Well, there you have it: Julian Assange has been arrested in the UK. You knew this was coming, but it still speaks to the nature of our wonderful little system we have here that a man who had become the public face of an organization that passed along information that probably should never have been kept away from the citizens that information purports to serve was branded as some sort of chaotic… → Read More
Look at Matt Drudge, freaking out over Wikileaks’ so-called “insurance policy” against Julian Assange’s arrest. READY TO LAUNCH “DOOMSDAY FILES,” Drudge screams. (Red font, too. All we need is a siren.gif and we’re in full meltdown mode.) And Doomsday for whom, exactly? I mean, as of today, all Wikileaks has done is to make available a number of documents that were already available to… → Read More
With Amazon, Paypal and EveryDNS.net dissolving their relationships to WikiLeaks, leaving it without a stable home and a way to make money, Twitter currently serves as the only solid ground the Internet whistleblower has to stand on. This has left many wondering whether or not Twitter will eventually take down the @wikileaks account if put under enough pressure, from lawmakers or otherwise.
In… → Read More
Even though Amazon and Paypal have severed their relationships with the controversial to say the least WikiLeaks, the @WikiLeaks Twitter account is still holding strong. Some are wondering why Twitter has as of yet to cut ties with the service after this week’s leak of 251,287 diplomatic cables, which pissed some high powered people off to put it lightly. → Read More
A week ago when the first Wikileak cables started coming out, the New York Times reported that some of them shed some more light on the Chinese hacking attacks on Google which led to its withdrawal from operating in China proper. But the actual cables were not released until today. The NYT describes the cables at length in another article today. But the underlying cables are hard to find, so… → Read More
Another day, another bit of Wikileaks. It seems The Guardian slightly misunderstood the way the Internet works in claiming that Wikileaks had its domain name revoked by its hosts. Not quite. What seems to have happened is that its DNS server has stopped providing the DNS service. The domain name is still there, handled by Dynadot, it’s just that Wikileaks would need to find someone else to handle… → Read More
More Wikileaks info for you. It’s pretty hard to think of a bigger tech story in 2010 than the site’s rise to prominence. Obviously it’s been around for a while now, but it didn’t really ruffle any feathers—always a good thing—until this year. Today’s developments: it would certainly appear that Public Enemy Number One (in the eyes of certain talking heads here in the U.S.), Julian… → Read More
Well, it’s a strange world out there. Channel 4 News has revealed that the man accused of passing thousand of secret US documents to WikiLeaks was a tech geek who set up a primitive ‘social network’ at his school, years before Facebook appeared.
Private Bradley Manning joined the US Army in 2007 and was posted to Baghdad, where he worked on classified army networks. He has been linked to the… → Read More
It’s Wednesday, that must mean there’s more Wikileaks news to discuss. And of course there is. Interpol, and by that I don’t mean the band, has placed Julian Assange on its wanted list for “sex crimes.” It all goes back to that alleged incident in Sweden a few months back. If nothing else it’ll make travel slightly more difficult for Assange. → Read More
WikiLeaks was briefly down this morning not only because of ongoing DDoS attacks, but because it was actually taken off Amazon Web Services by Amazon and moved back to a Swedish provider, according to this tweet from Reuters.
WikiLeaks has been in the news almost every day since it released 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables to major media organizations on Sunday. Yesterday founder Julian Assange… → Read More
Well, it’s a strange world out there. It’s been reported that the man accused of passing thousand of secret US documents to WikiLeaks was a tech geek who set up a primitive ‘social network’ at his school, years before Facebook appeared.
Private Bradley Manning joined the US Army in 2007 and was posted to Baghdad, where he worked on classified army networks. He has been linked to the publication… → Read More
Two days after Internet whistleblower WikiLeaks released 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables to major media organizations including the New York Times and Der Spiegel, international police organization Interpol has placed founder Julian Assange on its wanted list for “Sex Crimes,” in a warrant issued by the Public Prosecution Office in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Interpol mediated charges here are in… → Read More
It’s impossible to throw a rock at a media outlet today without hitting a story about Wikileaks. And to make the rock throwing even easier, the subject of this week’s Why Is This News is: Wikileaks – ‘enemy of democracy, just plain fact of life… or both?’
