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19 Aug 2014

Bloggers: Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents show U.S., Israel created Islamic State

So it s no surprise to see Snowden s name attached to the increasingly popular idea that America and Israel created ISIS. On July 16, Bahrain s Gulf Daily News reported that "Edward Snowden has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad (Israel s intelligence agency) worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)."
So it s no surprise to see Snowden s name attached to the increasingly popular idea that America and Israel created...
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13 Aug 2014

Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

If the NSA still doesn t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it s not because of Edward Snowden s attempts to cover his tracks. On the contrary, the NSA s most prolific whistleblower now claims he purposefully left a trail of digital bread crumbs designed to lead the agency directly to the files he d copied.
If the NSA still doesn t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it s not because of Edward...
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13 Aug 2014

The Most Wanted Man in The World

But in all my work, I've never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower. Physically, very few people have seen him since he disappeared into Moscow's airport complex last June. But he has nevertheless maintained a presence on the world stage not only as a man without a country but as a man without a body. When being interviewed at the South by Southwest conference or receiving humanitarian awards, his disembodied image smiles down from jumbotron screens.
But in all my work, I've never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of...
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31 Jul 2014

WikiLeaks Says Russia May Trade Snowden for Better Relations with U.S.

Despite speculation by WikiLeaks the former NSA employee will be traded for better relations with the United States as the crisis in Ukraine escalates by the day, Bloomberg reports the extension is expected to be approved because, according Vladimir Volokh, the head of advisory council of migration service, Snowden is "still in danger."
Despite speculation by WikiLeaks the former NSA employee will be traded for better relations with the United States as...
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30 May 2014

Mr. Kerry: Here’s Why Snowden Can’t ‘Make His Case’ in ‘Our System of Justice’

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should "return home and come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case." Kerry seems to have a high opinion of the Department of Justice and the U.S. courts when it comes to national security issues. I can t imagine for the life of me why. Kerry is either amazingly ignorant or being disingenuous when he suggests that Snowden would be allowed to "make his case" if he returned to the U.S. No one outside the penal justice system would ever see him again, the moment he set foot here, assuming he was not given a prior deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should "return home and come back here and stand in our system of...

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27 May 2014

Schneier: Snowden’s Leaks Have Actually Made It Easier To Crack Terrorists’ Encrypted Messages

Snowden has made it easier to break the encrypted communications of terrorists and this will help US intelligence efforts. Cryptography is hard, and the odds that a home-brew encryption product is better than a well-studied open-source tool is slight. Last fall, Matt Blaze said to me that he thought that the Snowden documents will usher in a new dark age of cryptography, as people abandon good algorithms and software for snake oil of their own devising. My guess is that this an example of that.
Snowden has made it easier to break the encrypted communications of terrorists and this will help US intelligence...

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23 May 2014

Julian Assange Goes Where Glenn Greenwald Wouldn’t

Though they're often lumped together as crusaders against state secrets, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and journalist Glenn Greenwald don t always see eye to eye. Their differences spilled into public view this week, when the WikiLeaks Twitter account took Greenwald and his site, The Intercept, to task for redacting the name of a country where the United States government is recording every phone call.
Though they're often lumped together as crusaders against state secrets, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and journalist...

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23 May 2014

Why Did Wikileaks Name “Country X” When Glenn Greenwald Wouldn’t?

Documents show that the NSA has been generating intelligence reports from MYSTIC surveillance in the Bahamas, Mexico, Kenya, the Philippines, and one other country, which The Intercept is not naming in response to specific, credible concerns that doing so could lead to increased violence. The more expansive full-take recording capability has been deployed in both the Bahamas and the unnamed country.
Documents show that the NSA has been generating intelligence reports from MYSTIC surveillance in the Bahamas, Mexico,...

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5 May 2014

Glenn Greenwald debates former NSA director Michael Hayden on state surveillance

Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Hayden joined with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz to argue that the ongoing surveillance programs first revealed in June last year by Edward Snowden are necessary to prevent terrorism. Arguing that national security is merely an excuse for an "insatiable appetite for data" was Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Glenn Greenwald one of the few journalists working with Snowden who now works at The Intercept, a magazine on FirstLook.org.
Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Hayden joined with Harvard law professor...

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16 Mar 2014

The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won t return to her home country of England because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government. Harrison s fear comes straight out of the language of the U.K. Terrorism Act of 2000. Writing in The Guardian, Harrison reports the act defines terrorism as the use or threat of action [...] designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or which is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause or is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system. Elsewhere the act defines government as the government of any country, including the United States.
Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won t return to her...

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13 Mar 2014

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally in the negotiations, continue to push for strict copyright provisions, to be enforced by internet service providers (ISPs). If US and Australian negotiators have their way, ISPs will be responsible for copyright infringement, when material that violates copyright privileges appears on a site they host or a communication they transmit. This is like making the postal service responsible for plagiarized material included in a letter delivered by a mail carrier. If we were to do that, of course, the postal service officials would have to read and restrict every piece of mail carried.
At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally...

