Thursday, December 9, 2010

WikiLeaks A Matter Of Free Speech, A Free Press And Vigilante’s Who Respect Neither.










WikiLeaks A Matter Of Free Speech, A Free Press And Vigilante’s Who Respect Neither.


In a: highly sophisticated society, highly developed civilization, “Christian Values Nation”  governed by the rule of law, a nation respectful of free speech dedicated to truth and justice, toleration, a nation governed by the people; is vigilante demagoguery and advocacy of the assassination of those we disagree with to be now tolerated and even accepted?   Ask That Of Sarah Palin Among Others!


ROBERT SCHEER | It is outrageous for any respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press not to join in Assange's defense.
All you need to know about Julian Assange's value as a crusading journalist is that the New York Times and most of the world's other leading newspapers have led daily with important news stories based on his WikiLeaks releases. All you need to know about the collapse of traditional support for the constitutional protection of a free press is that Dianne Feinstein, the centrist Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has called for Assange "to be vigorously prosecuted for espionage."
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Feinstein, who strongly supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has the audacity to call for the imprisonment of the man who, more than any other individual, has allowed the public to learn the truth about those disastrous imperial adventures—facts long known to Feinstein as head of the Intelligence Committee but never shared with the public she claims to represent.
Feinstein represents precisely the government that Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he said, in defense of unfettered freedom of the press, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."
In the 1787 letter in which he wrote those words, Jefferson was reflecting the deep wisdom of a political leader who often had been excoriated by a vicious press that would make the anarchist-inflected comments of an Assange seem mild in comparison. More than thirty-five years later, after having suffered many more vitriolic press attacks, Jefferson reiterated his belief in a free press, in all its vagaries, as the foundation of a democracy. In an 1823 letter to Lafayette, Jefferson warned: "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted to be freely expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure."
It is precisely that agitation that so alarms Feinstein, for the inconvenient truths she has concealed in her Senate role would have indeed shocked many of those who voted for her. She knew in real time that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack, yet she voted to send young Americans to kill and be killed based on what she knew to be lies. It is her duplicity, along with the leaders of both political parties, that now stands exposed by the WikiLeaks documents.
That is why US governmental leaders will now employ the massive power of the state to discredit and destroy Assange, who dared let the public in on the depths of official deceit—a deceit that they hide behind in making their claims of protecting national security. Claims mocked by released cables that show that our puppets in Iraq and Afghanistan are deeply corrupt and anti-democratic, and that Al Qaeda continues to find its base of support not in those countries but rather in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the very nations we arm and protect. The notion that the official tissue of lies enhances our security is rejected by the growing strength of radical Islam in the region, as evidenced by the success of Iran, the main benefactor of our invasion of Iraq, as the leaked cables make clear.
The pretend patriots who use the national security argument to gut what remains of our most important security asset—our constitutional guarantees of a truly free press—are just what President George Washington feared when in his farewell address he warned "against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the Impostures of pretended patriotism."
The pretended patriotism of Feinstein, the first Democrat to co-sponsor the bill extending the US Patriot Act, represents the death of the Democratic Party as a protector of our freedoms. As a California resident, I will not vote for her again, no matter how dastardly a right-wing Republican opponent she might face. There is no lesser evil to be found in one who would so cavalierly imprison practitioners of a free press.
That is the issue here, pure and simple. It is unconscionable to target Assange for publishing documents on the Internet that mainstream media outlets have attested had legitimate news value. As in the historic case in which Daniel Ellsberg gave the New York Times the Pentagon Papers exposé of the official lies justifying the Vietnam War, Assange is acting as the reporter here, and thus his activities must be shielded by the First Amendment's guarantee of journalistic freedom.
Actually Ellsberg's position, as morally strong as it was, was weaker than that of Assange, in that the former Marine and top Pentagon adviser was working at the government-funded Rand Corp., where he had agreed to rules about the handling of classified information, including the Pentagon Papers. Assange operates under no such restraints and is an even clearer example of the journalist who ferrets out news and attempts to report it. He had no special clearance that provided him access, and what he did was no different from what the editors of the New York Timesdid in publishing news that was fit to print.
It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on this issue, as distinct from what increasingly appear to be trumped-up charges that led to his voluntary arrest on Tuesday in London in a case involving his personal behavior. Abandon Assange and you abandon the bedrock of our republic: the public's right to know.



We know that conservatives are extremists for order, but why have so many liberals lost their minds and joined the frenzy over Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? As the secrets of power are unmasked, there is a growing bipartisan demand that Julian Assange must die.
Once-liberal Democrat Bob Beckel said on FOX, “there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son-of-a-bitch.” Center-liberal legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on CNN that Assange is “absurd", "ridiculous", "delusional", and "well beyond sympathy of anyone”.The Washington Times called for treating him as an "enemy combatant"; Rep. Peter King of the Homeland Security Committee who wants himprosecuted as a terrorist; and of course, Sarah Palin wants Assange "pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders", or a wolf in Alaska.

This is a lynch-mob moment, when the bloodlust runs over. We have this mad overreaction many times since the witch-burnings and Jim Crow, including the Palmer Raids of the 1920s, the McCarthy purges of the 1950s, the Nixon-era conspiracy trials, the Watergate break-ins, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11.

Most Americans now know that those frenzied periods of scapegoating did nothing for our security, which instead damaged our democracy and left in their wake a secretive National Security State.

There’s wisdom in expecting calmer heads to prevail in the WikiLeaks matter, but what can be done when the calmer heads are going nuts or hiding in silence?

Do the frothing pundits remember that we have a legal system in which the accused is entitled to due process, legal representation and the right to a defense? The first obligation of our threatened elected officials, bureaucrats and pundits is to calm down.

No one has died as a result of the WikiLeaks disclosures. But the escalation by the prosecutors in this case could lead to an escalation, with more sensitive documents being released in a retaliatory spiral of this first cyber-war. Imprisoning the messenger will amplify his message and further threats of execution.

