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WikiLeaks Round-Up

Written by  Random Justice

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WHAT IS 'WIKILEAKS?'

WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices....

WikiLeaks has sustained and triumphed against legal and political attacks designed to silence our publishing organisation, our journalists and our anonymous sources. The broader principles on which our work is based are the defence of freedom of speech and media publishing, the improvement of our common historical record and the support of the rights of all people to create new history. We derive these principles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....

http://wikileaks.info/

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UPDATES cont'd: LINKS TO LATEST WIKILEAKS NEWS

http://www.democracynow.org/search?query=wikileaks&commit=Search

http://www.freepress.net/search/luceneapi_node/wikileaks

http://www.reuters.com/search?blob=wikileaks&x=19&y=9

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WikiRebels -- the Documentary

Documentary film to be shown at SCPA's
FIRST THURSDAY
7pm Thurs. Mar. 3, 2011
Henegar Center, downtown Melbourne

Film clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTfOL9_HBE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRF3gYxz1XQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9xrO2Ch4Co&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTfOL9_HBE
http://svtplay.se/v/2264028/wikirebels_the_documentary

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WIKILEAKS -- VICKI IMPOCO BLOG

http://opinionmatters.flatoday.net/2011/01/wikileaks-julian-assange-freedom.html#comments

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Why WikiLeaks Matters
by Greg Mitchell
Jan. 31, 2011 edition of The Nation

…it's important to review a small sample of what we have learned thanks to WikiLeaks since April and the release of the "Collateral Murder" US helicopter video, which showed the killing of two Reuters journalists, among others. It's necessary to do this because most in the US media, after brief coverage, provided little follow-up…
http://www.thenation.com/article/157729/why-wikileaks-matters

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WikiLeaks News & View Blog

Daily blog updates by Greg Mitchell, The Nation

As I've done for more than seven weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top...

http://www.thenation.com/blog/157814/wikileaks-news-views-blog-monday-day-51

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Dec. 11, 2010
The Guardian

WIKILEAKS BACKLASH: THE FIRST GLOBAL CYBER WAR HAS BEGUN, CLAIM HACKERS

As Julian Assange is held in solitary confinement at Wandsworth prison, the anonymous community of hacktivists takes to the cyber battlefields...

The initial attacks against the Swiss PostFinance required about 200 computers, according to one Anonymous source. Yet within a day hackers were able to recruit thousands more pro-WikiLeaks footsoldiers. By the time the Visa and Mastercard websites were disrupted last Wednesday, close to 3,000 computers were involved.

Anonymous leaders began distributing software tools to allow anyone with a computer to join Payback. So far more than 9,000 users in the US have downloaded the software; in second place is the UK with 3,000. Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Spain, Poland, Russia and Australia follow with more than 1,000. The 11th country embroiled in the attacks is Sweden, where WikiLeaks's massive underground servers are housed, with 75 downloads.

Sean-Paul Correll, a cyber threat analyst at Panda Security, who has monitored Operation Payback since its conception, said it was impossible to "profile" those involved. "They are anonymous and they are everywhere," he said. "They have day jobs. They are adults and kids. It is just a bunch of people." Middle-class professional members working alongside self-styled anarchists.

Ostensibly, Anonymous is a 24-hour democracy run by whoever happens to be logged on; leaders emerge and disappear depending on the target that is being attacked and the whims of members. Correll said: "This group does not exist with some sort of hierarchy. It exists with a few organisers but these can change at any time. That gives the group great power in that it is impossible to trace and define. At the same time it is also a source of weakness as its actions can be unfocused."

Ideas are floated on internet bulletin boards, whose location moves daily to evade detection. Ultimately a proposal hits a democratic "tipping point" and action is taken.