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11 Feb 2014

The Edward Snowden Interview that was Blacked-Out by the U.S. Media and Banned by YouTube

One week ago, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed on the German television network ARD. What many Americans may be unaware of is that the Edward Snowden interview was intentionally blocked from the US public with none of the major new outlets covering the interview or its contents. YouTube has even taken steps to remove the post as soon as it is reposted.
One week ago, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed on the German television network...

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27 Jan 2014

Snowden is in cahoots with evil space aliens, or maybe orcs and trolls, or maybe even … Satan!

Once again powers that be - in order to distract attention from Snowden's actual revelations, from President Obama's ineffectual response to those revelations, or the possibility that if those revelations forced even the president of the United States to go through the motions of reviewing them, assessing them and responding to them by at least pretending to change the policies revealed by those revelations, then maybe the person who brought the revelations to the public isn't a treasonous traitor, after all.
Once again powers that be - in order to distract attention from Snowden's actual revelations, from President Obama's...

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27 Dec 2013

Did Manning Help Avert War in Iran

From U.S. embassy cables leaked by Pvt. Bradley Manning, you can easily imagine how the propaganda game might have played out, how Americans could have been panicked into supporting another unnecessary war in the Middle East, this time against Iran. Except that Manning s release of the documents spoiled the trick.
From U.S. embassy cables leaked by Pvt. Bradley Manning, you can easily imagine how the propaganda game might have...

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29 Nov 2013

Assange Statement on Anakata Extradition

Statement by WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange concerning Sweden's extradition of WikiLeaks consultant Gottfrid "Anakata" Svartholm Warg: "It is time someone says it like it is: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is a political prisoner and Sweden has fallen off the map of decent nations in its treatment of him. Gottfrid has always been ideologically driven to inform the world; he worked tirelessly to help WikiLeaks expose the slaughter of civilians in Iraq by a US helicopter gunship and was responsible for an important part of our infrastructure."
Statement by WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange concerning Sweden's extradition of WikiLeaks consultant Gottfrid...

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28 Oct 2013

WikiLeaks launches site for Edward Snowden’s legal defense

Wikileaks has set up a new website, Free Snowden, to collect money to defend National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The site allows for donations by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, WePay payment, and virtual currencies Bitcoin and Litecoin. It features background information and news stories about the former government contractor. It has raised $21,660 and 116 bitcoins (about $22,950 at today's market price) for the whistleblower's "legal defense and its associated public campaign."
Wikileaks has set up a new website, Free Snowden, to collect money to defend National Security Agency whistleblower...

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11 Oct 2013

Remove Wikileaks from ‘Enemies of the State’ List

President Obama: Wikileaks is a journalistic organization dedicated to creating transparency in government. They have never released information that puts lives at risk, and they have never committed slander or libel. According to the U.S. government, however, Wikileaks is considered an "enemy of the state," a list that also includes the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. To consider a journalistic organization in the same category as terrorism is absurd and undemocratic.
President Obama: Wikileaks is a journalistic organization dedicated to creating transparency in government. They have...

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8 Jul 2013

Why MSNBC Defends NSA Surveillance

President Obama seems more willing to alienate his base of young supporters who object to the growing Surveillance State than to offend the national security apparatchiks who run it. But Obama s crackdown on leakers also has found apologists among MSNBC s liberal talkers, as Jeff Cohen reports.
President Obama seems more willing to alienate his base of young supporters who object to the growing Surveillance State...

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5 Jun 2013

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning excelled at his job, court told

On day three of Manning s court-martial, it became clear the prosecution will seek to prove that he was trained in how to handle classified information before he deployed to Iraq and knew the dangers of it falling into enemy hands. Such an argument signaled the US government s determination to push ahead with the charge that Manning, 25, knowingly aided the enemy, chiefly Al-Qaeda, by transmitting hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to the anti-secrecy website headed by Julian Assange.
On day three of Manning s court-martial, it became clear the prosecution will seek to prove that he was trained in how...

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6 May 2013

The Death of Truth

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and then-Sen. Christopher S. Bond, a Republican, said in a joint letter to the U.S. attorney general calling for Assange s prosecution: "If Mr. Assange and his possible accomplices cannot be charged under the Espionage Act (or any other applicable statute), please know that we stand ready and willing to support your efforts to close those gaps in the law, as you also mentioned."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and then-Sen. Christopher S. Bond, a Republican, said in a joint letter to the U.S....

