar.com ^ | 8-18-2012 | Joseph P. Farrell
    BEHIND THE ECUADORIAN DECISION TO GRANT ASSANGE ASYLUM: A LONG HISTORY OF ECONOMIC RAPE AT THE HANDS OF THE FINANCIAL POWERS OF THE WEST Two days ago – that is to say, Thursday August 16, 2012 – I spoke in my News and Views from the Nefarium about the decision of the Ecuadorian government to grant celebrated (or depending on one’s lights, infamous) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange political asylum in its embassy in London. In that talk, I suggested that the Ecuadorian government and foreign ministry had probably done a bit of shrewd geopolitical calculation, and that there was more...
  • Ecuador President Rafael “We Are Not A Colony” Correa Stands Up To The Jackbooted British Gestapo

    08/17/2012 10:08:44 AM PDT · by Renfield · 32 replies
    Paul Craig Roberts ^ | 8-16-2012 | Paul Craig Roberts
    A coward dies many deaths; a brave man dies but once. The once proud British government, now reduced to Washington’s servile whore, put on its Gestapo Jackboots and declared that if the Ecuadorean Embassy in London did not hand over WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, British storm troopers would invade the embassy with military force and drag Assange out. Ecuador stood its ground. “We want to be very clear, we are not a British colony,” declared Ecuador’s Foreign Minister. Far from being intimidated the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, replied to the threat by granting Assange political asylum. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/world/americas/ecuador-to-let-assange-stay-in-its-embassy.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&emc=na The once law-abiding...
  • Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs calls Assange a ”coward” and a ”pitiful wretch”

    08/17/2012 6:24:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    FiraTider ^ | 08/17/12
    Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs calls Assange a ”coward” and a ”pitiful wretch” Publicerat den 17 augusti 2012 kl 01:29 This Tuesday, Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs Göran Hägglund called Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a ”coward” and a ”pitiful wretch”. He added that Assange is a ”scumbag” if the accusations against him are true. When news broke on Tuesday that Ecuador intended to grant Julian Assange’s request for asylum, Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs Göran Hägglund sent the following Twitter message: ”Sick. A coward who does not dare to have his case tried by the court. If the accusations against...
  • Julian Assange: Ecuador grants Wikileaks founder asylum

    08/17/2012 4:46:03 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It said his human rights might be violated if he is sent to Sweden to be questioned over sex assault claims. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country and the move was also criticised by Stockholm. Ecuador said it would seek to negotiate arrangements for Mr Assange to leave. "We don't think it is reasonable that, after a sovereign government has made the decision...
  • Wikileaks: Government threatens to take Julian Assange out of Ecuador's embassy

    08/16/2012 6:22:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 16, 2012
    The dramatic development came two months after Mr Assange suddenly walked into the embassy in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault. Ecuador's minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino, released details of a letter he said was delivered through a British embassy official in Quito, and said that the Ecuadorian government would announce on Thursday whether it would give Mr Assange asylum. The letter said: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take...
  • UK threatens to storm embassy to get Assange

    08/16/2012 12:13:16 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/16/2012
    Britain threatened to storm Ecuador’s London embassy on Wednesday in order to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is seeking political asylum in the South American country. Quito said a decision would be announced Thursday. The diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange escalated on Wednesday after Britain threatened to raid Ecuador’s embassy in London if Quito did not hand over Assange, who has been taking refuge there for two months. The Ecuadorean government said such an action would be considered a “hostile and intolerable act” as well as a violation of its sovereignty. “Under British law we can give...
  • America Hater

    06/22/2012 7:36:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | Mona Charen
    They always get the benefit of the doubt, these America haters -- from our enemies, of course. But also from our celebrities, our "mainstream" press and other organs of liberal opinion. The case of Julian Assange, would-be scourge of America, is depressingly typical -- if slightly surprising because the administration he sought to embarrass and discredit was Obama's. There's discomfiting news about Assange this week, which we'll get to, but first, a review. Remember the respectful treatment the Wikileaks founder received? After publishing 250,000 confidential documents obtained by an Army private -- some of which provided names and addresses of...
  • Julian Assange: celebrities could lose thousands from WikiLeaks founder's bail breach

