wikileaks

  • Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    As part of its ongoing Spyfiles series of posts, Wikileaks has released the back and front-end systems used by multiple governments to spy on journalists, dissidents, and others. The files appear to be weaponized Windows malware although the software, called FinFisher, also works on OS X. From the post: FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is… Read More

  • Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison

    Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison

    The long-running trial of WikiLeaks informer Pfc. Bradley Manning has come to an end. A military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison. On July 30, Manning was found not guilty of ‘aiding the enemy,’ but was still found guilty on 19 lesser counts, including six counts of espionage. Manning faced up to 90 years in prison. He apologized for his actions in front of the court. Read More

  • Rainey Reitman of the Freedom of Press Foundation

    A Look Into What The Manning Verdict Means For The Tech Industry

    The long-running trial of Wikileaks whistle-blower Pfc. Bradley Manning came to a key (if preliminary) conclusion this week, with Judge Denise Lind announcing a verdict that contained both good and bad news for Manning: He has been found innocent of the very serious charge of “aiding the enemy,” but guilty of 19 other lesser counts. His sentencing for these crimes has yet to be… Read More

  • Pfc. Bradley Manning’s Trial Comes To An End As The Government Alleges He ‘Aided The Enemy’

    Pfc. Bradley Manning’s Trial Comes To An End As The Government Alleges He ‘Aided The Enemy’

    While the world has become fixated on the NSA’s domestic and foreign surveillance activities in the past months, the trial of Private First Class Bradley Manning is coming to a close. Concluding arguments were heard today. The government, as BoingBoing notes, is trying to convict Manning using the Espionage Act, and slap him with the charge of ‘aiding the enemy.’ Read More

  • CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    Wikileaks‘ website is up again after over a week of denial of service attacks, though as of this writing I’m still seeing many errors on the site. On its Twitter account Wikileaks credited CloudFlare, a company that provides a web security service, for helping the organization get its site back online. Earlier this month Wikileaks resumed publishing e-mails acquired (yes, illegally)… Read More

  • Wikileaks To Publish Millions Of Emails From Syrian Officials

    Wikileaks To Publish Millions Of Emails From Syrian Officials

    Wikileaks has just announced that they’re processing a trove of 2.4 million emails from and to Syrian officials that details the links between the internationally despised regime and outside governments and organizations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wrote that the “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external… Read More

  • With Wikileaks Embargo, Payment Institutions Choose The Devil They Don’t Know

    With Wikileaks Embargo, Payment Institutions Choose The Devil They Don’t Know

    You may agree with Wikileaks’ mission. Or you may think they’re a menace. Or perhaps something in between. But here’s one thing you can’t deny: they’re an organization, with a leader, a name, and (however well hidden) servers, bank accounts, and so on. They also have principles — which, again, may not be to your liking, but they at least exist: removing… Read More

  • WikiLeaks Intends To Sue Visa And MasterCard For Blocking Payment

    WikiLeaks and its credit card processing partner Datacell have just announced their intent to file suit in the EU against Visa and Mastercard for blocking donations to the service last year. In early December the two payments companies cut off all payments to the relatively quiet as of late organization, with Mastercard citing that its “rules prohibit customers from directly or… Read More

  • PayPal On Cutting Off Courage To Resist: "This Has Nothing To Do With WikiLeaks"

    Last time we checked in with PayPal, it, along with MasterCard, Visa and others had blocked its services with regards to donations to WikiLeaks foundation. Today it is being reported that PayPal has taken further action against another WikiLeaks-related fund, in freezing the account of the Courage To Resist  foundation which, in conjunction with the Bradley Manning Support Network, gives… Read More

  • Latest WikiLeak Reveals Google And The State Department Talked To Unblock Egyptian Videos

    In response to the escalating Mubarak protests, the latest release of WikiLeaks have been Egypt or MENA related. One cable from November 2008 is particularly interesting, revealing that the State Department spoke to YouTube in 2007 regarding the takedown of videos posted by Egyptian bloggers. The cable is an action request for the State Department to contact someone named Pablo at Google… Read More

  • WikiLeaks Founder Assange Tells 60 Minutes: "Our Values Are Those Of The U.S. Revolution"

    In an interview with 60 Minutes, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange compares his values to those of the Founding Fathers of the United States and argues that he is actually playing “inside the rules.” He defends his actions by leaning heavily on the First Amendment, stating that “our founding values are those of the U.S. revolution.” On the possibility of facing… Read More

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