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4 Feb 2013

An endorsed WikiLeaks resource

On 3 February 2013 at a private dinner at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, attended by more than 150 guests, Julian Assange will receive the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts 2013 for his WikiLeaks work including, amongst other releases, Collateral Murder. This award is given to people who have displayed extraordinary courage and who through their artistry have changed the world.
On 3 February 2013 at a private dinner at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, attended by more than 150...

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1 Feb 2013

Julian Assange speech that was censored by the Oxford Union

In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers.
In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder...

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9 Dec 2012

Jailer: Bradley Manning needed to tell me he wanted out of solitary

An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could have gotten his tight pretrial confinement conditions reduced by clearly explaining why he wasn t a suicide risk, the former commander of a Marine Corps brig testified Friday.
An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could have...

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1 Dec 2012

The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

The pre-trial hearing on Pvt. Bradley Manning s court martial for leaking classified documents about U.S. government wrongdoing has turned up evidence that even Manning s Marine jailers were worried about the controversy over his degrading treatment in their custody, reports ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
The pre-trial hearing on Pvt. Bradley Manning s court martial for leaking classified documents about U.S. government...

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30 Nov 2012

Quantico psychiatrist: Bradley Manning treated worse than death row inmates

Yesterday at Bradley Manning's Article 13 hearing, professional military psychiatrist Captain Kevin Moore testified that Bradley Manning's pretrial confinement conditions at Quantico military brig were worse than that of any other long-term pretrial prisoner he'd observed. He added that Bradley's restrictive conditions, including being held in a 6x8 foot cell, having access to only 20 minutes of sunshine and exercise per day, and being deprived of basic items such as clothing and toilet paper for periods of time, were most comparable to yet still more severe than conditions of prisoners he'd observed on death row.
Yesterday at Bradley Manning's Article 13 hearing, professional military psychiatrist Captain Kevin Moore testified that...

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28 Nov 2012

European Commission enabling blockade of WikiLeaks by US hard-right Lieberman King, contrary to European Parliament’s wishes

European Commission documents released today by WikiLeaks show that hard-right U.S. politicians were directly behind the extrajudicial banking blockade against WikiLeaks. In the heavily redacted documents, MasterCard Europe admits that Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Peter T. King both "had conversations" with MasterCard in the United States. Lieberman, the chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, boasted of instigating Amazon's cutting of service to WikiLeaks - an action condemned by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers on 7 December 2011.
European Commission documents released today by WikiLeaks show that hard-right U.S. politicians were directly behind the...

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28 Nov 2012

Assange to give keynote speech at Hanover Internet conference

The internet and the digital revolution have initiated a fundamental change in our society. The established institutions have already been struggling for a long time for their retention of power in being the opinion and interpretation leaders. So far, nobody has challenged these institutions as much as WikliLeaks and in person Julian Assange. Who else could be more suitable for speaking about our key issue of ... 'real change' far away from Twitter, Facebook, etc.? We are interested in his vision of the future society. And we believe that with his ... views he will ... make the 1,500 attendees step out of the comfort zone of their own thoughts."
The internet and the digital revolution have initiated a fundamental change in our society. The established institutions...

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6 Oct 2012

WikiLeaks launches 2012 presidential election intervention

"Government agencies and corporations know that knowledge is power. That is why they spend literally billions to keep their plans and actions secret from all of us," adds WikiLeaks. "They know that together we can force them to act differently." They cite the leaked WikiLeaks documents as the catalyst for the U.S. leaving Iraq, not any real decision on the part of the Obama administration.
"Government agencies and corporations know that knowledge is power. That is why they spend literally billions to keep...

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28 Sep 2012

How two Bulgarian journalists created a copycat site that actually worked.

In December 2010, BalkanLeaks had come online, with a slogan across its masthead: "The Balkans aren t keeping secrets anymore."When I checked out the site, I saw that it used the well-tested anonymity software called Tor for submissions, a rare sign of security smarts among the new crop of copycats. But otherwise it resembled all the other obscure and leakless WikiLeaks wannabes from Brussels to Jakarta.
In December 2010, BalkanLeaks had come online, with a slogan across its masthead: "The Balkans aren t keeping secrets...

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28 Sep 2012

Bradley Manning Claims Speedy Trial Violation In WikiLeaks Case

An Army private charged with sending reams of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks claims lengthy delays have violated his right to a speedy trial. Pfc. Bradley Manning is seeking dismissal of all charges in a motion his lawyer posted on his website Thursday. It's been two years and four months since Manning was detained in Iraq and accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. His trial is set to begin in February.
An Army private charged with sending reams of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks claims lengthy delays have violated his right to...

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18 Sep 2012

Julian Assange Talks Between Britain, Ecuador At Impasse

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says talks with Ecuador over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remain deadlocked. Assange, who is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations, has been sheltering inside Ecuador's embassy in London - beyond the reach of British police - since June 19.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says talks with Ecuador over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remain...