    06/20/2012 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 20, 2012 | NA
    Film directors, authors, journalists and socialites who raised £200,000 to secure Julian Assange bail face losing thousands after the WikiLeaks founder breached his bail.
  • Ecuador says Wikileaks founder seeking asylum

    06/19/2012 12:09:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/19/12 | AP
    QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuador's foreign minister says Wilikeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador is weighing the request.
  • Wikileaks Is A Weapon In The Bloody Hands Of Iran

    05/18/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 May 2012 | Editorial
    WikiLeaks: The sleazy criminal organization dedicated to publishing U.S. secrets may loudly deny its leaks led to the hanging of a man in Iran Tuesday. But that's irrelevant because WikiLeaks gave Tehran the pretext it sought. A 24-year old Iranian man was the latest victim of the mullahs' monstrous tyranny this week, executed as a spy for Israel, supposedly for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist on behalf of his Zionist masters. That's a whiff of the twisted kangaroo court verdicts typical of Iran. In reality, Majid Jamali Fashi was a young kick-boxing instructor who visited Baku, Azerbaijan, for a tournament...
  • Wikileaks' Assange to run for Australian Senate Seat

    03/17/2012 1:41:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert
    WikiLeaks says the group's founder, Julian Assange, will run for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections due late next year despite facing criminal charges in Sweden.
  • WikiLeaks: Russia Gave Israel Iranian System's Codes

    02/29/2012 4:47:44 AM PST · by edpc · 12 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | YNet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran.
  • WikiLeaks Publishes Intelligence Firm’s E-Mails [Stratfor]

    02/27/2012 7:07:46 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 25 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    <p>WikiLeaks said Monday that it had begun to expose e-mail correspondence from the global geopolitical analysis firm known as Stratfor, detailing the company’s work for clients.</p> <p>WikiLeaks did not disclose how it had obtained the e-mails, but Stratfor acknowledged in December that its data servers had been breached by a group of hackers known as Anonymous. The loose-knit group publicly supports WikiLeaks.</p>
  • Russia Today Hires WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange – Will the Kremlin Be Pleased?

    01/26/2012 9:24:22 PM PST · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 2+ views
    New Zeal ^ | Jan 25, 2012 | Trevor Loudon
    Is WikiLeaks biased against the West and the US in particular? This news item would tend to indicate so. According to Christian Science monitor Moscow correspondent Fred Weir, Kremlin funded media outlet Russia Today, is to hire WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This despite the fact that Assange remains under house arrest in Britain, awaiting a Supreme Court decision on his extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations
  • Letter suggests Manning wanted to make history

    12/19/2011 2:55:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 12/19/11 | DAVID DISHNEAU and PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- An Army witness says the intelligence analyst blamed for the largest-ever leak of U.S. secrets boastfully declared he was changing history in a letter adjoining some data he allegedly sent to WikiLeaks.
  • The Cyber Security Industrial Complex

    12/06/2011 5:46:24 AM PST · by Bobalu · 4 replies
    technologyreview ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | David Talbot
    A claim by Wikileaks that documents it released last week provide evidence of a "secret new industry" of mass surveillance was as breathless as previous pronouncements from Julian Assange's organization. But the material does provide a stark reminder that our online activities are easily snooped upon, and suggests that governments or police around the world can easily go shopping for tools to capture whatever information they want from us. The take-home for ordinary computer users is that the privacy and security safeguards they use—including passwords and even encryption tools—present only minor obstacles to what one researcher calls the "cyber security...
  • Assange: Using iPhone, gmail, Blackberry? You're screwed!

