When WikiLeaks Editor in Chief Julian Assange posted a massive collection of hacked Sony emails on Thursday, he explained that they show the workings of a corporation at the centre of a geo-political conflict. Indeed, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report that the leaked emails reveal extensive communication between SONY CEO Michael Lynton and the US State Department. And it wasn t just business: Lynton was not shy about sharing his political beliefs via his work email. In one communication, Lynton bashes the Middle Eastern peace process and sniffs, "Let them all kill each other!"
Those who are against the U.S. or the Guantanamo Bay facility, have described his as "just a teacher" and a "low-threat." However, his classified file released by Wikileaks describes in detail who he is, why he was detained and what information was obtained from him while he was detained. Based upon items found on his person and in his home, Zahir was determined to be Secretary General of the Taliban's Intelligence Directorate.
The case of Bradley Manning is a morally stark one. Even the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has censured the United States for its harsh measures against the young man who blew the cover on US atrocities in Iraq through WikiLeaks. But the voluminous trove of classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks goes far beyond the "Collateral Murder" incident in Iraq. The release of most of this information can be justified in the name of the public's right to know.
Republican John McCain refused to raise the issue of voter fraud after learning Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Ohio and Pennsylvania on the night of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, according internal Stratfor e-mails published by WikiLeaks.
The Democratic Party engaged in an effort to throw the 2008 election. And Russian money went to the campaign of Barack Obama much as Chinese money went to the campaign of Bill Clinton during the 1990s. From a piece that ran in The Examiner on February 27th about Wikileaks' latest document dump in a series of cables that it calls 'The Global Intelligence Files.'
One of the things Manning is alleged to have leaked is the "Collateral Murder" video which depicts U.S. forces in an Apache helicopter killing 12 unarmed civilians, including two Reuters journalists, and wounding two children. People trying to rescue the wounded were also fired upon and killed. A U.S. tank drove over one body, cutting the man in half. The actions of American soldiers shown in that video amount to war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit targeting civilians, preventing the rescue of the wounded, and defacing dead bodies.
Surveillance companies like SS8 in the U.S., Hacking Team in Italy and Vupen in France manufacture viruses (Trojans) that hijack individual computers and phones (including iPhones, Blackberries and Androids), take over the device, record its every use, movement, and even the sights and sounds of the room it is in. Other companies like Phoenexia in the Czech Republic collaborate with the military to create speech analysis tools. They identify individuals by gender, age and stress levels and track them based on voiceprints . Blue Coat in the U.S. and Ipoque in Germany sell tools to governments in countries like China and Iran to prevent dissidents from organizing online.
The assassination plot also may have been a reaction to a revelation from documents released by Wikileaks. In November 2010, Wikileaks revealed that the Saudi ambassador urged the U.S. to attack Iran and "cut off the head of the snake."
In January, Julian Assange chief of Wikileaks and a figure with numerous well documented links to the Rothschild and George Soros banking and media empire was given the names of 2000 people with secret bank accounts in Switzerland, including 40 German politicians, by Ruldof Elmer, according to German media reports.
Cenk Uygur can't figure out why accused Army leaker Bradley Manning isn't being treated like a "hero". Seriously. Uygur's guest on his MSNBC show this evening was P.J. Crowley, the former State Department spokesman who was forced out of his post for publicly criticizing the treatment of Manning while in detention awaiting trial.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has been erratic for a while, but he went too far when, at M.I.T. on Thursday, he called the Defense Department's handling of Private Bradley Manning "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Today Crowley resigned from his State Department position.
Despite President Obama's reticence to speak ill against President Hosni Mubarak, there s some evidence that the U.S. is supportive of Egypt s anti-regime protesters. The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young Egyptian insurgent to attend a U.S.-sponsored conference for activists in New York City three years ago, according to newly unveiled WikiLeaks cables.
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg decided to make available to the New York Times (and then to other newspapers) 43 volumes of the Pentagon Papers, the top- secret study prepared for the Department of Defense examining how and why the United States had become embroiled in the Vietnam conflict. But he made another critical decision as well. That was to keep confidential the remaining four volumes of the study describing the diplomatic efforts of the United States to resolve the war.