I can understand the reasonable questions that reasonable people have about this case. It is clearly illegal to release and distribute the 15,652 documents stamped as “secret.” Why should underground whistleblowers have the unlimited right to release those documents? There is a risk that some individuals might be harmed by the release. There is a concern that ordinary diplomatic business might be interrupted. 
All fair, these concerns have to be weighed against two considerations, it seems to me. First, how important is the content of the documents? And how serious is the secrecy system in preventing our right to know more about the policies – especially wars – being carried out in our name? And finally, is there a reasonable alternative to letting the secrets mount, such as pursuing the “transparency” agenda, which the White House purports to support?

Let me weigh these questions with regard to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and the “Long War” scenario that has occupied my full attention these past nine years.

It will be remembered that the Iraq War was based on fabricated evidence by U.S. and British intelligence services, the Bush-Cheney White House, and even the New York Timesthrough the deceptive reporting of Judith Miller. The leading television media invited top military officials to provide the nightly narrative of the war lest there be any doubts in the mesmerized audience. Secrecy and false narratives were crucial to the invasions, special operations, renditions, tortures, and mass detentions that plunged us into the quagmires where we now are stranded. The secret-keepers were incompetent to protect our national security, even when cables warned of an immanent attack by hijacked airliners.

The secrecy grew like a cancer on democracy. Earlier this year, the Washington Postreported in “Top Secret America” that there were 854,000 people with top-security clearances. That was the tip of the iceberg. The number of new secrets rose 75% between 1996 and 2009, to 183, 224; the number of documents using those secrets has exploded from 5.6 million in 1996 to 54.6 million last year. The secrecy cult appears uncontrollable: the Clinton executive order 12958 [1995] gave only twenty officials the power to stamp documents top-secret, but those twenty could delegate the power to 1,336 others, while a “derivative” procedure extended the power to three million more officials and contractors. [Time, Dec. 13, 2010]

The 1917 U.S. espionage statute requires that Assange received secret documents and willfully, with bad faith, intended to harm the United States by releasing “national defense information.” That’s a tough standard. Perhaps in order to close what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder describes as “gaps in our laws”, the State Department on Saturday sent a letter demanding that Assange cease the releases, return all classified documents and destroy any records on WikiLeaks databases.

These are difficult legal hurdles for the Justice Department under the First Amendment, but, according to a source close to the defense with experience in such cases, it seems clear that the U.S. government will prosecute Assange with every tool at their disposal, perhaps even rendition.
"What President Obama needs is a photo of Assange in chains brought into a federal court," the source said.

This week the Assange defense team will appeal the London court’s decision to deny bail. If that fails, he will appear in court December 14 to face extradition to Sweden.

Assange has the right to appeal an extradition order to the European Court of Human Rights.

He has a very strong base of support in London where public anger over the fabrications that led to war still runs high. An extradition fight in London could carry on for weeks, providing an important platform for the defense. Or the UK government could take the risk of an accelerated emergency deportation process to send him to Stockholm, or even the U.S. in the most extreme scenario.

If Assange winds up in Stockholm, it could take several weeks to fight his way through abizarre and complicated sexual harassment trial. Anything is possible there, from all charges being dropped, to the finding of a technical infraction, to jail time. Or Sweden could make an emergency finding to extradite him straight to the US, risking an adverse public reaction for serving as to a handmaiden of the Pentagon.

In the atmosphere of hysteria ahead, it is important for peace and justice advocates to remember and share what Americans owe to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
  1. WikiLeaks disclosed 390,136 classified documents about the Iraq War and 76,607 about Afghanistan so far. No one died as a result of these disclosures, one of which revealed another 15,000 civilian casualties in Iraq which had not been acknowledged or reported before;
  2. Fragmentary orders [FRAGO] 242 and 039 instructed American troops not to investigate torture in Iraq conducted by America’s allies;
  3. The CIA operates a secret army of 3,000 in Afghanistan;
  4. A secret US Task Force 373 is assigned to nighttime hunter-killer raids in Afghanistan; 
  5. The US ambassador in Kabul says it is impossible to fix corruption when our ally is the corrupt entity;
  6. One Afghan minister alone carried $52 million out of the country; 
  7. US Special Forces operate in Pakistan without public acknowledgement, apparently in violation of that country’s sovereignty; 
  8. America’s ally, Pakistan, is the chief protector of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
  9. Following secret U.S air strikes against suspected al-Qaeda militants, Yeme's President Ali Abdullah Saleh told General David Petraeus, "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours."
  10. U.S. government contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghan security recruits featuring trafficked boys as the entertainment. Bacha bazi is the Afghan tradition of "boy play" where young boys are dressed up in women's clothing, forced to dance for leering men, and then sold for sex to the highest bidder. DynCorp has been previously linked to child sex trafficking charges.
The secretive wars exposed by WikiLeaks will cost $159.3 billion in the coming fiscal year, and several trillion dollars since 2001. The American death toll in Afghanistan will reach 500 this year, or fifty per month, for a total of 1,423, and 9,583 wounded overall -- over half of the wounded during this year alone. The Iraq War has left 4,430 U.S. soldiers dead and 32,000 wounded as of today. The civilian casualties are ignored, but range in the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis.

Is it possible that Julian Assange is the scapegoat for arrogant American officials who would rather point the fingers of blame than see the blood on their own hands? What else can explain their frenzy to see Assange dead?

It may be too late to prevent an escalation. The lynch-mob is rabid, terrorized by what they cannot control, completely out of balance, at their most dangerous. If they realize their darkest desires, they will make Assange a martyr – a “warrior for openness” – in the new age now beginning. A legion of hackers are fingering their Send buttons in response, and who can say what flood they may release?
The trial of Julian Assange is becoming a trial of secrecy itself. Wherever the line is drawn, secrecy has become the mask of power, and without new rules, the revolt of the hackers will continue.




