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  • Soldier in Leaks Case Was Jailed Naked, Lawyer Says

    03/03/2011 10:49:40 PM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 3, 2011 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — A lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking secret government files to WikiLeaks, has complained that his client was stripped and left naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday. The conditions of Private Manning’s confinement at the Marine brig in Quantico, Va., have drawn criticism in recent months from supporters and his lawyer, David E. Coombs. The soldier’s clothing was returned to him Thursday morning, after he was required to stand naked outside his cell during an inspection, Mr. Coombs said in a posting on his Web site. “This type of...
  • Army Charges WikiLeaks Suspect With More Offenses

    03/02/2011 2:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Robert Burns AP
    The Army said Wednesday it has filed 22 additional charges against Pvt. 1st Class Bradley E. Manning, the soldier suspected of providing classified government documents published by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group. Army officials said the charges accuse Manning of using unauthorized software on government computers to extract classified information, illegally download it and transmit the data for public release by what the Army termed "the enemy."
  • The Top 13 Zionist Animal Conspiracy Theories

    02/20/2011 1:59:47 PM PST · by HorowitzianConservative · 8 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | February 20, 2010 | ELDAD TZIONI
    Arabs specifically and many Muslims in general know that the Jews, especially Israeli Jews, are brilliant and diabolical. They use their scientific knowledge to advance their nefarious cause, building ever-increasingly sophisticated weapons whose only purpose is to harass and annoy Arabs. But the Zionist brilliance is not limited to chemistry, electronics and medicine. Apparently, the Zionist Jews are experts at weaponizing animals to carry out unspeakable acts of espionage and vandalism.
  • US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda

    02/19/2011 5:21:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 18, 2011 | Sean Kerrigan
    The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues. The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.Click here to view the government contract (PDF)According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number...
  • India rules out joining US in 5th gen fighter programme

    02/09/2011 4:16:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    BNS via Brahmand News ^ | 2/9/2011 | BNS via Brahmand News
    India on Wednesday ruled out joining the US in developing the F-35 Lightning II fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft. “We have already entered into a partnership with Russia in developing our own fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA),” Defence Minister A K Antony said. “No other country has previously offered such technology to us… There is no question of going back now,” the Defence Minister told reporters during the Aero India 2011 which began in Bangalore on Wednesday. Washington had recently offered New Delhi to join its Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme that would have ultimately led India to purchase the...
  • Air Force: All Wikileaks readers are criminals

    02/09/2011 3:45:10 AM PST · by Munz · 33 replies
    politico ^ | February 07, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    Anyone who accesses the thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables made public by Wikileaks faces possible prosecution under the Espionage Act, the Air Force told its personnel recently. (See update below: Air Force has withdrawn this story pending further legal guidance.)
  • Former Dow Research Scientist Convicted of Stealing Trade Secrets and Perjury

    02/07/2011 5:13:19 PM PST · by Larry381 · 9 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | February 7, 2011 | U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON—A federal jury in Baton Rouge, La., today convicted a former research scientist of stealing trade secrets from Dow Chemical Company and selling them to companies in the People’s Republic of China, as well as committing perjury, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. for the Middle District of Louisiana. After a three-week trial, the jury found Wen Chyu Liu, aka David W. Liou, 74, of Houston, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft and one count of perjury. According to the evidence presented in...
  • WikiLeaks among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize

    02/02/2011 2:38:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 2, 2011 | Wojciech Moskwa
    Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian politician behind the proposal said on Wednesday, a day after the deadline for nominations expired. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations for what many consider as the world's top accolade until February 1, although the five panel members have until the end of the month to make their own proposals. Norwegian parliamentarian Snorre Valen said WikiLeaks was "one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency" in the 21st century. "By disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is...
  • Supporters of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning consider him a ‘patriot,’ not a traitor

    01/27/2011 1:45:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 25, 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    While much of America views Bradley Manning, the private first class who has been accused of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, as a traitor, he does have some defenders who consider him nothing less than a patriot. “He was trying to help the country,” said Kevin Zeese, a member of the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. Zeese tells the story of Manning as a loss of innocence tale. The story of Manning, he says, is about “a guy who believes in America,” enlists in the army, and gets to Iraq only to discover that the country has,...
  • Chinese man jailed for illegally exporting US military equipment (2nd this week)

