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What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common? They help you pay for what you want? Well, yes... that is unless you want to help WikiLeaks make the world a better place. To see the shocking details, please go to

Wikileaks updates Mastercard’s ads and it’s priceless. Thanks to Mastercard and other corporations, they’re operating under a financial blockade:

For six months now, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks as a result of political pressure from Washington. The attack has blocked over 90% of the non-profit organization’s donations, costing some $15M in lost revenue. The attack is entirely outside of any due process or rule of law. In fact, in the only formal review to occur, the US Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy C. Geithner found, on January 12, that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a financial blockade.

The fact is, the blockade is not just against WikiLeaks. It is against the associative rights and economic rights of every VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Bank of America account holder, who have been prevented from supporting the organization of their choice. We call on regulators around the world to investigate and de-license these banking institutions. They are not politically neutral and are not obeying the rule of law. When VISA and MasterCard will happily provide services to the Klu Klux Klan, but not to WikiLeaks, it is time to act.

Find out more here.

Filed under Mastercard Wikileaks politics Julian Assange truth censorship government advertising VISA PayPal

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Bradley Manning's health deteriorating in jail, supporters say

As Julian Assange emerged from his nine-day imprisonment, there were renewed concerns about the physical and psychological health of Bradley Manning, the former US intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the diplomatic cables at the centre of the storm.

Manning, who was arrested seven months ago, is being held at a military base in Virginia and faces a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for his alleged role in copying the cables.

His friends and supporters also claim they have been the target of extra-judicial harassment, intimidation and outright bribery by US government agents.

According to David House, a computer researcher from Boston who visits Manning twice a month, he is starting to deteriorate. “Over the last few weeks I have noticed a steady decline in his mental and physical wellbeing,” he said. “His prolonged confinement in a solitary holding cell is unquestionably taking its toll on his intellect; his inability to exercise due to [prison] regulations has affected his physical appearance in a manner that suggests physical weakness.”

He was arrested seven months ago and is still not charged with a crime. We are torturing one of our own citizens on our soil. If this doesn’t chill you, it should. Remember, he has not been convicted of a crime. He might be guilty, but he has not been convicted. Get the difference?

Read Glenn Greenwald’s excellent summary here.

Filed under Bradley Manning Wikileaks Julian Assange Torture Torture is torture Solitary confinement cruel and unusual punishment

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The political pressure on the Obama administration to take action is immense – pressure being applied, in part, by Capitol Hill. “WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States, and Julian Assange, an enemy of the US, should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act,” Mr King said as he unveiled his draft Shield Bill. “This legislation will give the Attorney General additional tools to do just that.”

US may pass new law to prosecute Assange (via fuckyeahwikileaks)

I don’t like this, not one bit. Creating a law to make it possible to prosecute someone after the fact is very disturbing. What kind of precedent would this set? Talk about a slippery slope.

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Ex post facto anyone?

Latin for “from a thing done afterward.” Ex post facto is most typically used to refer to a criminal law that applies retroactively, thereby criminalizing conduct that was legal when originally performed. Two clauses in the US Constitution prohibit ex post facto laws: Art 1, § 9 and Art. 1 § 10. see, e.g. Collins v. Youngblood, 497 US 37 (1990) and California Dep’t of Corrections v. Morales, 514 US 499 (1995).

See Constitutional law


(Source: progressivefriends, via savagemike)

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Massive Release of Raw WikiLeaks Files Threatened if Assange Harmed


Julian Assange’s lawyer has warned that supporters of the WikiLeaks founder will unleash a “thermonuclear device” of government files containing the names of spies, sources and informants if he’s killed or brought to trial.


Assange, the 39-year-old Australian who has most recently embarrassed the U.S. by leaking hundreds of previously secret diplomatic dispatches over the past week, has dubbed the unfiltered cache of documents his “insurance” policy. The 1.5-gigabyte file, which has been distributed to tens of thousands of fellow hackers and open-government campaigners around the world, is encrypted with a 256-digit key, reports The Sunday Times. Experts interviewed by the paper said that even powerful military computers can’t crack the encryption without the key.

Contained inside that file — named insurance.aes256 — are believed to be all of the documents that WikiLeaks has received to date, including unpublished papers on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and papers belonging to BP and the Bank of America. Assange has previously suggested that the documents are unredacted, meaning they contain names that normally would be removed before publication to protect the lives of soldiers, spies and sources.

“We have over a long period of time distributed encrypted backups of material we have yet to release,” he told the BBC in August. “All we have to do is release the password to that material, and it is instantly available.”

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Holy shit. I’m really curious as to what’s in there, especially regarding Bank of America. I read a suggestion today that if the US puts Assange on trial for any reason, we must try Cheney and Co. for crimes against America. Sounds fair…

Now that he’s been arrested, I wonder what will happen.

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