Visa, PayPal, Amazon also come under attack through the night

Hackers bring down Swedish government internet site

Sarah Palin's personal credit card account and website targeted

5,000 'hacktivists' believed to be behind electronic onslaught

WikiLeaks' Wall Street Bombshell - The Daily Beast
With Assange's next release apparently targeting Bank of America, traders fear a subprime lending scandal will be exposed. Charlie Gasparino talks with ...
www.thedailybeast.com/.../wikileaks-wall-street-bombshell/

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Tax Dollars Fund Child Sex Slavery in Afghanistan

The now infamous Wikileaks recently released a cable from Afghanistan revealing U.S. government contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghan security recruits featuring trafficked boys as the entertainment. Bacha bazi is the Afghan tradition of "boy play" where young boys are dressed up in women's clothing, forced to dance for leering men, and then sold for sex to the highest bidder. Apparently this is the sort of "entertainment" funded by your tax dollars when DynCorp is in charge of security in Afghanistan.

DynCorp is a government contractor which has been providing training for Afghan security and police forces for several years. Though the company is about as transparent as a lead-coated rock, most reports claim over 95% of their budget comes from U.S. taxpayers. That's the same budget that Dycorp used to pay for a party in Kunduz Province for some Afghan police trainees. The entertainment for the evening was bacha bazi boys, whose pimps were paid so the boys would sing and dance for the recruits and then be raped by them afterward. That's your tax dollars at work -- fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghnistan by trafficking little boys for sex with cops-in-training.


In fact, the evidence linking DynCorp to bacha bazi was so damning, Afghan Minister of the Interior Hanif Atmar tried to quash the story. Upon hearing a journalist was investigating DynCorp and the U.S. government's funding of the sex trafficking of young boys in Afghanistan, Atmar warned any publication of the story would "endanger lives," and requested the U.S. suppress the story. Atmar admitted he had arrested eleven Afghans nationals as "facilitators" of the bacha bazi party. But he was only charging them with "purchasing a service from a child," which is illegal under Sharia law and the civil code. And in this case "services" is not used as a euphemism for sex; so far, no one is being held accountable for the young boys whose rapes were paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. (more…)


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By Michael Ellsberg
WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in. The people listed below this release would be pleased ...
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Paypal VP On Blocking Wikileaks: State Department Said It Was Illegal
By Alexia Tsotsis
Milo Yannopoulos' very first question on stage to PayPal's VP of Platform Osama Bedier was why PayPal blocked WikiLeaks payments and froze its account. The last part of the question was met with boos from the mostly European audience.
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The Reaction Of Governments To Wikileaks Should Scare The Hell Out ...     
By Roberto Arguedas
No less a personage than Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, no admirer of Wikileaks, has stated that the practical impact of the leaks in terms of security and compromised diplomacy is negligible. He goes on to make the point that ...
Gizmodo - http://gizmodo.com/

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By Henry Blodget
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By The Huffington Post News Editors
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, this week denied bail over sexual assault allegations, with Amazon banning his site from its servers and finances squeezed from all sides, now faces yet another blow as a disaffected former colleague ...
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State Power And The Response To Wikileaks — Crooked Timber
By Henry
The US response to Wikileaks has been an interesting illustration of both the limits and extent of state power in an age of transnational information flows. The problem for the US has been quite straightforward. The Internet makes it ...
Crooked Timber - http://crookedtimber.org/

PayPal VP On Blocking WikiLeaks: “State Department Told Us It Was ...
By Alexia Tsotsis
Of course Milo Yannopoulos' first question on stage to PayPal's Osama Bedier, Vice President of Platform, Mobile and New Ventures Osama Bedier was ...
CrunchGear - http://www.crunchgear.com/

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By Dean Takahashi
The WikiLeaks site has been under constant cyber attack since it published 251000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. CNET reported that the site has quietly shifted its infrastructure outside of the U.S. to a web provider in Toronto. ...
VentureBeat - http://venturebeat.com/

Julian Assange, Wikileaks And Technology's Double-Edged Sword
By Sidney Hill
Like almost everyone -- including government and law enforcement officials on multiple continents -- I'm struggling to answer this question: Exactly who is Julian Assange? is Assange merely a journalist with an altruistic desire to ...
TechNewsWorld - http://www.technewsworld.com/

Report: Wikileaks Cables Show Texas Company "Helped Pimp Little ...
By Xeni Jardin
This is the same press corps who sat through an entire press conference with the President of the United States today and seemed unable to ask him one question about Wikileaks. Not one. I'm sure they weren't coached or anything. ...
Boing Boing - http://www.boingboing.net/

How Wikileaks Has Woken Up Journalism. « Emily Bell(Wether)
By emilybellwether
If you follow the latest cache of diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks and reported by the Guardian, The New York Times and others it is impossible not to conclude that this is a pivotal moment for journalism, its teaching and its ...
Emily Bell(wether) - http://emilybellwether.wordpress.com/

Wikileaks Supporters Shut Down Visa Site As Payback
CNET
As US politicians cry foul and WikiLeaks' payment and infrastructure providers cut their ties to the beleaguered site, supporters have stepped up efforts to ...
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Feds Hint At Charges For Wikileaks' Assange
CNET
by Declan McCullagh The US government indicated today that WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange could be in legal jeopardy for disclosing classified ...
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State Department: We Did Not Ask Paypal To Cut Off Wikileaks
Foreign Policy
The State Department denied a report today that it contacted the online money transfer service PayPal and asked them to cut ties with WikiLeaks and its ...
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Will Reading Wikileaks Cost Students Jobs With The Federal Government?
CNN International
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN Some colleges have warned students considering government jobs not to comment on or post links to WikiLeaks on Facebook. ...
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Sarah Palin: WikiLeaks Supporters Hacked Me
CBS News
Previously, Palin criticized WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, calling him "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands." On Wednesday, Palin wrote ...
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CBS News