As the U.S. builds its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, federal prosecutors face a challenge: how do they explain why Assange deserves prosecution and not The New York Times or The Guardian, which also published classified government documents? Apparently, they've found their answer. According to The New York Times, the Justice Department wants to charge Assange as a conspirator alongside military analyst Bradley Manning.
What kind of people are involved with WikiLeaks? Noble truth seekers? Courageous individuals standing up to evil governments for "the people"? Bigots? Michael Moynihan, senior editor of Reason, asks about one of them. Why is WikiLeaks employing a well-known Holocaust denier and his disgraced son?
Cuba may be a tropical gulag and troublemaker in the hemisphere. But when it comes to the war on drug, the communist island is a reliable U.S. alley with Cuban authorities even complaining to U.S. officials that neighboring Jamaica is failing to cooperate in drug-interdiction efforts. That's according to a secret cable from the U.S. Special Interest Section in Havana dated August 11, 2009, and just released by WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted bail by a London court Thursday, meaning he is free to leave jail until his next scheduled court hearing in January. The exact timing of his release will depend on the speed of the paperwork, his lawyer Mark Stephens said in a statement outside the court, adding that he hoped Assange would be free later Thursday
During the Iraq War much was made by the left of the failure to locate stockpiles of chemical agents or nuclear materials. Despite the obvious duplicity of the Saddam Hussein regime and the childlike incredulity and fecklessness of Hans Blix and his merry men we were supposed to believe that the failure to find these weapons and materials meant they didn t exist. Now enters Wikileaks.
President George W. Bush was subjected to one of the most vicious smear campaigns in history, based on the false assertion that he lied about Saddam Hussein pursuing weapons of mass destruction as a justification for the Iraq War. WikiLeaks documents released in October once again confirm (AT had the story in December, 2009) that Iraq did indeed possess yellowcake uranium, despite the lies of Joseph Wilson, husband of CIA desk jockey Valerie Palme.
The Clinton and Bush administrations were flummoxed by Hugo Ch vez's anti-Americanism. Rabid and inexplicable, it started soon after Ch vez was elected Venezuela's president in 1998. During his presidential campaign, on the other hand, he'd presented himself as a moderate seeking a "Third Way" between socialism and capitalism.
The widow of Alexander Litvinenko said that leaked US diplomatic cables vindicated her long-standing claim that Vladimir Putin had authorised her husband s murder. In secret conversations with the French, the top US diplomat Daniel Fried said it was unlikely Putin was not aware of the operation to poison Litvinenko with polonium, given Putin s attention to detail .
Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked WikiLeaks off its servers for breaking rules designed to ensure websites use their own content and that it won t injure others, and not due to pressure from the U.S. government, Amazon said Thursday.
Iran is financing a range of Afghan religious and political leaders, grooming Afghan religious scholars, training Taliban militants and even seeking to influence MPs, according to cables from the US embassy in Kabul.
On Oct. 10, to celebrate its 65th anniversary as a one-party state, North Korea unveiled a new missile in the type of military parade that for decades has been a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. The North Koreans call the missile the Musudan.
To date, Bradley Manning stands accused only of providing a classified video of U.S. operations in Iraq to WikiLeaks. But U.S. government officials say they consider Manning the prime suspect behind the flood of documents that have wound up being promulgated by the group determined to bust U.S. secrecy. Skeptics of the government's case against Manning wonder how one young soldier, operating with a couple of computers in the middle of desert, could access and download so much classified information and do so undetected for so long. Indeed, it appears Manning might not have come under suspicion at all had he not confided in a reformed hacker named Adrian Lamo, and had Lamo, a civilian, not reported Manning's musings to the U.S. Army.
If the information on the progress of the war from the much-ballyhooed Wikileaks publication of 92,000 documents didn t come as a big surprise to Americans who have paid attention to the Af-Pak theater, it apparently will come as a big surprise to those in Afghanistan who have worked with US forces. Julian Assange s leak included the names of hundreds of informants and people working with US forces in Afghanistan.
When Sweden-based web site WikiLeaks released long-sought video of a 2007 Baghdad incident that ended in the deaths of several Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists, it provoked a firestorm of coverage. But beyond the coverage of the U.S. military's controversial actions and cover-up, much attention has fallen on the group that started this in the first place. What is WikiLeaks, exactly? How did they get this video, what did they hope to accomplish, and what role are they playing in the global conversation into which they've just injected themselves?