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2 Sep 2012

WikiLeaks, Assange And The American Empire

The Wikileaks documents and videos have provided one humiliation after another ... lies exposed, political manipulations revealed, gross hypocrisies, murders in cold blood, ... followed by the torture of Bradley Manning and the persecution of Julian Assange. Washington calls the revelations "threats to national security", but the world can well see it's simply plain old embarrassment. Manning's defense attorneys have asked the military court on several occasions to specify the exact harm done to national security. The court has never given an answer. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, consider an empire embarrassed.
The Wikileaks documents and videos have provided one humiliation after another ... lies exposed, political manipulations...

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1 Sep 2012

Julian Assange on Sweden, Persecution of WikiLeaks and Decay of Rule of Law

Now, in an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having blood on its hands for releasing documents.
Now, in an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Assange...

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18 Aug 2012

Assange and Wikileaks: the basics

The accusation would not amount to rape in Britain, Canada or the US. They best wording I can think of is sexual misconduct . They are also, straight up, he said, she said, and rest entirely on credibility. There are no witnesses to the actual acts other than Assange and the two women (who spoke to each other before going to the police) and no physical evidence. This is not to say that if Assange did what he is accused of he did not do something wrong. If. You don t know if he did, and neither do I. Only 3 people do.
The accusation would not amount to rape in Britain, Canada or the US. They best wording I can think of is sexual...

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12 Aug 2012

Surveillance Cameras Around the Country Are Being Used In a Huge Spy Network Called ‘Trapwire’’

Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza - it is the mother of all leaks, by the way. Trapwire would make something like disclosure of UFO contact or imminent failure of a major U.S. bank fairly boring news by comparison.
Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza - it is the mother of all leaks, by the way....

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11 Aug 2012

Paraguay’s Quasi-Coup Has the Smell of Oil

In the wake of Paraguay's suspicious impeachment of President Fernando Lugo, which observers have likened to a kind of "quasi-coup," some may wonder whether underhanded corporate forces may have played a role in the political crisis. Such suspicions were heightened recently when the new de facto regime led by Federico Franco, Lugo's former conservative vice president, inked a deal with Texas-based PetroVictory/Crescent Global Oil to open up the remote Chaco region to petroleum exploration.
In the wake of Paraguay's suspicious impeachment of President Fernando Lugo, which observers have likened to a kind of...

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11 Aug 2012

Stratfor Emails Hacked by Anonymous Reveal Huge Surveillance Program

WikiLeaks documents reportedly reveal the existence of a secret surveillance program "more accurate than modern facial recognition technology," which is being utilized by a clandestine organization made up of a number of former members of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the Pentagon.
WikiLeaks documents reportedly reveal the existence of a secret surveillance program "more accurate than modern facial...

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31 Jul 2012

The fake “NY Times” article that defends WikiLeaks

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, tweeted Sunday that his name had been hijacked. In the fake NY Times article leaked, Bill Keller defends WikiLeaks and claims that the Obama administration has "gone too far" in targeting the controversial website.
Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, tweeted Sunday that his name had been hijacked. In the fake...
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15 Jul 2012

Why WikiLeaks is a gift to history

WikiLeaks is a gift to history. We now have, for the first time, the ability to write history not only through the eyes of the victors. WikiLeaks has become a leveler between people and government. They have ushered in an age where we, the people, have access to information once deemed for their eyes only.
WikiLeaks is a gift to history. We now have, for the first time, the ability to write history not only through the eyes...
10 Jul 2012

Wikileaks and the Law

With the above statutes in mind, it s clear that the U.S. has a variety of laws in place to prosecute individuals who know- ingly disseminate classified government documents that could threaten American national security. The situation, however, is not so straightforward. Provision 793, which prohibits the communication, transmission, or delivery of secret information, never explicitly bars the publication of such knowledge.
With the above statutes in mind, it s clear that the U.S. has a variety of laws in place to prosecute individuals who...

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10 Jul 2012

Whistleblower says WikiLeaks founder is in danger

Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in danger from certain clandestine elements within the US government. ?? "They are extremely angry [at Assange]. According to press reports, there has been a secret Grand Jury and maybe a secret indictment," Thomas Andrews Drake, a known NSA whistleblower, told Russia Today.??
Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in danger from certain...

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30 May 2012

Julian Assange and detention before trial in Sweden

This note explains what happens next now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Arrest Warrant is valid and that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden. The note explains what will happen to Julian once he is taken to Sweden, the bail system there, possible pre-trial restrictions that he could endure, and whether he is able to review his detention conditions.
This note explains what happens next now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Arrest Warrant is valid and that...
30 May 2012

Assange Loses Extradition Case in High Court: ‘Retribution’ from USA?

