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Turkey Pushed for Its Own Astronaut on Space Shuttle

from Yahoo news
In exchange for buying Boeing jets, Turkey wanted a Turkish astronaut to fly on a NASA space shuttle, according to a classified state department message recently released by Wikileaks.

Wikileaks: cables show that US diplomats are key part of Boeing sales force

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

State Dept. cables newly released by WikiLeaks show that U.S. diplomats served as deal-brokers, pressuring world leaders to purchase billions of dollars worth of Boeing jets (instead of European competitor Airbus). “To a greater degree than previously known, diplomats are a big part of the sales force.” Here’s the actual cable, and here’s the NYT article.

Turkey Pushed for Its Own Astronaut on Space Shuttle
Space.com
The leaked memo not only revealed the eagerness of Turkey to boost its space and aviation programs, but, taken with other cables released by WikiLeaks

Turkish fighter jets, Turkish astronauts? Turkish avatars coming soon?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
What will the very important Turks request in upcoming deals with the US and Europe? A mega-sized mosque in Rome? Frozen diplomatic ties with Israel? A Turkish nuclear bomb?

Documents Reveal Diplomats Dealing Favors For Boeing Bids
KAKE
According to an article in The New York Times, cables leaked by the website, WikiLeaks, reveal Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul asked President Barack Obama

WikiLeaks details US-Turkey arms negotiating

WikiLeaks has disclosed new cables on how US Secretary of State Robert Gates promoted Sikorsky helicopters and Raytheon Patriot PAC-3 systems during an Ankara visit. Cables also show how Turkey pressured the US for an urgent sale of Cobra helicopters due to a shortage in its fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party, or PKK”

2011-01-04: Convictions of an Anonymous Legion

Unless the sources of the DDoS attacks being carried out by Anonymous are identified and stopped, there seems to be no end in sight for their deluge of operations. These ‘AnonOps’ are presented as global outreach operations of sorts, aimed at assisting individuals and organizations subjected to persecution by governments and other institutions aiming to silence free expression and dissent.

2011-01-04 LimeWire fights to the death

the music industry is claiming more than one billion dollars in damages against LimeWire for copyright violations and Limewire is fighting back by attempting to get subpoenas forcing “third-party licensees to hand over a range of documents, including contracts, royalty payments, accounting books and even internal company communications where executives at leading digital outfits discuss their relationship with the record business.”. According to World News Australia:

Turkey talked of Iranian threat, secret cables said
Washington Examiner
30 on the WikiLeaks Web site. The Web site obtained more than 250000 diplomatic cables, of which only 1997 have been published. Turkey has developed close

‘Erdogan winks to political right with populist’ rhetoric’
Jerusalem Post
WikiLeaks: US cable shows Turkish PM sought support from right at expense of strong Turkey-Israel relationship. The deterioration in Turkish-

wikileaks: 8 mainstream media myths about WikiLeaks http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/149369

from Twitter / wikileaks

Issa: Why haven’t we prosecuted WikiLeaks under our nonexistent laws?

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Incoming House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa discussed WikiLeaks and Attorney General Eric Holder with Chris Wallace on: Fox News Sunday:
Wikileaks: US cables show Turkey backing Ahmadinejad as ?flexible? but …
Hot Air
Turkey has grown closer to Iran over the last couple of years, and wants to play a central role in defusing the crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions

WikiLeaks Says Tel Aviv mobilised for full scale war
Pravda
centers for developing its peaceful nuclear program as an act of “goodwill” in the context of the scheduled meetings at the end this month in Turkey.

2011-01-04: Journalists killed in 2010 covered corruption

Under the light of the killing of members of the WikiLeaks staff and the death threats Julian Assange has received in the last months, taken seriously by the British authorities, the website Committee to Protect Journalists dot Org published today (01-04-2011) an interactive tool that shows the 44 Journalists Killed in 2010 after Confirmed Motive. Below, extracts from a short article in The Wall Street Journal on the topic:

Bradley Manning’s Trial – Update

The army court-martial defense specialist and Bradley Manning’s attorney David E. Coombs published his Motion to Dismiss Manning’s case for Lack of Speedy Trial in his blog Army Court Martial Defense dot Info.

2011-01-03 US Dep’t of State Internet Freedom Programs

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) are looking for organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that support what the document terms ‘internet freedom’. Specifically, they have US$30 million for

2011-01-04 Decentralized Infrastructure for Wikileaks

from WL Central by atanas

Why the U.S. Shouldn?t Prosecute Assange?For the U.S.’s Sake, Not His

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Marvin Ammori

I decided to write up some thoughts on Wikileaks.

Many of our nation?s landmark free speech decisions are not about heroes?several are about flag-burners, racists, Klansmen, and those with political views outside the mainstream. And yet we measure our commitment to freedom of speech, in part, by our willingness to protect even their rights despite disagreement with what they say, and why they say it.

Wikileaks As Security Breach

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Ryan Calo

Affiliate scholar Marvin Ammori offers eight good reasons why the United States should not prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. I mostly agree with Ammori?s analysis and write to emphasize one point: an Assange trial, regardless of outcome, would help the government gloss over one of the worst security breaches in modern history. And the First Amendment could supply this distraction?s brightest fireworks.

U.S. ambassador to Libya recalled in WikiLeaks fallout

from Wiki Leaks by Charles Homans

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