    12/01/2011 2:11:54 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 3 replies
    RT ^ | 28th Nov 2011 | Leon Neal
    “Who here has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail? Well you are all screwed!” Assange exclaimed. “The reality is intelligence contractors are selling right to countries around the world mass surveillance systems for all of those products.”
  • Assange Loses Court Bid Against Extradition

    11/02/2011 3:41:00 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Sky Newa ^ | November 2nd 2011 | Staff
    WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has lost his High Court bid to block his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. Two judges rejected the argument made by his lawyers that extradition of the Australian would be "unfair and unlawful". The 40-year-old is wanted in Sweden to answer accusations of "raping" one woman and "sexually molesting and coercing" another in Stockholm in August last year. Assange, whose website embarrassed governments and businesses by publishing leaked diplomatic cables, denies the allegations and claims they are politically motivated. The whistleblower arrived at court wearing a navy blue suit and a Remembrance Day...
  • 10 Questions for Kevin Mitnick (the über hacker)

    10/31/2011 9:41:51 AM PDT · by dennisw · 1 replies
    time ^ | Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 | Belinda Luscombe
    Has social networking changed hacking? Made it easier. I can go into LinkedIn and search for network engineers and come up with a list of great spear-phishing targets because they usually have administrator rights over the network. Then I go onto Twitter or Facebook and trick them into doing something, and I have privileged access. If I know you love Angry Birds, maybe I would send you an e-mail purporting to be from Angry Birds with a new pro version. Once you download it, I could have complete access to everything on your phone. How easy was it for those...
  • Julian Assange Spent Wikileaks’ Money Doing Nothing (The Dog is Nearly Out of Money)

    10/24/2011 9:16:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Gawker ^ | October 24, 2011 | Adrien Chen
    At a press conference this morning, Julian Assange—whom we imagine was wearing nothing but a barrel and suspenders—announced Wikileaks was so broke it might have to shut down in a matter of months. Even more than it already has shut down, that is. Since soon after Wikileaks published the first of its giant diplomatic cable leak in November 2010, Mastercard, Visa and Paypal have refused to do business with the group. Assange has claimed the blockade has cost the website $15 million—a made up number, to be sure, but an impressive one! Assange said today the lack of funds was...
  • Julian Assange Joins Protestors as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

    10/15/2011 12:21:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Black Book Magazine ^ | October 15, 2011. | Mara Siegler
    The Occupy Wall Street protests have gone global today, reaching from Canada to Asia to Europe. People are denouncing centralized wealth in Hong Kong, marching under the banner of "Indignants" in Spain, asking for an end to nuclear power in Tokyo, rioting in Rome, and bringing a host of other concerns to the forefront on the streets of hundreds of other cities with thousand of stories and images trickling out. The questions of what this means and what it will lead to are huge and overwhelming so instead, we bring news of a highly recognizable name in attendance. Wikileaks founder...
  • Ex-Wikileaks man 'deleted files'

    08/22/2011 6:35:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/22/11
    A former Wikileaks spokesman claims to have deleted thousands of unpublished files that had been passed to the whistleblowing site. Daniel Domscheit-Berg told the German Newspaper Der Spiegel that the documents included a copy of the complete US no-fly list. He said he had "shredded" them to avoid their sources being compromised. Mr Domscheit-Berg previously worked alongside Julian Assange until the pair had a high profile falling-out. It is understood that he took the files off Wikileaks' servers at the time of his departure. Wikileaks confirmed the claims on its Twitter feed, saying: "We can confirm that the DDB claimed...
  • News of the World vs. WikiLeaks

    07/19/2011 7:05:51 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 19, 2011 | Bret Stephens
    How does this year's phone hacking scandal at the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World . . . compare with last year's contretemps over the release of classified information by Julian Assange's WikiLeaks and his partners at the New York Times, the Guardian and other newspapers? At bottom, they're largely the same story. . . . Both, in short, are despicable instances of journalistic malpractice, for which some kind of price ought to be paid. So why is one a scandal, replete with arrests, resignations and parliamentary inquests, while the other is merely a controversy, with Mr. Assange's name...
  • Manning Hires PR Firm To Tell Lies