The court essentially found the Swedish public prosecutor in this case was indeed a "judicial authority" and so the European arrest warrant (EAW) issued was valid "This is not the final outcome. What we have here is retribution from the US" longtime WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson told Reuters. The biggest fear for Assange supporters is that the U.S. will more easily extradite him from Sweden (see the Justice for Assange site).
The court essentially found the Swedish public prosecutor in this case was indeed a "judicial authority" and so the...

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24 May 2012

In WikiLeaks case, Bradley Manning seeks dismissal of 10 charges

An Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. government secrets to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 counts he faces. Pfc. Bradley Manning's civilian defense lawyer posted the motions on his website Wednesday night. A military judge will hear oral arguments at a pretrial hearing starting June 6 at Fort Meade, Md. Manning contends eight of the counts are unconstitutionally vague. He claims two other charges fail to state a prosecutable offense.
An Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. government secrets to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is seeking...
24 Apr 2012

Assange Still Has What it Takes to Get Media’s Knickers in a Twist

While Julian Assange's interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (1) was hardly the provoking event I'd been merrily anticipating, it seems, nonetheless, to have caused a storm in a teacup for the world's leading authorities on investigative journalism. Journalists from both The Guardian and Der Spiegel - erstwhile Wikileaks partners - have come out to criticize the interview (2). To some extent, their ire is justified:
While Julian Assange's interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (1) was hardly the provoking event I'd...

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23 Apr 2012

Jennifer Robinson Scandal: Was the Wikileaks Lawyer Detained For Political Reasons

An illegitimate immigration incident involving Jennifer Robinson, the Australian lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, occurred at London's Heathrow Airport late on April 18. Jennifer Robinson was informed that she could not board a plane to Australia until she was cleared by the Australian High Commission. Using Twitter, she informed her followers: "Just delayed from checking in at LHR because I'm apparently 'inhibited' - requiring approval from Australia House to travel." Robinson added that an immigration security guard told her: "You must have done something controversial because we have to phone the embassy."
An illegitimate immigration incident involving Jennifer Robinson, the Australian lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian...
23 Apr 2012

Is America a Free Country?

The "war on terrorism" has inaugurated a new era in the American polity, a sea-change that has not only threatened to overturn traditional limits on government power but also corrupted the political culture - and opened the way to the terminal crisis of the Constitution.
The "war on terrorism" has inaugurated a new era in the American polity, a sea-change that has not only threatened to...

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23 Apr 2012

The Making of a Cyber-Libertarian

If you're a graduating senior worrying whether there s life after BU, David House can reassure you on that score. In just the two years since putting the Charles River in his rearview mirror, he has befriended an internationally famous prisoner, talked on TV about their meetings, been interrogated by federal agents, had his laptop seized by the U.S. government, and sued the government over said seizure. Here s the how-to manual for arranging this perils-of-Pauline existence: step one, major in computer science, as did House (CAS'10). Step two, cofound a website and name it the Bradley Manning Support Network.
If you're a graduating senior worrying whether there s life after BU, David House can reassure you on that score. In...

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17 Mar 2012

The Complete Guantánamo Files WikiLeaks and the Prisoners Released in 2007

Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first time, the stories of 776 of the 779 prisoners held at Guant namo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Adding information released by WikiLeaks in April 2011 to the existing documentation about the prisoners, much of which was already covered in Andy s book The Guant namo Files and in the archive of articles on his website, the project will hopefully be completed later this year, although that is contingent on finding new funding.
Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first...

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17 Mar 2012

Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks Suspect, Returns To Court

Attorneys for an Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history won't get to take sworn statements from eight people before his trial. A military judge ruled during a hearing Friday at Fort Meade that attorneys for Pfc. Bradley Manning won't be allowed to take statements from eight individuals who reviewed information Manning is accused of leaking. Defense attorneys may still be able to interview them later.
Attorneys for an Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history won't...

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16 Mar 2012

Federal Wikileaks paranoia block’s judge’s email

The U.S. government doesn t want any federal employees reading Wikileaks, so they ve installed filters that automatically block any emails containing the organization s name. Now that s just plain stupid, and for a whole lot of reasons. But it s even more stupid when you block emails from a judge handling a case about. . .Wikileaks.
The U.S. government doesn t want any federal employees reading Wikileaks, so they ve installed filters that...
12 Mar 2012

The Dirty War on WikiLeaks Is Now Trial by Media in Sweden

War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception are essential for starting an unpopular colonial war. Like the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on Iran and Syria require a steady drip effect on readers' and viewers' consciousness. This is the essence of a propaganda that rarely speaks its name.
War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the...

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11 Mar 2012

How the FBI caught LulzSec hacker Sabu, and what that says about the FBI

We wrote recently about the FBI turning a Anonymous-type LulzSec hacker into a mole, a double agent. This mole then worked with the FBI to (among other things) crack into the email server of a top private security firm, Stratfor, and pass 5 million emails to Anonymous, who gave them to WikiLeaks for release
We wrote recently about the FBI turning a Anonymous-type LulzSec hacker into a mole, a double agent. This mole then...