    01/27/2011 1:13:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies ^ | 7:00AM GMT 27 Jan 2011 | By Peter Foster
    A Chinese national convicted of illegally exporting military electronics components to a China has been jailed for eight years by a US court, providing further evidence of China’s military espionage activities. Zhen Zhou Wu, 46, made multiple visits to the US to buy components used in radars and missile systems which he then exported to China via Hong Kong using forged papers to evade the US arms embargo to China imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings. He is the second Chinese to be sentenced in America this week for illegally transferring military technology to China after a 66-year-old former...
  • Hawaii Man Sentenced to 32 Years For Espionage (China)

    01/26/2011 9:07:22 AM PST · by Larry381 · 13 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 25, 2011 | U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON—Noshir S. Gowadia, 66, of Maui, Hawaii, was sentenced late yesterday to 32 years in prison for communicating classified national defense information to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), illegally exporting military technical data, as well as money laundering, filing false tax returns and other offenses. The sentence, handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway in the District of Hawaii, was announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Florence T. Nakakuni, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii. On Aug. 9, 2010, following six days of deliberation after a trial spanning nearly four...
  • Chinese Industrial Espionage in 2010: Aggressive, Creative... and Relentless

    01/24/2011 9:49:23 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 24, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    While the recently flaunted Chinese J-20 stealth fighter prototype caught the world offguard with a seeming quantum-leap in technological prowess, it's similarities to the Russian T-50 made it appear to have been produced with the Kremlin's help- and indeed it was. But now we hear that back in the Balkans in 1999, when a USAF F-117 Nighthawk was downed by a SAM missile over Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic allowed Chinese agents to fan-out into the countryside to purchase or otherwise obtain pieces of the top-secret stealth fighter from villagers -some as large as a small car- to be sent back to...
  • Michigan Man Sentenced 48 Months for Attempting to Spy for the People’s Republic of China

    01/23/2011 4:52:04 AM PST · by Larry381 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | January 21, 2011 | U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON—Glenn Duffie Shriver, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady. On Oct. 22, 2010, Shriver pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to communicate national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it. “Mr. Shriver sold out his country...
  • Imprisoned Spy Sentenced to Eight More Years For Spying Yet Again

    01/19/2011 6:16:45 PM PST · by Larry381 · 7 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 18, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office District of Oregon
    PORTLAND, OR—Harold James Nicholson, 59, was sentenced today to 96 months' imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown following his guilty pleas to the crimes of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit international money laundering. This eight year prison sentence will be served following the 283-month prison sentence defendant is currently serving in connection with his 1997 espionage conviction in the Eastern District of Virginia. Pursuant to the plea agreement, both parties requested the court imposed the eight-year consecutive sentence. This case represents the first time a convicted spy has been...
  • Test Flight Signals Jet Has Reached New Stage

    01/17/2011 8:43:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/11/2011 | Jeremy Page
    Images of a Chinese stealth fighter prototype in flight suggest that China has moved to the next stage of testing an aircraft that appears designed to rival the American F-22 and challenge U.S. air superiority in the Asia-Pacific region, aviation experts say. Tuesday's flight means China is likely now testing the J-20's flight software, engines and aerodynamics, following weeks of runway tests at the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute. The aviation experts say there is a limit to what more they can tell about the J-20's capabilities—especially its radar-evading technology—from the low-resolution images, which mostly appear to have been shot from...
  • Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

    01/17/2011 2:04:18 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD, JOHN MARKOFF and DAVID E. SANGER
    ...The worm itself now appears to have included two major components. One was designed to send Iran’s nuclear centrifuges spinning wildly out of control. Another seems right out of the movies: The computer program also secretly recorded what normal operations at the nuclear plant looked like, then played those readings back to plant operators, like a pre-recorded security tape in a bank heist, so that it would appear that everything was operating normally while the centrifuges were actually tearing themselves apart. The attacks were not fully successful: Some parts of Iran’s operations ground to a halt, while others survived, according...
  • Ex-CIA Officer Indicted for Leaking Classified Info to New York Times Reporter

    01/14/2011 4:20:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Gawker ^ | January 6, 2011 | Staff
    Ex-CIA Officer Indicted for Leaking Classified Info to New York Slimes Reporter Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was indicted today for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen. The indictment shows that the federal government had access to their e-mail and phone contacts going back several years. Sterling served on the Iran desk of the CIA in the 1990s, and oversaw a classified program aimed at sabotaging the development of its nuclear programming. He left the CIA in 2000 and sued for racial discrimination (he is African American) in a case that went all the way...
  • Gates’s Misconceived Trip to Beijing