While the impact of the documents and newspaper reportage on the war in Afghanistan will take a while to suss out, the publication of these documents will be seen as a milestone in the new news ecosystem. Unlike the Pentagon Papers situation, we're "watching the traces of a major story unfold in real time," said C.W. Anderson, who studies media culture at CUNY. "If you're a PhD student or comm / journalism researcher who wants to study how news diffuses in 2010, here's your case study," he tweeted.
The hype-to-payoff ratio approximated Geraldo s opening of Al Capone s vaults. Leaked Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy, hollered the headline on NYTimes.com. The latest WikiLeaks document dump, instructed the grey lady, offers an extraordinary look at American foreign policy that is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.
When journalists gather information that genuinely changes the way we see some aspect of American foreign policy, or exposes government folly or abuse, they should move heaven and earth to make sure it sees the light of day.
It is understandable for the administration to underplay the significance of the State Department cables released by WikiLeaks. But while it was wise not to go into a public panic, it is delusional to think that this is merely embarrassing gossip and indiscretion. The leaks have done major damage
The theft of hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables and military reports was an act of espionage and treachery. Their release was an act of sabotage. The U.S. government s response to both has been distressingly feckless.
Recent revelations by WikiLeaks show how top American leaders lied, knowingly, to the American public, to American troops, and to the world. Ellen Knickmeyer on the carnage she saw as Baghdad bureau chief.
Washington is reeling from the latest WikiLeaks document dump. The foreign-policy wonks insist that there are few, if any, major surprises. Much of what we ve seen thus far, opined Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, confirms more than it informs. And what these documents confirm is that President Obama s foreign policy is a mess.
The indefinable international organization known as WikiLeaks was relatively unknown between its setting up in 2006 and the April 2010 premiere it staged at the National Press Club in Washington of the "Collateral Murder" video"”a selection of stolen and decrypted gun-camera footage that purportedly shows the unlawful killing of Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists by the crew of a U.S. Army Apache helicopter. Skillfully edited and promoted, and widely accepted by the mainstream media as proof of a U.S. war crime, the video won WikiLeaks fame and...
American intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, outraged by their inability to stop WikiLeaks and its release this week of hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, are convinced that the whistleblowing website is about to come up against an adversary that will stop at nothing to shut it down: the Russian government.
The CIA has long used private intelligence firms for "black ops," allowing for plausible deniability in the event that an operation goes pear-shaped and public accountability threatens. But these emails suggest that there's now far more to the incompetence of America's intelligence services than meets the eye.
Is it possible that Iran's blustering president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, long thought to be a leading force behind some of Iran's most hard-line and repressive policies, is actually a reformer whose attempts to liberalize, secularize, and even "Persianize" Iran have been repeatedly stymied by the country's more conservative factions?
If electing a black president with the middle name Hussein was supposed to assuage anti-Americanism around the world, Julian Assange didn t get the message. The first batch of WikiLeaks documents undermined the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, violent conflicts started by the hated, warmongering Bush administration. The latest batch undermines American diplomacy, the soft art of international bargaining and persuasion as practiced by the highly anticipated, engagement-loving Obama administration.
Julian Assange may avoid prosecution for his voluminous data dump, but we can still shower the attention-craving, vainglorious truth-seeker with our contempt, says Tunku Varadarajan. If Hollywood were ever to make a film about a nihilistic leaker-hacker dude, a rootless subverter of international public order, they couldn t do better than to cast Julian Assange as himself
Julian Assange, the public face of WikiLeaks, is, among many things, cowardly. Courageousness would involve meeting with Iranian dissidents, Russian journalists, Pakistani Christians, or Chinese human-rights activists and then releasing any confidential information that they might have about the torment institutionalized by their countries authoritarian regimes. That would be risky to Assange, however, since such governments do not customarily go to court against their leakers; they gulag them or liquidate them.
Jaron Lanier's recent lengthy essay about Wikileaks is not really about Wikileaks; thus, it is unsurprising that he misses the central lesson of this affair. From the beginning, he makes the fundamental conceptual mistake of conflating individual human beings and powerful institutions, like governments and corporations; he then takes off on a dystopic vision of a world dominated by an imagined "nerd supremacist" ethic of complete transparency, collapse of private life, and unrestricted information flow, in which humanity is the slave of the machine.