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10 Mar 2012

Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies: director Patrick Forbes talks Julian Assange at SXSW

One of the more interesting documentaries to shake up SXSW this year is "Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies," a film that seeks to set the definitive factual account of Julian Assange and his rise to infamy thanks to Wikileaks. The 76-minute-long documentary is directed by BAFTA-winner Patrick Forbes, who took the time out of his busy SXSW schedule to chat with IFC following the premiere of his film.
One of the more interesting documentaries to shake up SXSW this year is "Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies," a film that seeks...

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8 Mar 2012

FBI approved Stratfor leaks to Wikileaks

Remember those millions of emails from that mysterious private intelligence agency Stratfor that were delivered to Wikileaks after a massive hack of of corporate computers by Anonymous? Well, turns out they were were sent with full knowledge of the FBI, and on of the federal agency s own computers.
Remember those millions of emails from that mysterious private intelligence agency Stratfor that were delivered to...
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5 Mar 2012

WikiLeaks Says It Dumped the Media, Not the Other Way Around

WikiLeaks is trying to hang onto its dignity following its divorce from several mainstream media outlets by claiming it severed ties with those companies not the other way around. The post-breakup confession comes after the anti-secrecy website's latest leak of e-mails from global security firm Stratfor in which the only major U.S. publications partnering with WikiLeaks included Rolling Stone and McClatchy - a very different roster compared with previous projects in which the secret-leaking website collaborated with international newspaper giants like The New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais and Le Monde.
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4 Mar 2012

Stratfor, WikiLeaks and the Obama administration’s war against truth

Thanks to WikiLeaks and its media partners, we have a disturbingly vivid picture of the intelligence-industrial complex. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a press conference in London, 27 February 2012, about the release of more than 5m emails from private intelligence firm Stratfor.
Thanks to WikiLeaks and its media partners, we have a disturbingly vivid picture of the intelligence-industrial complex....

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4 Mar 2012

WikiLeaks Email: Bin Laden’s Corpse Not Dumped at Sea

In May of last year, the US killing of Osama bin Laden was immediately followed by debate over the disposal of his corpse. The Obama Administration claimed bin Laden was put in a bag and hurled into the sea, which it insisted was "in keeping with Islamic practices," whereas some were calling for his body to be kept around so it could be overtly desecrated.
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4 Mar 2012

WikiLeaks expose Corporate giants caught spying

The release of secret emails from private intelligence company Stratfor by WikiLeaks has opened the door on the world of spying-for-profit. More than 5 million emails between Stratfor employees were stolen by hacker group Anonymous in December last year. The emails were passed on to WikiLeaks, which began releasing them on February 27.
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4 Mar 2012

IMF austerity caused Balkan wars

In the document from 2009, titled Europe Analytical Guidance, Stratfor alerts its analysts to watch out for any possible riots occurring due to economic crises, since the current situation in Balkans is complex and multifaceted. - Do not forget, the IMF austerity measures imposed on Yugoslavia were in part to blame for the start of the war there.
In the document from 2009, titled Europe Analytical Guidance, Stratfor alerts its analysts to watch out for any possible...

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2 Mar 2012

Assange in Sweden The Police Protocol (Translated)

Sofia Wil n and Anna Ardin arrived at the Klara police station in downtown Stockholm on Friday afternoon 20 August 2010. There are varying stories even from the girls themselves about what they were up to. Thanks to a breach of office by prosecutor Maria H ljebo Kjellstrand, the bizarre story was a world sensation only a few hours later. The chief claimant broke down when she heard her former lover was arrested in absentia and hunted on the streets of Stockholm. It's not known if she ever completed her interrogation, had it read back, or approved it.
Sofia Wil n and Anna Ardin arrived at the Klara police station in downtown Stockholm on Friday afternoon 20 August 2010....

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2 Mar 2012

Stratfor’s blatant hypocrisy toward WikiLeaks

It s no secret that Stratfor hates Julian Assange. On February 27, WikiLeaks began the release of over 5 million emails from the global intelligence company. Within the first 400 or so emails, roughly 70 of them mention WikiLeaks or Assange. The most consistent thing in these emails is a strong hatred for the WikiLeaks founder.
It s no secret that Stratfor hates Julian Assange. On February 27, WikiLeaks began the release of over 5 million emails...

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2 Mar 2012

WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. The source of the leak was the hacker group "Anonymous," which took credit for obtaining more than 5 million emails from Stratfor s servers. Anonymous obtained the material on Dec. 24, 2011, and provided it to WikiLeaks, which in turn partnered with 25 media organizations globally to analyze the emails and publish them.
WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private...

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1 Mar 2012

Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential "sealed indictment" for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the...