Can The US Actually Prosecute Wikileaks?
CBS News
As a cyberwar erupts over WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, the question remains as to what the United States can actually do to prosecute the ...
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Pew Survey: Public Views Wikileaks Document Release As Harmful
CBS News
Most Americans paying attention to WikiLeaks' release of US diplomatic cables over the last ten days believe that the disclosures harm the public interest, ...
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WIKILEAKS OUTS OBAMA ON IRAN STANCE
Washington Times
Is it my imagination or do the WikiLeaks documents reveal President Obama is misleading us when it comes to his stance on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations? ...
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WIKILEAKS CABLE: AMERICAN TV SHOWS 'AGENTS OF INFLUENCE' IN SAUDI ARABIA
ABC News
... over hearts and minds of ordinary Muslims pondering jihad against the United States, a confidential government cable published by Wikileaks reveals. ...
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Coming Soon ... 'Wikileaks: The Game'
msnbc.com
By Winda Benedetti One thing's for sure, a movie based on all the drama surrounding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks must be in the works. ...
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Why Wikileaks Will Never Be Closed
Search Engine Land
Last weekend, rather than read stories about the US diplomatic cables that Wikileakshas released, I decided to read them directly myself. ...
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Wikileaks: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll -- Saudi Style
CNN International
By Tim Lister, CNN (CNN) -- "The full range of worldly temptations and vices are available -- alcohol, drugs, sex -- but strictly behind closed doors. ...
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Wikileaks: A Case Study In Web Survivability
PC World
By Tony Bradley, PCWorld In recent weeks WikiLeaks has been targeted by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, had its hosting service shutdown, been bounced off ...
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Wikileaks: Salvadoran Prez Threatened By Own Party
Washington Post
... to the (US government)," according to that document, which was released late Tuesday byWikiLeaks and posted online by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. ...
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Wikileaks: The Hidden Agenda
Daily Mail Post
Since my last post defending Wikileaks I have since questioned it's authenticity and honourable intentions. Wikileaks provide raw data that can provide a ...
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Bolivia Hosts Wikileaks 'Mirror'
The Associated Press
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera has posted all US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks that pertain to Bolivia on his ...
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WikiLeaks Reveals NATO Plans, MasterCard Focus of Cyberattack: Reports
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Philly Company Accepting Donations For Wikileaks
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
By JOANN LOVIGLIO A tech startup based in Philadelphia says it is taking donations forWikiLeaks, after several US-based companies cut ties to the website ...
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US's Banker Calls Loans In Wikileaks World: Commentary By William Pesek
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Clinton, according to cables released by WikiLeaks, asked Rudd: “How do you deal toughly with your banker?” That's the whole point. ...
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Wikileaks Fallout: Keeping Your Secrets Safe
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At minimum, the Wikileaks loss should sound an alarm for access control of privileged users such as web and system administrators, says Xceedium's Ken Ammon ...
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Clinton Snubbed By Iranian Foreign Minister; Wikileaks Has K Street Scrambling
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Before the WikiLeaks crisis, the State Department began a new initiative called "21st Century Statecraft," which includes a drive to expand openness and ...
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wikileaks Helps Fuel The Hot Stove
ESPN
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WikiLeaks: Were I An Alien ...
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Last week WikiLeaks, an organization dedicated to the release of secret documents, made public 250000 diplomatic cables. These private thoughts of US ...
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VISA BECOMES NEXT TARGET FOR WIKILEAKS BACKERS
Seattle Times
The websites for Visa and MasterCard were inaccessible for parts of Wednesday, likely the result of attacks by WikiLeaks supporters who are angry that the ...
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Gasparino: Bank Of America Has Set Up A Wikileaks “War Room”
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They are preparing for this document dump.” There has been no proof that Bank of America is in fact the target of Wikileaks.
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Wikileaks - Mirrors Of Our Website
In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove Wikileaks from the Internet, you will find below a list of mirrors of Wikileaks website and CableGate ...
www.wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

Is Twitter Censoring Wikileaks? [PIC]
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www.buzzfeed.com/chrismenning/is-twitter-censoring-wikileaks

Palin Targeted By Hackers For Wikileaks Criticism « Hot Air
By Allahpundit
Palin has criticized Wikileaks founder Assange, writing on Facebook that his “ past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we ...
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Twitter Responds To Accusations Of Wikileaks Censorship - Mike ...
By Mike Isaac
Amidst Wednesday's flurry of hacktivism, Twitter has posted a response to widespread accusations of censorship in regards to the site's 'Trending Topics' section. Since any mention of "Wikileaks" has disappeared from the trending ...
Social Medium - http://blogs.forbes.com/mikeisaac/

By The Huffington Post News Editors
Story is developing: More information to come Just hours after MasterCard's website was disabled byWikiLeaks supporters, Visa.com is now down as well.
4chan's Hackers Come To The Defense Of Wikileaks By Attacking Its ...
By Dean Takahashi
Known as Anonymous, the 4chan hackers have initiated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance, and other sites that have hindered WikiLeaks by cutting ties to it. If there were any doubt that ...

Why Wouldn't Google Mirror WikiLeaks?
By John Battelle
It just might prove to be the smartest PR move Google ever made (or not, whatever).
Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/

Caving To Pressure From Supporters, Paypal Releases Wikileaks' Funds
By Jeff Cormier
Last week, a statement from PayPal indicated, the company had suspended the account following claims by the U.S. that the activities of WikiLeaks violated the law. According to the report, PayPal acted of their own volition, ...
The Next Web - http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/

Wikileaks: Latest Developments - Editors Weblog
PayPal has admitted that pressure from the US State Department led the company to freezeWikiLeaks' accounts. It is the first major corporation to admit that its decision to suspend dealings with WikiLeaks was the result of US ...
Editors Weblog - http://www.editorsweblog.org/

Turning WikiLeaks Into Video Games
By Luke Plunkett
The whole drama surrounding whistle-blower organisation WikiLeaks has made for the juiciest political story in years. So it was only a matter of time before people started turning it into a video game.
Kotaku - http://kotaku.com/

Noose Closes Around Pro-Wikileaks Vigilantes
By Ryan Tate
Operation Payback is facing a little payback of its own. First Twitter closed the pro-Wikileaks hacker movement's account. And now we hear the Feds are shutting down some online discussion of Operation Payback attacks.
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Wikileaks Backers Attack Mastercard, Visa Sites | Chicago Breaking ...
By Reuters
Credit card giants MasterCard and Visa came under intense cyber attack Wednesday as supporters of WikiLeaks retaliated for moves against Julian Assange after.
Chicago Breaking Business - http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/


'The Palestine Cables': Wikileaks Expose European Chill On Israel ...
By Alex Kane
WikiLeaks has gone from a drip to a torrent, and we need a way to keep up. With this post we inaugurate a new feature at this site. "The Palestine Cables" will be a weekly chronicle/analysis of important revelations bearing on ...
Mondoweiss - http://mondoweiss.net/

Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack From Wikileaks Supporters In ...
ABC News (blog)
Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email. ...See all stories on this topic »

Vigilantes Take Offensive In Wikileaks Censorship Battle
Wired News
By Ryan Singel Internet vigilantes stepped up attacks in support of WikiLeaks on Wednesday, downing Visa's web site in a widening protest against a handful ...
See all stories on this topic »-Wired News

Guantanamo Bay May Be WikiLeaks' Next Target
CBS News
The rumored next WikiLeaks assault on Washington and United States politics may focus on suspected militants held at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Reuters ...
See all stories on this topic »-CBS News

Wikileaks Sparks 'Mirror' Sites, Making The Controversial Leaked Cables Easier ...
New York Daily News
Even with Julian Assange in British custody and the Wikileaks website under constant hacker attack, the Cablegate documents released by the organization in ...
See all stories on this topic »-New York Daily News

Wikileaks: US Pressured Germans On CIA Warrants
Washington Post
... in the 2003 abduction of a German citizen mistakenly believed to be a terrorist, according to diplomatic dispatches released Wednesday by WikiLeaks...See all stories on this topic »

Why Isn't Wikileaks A Trending Topic On Twitter? Blame Justin Bieber
Wall Street Journal (blog)
In other words, the list picks up on spikes of new hot topics — “novelty over popularity” — as opposed to topics like WikiLeaks, which are generating a ...See all stories on this topic »

Journalism Is Not An Attack, Wikileaks Is Not Warfare
Huffington Post (blog)
Journalists and politicians are calling for the criminalization of Wikileaks, or worse, the assassination of its members. The US government is coercing ...See all stories on this topic »

Facebook: No Plans To Remove Wikileaks
PC Magazine
With Web hosting companies and financial services firms dropping support for WikiLeaks, what about the country's most popular social-networking site? ...See all stories on this topic »

WikiLeaks Emerging as Hydra-Like Web Entity That`s Hard to Kill
eWeek
Even as WikiLeaks continues to publish its thousands of leaked cables from US diplomats the site is taking steps to stay online despite repeated ...See all stories on this topic »

WikiLeaks: A Terrorist's Best Friend?
PC World
By Robert X. Cringely, Infoworld If WikiLeaks' Julian Assange were in memoir-writing mode, I'd bet "How to Win Friends and Influence People" would not be ...See all stories on this topic »

Wikileaks: Saudi FM Proposed Plan To Destroy Hizbullah
Jerusalem Post
The moderate Arab states' fear of Iran and Islamic radicalism continued to pour forth from documents released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night, with the Saudi ...See all stories on this topic »

US Kept Pressure On China To Release Liu Xiaobo: Wikileaks
National Post
The memos were part of a cache of a quarter million confidential US diplomatic cables WikiLeaksbegan making public late last month, in cooperation with a ...See all stories on this topic »

Paypal Banned Wikileaks After US Gov Intervention
Register
Updated A PayPal executive said his company's decision to suspend payments to Wikileaks came after the US State Department said the whistle-blower site was ...See all stories on this topic »

President Clinton On Technology, Wikileaks & The World's Problems
Mashable
He also briefly addressed the ongoing “Wikileaks issue” as an example of instability in cyber security. The whistleblower organization and its creator have ...See all stories on this topic »-Mashable

Wikileaks Cables: Nigeria Feared Coup As President Lay Dying Overseas
The Guardian
The ill health of Nigeria's president sparked fears of a military coup and caused screaming matches over who was in charge of the country, according to ...See all stories on this topic »-The Guardian

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Huffington Post
Just 24 hours ago, the company began accepting donations on behalf of WikiLeaks. Although the founders, Sibyl Lindsay and Sharif Alexandre, won't disclose ...See all stories on this topic »
Pro-Wikileaks Cyberattacks Show Growing Threat
USA Today
By Oren Dorell and Jack Gillum, USA TODAY A cyberattack by supporters of WikiLeaks against the MasterCard and Visa websites foreshadows a new generation of ..See all stories on this topic »

MSU Warns Students On Wikileaks
Michigan Messenger
The e-mail was addressed to students looking to apply for federal jobs and noted posting or commenting on WikiLeaks might “call into question your ability ...See all stories on this topic »

Uribe Sought Secret Dialogue With FARC, ELN: Wikileaks
Colombia Reports
... while the FARC sought contact with the US, leaked diplomatic cables sent from the US embassy in Bogota to Washington and obtained by WikiLeaks show. ...See all stories on this topic »

Information Is The Antidote To Fear: Wikileaks, The Law, And You
EFF
When it comes to Wikileaks, there's a lot of fear out there on the Internet right now. Between the federal criminal investigation into Wikileaks...See all stories on this topic

Wikileaks And Top Tech Stories Of 2010 On Pcworld Podcast #100
PC World
As the Wikileaks scandal continues to unfold, "hacktivists" and "hacktivistas" are joining the fray with a volley of hacking countermeasures aimed at ..See all stories on this topic

Mastercard: We're Recovering From Wikileaks Related Attacks
ZDNet (blog)
By Larry Dignan | December 8, 2010, 12:12pm PST Mastercard said Thursday that it is recovering from a series of attacks related to the Wikileaks flap. ...See all stories on this topic »

Leweb 2010's Media Panel Discusses, Defends Wikileaks
Examiner.com
They discussed something on the minds of most: WikiLeaks. Most backed the site, warning that what's happening to the site is a dangerous foray into Web ...
See all stories on this topic »