    01/11/2011 7:10:33 AM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 9, 2011
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just arrived in Beijing on a three-day trip to mend ties with the People’s Liberation Army. His visit will end up being counterproductive. Beijing broke off mil-to-mil relations with the United States last January to protest the sale of $6.4 billion of military equipment to Taiwan. Soon afterward, Chinese...began making extremely belligerent comments in public. In February, for instance, Colonel Meng Xianging promised a “hand-to-hand fight with the U.S.” sometime within the next 10 years “when we’re strong enough.” ... In May, at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, Rear Admiral Guan Youfei...
  • Iran Claims to Have Broken Israeli Spy Ring

    01/10/2011 5:55:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 10, 2010 | By WILLIAM YONG and ALAN COWELL
    TEHRAN — Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said on Monday that it had broken up an Israeli spy network linked to the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist last year, state-owned media said. After a broad investigation, Iran succeeded in arresting “the main agents behind the terrorist incident and dismantle a network comprising of Israeli spies and terrorists,” state-owned Press TV quoted the semi-official Fars news agency as saying. It said Israeli intelligence services “had used bases in certain European and non-European countries as well as Iran’s neighboring states in an attempt to achieve its inhuman and non-Islamic goals.” Those same “bases”...
  • China Link Investigated in Renault Spy Case

    01/09/2011 5:58:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    China Link Investigated in Renault Spy Case By DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS and SEBASTIAN MOFFETT PARIS—Chinese interests may be behind a high-level corporate espionage case related to Renault SA's electric car program that has led to the suspension of three company managers, according to a person familiar with the matter. Renault hasn't given any details as to why it suspended the three managers earlier this week, saying only that they had been involved in a serious breach of confidentiality that put important company assets at risk. In addition to conducting its own internal probe into the breach, the car maker is also...
  • Protesters gather at Beale Air Force Base { Pfc. Bradley Manning }

    12/29/2010 12:46:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 21+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/29/10 | Bill Lindelof
    Peace groups outside the main gate of Beale Air Force Base today are protesting the treatment of the private suspected of handing secret reports over to WikiLeaks. They are also calling on military personnel at the base to resist war and the use of the drones. Protesters from Veterans for Peace, CodePINK and other groups are asking for "basic constitutional principles and human rights" be extended to Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning is suspected of downloading thousands of secret reports and diplomatic cables and handing them over to WikiLeaks. The protesters are encouraging members of the military at the base near...
  • Iran hangs 'Mossad spy'

    12/28/2010 12:34:01 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 3+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 28 Dec 2010 | anon
    Iran hanged on Tuesday a man found guilty of giving information on Iranian missiles to Israeli intelligence service Mossad, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting the Tehran prosecutor's office. Ali Akbar Siadat was hanged in Tehran's Evin prison after having been condemned to death for "working for Mossad," said the prosecutor's office, IRNA reported. Siadat was found guilty of having had links with Mossad for six years, said IRNA. "He had received $60,000 to give classified information to the Zionist regime," IRNA reported. IRNA said Siadat had acknowledged having established contacts with one Israeli embassy overseas and that he had...
  • Protecting Our Protectors (Oliver North)

    12/09/2010 5:08:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2010 | Oliver North
          WASHINGTON — It's a tough time to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. Those serving in our all-volunteer military — and their families — are stretched and stressed by more than nine years of war. Unfortunately, our commander in chief — supposedly the champion of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines — isn't doing anything to make serving in uniform any easier. President Barack Obama — fresh from his 3 1/2-hour "visit" to Afghanistan — continues to insist that the U.S. Senate act immediately to allow active homosexuals to serve in the military....
  • Bradley Manning's Life Behind Bars [Sniff, sniff]

    12/19/2010 8:25:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 17, 2010 | Denver Nicks
    Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, turns 23 in jail Friday. The Daily Beast’s Denver Nicks, in an exclusive interview with Manning’s attorney, reports on his solitary confinement, what he’s reading (from George W. Bush to Howard Zinn), and his legal strategy. The last time Bradley Manning saw the world outside of a jail, most Americans had never heard of WikiLeaks. On Friday, Manning, the man whose alleged unauthorized release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents put the website and its controversial leader, Julian Assange, on the map, turns...
  • Breaking: Released Julian Assange Ready For Next Indictment – Espionage Charges In The US

    12/16/2010 5:45:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 16th, 2010 | Matt Schneider
    International man of intrigue Julian Assange barely had a moment to catch his breath from the last charges against him, but now is prepared for the US to have their crack at him. Assange tells Sky News “We have heard today from one of my US lawyers that there may be a US indictment for espionage for me coming from a secret grand jury investigation.” The fun never stops with Assange, stay tuned for more details.
  • Julian Assange's Accusers