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1 Mar 2012

eak Suggests Pakistan Knew Bin Laden’s Hiding Place

Did Pakistani army officials know Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad? Emails from the security think tank Stratfor, released by WikiLeaks on Monday, suggest that up to 12 Pakistani intelligence and army officials were aware of Bin Laden's presence in the Pakistani city. The emails released do not identify the agents, but show that were mid- to senior level officials in the Pakistani military and intelligence service ISI.
Did Pakistani army officials know Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad? Emails from the security think tank...
29 Feb 2012

WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails A Secret Indictment Against Julian Assange

On January 26, 2011, Fred Burton, the vice president of Stratfor, a leading private intelligence firm which bills itself as a kind of shadow CIA, sent an excited email to his colleagues. "Text Not for Pub," he wrote. "We" -meaning the U.S. government - "have a sealed indictment on Assange. Pls protect."
On January 26, 2011, Fred Burton, the vice president of Stratfor, a leading private intelligence firm which bills itself...

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28 Feb 2012

Israel May Have Already Destroyed Iran’s Nuke Program, So Why The War Drums

Growing concerns over Iran s nuclear facilities may prove to be all for naught. Officials from the global intelligence company Stratfor allegedly discussed that Israel may have already destroyed the Iranian nuclear facility, according to one of the emails released by Wikileaks Monday
Growing concerns over Iran s nuclear facilities may prove to be all for naught. Officials from the global intelligence...

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28 Feb 2012

Exposing Stratfor WikiLeaks details inner workings of analysis firm

The first blow came in December, when private analysis firm Stratfor - which gathers open-source and paid-source information on global issues for subscription-based clients - had its company e-mail hacked. It was reportedly the work of the loose-knit, yet well-feared group of hackers known as Anonymous.
The first blow came in December, when private analysis firm Stratfor - which gathers open-source and paid-source...

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28 Feb 2012

Stratfor Emails Published By WikiLeaks Reveal Private Intelligence

Private intelligence firm Stratfor is in the business of shedding light on the world for its many clients. On Monday, anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks was the one shedding light on Stratfor, saying it had more than 5 million of the company's emails and would publish them in collaboration with two dozen international media organizations.
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27 Feb 2012

The Global Intelligence Files – List of Releases

Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example :
Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files more than five million emails from...
21 Feb 2012

Wikileaks, Government Prosecutions, Secrecy

In his NYT column today, Bill Keller argues that Wikileaks "was a hell of a story and a wild collaboration, but it did not herald, as the documentarians yearn to believe, some new digital age of transparency. In fact, if there is a larger point, it is quite the contrary." After bemoaning the Obama administration's clampdown on digital information and its relatively aggressive pursuit of government leakers, he states the larger point: "The most palpable legacy of the WikiLeaks campaign for transparency is that the U.S. government is more secretive than ever."
In his NYT column today, Bill Keller argues that Wikileaks "was a hell of a story and a wild collaboration, but it did...

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21 Feb 2012

Post-WikiLeaks Network Monitoring Takes Shape

The heightened surveillance of classified government information networks that was a predictable response to the unauthorized disclosures published by WikiLeaks is becoming more clearly discernible.  "USSTRATCOM/USCYBERCOM is monitoring use of the SIPRNet and now has a mechanism for reporting certain anomalous behaviors for appropriate remediation," said Thomas A. Ferguson, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) and Teresa Takai, DoD Chief Information Officer.
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11 Feb 2012

Eight BIG PROBLEMS with the “case” against Assange

Now that Andrew Kreig, of the Justice Integrity Project, has confirmed Karl Rove s role as an advisor to the Swedish government in its prosecution of Julian Assange on sexual misconduct charges, it is important that we note the many glaring aberrations in the handling of Assange s case by the authorities in Sweden.
Now that Andrew Kreig, of the Justice Integrity Project, has confirmed Karl Rove s role as an advisor to the Swedish...

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4 Feb 2012

These Are the Taliban Prisoners Up for Release

The Obama administration is considering the release of five Taliban prisoners to improve peace talks with the Afghan insurgency and now we know who's on the short list. This morning, CNN's Adam Levine and Tim Lister got confirmation from a "knowledgeable source" of the names of the former Taliban leaders up for release from Guantanamo Bay. Thanks to WikiLeaks - and a joint project by The New York Times and NPR - there's a searchable docket with pictures and background details on all the detainees in Guantanamo.
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3 Feb 2012

WikiLeaks sheds light on Adelson’s Asia business

We've learned this election cycle that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson isn't afraid to throw around vast sums of money to get what he wants -- he and his family have given at least $11 million to help the Newt Gingrich campaign. It hasn't gotten any notice since Adelson became a player in presidential politics, but it turns out that the trove of diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks contains an interesting anecdote about how Adelson aggressively promoted his casino and hotel  business in the Chinese territory of Macau -- and a run-in he had with the central government in Beijing. First, some context. The news broke last March that Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. is under federal investigation into whether it has complied with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The act makes it illegal to bribe foreign officials to obtain business deals.
We've learned this election cycle that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson isn't afraid to throw around vast...