Analysis: Wikileaks Battle: A New Amateur Face Of Cyber War?
Reuters
By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare ...
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Wikileaks' Resilience Shows Strength Of Internet-Age Lifelines
Washington Post
By Joby Warrick and Rob Pegoraro Over the past several days, the anti-secrecy Web siteWikiLeaks has been hit with a series of blows that have seemed to ...
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Wilkie Scathing Of PM's Response To Wikileaks
ABC Online
By Samantha Hawley Former whistleblower and independent MP Andrew Wilkie has issued a scathing attack against the Prime Minister's handling of the WikiLeaks ...
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Wikileaks Acts May Be Criminal: Mcclelland
Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian government has suggested WikiLeaks has engaged in criminal activity as the actions of another Labor minister were detailed in leaked ...
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Wikileaks: Twitter Explains Why It's Not Trending, As Hackers Play Cat And Mouse
The Guardian (blog)
Twitter has officially posted on its blog about the fact that the #wikileaks hashtag has Not Been Continually Trending. The Topic Has Been The Source Of ...
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Wikileaks: Shell 'Knows Everything' About The Nigerian Government
Telegraph.co.uk
... that the company "knows everything" about decisions made in all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, according to WikiLeaks documents. ...
See all stories on this topic »-Telegraph.co.uk

Wikileaks Us Embassy Cables: Live Updates
The Guardian (blog)
It is an very eclectic mix, but their websites are all under attack, or threat of attack, by supporters of WikiLeaks. A full account of Operation Payback ...
See all stories on this topic »-The Guardian (blog)

Analysis: Wikileaks Raises Risks To U.S. Effort In Yemen
Reuters
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Of all the disclosures so far by WikiLeaks, among the most potentially damaging to US national security interests ...
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Russian Envoy Demands NATO's Reaction To Wikileaks Revelations
RIA Novosti
Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, demanded on Wednesday that NATO confirm or deny WikiLeaks reports showing that the alliance treats Russia as an ...
See all stories on this topic »- RIA Novosti

Wikileaks: Football, Gold And Grilled Sheep Innards In Eritrea
CNN International
By Tim Lister, CNN The leaked diplomatic cable from WikiLeaks on Eritrea blames the country's problems on President Isaias Afwerki. ..See all stories on this topic »-
CNN International

Wikileaks, Stuxnet, Cyberwar, And Obama
American Thinker
In 2010, we have been introduced to this mutated form of warfare by two distinct events: Stuxnet andWikiLeaks. Stuxnet is the trojan "malware" (somehow the ...
See all stories on this topic »

Job Hunters Should Steer Clear Of Wikileaks Site
Washington Post
Then you find yourself - an avid reader and seeker of knowledge - face-to-face with the WikiLeaksWeb site. This rare look inside government operations ...
See all stories on this topic »

Swedish Micropayment System Continues To Channel Funds To Wikileaks
Monsters and Critics.com
Stockholm - Swedish-based micropayment system Flattr said Thursday it was to continue to channel donations to the WikiLeaks organization. ...
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Wikileaks Revelations Lead To Mixed Feelings About Privacy Breaches
BG News
Such fears are infinitesimal compared to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, which over the last several years has released hundreds of thousands of military ...
See all stories on this topic »

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts From Recent Editorials
Washington Post
AP AP Many Americans must be delighted about the trials and travails plaguing the WikiLeakswebsite and its founder, Australian Julian Assange. ...
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Understanding Ethiopian Hardliners via WikiLeaks
Oromsis
The release of United States diplomatic cables by a whistleblower to WikiLeaks has captured the international media waves. The founder, Jullian Assange, ...
See all stories on this topic »-Oromsis

The Great American Clampdown
Times of India
How is US, the world's most powerful, richest, most technologically advanced country dealing withWikileaks, a band of computer whizkids and journalists? ...
See all stories on this topic »

WikiLeaks Cyberwarfare? (SWJ Blog)
By Dave Dilegge
However, I don't believe that this (i.e., Wikileaks apparatchiks taking revenge) approaches the level of actual "cyberwarfare." Now the Stuxnet worm - that's real cyberwarfare, probably done by the Mossad and done right. ...
SWJ Blog - http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2009/11/10-november-2009-happy-birthda/index.php

MasterCard Deemed Unsafe? 'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Supporters Claim ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Hackers group Anonymous, which has been working diligently in support of WikiLeaks, claims to have acquired information for numerous MasterCard credit cards following its attack on MasterCard's website. "To people of the industrial ...
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thenewswire/

Why Wikileaks Matters More (And Less) Than You Think - Umair Haque ...
By Umair Haque
Rather than seeing WikiLeaks through the lens of morality or national security, let's look at it through an institutional lens. To those of you who've been reading this blog for a while, that may be second nature. But to the newcomers, ...
HBR.org - http://blogs.hbr.org/

Net Neutrality, Spain And Wikileaks - Global Voices Advocacy
By Marco Veliz
While Mariano Amartino from Denken Uber said that without a neutral net wikileaks would not exist; Eduardo Arcos in Alt1040 wrote about three things we would lose if the neutral net disappeared. -We would lose the ability to access any ...
Global Voices Advocacy - http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/

What's Behind The War On Wikileaks By Ray Mcgovern -- Antiwar.Com
By Ray McGovern
"What WikiLeaks has done is make people understand why so many Americans are politically apathetic… After all, the evils committed by those in power can be suffocating, and the sense of powerlessness that erupts can be paralyzing, ...
Antiwar.com Original - http://original.antiwar.com/

Wikileaks US Embassy Cables: Live Updates | News | Guardian.Co.Uk
By Richard Adams, Matthew Weaver
Follow the latest reaction and fallout after the latest WikiLeaks cables reveal the oil giant Shell's grip on the Nigerian government and fears that corruption among Kenya's ruling elite could push the…
News: News blog | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog

Arjuna Ardagh: WikiLeaks, You and Me: How We Can Adopt a Full ...
By Arjuna Ardagh
We can all start riding this wave of full disclosure, authenticity and radical honesty today. It's fun, it's energizing, it's refreshing and it leaves you feeling more creative, more open and years younger.
The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/

Sarah Palin Cyber Attack: WikiLeaks Supporters Take On Ex-Governor
By The Huffington Post News Team
London-based hackers reportedly working in support of the website WikiLeaks as part of "Operation Payback" have turned their keyboards on Sarah Palin, launching a cyber-attack targeted at her fundraising arm SarahPAC, as well as the ...
Sarah Palin on The Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/sarah-palin

Anonymous Activist Hackers Attack Wikileaks's Enemies, Bring Down ...
Several major companies have made the operation of Wikileaks much more difficult . Mastercard and PayPal both blocked all donations to the site, claiming Wikileaks dabbles in "illegal activities" (despite Wikileaks has never been ...
Popular Science - Technology - http://www.popsci.com/taxonomy/term/3/0

Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack From Wikileaks Supporters In ...
Sarah Palin's PAC website and personal credit card information are under cyber- attack fromWikiLeaks supporters in 'Operation Payback'
The Daily Caller - Breaking News,... - http://dailycaller.com/

US Government Anti-Wikileaks Fervor May Lead To Internet Crackdown ...
By RT
The targeted companies, after receiving pressure from the US government, opted to sever their relationships with WikiLeaks, preventing the organization from hosting its site, halting the flow of donations and freezing the organization's ...
ZiiBook | Russia | Top News - http://rt.com/

Palin Claims Attacks From Wikileaks Supporters | FrumForum
By FrumForum News
Palin presumably drew Wikileaks supporters' ire after she strongly criticized the group for releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, a leak the Obama administration characterized as doing major damage to the country's ...
FrumForum - http://www.frumforum.com/

Institutional Insanity

by Ralph Nader

If there was a mental health hospital for institutions the Republican Party and its top leaders would be admissible as clinically insane. Their bizarre wackopedia seems to contain no discernible boundaries. Repeatedly, these corporate supplicants oppose any measure, any regulation, any legislation that will directly help workers, consumers, the environment, small taxpayers and even investor-shareholders.

There are some exceptions. Since these Republican politicians eat, some did vote for the long-delayed food safety bill last week so that e-coli does not enter their intestines to disrupt the drivel drooling from their daily repertoire.

The Republicans get away with countless absurdities for at least two reasons. One is that their nominal opponents are the spineless, clueless, gutless Democrats (with a few notable exceptions) who present themselves as uncertain waverers, dialing for the same corporate dollars as the Republicans chase. The other is the political reporters who dwell on questions directed toward tactics and horseraces that the dimmest of Republicans can handle easily.
Take the evasive next Speaker of the House, Ohio Republican John Boehner. I've lost count of the times he said the recent health care law would "kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world, and bankrupt our country." I don't recall one reporter asking him to be specific on these claims. Instead, the questions focused on Capitol Hill timing and tactics.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, makes similar declarations such as: "I've said over and over again, you don't raise taxes in a recession." Really? Of all previous presidents, only Only George W. Bush did not raise taxes but actually reduced them in wartime. But don't expect a reporter to ask McConnell whether he thinks the children and grandchildren should be sent the bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Or if he thinks repealing the Bush tax cuts on the rich would help reduce the deficit.

How many times have you heard the Republicans demand cutting the national deficit? Probably as often as they did nothing when George W. Bush piled up trillions of dollars in red ink. Now that Obama is president, they rarely get specific about just how they are going to do this, other than jumping on Medicare (where corporate fraud is indeed rampant and untreated by them) or social security which is solvent for another 30 years.

For most Republicans, it is never about cutting the bloated military budget-ridden with corporate crime and fraud and burdened with massive redundancies that keep the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about deep in profitable government contracts.
Nor do the Republicans go after the corporate welfare budget-the hundreds of billions of dollars per year of subsidies, giveaways and handouts to domestic and even foreign corporations. Except for Ron Paul and a very few others, that is. (See:http://www.taxpayers.org and http://www.goodjobsfirst.org)

Another assertion made in this year's mid-term elections by Republican candidates for Congress all over the country is that: "Government does not create jobs, only the private sector does." Let's see. Government not only creates jobs, taxpayers have paid trillions of dollars for research, development and tax credits that are given over to build entire industries. These include the semi-conductor, computer, aerospace, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and containerization industries, to name a few.

The Pentagon created the job-producing Internet, for example. When the government funds public works or expands the armed forces, millions of jobs are created.
Will there be one reporter who challenges this Republican nonsense, often expressed in press interviews on cell phones while driving on highways in cars with seat belts and air bags either based on taxpayer-funded research, directly paid for, or regulated into being through the government?

Mute Democrats and mindless reporters make insane Republicans possible. Bringing these cruel descendants of Lincoln's Party down their ladder of generalities is to become concrete, to give substantiating examples that will either show that they have no clothes or that they prefer mink.

The American people deserve to have reporters ask one question again and again: "Senator, Representative, Governor, President, would you be specific, give examples and cite your sources for your general assertions?"

For instance, especially Republicans regularly roar their demand for "tort reform." A reporter could ask for clarification such as: "Sir, do you mean by ‘tort reform' giving more access to the courts to millions of excluded Americans who get nothing for injuries and illnesses recklessly caused by manufacturers, hospitals, and other wrongdoers, or do you mean further restricting the law designed to afford these people compensation for their harms? (See: http://www.centerjd.org)

The same demand for concreteness can be directed to the dittoheads who cry out against "over-regulation." Where? Over Wall Street? For health and safety requirements that are either weak when issued, technically obsolete or rarely enforced? (See:http://www.progressivereform.org)

Bringing these well-greased pontificators down their abstraction ladder to where people live, work, overpay, bleed and suffer is a major step forward so the sovereignty of the people can begin exercising itself.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His most recent book - and first novel -  is, Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us. His most recent work of non-fiction is The Seventeen Traditions.

wikileaks Continues Exposure Of Predatory US Foreign Policy


News Release

Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosures

The following statement was released today, signed by Daniel Ellsberg, Frank Grevil, Katharine Gun, David MacMichael, Ray McGovern, Craig Murray, Coleen Rowley and Larry Wilkerson; all are associated with Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. 

WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in. The people listed below this release would be pleased to shed light on these exciting new developments.

How far down the U.S. has slid can be seen, ironically enough, in a recent commentary in Pravda (that's right, Russia's Pravda): "What WikiLeaks has done is make people understand why so many Americans are politically apathetic ... After all, the evils committed by those in power can be suffocating, and the sense of powerlessness that erupts can be paralyzing, especially when ... government evildoers almost always get away with their crimes. ..."

So shame on Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and all those who spew platitudes about integrity, justice and accountability while allowing war criminals and torturers to walk freely upon the earth. ... the American people should be outraged that their government has transformed a nation with a reputation for freedom, justice, tolerance and respect for human rights into a backwater that revels in its criminality, cover-ups, injustices and hypocrisies.