    03/14/2011 5:02:41 PM PDT · by concretebob · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Susan Katz Keating ^ | 14 March 2011 | Susan Katz Keating
    Bradley Manning P.R. Flak Admits Deliberate Lie; Refuses to Correct Deceptive Press Release Do publicists ever lie on purpose? Do they ever admit to lying, but then refuse to correct their misinformation?You be the judge. To help you make your decision, I will present evidence in the form of a dialogue between myself and an actual publicist. First the excerpt. Me: So you knew it was wrong when you sent it out? FitzGibbon Principal Publicist Naomi Seligman: Yes. Me: When are you sending out the correction? Seligman: I don't think I'll send a correction. Now for the background. As we...
  • Did He or Didn’t He? WikiLeaks Founder’s Alleged Anti-Jew Rant Reveals Schism In The Left

    03/09/2011 12:32:56 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    British blog “Liberal Conspiracy,” which bills itself as the “UK’s most popular left-of-centre [sic] politics blog,” ran an article last week discussing an interview (or as they spell it Across the Pond, “interviewe”) between Julian Assange and Ian Hislop, the editor of news magazine (or, as British people say, “gumþéod”) Private Eye. Eye is the “UK’s number 1 best-selling news and current affairs magazine,” according to their website. Liberal Conspiracy writer Sunny Hundal writes that, “The article is titled, ‘A Curious Conversation With Mr. Assange’—and it is the phone version of a horrible car crash. While I support WikiLeaks as...
  • Wikileaks Assange says Jews are out to get him.

    03/01/2011 1:44:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    yourjewishnews.com ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, suggested in comments published on Tuesday that British journalists, including the editor of The Guardian newspaper, were engaged in a Jewish-led conspiracy to smear his organization.His remarks appeared in the magazine Private Eye, in an article by its editor, Ian Hislop, who outlined a rambling phone call that Mr. Assange made on Feb. 16 to complain about the coverage of WikiLeaks. He was especially angry about a Private Eye report that Israel Shamir, an Assange associate in Russia, was a Holocaust denier. Mr. Assange complained that the article was part of a campaign by Jewish...
  • Bush Cancels Appearance at Event, Citing Speaking Invite Sent to Assange

    02/25/2011 4:50:17 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | Friday, February 25, 2011 | 3:33 p.m. | Ethan Klapper
    Former President George W. Bush has canceled a planned appearance in Denver tomorrow because WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange was also extended an invitation to speak. Bush was to speak at the Young Presidents' Organization's Global Leadership Summit, an event that allows participants "to interact and network with leading CEOs from all over the world," according to the conference website. "This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance," Bush spokesman David Sherzer said in a statement. "The former president has no desire to share a forum...
  • UK court agrees Assange extradition to Sweden

    02/24/2011 5:26:15 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 24, 2011 | Michael Holden
    A British court agreed on Thursday to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes, dismissing claims the move would breach his human rights. Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies, made by two WikiLeaks volunteers during his time in Sweden last August. "I have specifically considered whether the physical or mental condition of the defendant is such that it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite him," Judge Howard Riddle told London's top-security Belmarsh Magistrates' Court. "I am satisfied that extradition is compatible with...
  • Syria jails schoolgirl blogger for 5 years [ We shall see the hypocrisy of the Julian Assange fans ]

    02/14/2011 1:52:45 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    Rueters ^ | Feb 14 2011 | Rueters
    DAMASCUS, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A special Syrian security court sentenced a teenaged blogger on Monday to five years in jail on charges of revealing information to a foreign country, despite U.S. calls to release her, rights defenders said. The long jail term for high school student Tal al-Molouhi, under arrest since 2009 and now 19 years old, is another sign of an intensifying crackdown on opposition in Syria in the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, they said. Molouhi had written articles on the Internet saying she yearned for a role in shaping the future of Syria, which...