    12/12/2010 12:09:40 PM PST · by 2harddrive · 27 replies · 1+ views
    In the interest of Freedom of Speech, and equality of opportunity: Here is a link to pictures and information on the two women who have accused the notorious Julian Assange of rape, in two cases of voluntary intercourse spaced a day apart, because he used a "condominium" that broke, or in another case, did not use one at all. He has most definitely embarrassed the US government, although he is not an American. Do you feel the US put these women up to such weak charges, to get him hauled in? And judging from their appearances, are they guilty, or...
  • Gillard may get me killed: Assange

    12/11/2010 2:42:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1+ views
    The Sunshine Coast Daily ^ | December 12, 2010 | Exclusive by Kieran Campbell and Bianca Clare
    WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange says Prime Minister Julia Gillard has put his life and freedom at risk by publicly pre-judging his actions as “criminal”. In written correspondence between Mr Assange and the Australian Government, made available exclusively to the Sunshine Coast Daily, Mr Assange highlights serious fears that Ms Gillard's statements questioning the legality of WikiLeaks would violate his right to a fair trial. He said he feared he and his staff could be killed as he was aware senior figures in the United States, including politician Sarah Palin, had been calling for his arrest and assassination. The 39-year-old Queenslander...
  • Wikileaks War: No More Secrets

    12/11/2010 12:19:33 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 15 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 12-11-10 | Dave the Sage
    As the Wikileaks saga continues to unfold I can’t help but recall the scene in the film Sneakers where Martin “Marty” Bishop (Robert Redford) and Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) discuss the “code breaker.” Cosmo: "There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information!" There is another scene in the movie where Marty utters the phrase “no more secrets.” And that is increasingly what we are approaching as the global...
  • Clueless Press Can't Decide If Espionage Is Journalism

    12/10/2010 10:32:26 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 9. 2010 | Dan Gainor
    Imagine the year is 1942 and the German government runs a news bureau in Washington, D.C. collecting government secrets. Even FDR would have laughed at claims they were actual journalists, locked them up and thrown away the key. He would have been right. There’s a huge difference between an individual or an organization reporting abuses in government or business one at a time and the same people stealing enough classified material to run a spy agency. But sleazy Julian Assange and his spy agency WikiLeaks are trying to pretend they are journalists. He even calls himself “editor-in-chief,” sort of like...
  • Julian Assange: Hero or Terrorist?

    12/09/2010 5:45:52 AM PST · by ChrisBoundsTX · 20 replies
    Liberty Juice ^ | 12/09/2010 | Chris Bounds
    The legal net is closing in on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. While he has not been officially charged with anything he remains in custody to discuss the sexual assault allegations from Sweden with British police. Now being held without the opportunity for bail Assange is fighting extradition while his troubles mount from every direction. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks continues to dump stolen State Department documents online and is keeping a “poison pill” on standby should the need arise. This whole issue with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange has me torn. As a conservative constitutionalist I proudly champion the First Amendment rights of free...
  • Berkeley weighs honoring accused in WikiLeaks case

    12/08/2010 8:52:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    BERKELEY -- Berkeley City Council members are considering a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release. The council is expected to vote on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig, on Tuesday. It has already been approved by the city's Peace and Justice Commission. . . .
  • WikiLeaks releases nearly impossible to stop

    12/08/2010 8:14:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 32 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/8/10 | Andrew Ross
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to prosecute Julian Assange for espionage. The founder of WikiLeaks "intentionally harmed the U.S. government," says Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. By releasing 250,000 State Department cables, he also violated the 1917 Espionage Act by transmitting "information which the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation," Feinstein, D-Calif., charged in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece Tuesday. To John Perry Barlow, co-founder of San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation, "The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of...
  • MasterCard site partially frozen by hackers in WikiLeaks 'revenge'

    12/08/2010 5:44:40 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 8, 2010 | Esther Addley
    The website of MasterCard, the international credit card, has been hacked and partially paralysed by hackers, in apparent revenge for the payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks. A group of online activists calling themselves Anonymous appear to have orchestrated a DDOS ("distributed denial of service") attack on the site, bringing its service at to a halt for many users. "Operation: Payback" is the latest salvo in the increasingly febrile technological war over WikiLeaks. MasterCard announced on Monday that it would no longer process donations to the whistleblowing site, claiming it was engaged in illegal activity.
  • Julian Assange Arrested in UK, Denied Bail