In it, Sarah argues that, for good or ill, the leaking of several hundred thousand diplomatic cables simply reflects today’s reality that no… → Read More
Yup, Wikileaks did, in fact, leak yet another series of documents at the weekend, just as many had predicted. This time around the documents are more of a diplomatic nature, that is, their leak has the US Department of State looking quite foolish. Der Spiegel writes: “Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information—data that can help… → Read More
Details about the U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks are starting to come out. Although WikiLeaks itself may be under a denial of service attack, it provided several newspapers around the world access to the raw documents it is preparing to release later today. The New York Times just posted it’s first article summarizing the contents of the cables and highlighting the most… → Read More
A lot of people, including many governments, have problems with WikiLeaks, the site dedicated to publishing sensitive and often classified documents. (Read more background on the controversial organization). The site is currently under a distributed denial of service attack, according to a Tweet from the WikiLeaks account. The site seems to be withstanding the attack so far. It is up right… → Read More
It looks like we can expect some more leaks from Wikileaks in the next few days. The site, which has had quite the year, is expected to release information that could “embarrass” certain foreign governments by exposing their less-than-noble actions. Turkey aiding al Qeada in Iraq? The US supporting the PKK in its efforts against Turkey? It’s a diplomatic nightmare! → Read More
There is definitely some bad blood between Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Wikileaks, the controversial organization which posted thousands of pages of classified Iraqi War documents. On the Charlie Rose Show last night, towards the end of his interview, Wales says, “If I had some information, the last thing I would ever do with it is send it to Wiikileaks.”
He prefaced that remark by noting… → Read More
Julian Assange, the Wikileaks editor and spokesperson, is now wanted in Sweden, but not “wanted” in a good way. It has nothing to do with Wikileaks (so says The Man), but over an alleged rape. It’s not a new case—a warrant was issued in August before being stricken—but it’s probably not the kind of thing that Wikileaks needs as it’s trying to maintain credibility. → Read More
Wikileaks is expected to release this week as many as 500,000 classified documents related to the Iraq War. As you might guess, the Pentagon isn’t too thrilled, and has urged “news organizations” not to publish the information. That’s a very pre-Internet mentality put forward by the Pentagon, as you can guarantee those documents will be mirrored all over the world within minutes of being… → Read More
A raid on file-sharing servers in the early hours of the morning has conspiracy theorists talking. The raid, which took places in various European countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Sweden (among others), targeted peer-to-peer service providers. What has the tin foil hat wearers wondering is: why was one Wikileaks’ Swedish providers caught in the crossfire? Is “the… → Read More
“He’s a classic Aussie in the sense that he’s a bit of a male chauvinist.” That quote comes at the end of a piece on the recent escapades of Julian Assange, founder and chief spokesman for Wikileaks. It seems apt, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that an organisation which aspiries to transparency and the high ideals of open information is going to have problems going forward if it… → Read More
It was about a week ago that Wikileaks came under fire from several human rights organizations for not taking the proper precautions to protect various Afghan informants. It should be noted that Reporters Without Borders, which had criticized Wikileaks in the past, clarified its position, and noted that it has never called for a “censorship” of the site, and that it “affirms [its] support… → Read More
It’s been several days since Wikileaks went from being an obscure whistle-blower Web site to one that has attracted international attention, not to mention condemnation. The latest meme going around right now is that Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and de facto “face” of Wikileaks, has lost his standing with people, organizations, and governments that otherwise would be on his side, all… → Read More
The controversy surrounding Wikileaks continues, as you always expected it would. All branches of the Unites States military are now banning their personnel from having anything to do with the site, primarily to avoid “electronic spillages,” a phrase I have never heard before. The Pentagon told the Washington Times that those in the Navy should avoid accessing the site so as to prevent the… → Read More
What should happen to PFC Bradley Manning, the young man now charged with the unauthorized access of and subsequently leaking of classified military information, namely the video that Wikileaks released under the title “Collateral Murder”? Should the United States government execute him? If your name is Congressman Mike Rogers, then you believe that yes, the young man should be put to death. → Read More
WikiLeaks, the Sweden-based organisation that publishes anonymous leaks of secret material (most recently 90,000 documents about the War in Afghanistan) has until now, relied on donations to fund its activities. That’s lead to outages when funds became scarce, for whatever reason. But today WikiLeaks is unleashing a potentially devastating strike against critics which could see it become an almost… → Read More
The kid who allegedly leaked footage of the U.S. military up to no good to Wikileaks faces a maximum of 52 years behind bars. The moral of the story is, leaking information, even if it’s for the greater good, doesn’t make much sense when you work for the military. Maybe that’s not the moral, but it’s certainly the lesson to be learned here. → Read More
A quick update to that Wikileaks story from the other day. The site says that the recent arrest of a U.S. Army analyst who had contributed to the site won’t negatively affect the site at all. More importantly, the arrest shouldn’t prevent future whistle-blowers from shining the light of truth on humanity’s darkest secrets. (That sounds ominous, no?) → Read More