Lawyers representing the credit card processor used by WikiLeaks are suing Visa and MasterCard in the United States over the 2010 banking blockade that kept the anti-secrecy group from receiving funds. On Monday this week, American attorneys for Icelandic hosting provider DataCell ehf filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in hopes of having a federal judge award the company upwards of $5 million for what it claims was a coordinated attempt between Visa and MasterCard to restrict funding to WikiLeaks after the secret-spilling organization started publishing classified US State Department cables over four years ago.
The Russians did a big favour for the freedom-loving peoples of the world, including those in the US who can still think with our own brains - The US Unable to win their case in the court of public opinion, the self-styled leaders of the free world resort to threats and bullying to get their way - which kind of sums up American foreign policy in the second decade of the 21st century. And the spectacle of US attorney general Eric Holder trying to offer Russia assurances that his government would not torture or execute Snowden speaks volumes about how far the US government's reputation on human rights - even within the United States - has plummeted over the past decade.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to keep exposing secret documents and defended his controversial website, two years after it published a massive trove of sensitive US diplomatic cables.
Sex, lies and Wikileaks: Has the media lost the plot? Plus, an interview with one of Egypt's most influential voices, Yosri Fouda. This July marked two years since the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks released the Afghan War Logs. Since then, the path for its founder Julian Assange has not been a smooth one, and it has led to an extradition battle between the UK and Ecuador.
Let it be known that the US State department, US military, Central Intelligence Agency, and the New York States University jointly fund and run what is called the Open Source Enterprise on behalf of their country. And American diplomatic missions always deny they are involved in spying, a clandestine work which involves breaking all the rules, if necessary.
THE opening bid for a steely portrait of Julian Assange - ''one of only four photos of Julian in the world'' that he signed on his 40th birthday in July - was set at more than $900.
That deeper malaise, which not many commentators are interesting in reading in these documents, is the obvious fact that men and women who feature so prominently in these documents are determining, in their own small ways, the affairs of the world; they make decisions which affect lives of millions of people around the world and therefore they carry a very serious responsibility and the discharge of that responsibility has implications for their own lives, both in this world and in the Hereafter.
Most countries, their ruling parties or coalitions and their opposition parties have been fairly mature and sensible about WikiLeaks. For one, the cables published so far both in India and outside tell you nothing earth shaking. In the main, they are drawing room conversations between American diplomats and locals.
THE leaking of secret cables to the WikiLeaks website run by Australian Julian Assange was the most damaging breach of US security ever, senior American political figure Senator John McCain says.
Bill Keller, an editor with The New York Times, has recently published an article titled "Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets." In the article, the author wrote how the newspaper was working with secret cables. From what the article says, it seems that Russia appears to be a real stronghold of freedom of speech.
It is always easier to support freedom of speech when the one who speaks agree with you politically. This is one of the tests on liberal and democratic values that governments tend to fail. For instance, western governments have a long history on tolerating oppressive regimes that are friendly-minded . Internet companies assist China in censoring search engines. And many countries respond to Wikileaks obvious right to publish material that is of public interest, by seeking to shoot the messenger .
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On November 4, Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, arrived in Geneva. He held a press conference in which he hinted that he was considering requesting political asylum in Switzerland. Assange spent two days there as the guest of an Iranian non-governmental organization, which also sponsored the press conference.
An Oslo-based newspaper reportedly has become the only medium in the world that s secured unlimited access to more than 250,000 documents initially leaked to the non-profit organization WikiLeaks. Newspaper Aftenposten s access seems to have spoiled WikiLeaks strategy to retain control over the vast array of classified material mostly originating from US embassies around the globe.
As much toxic leakage as WikiLeaks had made on many Governments, a number of commentators, particularly in Turkey and Russia, have been wondering why the hundreds of thousands of American classified documents leaked by the website last month did not contain anything that may embarrass the Israeli government, like just about every other state referred to in the documents.
The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted. Attempts to silence WikiLeaks after the leaking of some 250,000 classified US state department cables seem to have produced something rather different - something of a popular rebellion amongst hundreds or thousands of tech-savvy activists.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange handed himself in to British police on Tuesday after Sweden issued a warrant for his arrest over allegations of sex crimes, London's Metropolitan Police said. WikiLeaks said on Tuesday it will keep operating as normal despite Assange's arrest.
There is the data, and there is the understanding. Somewhere in the middle, the communication. Also visual. See a list of current visualizations of the WikiLeaks Cable Gate data below.
The diplomatic cables recently made public by WikiLeaks were not intended for wide dissemination. Advocates say releasing them is in the public interest, opponents say the result will be damaging both for freedom of expression and international diplomacy. Internet whistleblower site WikiLeaks' latest release of information comprises more than a quarter of a million cables from American diplomats at embassies around the world. British Parliament member and former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind says the disclosures are a blow to diplomacy