A major test of Payback's mounting firepower will be Amazon, given the size of its servers. The attempt to attack the site last Thursday was half-hearted, but nevertheless audacious. Now sources estimate they would need between 30,000 and 40,000 computers to hurt Amazon and there is a growing feeling among hacktivists that it could happen. If it does, the retailer could lose millions of dollars during the Christmas season....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/11/wikileaks-backlash-cyber-war

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Dec. 11, 2010
Huffington

ASSANGE'S LAWYER: HE'S UPBEAT, SURPRISED BY CYBER ATTACKS
EXCLUSIVE on Huffington

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde (a quote repeated by Julian Assange in the introduction to "Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier," a book he co-authored in 1997)

Since he first landed in a London jail upon his arrest on Tuesday, the only thing that WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has been requesting is access to a computer.

Of course -- what else would you expect the mastermind behind the online whistleblowing operation that has exposed the closely-guarded secrets of the world's most powerful countries to want?

In a wide-ranging telephone interview with The Huffington Post on Friday, Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens described his jailhouse visit with his client, claimed that the U.S. State Department may be prepared to work out a deal with Swedish prosecutors amid reports of a grand jury meeting in Virginia to consider charges against Assange and expressed his fears that his own family is being intimidated by unknown security personnel. And Stephens said he has not discussed the allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women with Assange yet, though he criticized the Swedish prosecutors for resurrecting the charges after they were initially dropped by the country's chief prosecutor.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/11/assanges-lawyer-hes-upbea_n_795323.html

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December 2, 2010
Christian Science Monitor

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE: HAS US ALREADY INDICTED HIM?
By Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor Staff writer
December 2, 2010
Washington

It is entirely possible that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is already under indictment in the US. Grand juries work in secret, and indictments can be sealed, but there have been hints.

Sweden has issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and according to one newspaper report, he is hiding out in Britain. But is he already under indictment in the United States on charges related to his online release of a vast trove of secret US documents?

It’s certainly possible. US officials publicly will only say that they are investigating the matter and that no legal options have been ruled out. But an indictment in such an important federal matter would be handed down by a grand jury, and grand jury proceedings are secret, notes Stephen Vladeck, an expert in national security law at American University. There may be an empaneled grand jury considering the Assange case right now.

“We wouldn’t know what they’re doing until the whole thing is concluded,” he says.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/1202/WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assange-Has-US-already-indicted-him

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BBC Q&A: ARREST OF WIKILEAKS' ASSANGE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11949771

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WIKILEAKS SUPPORTERS EXPLAIN THEIR ATTACKS

'Coldblood', a member of the group Anonymous, said they were not hackers but "average internet citizens" who felt motivated to act because of perceived injustices against Wikileaks; they have no interest in stealing credit card details or attacking critical infrastructure; and the ongoing attacks were a "symbolic action" targeted at corporate websites that had withdrawn services from Wikileaks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11971259

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HACKERS TARGET WIKILEAKS FOES

Supporters of WikiLeaks called on hackers to take down the operations of Internet companies that are refusing to do business with rogue Web site WikiLeaks. Among the targets are PayPal, which suspended WikiLeaks' account for violating its terms of service for promoting illegal activities. Other organizations that could be in the hackers' crosshairs are Amazon Web Services and EveryDNS.net, both of which booted WikiLeaks as a customer last week.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/unix_linux/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=228600035&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_News

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IS WIKILEAK'S FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE A HERO?

A Democracy Now! debate between Steven Aftergood, a transparency advocate who has become a leading critic of WikiLeaks, and Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/3/is_wikileaks_julian_assange_a_hero

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HAS RELEASE OF WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS COST LIVES?

Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers which detailed government lies and cover-ups in the Vietnam War, is sceptical of whether the government really believes that lives are at stake. "The best justification they can find for secrecy is that lives are at stake. Actually, lives are at stake as a result of the silences and lies which a lot of these leaks reveal," he said.

One thing the experts appear to agree on is that the leaks will make it more difficult for US diplomats and human intelligence operatives to do their jobs. Although that does not present an immediate threat to American lives, strained international relations may create a more dangerous world.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11882092

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THE HISTORY OF U.S. LEAKS

'Deep Throat', Pentagon Papers, Abu Ghaib prison in Iraq, the Valerie Plame/CIA agent leak, Bush illegal wiretaps...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10769495

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