Posts tagged Wikileaks
Posts tagged Wikileaks
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.
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When the Justice Department hit Twitter with a court order demanding the private data of certain users associated with WikiLeaks, the G-men might have expected that the social networking site would wilt like the half-dozen easily bullied companies that have cut off the whistle-blower, but Twitter, in the words of Wired’s Ryan Singel, “beta-tested a spine.”
Fuck yeah, Twitter.
A psychologists’ group has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking him to “rectify the inhumane, harmful, and counterproductive treatment” of the Army private accused of being WikiLeaks’ source for the US State Department cables.
In a letter dated Monday, Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) argued that PFC Bradley Manning, who has been held in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico for the past five months, may be the victim of political retribution. The group also suggested that the psychological damage Manning may be suffering from spending 23 hours a day alone may ruin his bid for a fair trial.
"History suggests that solitary confinement, rather than being a rational response to a risk, is more often used as a punishment for someone who is considered to be a member of a despised or ‘dangerous’ group," the letter stated. "In any case, PFC Manning has not been convicted of a crime and, under our system of justice, is at this point presumed to be innocent."
While brig officials have defended Manning’s treatment as necessary because he is seen as a national security risk, PsySR argued in its letter than “no such putative risk can justify keeping someone not convicted of a crime in conditions likely to cause serious harm to his mental health.”
The group cited a long history of research showing that prolonged exposure to solitary confinement can lead to mental breakdown and even suicide.
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LONDON - England - There were gasps and moans at a recent Wikileaks leak session at the offices of the Guardian newspaper, when some startling new information was revealed.
"Apparently there are going to be five more Twilight movies released. As soon as we heard that, some people fainted, another was caught trying to slash their wrists in the bogs with a biro, and three journalists from our special Wikileaks leak room on level three tried to jump out of the windows," the Guardian’s assistant editor, Miles Assley, reported in the Guardian.
Yes, Wikileaks must be stopped.
Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann need to see this.
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.
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.
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).
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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There’s more to the WikiLeaks dispatches than leaks. Look behind them, at the writers, and you see the loyal rearguard of America: an imperial power in retreat.
There was a tradition in our Foreign Office that a retiring ambassador could blow off steam. In a final, exuberant telegram to Whitehall, he could say exactly what he thought of the country he was leaving, and of the folly of the Foreign Office in ignoring his advice.The best telegrams were treasured by young diplomats. But they began to leak into the press. And a few years ago this privilege was suppressed.
Now the WikiLeaks eruption has smothered the world with the secret thoughts of the state department’s ambassadors. Tmorrow’s Observer, focusing on China, reveals fascinating data about Chinese “muscle-flexing, triumphalism and assertiveness” (as the US ambassador put it). But with the cables comes a snapshot of the state department itself. It’s a unique window on America’s search – with diminishing confidence – for a coherent, inspiring account of what the US is trying to achieve in the world.
There is something haunting here - probably because this is so contrary to the America I learned about years ago.
I’m just going to leave this here…
Glenn Beck tied WikiLeaks, and its leader, Julian Assange, to George Soros — whom Beck has repeatedly attacked as sitting at the center of a vast array of secretive organizations determined to fundamentally alter American society and the world — during his weekly “At Your Beck And Call” segment on Wednesday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” Beck has focused on WikiLeaks — whose release of classified State Department cables has unearthed scores of revelations about the inner workings of American diplomacy — during his television show this week, and so O’Reilly asked him what he thought of the scandal. He replied that he sees it as an attempt to create chaos around the world and destabilize governments. Then, he began comparing Assange to Soros. Assange, Beck said, “loves to have just all-open society. Sound familiar?” O’Reilly picked up the reference to Soros’ Open Society Institute. “You think Assange knows George Soros?” “I know Assange is being represented by the attorney who does the pro bono work for George Soros’ Open Society Insitute,” Beck said. He went on to say that the WikiLeaks scandals were part of an effort to create a “perfect storm” of chaos, and compared the organization to Al Qaeda. Both, he said, are trying to take down America by “a thousand cuts.” O’Reilly asked if Beck believed, “in your heart,” that Soros was “in bed with Assange, knows what his operation is, had a hand in it.” “I don’t think he had a hand in it, but I think he absolutely knows what the operation is,” Beck said
*headdesk* Is anything not connected to George Soros at this point? I mean, how powerful is this guy supposed to be? He’s like motherfucking Cthulhu in Beck’s eyes. If he’s so powerful, how can anyone defeat him? I can’t fucking believe the insanity. It’s just gone beyond mindblowing into straight-jacket territory.