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22 Jan 2012

How Bradley Manning’s fate will be decided

If Manning is ultimately found guilty, how does the sentencing work? If there is a jury, the jury will do sentencing. Remember, he can waive the jury. But he can t waive only on sentencing; he would have to waive it on guilt-or-innocence and sentencing together. If he waives the jury, the judge will decide both guilt or innocence and determine the sentence. If Manning goes with a jury, the sentence is determined by the jury. And anything in excess of 10 years has to be decided by a three-fourths vote. If it were a capital case - which it s not - there would have to be 12 members of the jury and they would have to be unanimous.
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4 Jan 2012

Left and right, Congress resists the Stop Online Piracy Act – Stop Online Piracy Act

Where SOPA aims to empower the Justice Department to go after websites that allegedly infringe on copyright, and doing it on the Internet s domain name layer, OPEN goes another route: strictly limiting the bill to foreign sites, setting up the International Trade Commission as the enforcer, and focusing on a "follow the money" approach, as in using digital payment systems as the choke points on targeted sites, a mechanism that has worked to thwart the WikiLeaks movement.
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27 Dec 2011

The Intellectual Cowardice of Bradley Manning’s Critics

After imprisoning Private First Class Bradley Manning for eighteen months, the U.S. Army last week finally began the preliminary stage of his court-martial proceeding, and that initial process ended on Thursday. Manning faces over 30 charges; the most serious "aiding the enemy" carries a death sentence (though prosecutors are requesting "only" life in prison for the 24-year-old soldier).
After imprisoning Private First Class Bradley Manning for eighteen months, the U.S. Army last week finally began the...

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23 Dec 2011

Manning is charged with aiding terrorists

The pre-trial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, concluded with the government revealing in its closing argument for the first time the enemy, which they believe Manning s actions aided: the terrorists.
The pre-trial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, concluded with...

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19 Dec 2011

A Movement

Twenty-four years ago today, U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison without a trial - simply because he allegedly blew the whistle on the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. He exposed what the Pentagon and the Bush administration did in creating this evil and he did so by allegedly leaking documents and footage to Wikileaks. Many of these documents dealt not only with Iraq but with how we prop up dictators around the world and how our corporations exploit the poor on this planet.
Twenty-four years ago today, U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison...

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19 Dec 2011

A Movement

Twenty-four years ago today, U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison without a trial - simply because he allegedly blew the whistle on the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. He exposed what the Pentagon and the Bush administration did in creating this evil and he did so by allegedly leaking documents and footage to Wikileaks. Many of these documents dealt not only with Iraq but with how we prop up dictators around the world and how our corporations exploit the poor on this planet.
Twenty-four years ago today, U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison...

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17 Dec 2011

Bradley Manning Case Advances Despite Defense Objections

The defense attorney for suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning opened a pre-trial hearing on Friday morning with a bang - by calling for the investigating officer presiding over the hearing to recuse himself, immediately forcing the proceeding into recess while the government prepares a response and the officer reviews the details of the motion.
The defense attorney for suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning opened a pre-trial hearing on Friday morning with a...

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8 Dec 2011

Guy Fawkes Mask: How Anonymous hacker group created a powerful visual brand

The loosely affiliated and ever-changing band of individuals who call themselves Anonymous, have been variously described as hackers, hacktivists, free-expression zealots, Internet troublemakers, and assorted combinations thereof. By all accounts the group has no clear hierarchy or leadership, or even any internal agreement about what exactly it is. And yet, as you ve encountered news and speculation about Anonymous maybe from reports about coordinated denial-of-service attacks on financial institutions that stopped doing business with WikiLeaks last year, or the group s more recent association with Occupy Wall Street - you may also have noticed its memorable logo: a suited figure with a question mark where his head should be, set against a U.N.-style globe. You ve also likely seen the visual symbol that s made
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11 Nov 2011

Twitter Wikileaks Court Order

In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection with its investigation related to WikiLeaks.
In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir,...

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11 Nov 2011

Twitter Wikileaks Court Order

In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection with its investigation related to WikiLeaks.
In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir,...

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5 Dec 2011

The Spy files

Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for political opponents are a reality. Today WikiLeaks began releasing a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry. Working with Bugged Planet and Privacy International, as well as media organizations form six countries ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the U.S. Wikileaks is shining a light on this secret industry that has boomed since September 11, 2001 and is worth billions of dollars per year. WikiLeaks has released 287 documents today, but the Spy Files project is ongoing and further information will be released this week and into next year.
Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries It...
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