    12/07/2010 6:53:04 PM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 16 replies ^ | December 7, 2010 | Staff
    Supporters of WikiLeaks around the world have downloaded a file the site calls an insurance policy, Palmer reported. The files are encrypted with a code so strong it's unbreakable, even by governments. If anything happens to Assange or the website, the plan was for a key to go out to unlock the files. There would theoretically be no way to stop the information from spreading like wildfire, because so many people already have copies. "What most folks are speculating is that the insurance file contains unreleased information that would be especially embarrassing to the U.S. government if it were released,"...
  • Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

    12/07/2010 6:38:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12/7/10 | Julian Assange
    IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: "In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch's expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public. I grew up...
  • WikiLeaks lists sites key to U.S. security

    12/06/2010 10:56:08 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 123 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 6, 2010 12:15 p.m. EST | Tim Lister
    (CNN) -- WikiLeaks has published a secret U.S. diplomatic cable listing locations abroad that the U.S. considers vital to its national security, prompting criticism that the website is inviting terrorist attacks on American interests. The list is part of a lengthy cable the State Department sent in February 2009 to its posts around the world. The cable asked American diplomats to identify key resources, facilities and installations outside the United States "whose loss could critically impact the public health, economic security, and/or national and homeland security of the United States." The diplomats identified dozens of places on every continent, including...
  • WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange

    12/07/2010 2:58:27 AM PST · by bd476 · 98 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | December 7, 2010 | Andy Winter, Sky News Online
    WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden, according to Sky sources. A fresh European arrest warrant has been received by Mr Assange's lawyer - as anger grows in the US over the latest leaked embassy cables by the whistleblowing website. Sky sources have said officers from Scotland Yard detained the 39-year-old Australian at around 9.30am. Labelling the move as a "political stunt", Mr Assange's solicitor Mark Stephens said his client wants to find out what allegations he faces so he can clear his name. Two...
  • Irving Kristol, Soviet Spy?

    12/04/2010 11:13:42 AM PST · by speciallybland · 23 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    That’s what the FBI was asking itself in 1988. That year is not a typo. Gawker has scans of the FBI documents showing that the reputed Godfather of neo-conservatism was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into a potential Soviet spy. The FBI heavily redacted the documents—citing national security in many instances—so it’s difficult to make out exactly what happened. But it seems fairly clear that, sometime around May of 1988, the FBI’s counterintelligence division came to possess a notebook or address book belonging to a suspected Soviet agent. And Irving Kristol’s name was in it. That launched...
  • Julian Assange Promises Unpublished Cables Contain “References To UFOs”

    12/03/2010 5:10:13 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 96 replies · 2+ views ^ | 12/03/2010 | Jon Bershad
    Just a few days after NASA announced the revolutionary discovery of an arsenic-based lifeform, many Americans are still responding with a “Cool, but can I have laser gun fights with it?” Well, get ready for another chance to be horribly disappointed at information about honest to goodness aliens! In an interview answering reader submitted questions with The Guardian, Julian Assange promises that the rest of the classified cables that he hasn’t released yet contain “references to UFOs!” Clearly we’ll all be flying around on speeder bikes by the end of the year. Here’s the relevant quote: “Mr Assange, have there...
  • WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks

    12/03/2010 10:30:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/3/10 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER and PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press
    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- WikiLeaks struggled to stay online Friday as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web. Legal pressure increased on the site's founder, Julian Assange, after Swedish authorities cleared an obstacle to his arrest by adding information to a European arrest warrant in response to procedural questions from British officials, who had put his possible arrest on hold for more than a day. Assange's lawyer said that he is in the U.K. but she hadn't received a warrant...
  • The WikiLeaks Affair: Uncle Sam or Lemuel Gulliver?

    12/01/2010 9:21:51 PM PST · by stolinsky ^ | 12-02-10 | stolinsky
    The damage to our national security and prestige is bad enough. Why will foreign leaders talk to us frankly, when what they say may appear in the New York Times? Even worse, what will happen to foreign heads of government, military leaders and ordinary people who are helping us in our war on terrorism? What will happen when their names are revealed? Their usefulness will end − and quite possibly so will their lives. If this is how we repay our friends, we will have fewer friends. Our troops are taught never to leave a comrade behind. But the lesson...
  • 'Hacktivist' Claims Credit for WikiLeaks Attack