Odd, isn't it, that it takes a Pravda commentator to drive home the point that the Obama administration is on the wrong side of history. Most of our own media are demanding that WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange be hunted down -- with some of the more bloodthirsty politicians calling for his murder. The corporate-and-government dominated media are apprehensive over the challenge that WikiLeaks presents. Perhaps deep down they know, as Dickens put it, "There is nothing so strong ... as the simple truth."

As part of their attempt to blacken WikiLeaks and Assange, pundit commentary over the weekend has tried to portray Assange's exposure of classified materials as very different from -- and far less laudable than -- what Daniel Ellsberg did in releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra "Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad." He continues: "That's just a cover for people who don't want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time."

Motivation? WikiLeaks' reported source, Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, having watched Iraqi police abuses, and having read of similar and worse incidents in official messages, reportedly concluded, "I was actively involved in something that I was completely against." Rather than simply go with the flow, Manning wrote: "I want people to see the truth ... because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public," adding that he hoped to provoke worldwide discussion, debates, and reform.

There is nothing to suggest that WikiLeaks/Assange's motives were any different. Granted, mothers are not the most impartial observers. Yet, given what we have seen of Assange’s behavior, there was the ring of truth in Assange’s mother’s recent remarks in an interview with an Australian newspaper. She put it this way: "Living by what you believe in and standing up for something is a good thing. … He sees what he is doing as a good thing in the world, fighting baddies, if you like."

That may sound a bit quixotic, but Assange and his associates appear the opposite of benighted. Still, with the Pentagon PR man Geoff Morrell and even Attorney General Eric Holder making thinly disguised threats of extrajudicial steps, Assange may be in personal danger.

The media: again, the media is key. No one has said it better than Monseñor Romero of El Salvador, who just before he was assassinated 25 years ago warned, "The corruption of the press is part of our sad reality, and it reveals the complicity of the oligarchy." Sadly, that is also true of the media situation in America today.

The big question is not whether Americans can "handle the truth." We believe they can. The challenge is to make the truth available to them in a straightforward way so they can draw their own conclusions -- an uphill battle given the dominance of the mainstream media, most of which have mounted a hateful campaign to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks.

So far, the question of whether Americans can "handle the truth" has been an academic rather than an experience-based one, because Americans have had very little access to the truth. Now, however, with the WikiLeaks disclosures, they do. Indeed, the classified messages from the Army and the State Department released by WikiLeaks are, quite literally, "ground truth."

How to inform American citizens? As a step in that direction, on October 23 we "Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence" (see below) presented our annual award for integrity to Julian Assange. He accepted the honor "on behalf of our sources, without which WikiLeaks' contributions are of no significance." In presenting the award, we noted that many around the world are deeply indebted to truth-tellers like WikiLeaks and its sources.

Here is a brief footnote: Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) is a group of former CIA colleagues and other admirers of former intelligence analyst Sam Adams, who hold up his example as a model for those who would aspire to the courage to speak truth to power. (For more, please see here.)

Sam did speak truth to power on Vietnam, and in honoring his memory, SAAII confers an award each year to a truth-teller exemplifying Sam Adams' courage, persistence, and devotion to truth -- no matter the consequences. Previous recipients include:

-Coleen Rowley of the FBI
-Katharine Gun of British Intelligence
-Sibel Edmonds of the FBI
-Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan
-Sam Provance, former Sgt., US Army
-Frank Grevil, Maj., Danish Army Intelligence
-Larry Wilkerson, Col., US Army (ret.)
-Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

"There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops."
-- Luke 12:2-3

The following former awardees and other associates have signed the above statement; some are available for interviews: 


DANIEL ELLSBERG
A former government analyst, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret government history of the Vietnam War to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. He was an admirer of Sam Adams when they were both working on Vietnam and in March 1968 disclosed to the New York Times some of Adams' accurate analysis, helping head off reinforcement of 206,000 additional troops into South Vietnam and a widening of the war at that time to neighboring countries.


FRANK GREVIL
Grevil, a former Danish intelligence analyst, was imprisoned for giving the Danish press documents showing that Denmark's Prime Minister (now NATO Secretary General) disregarded warnings that there was no authentic evidence of WMD in Iraq; in Copenhagen, Denmark. 


KATHARINE GUN
Gun is a former British government employee who faced two years imprisonment in England for leaking a U.S. intelligence memo before the invasion of Iraq. The memo indicated that the U.S. had mounted a spying "surge" against U.N. Security Council delegations in early 2003 in an effort to win approval for an Iraq war resolution. The leaked memo -- published by the British newspaper The Observer on March 2, 2003 -- was big news in parts of the world, but almost ignored in the United States. The U.S. government then failed to obtain a U.N. resolution approving war, but still proceeded with the invasion.


DAVID MacMICHAEL
MacMichael is a former CIA analyst. He resigned in the 1980s when he came to the conclusion that the CIA was slanting intelligence on Central America for political reasons. He is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.


RAY McGOVERN
McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, whose duties included preparing and briefing the President's Daily Brief and chairing National Intelligence Estimates. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. 


CRAIG MURRAY
Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, was fired from his job when he objected to Uzbeks being tortured to gain "intelligence" on "terrorists." Upon receiving his Sam Adams award, Murray said, "I would rather die than let someone be tortured in an attempt to give me some increment of security." Observers have noted that Murray was subjected to similar character assassination techniques as Julian Assange is now encountering to discredit him.


COLEEN ROWLEY
Rowley, a former FBI Special Agent and Division Counsel whose May 2002 memo described some of the FBI's pre-9/11 failures, was named one of Time Magazine's "Persons of the Year" in 2002. She recently co-wrote a Los Angeles Times op-ed titled, "WikiLeaks and 9/11: What if? Frustrated investigators might have chosen to leak information that their superiors bottled up, perhaps averting the terrorism attacks." 


LARRY WILKERSON
Wilkerson, Col., U.S. Army (ret.), former chief of staff to Secretary Colin Powell at the State Department, who criticized what he called the "Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal." See recent interviews


For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167





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