    12/01/2010 9:08:55 AM PST · by Racehorse · 13 replies
    Information Week ^ | 1 December 2010 | Paul McDouggal
    A self-proclaimed "hacktivist" said Tuesday he's the computer expert who knocked rogue Web site WikiLeaks offline for several hours through a distributed denial of service attack. The hacker, who calls himself The Jester and goes by the name th3j35t3r on Twitter, said he was motivated to take down WikiLeaks for patriotic reasons. He also said his other targets include Web sites used by Al Qaeda and other terrorists groups for recruiting purposes. " DOWN--for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations," the hacker said in a message on Twitter. "PS for me personally WL...
  • The Wikileaks 'Gay' Connection

    12/01/2010 7:34:46 AM PST · by massmike · 36 replies ^ | 12/01/2010 | Dr. Scott Lively
    If you’re looking for someone to blame for the Wikileaks scandal, a good candidate would be President Bill Clinton. He was the one who, in 1995, signed an Executive Order removing “sexual orientation” as a grounds for denying someone a security clearance. Had that policy never been revoked, homosexual soldier Bradley Manning would never have had access to our national secrets and could not have leaked them. According to news reports, Manning decided to turn traitor after a fight with his boyfriend, which somehow motivated him to send hundreds of thousands of confidential documents to Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, who...
  • Repost: Taliban says they will target informants outted by wikileaks

    12/01/2010 5:34:51 AM PST · by Bob Hyneman · 18 replies
    various ^ | various | various
    Saving this from the memory hole Taliban in Afghanistan says they will target informants outed by WikiLeaks for working with U.S. Taliban seeks vengeance on Afghans named in WikiLeaks documents Taliban Study WikiLeaks to Hunt Informants Leaked War Files Expose Identities of Afghan Informants Wikileaks Afghanistan: Taliban 'hunting down informants' That's okay Assange Apologized and quiCkly pulled back the informants names. . . . Oh wait he didn't. In fact he said those who inform on the Taliban were "acting in a criminal way" The Times revealed that the NAMES, VILLAGES, RELATIVES' NAMES AND EVEN GPS...
  • WikiLeaks cables: US espionage law

    11/30/2010 8:25:59 PM PST · by Racehorse · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 December 2010 | Afua Hirsch
    Experts say that in addition to protections for free speech, there are difficulties with proving leaked documents are classified, under a US government executive order which sets limits on documents that can be properly termed as classified documents. However, if charges are made against Julian Assange under the law in the US, then he would face extradition under the controversial UK-US extradition treaty, which provides special measures for extraditions between the two countries.
  • Assange Calls for Clinton Resignation

    11/30/2010 2:26:05 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 102 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/30/2010 | Mark Halperin
    TIME Exclusive: WikiLeaks founder tells Richard Stengel SecState should resign "if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up."
  • GOP Rep. Peter King: Obama’s ‘Upbringing’ Keeps Him From Acting Against Wikileaks

    11/30/2010 9:48:54 AM PST · by La Lydia · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2010 | Tommy Christopher
    In a radio interview for The Steve Malzberg Show, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) continued the political haymaking that has attended the latest Wikileaks document dump. King told Malzberg that President Obama isn’t as upset “as he should be” over the leak, and came close to suggesting that Obama and members of the administration view Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as some kind of hero. He makes this leap by comparing Assange to Daniel Ellsberg, and asserting that Obama’s “political upbringing” makes it “difficult to take action against someone who is the logical descendent” of Ellsberg....
  • A Superpower's View of the World (Liberals Open Pandora's Box)

    11/29/2010 9:12:28 AM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/29/10 | SPIEGEL Staff
    251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret embassy reports from around the world, show how the US seeks to safeguard its influence around the world. It is nothing short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy.
  • How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked

    11/29/2010 8:24:00 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 122 replies · 2+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | 11/28/2010 | David Leigh
    It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. "I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like 'Lady Gaga' … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing ... [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga's Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history." He said that he "had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months".
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton ordered US diplomats to 'spy'

    11/29/2010 8:13:14 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 78 replies ^ | 11/29/2010 |
    SNIP The information Clinton directed the diplomats to ascertain ranged from basic biographical data such as diplomats' names and addresses to their frequent flier and credit card numbers, to even "biometric information on ranking North Korean diplomats." Typical biometric information includes fingerprints, signatures and iris recognition. The cable, simply signed 'CLINTON', is classified S/NF - or 'Secret/No Foreign' - and was sent to 33 US embassies and the UN mission offices in New York, Vienna and Rome. It asked officers overseas to gather information about "office and organisational titles; names, position titles and other information on business cards; numbers of...