more headache for Pentagon: “Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs

Human Terrain System in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

One question we have to ask ourselves is how the managers of the Human Terrain System can use these same records leaked via Wikileaks to make a positive case for the program embedding civilian social scientists with military units. Most of these records were written after the occurrence of the action that is reported, with a couple of exceptions: the exceptions are often written all in uppercase, such as the one record for 2009 that I missed and now appears at the bottom of the original list of records linked to above.

Revealing the Human Terrain System in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

This is the fourth and final item in my mini-series on Human Terrain Teams as recorded in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary. The other articles were:

  1. Human Terrain Teams in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Raw Data
  2. Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Problems to Note, More to Come on Human Terrain Teams
  3. Human Terrain System in Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive

Wikileaks volunteer detained

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

A volunteer for Wikileaks was detained by officials Thursday while entering the country at Newark International Airport. Jacob Appelbaum, noted for his work with the Tor online security project, was searched and “interrogated” for three hours before being released, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous. Wikileaks, a clearing house for information submitted by whistleblowers, released a trove of “War Logs” last Sunday relating to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: “largest intelligence leak in history”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

An archive of classified U.S. military logs spanning six years, more than 91,000 documents, and 200,000 pages, was today made available by WikiLeaks. The papers show a picture of the war in Afghanistan that is far more grim, and far less hopeful, than previously portrayed.

WikiLeaks Releases Afghan War Reports in Unprecedented Leak

from Mashable! by Samuel Axon

The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World’s First Stateless News Organization

from PressThink by Jay Rosen

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Afghan War Diary

[…] close to 92,000 classified documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan have been leaked. SPIEGEL, the New York Times and the Guardian have analyzed the raft of mostly classified documents. The war logs expose the true scale of the Western military deployment […]

Is Wikileaks growing up?

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Wikileaks, the controversial website that on Sunday published more than 91,000 U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan, has come under fire for its methods, its obvious agenda, and its willingness to publish seemingly anything it can get its digital paws on.

Wikileaks: Q&A with Jacob Appelbaum on “The Afghan War Diaries”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Leaks create fresh doubts about Afghan war

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The monumental leak of classified Afghan war documents threatened Monday to create deeper doubts about the war and cause new friction with Pakistan over allegations about its intelligence agency.

WikiLeaks floods again with the help of major newspapers

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Stefanie Chernow

WikiLeaks has struck again, with the biggest intelligence leak in history. Several weeks ago, WikiLeaks received about 91,000 reports concerning raw information of the war in Afghanistan. In an unprecedented decision WikiLeaks decided not to immediately release the highly classified reports, but instead shared its findings first with the New York Times, The Guardian, and the Der Spiegel.

MAIN FOCUS: Wikileaks reveals image of a dirty war | 27/07/2010

from euro|topics

The Internet platform Wikileaks in cooperation with three major media sources published on Sunday secret reports about the war in Afghanistan. They convey an unadorned image of the situation in the country and have triggered an international uproar. Europe’s press is divided about this new transparency.

Internet platform Wikileaks divides EU media

from by eurotopics

On 25 July, the Sweden-based organisation co-operated with three major media sources to publish secret reports about the war in Afghanistan. The Austrian, British, Swiss and Estonian press disagree on this new transparency

Wikileaks reveal the obvious dangers of Afghanistan

from – Op-Ed Columns by Eugene Robinson
The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

Wikileaks release 90,000 documents relating to war in Afghanistan, Jamie Munn

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Jamie Munn

Washington is condemning the release of over 90,000 military records as an ?irresponsible? action that could threaten the national security of the US. The documents, published by Wikileaks, include the as yet unreported deaths of Afghan civilians, as well as detailed Nato concerns over Iranian and Pakistani involvement with the Taliban. In a press conference held at London?s Frontline Club, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, stated that the reports often ?downplay? civilian deaths.

Wikileaks reveals awkward truths

from Mark Mardell

The scale is breathtaking. This is isn’t a leak, it is a haemorrhage. Some 92,201 secret documents posted on the internet, snapshots from a messy war, the biggest such breach since the Pentagon Papers, the 7,000 pages that arguably changed the course of American involvement in Vietnam.

Liveblog of global reactions to Wikileaks Afghanistan war logs

from Global Voices Online by Solana Larsen

The Wikileaks phenomenon: impact on 21st century statecraft?

from Public Affairs 2.0 by fhbrussels

Yesterday evening, The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel published analyses of a six-year archive of classified documents from US-led forces in Afghanistan, released to them by the organization Wikileaks.  The disclosure of the material has already raised much debate about what The Guardian has termed ?the biggest leak in intelligence history.?

Wikileaks megadump reveals US pays local Afghan media to run psyops

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Xeni on Rachel Maddow Show: Wikileaks and “Afghan War Diaries”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Why WikiLeaks Is The Pirate Bay of Political Intelligence

from Mashable! by Samuel Axon

WikiLeaks founder defends release of files

from Hurriyet Dailynews
WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief defended the decision to release the files and claims his organization doesn’t know who sent it some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents, telling journalists that the Web site was set up to hide the source of its data from those who receive it.

Raw and Cooked Facts in Wikileaks? ?Afghan War Diaries, 2004-2010?

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by zoe

Unless you?ve been living under a rock (where you probably don?t get WiFi and won?t be reading this), you?ve heard something about the release on Sunday of 92,000 primary documents culled from classified US military field reports from Afghanistan compiled by and given in advance to the New York Times , Der Spiegel, and The Guardian.

Wikileaks busts myth about the irrelevance of mainstream media

from – Op-Ed Columns by Anne Applebaum
Thank you, WikiLeaks.

Wikileaks: A counter-argument to the “nothing to see here” crowd

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Wikileaks? Afghan War Diary: Problems to Note, More to Come on Human Terrain Teams

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

First, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a financial donor to Wikileaks, and another member of this team, John Stanton, has released his own publications to Cryptome, whose founder was also a co-founder of Wikileaks.

Noah Shachtman on Afghan War Diaries: caveat lector

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Army’s Wikileaks dragnet widens

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

The New York Times reports that Army investigators expanding their inquiry into the Wikileaks document dump to include “friends and associates” who may have aided suspected leaker, Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Afghan Bloggers on Wikileaks War Logs

from Global Voices Online by Hamid Tehrani

By Hamid Tehrani

Earlier this week Global Voices launched a liveblog of global reactions to Wikileaks Afghanistan war logs. Now let’s take a look at what Afghan bloggers have been writing on this story.

The AfPak war via WikiLeaks , Paul Rogers

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Rogers

The evidence of escalating violence and increasing insecurity in Afghanistan is confirmed by the WikiLeaks project’s circulation on 25 July 2010 of voluminous official communications and reports about the United States’s war on the ground.

Morning Brief: U.S. military fears that Wikileaks may have endangered Afghan allies

from FP Passport by David Kenner

White House shifts criticism of Wikileaks to focus on “naming of individual” Afghans

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

The initial response to the Wikileaks Afghan document leak from the Pentagon and White House focused largely on the documents’ purported irrelevance as “old news,” and general condemnation of the leak as a violation of federal law. Now, the response has shifted more specifically to focus on the fact that within the massive cache of documents, names of Afghan informants are included in plain view, with no redaction. Those informants can now be located and punished or murdered by the enemy, the logic goes.

Wikileaks source suspect Manning transferred from Kuwait to Quantico, VA

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

A press alert received by Boing Boing from the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office reports that PFC Bradley Manning? who is believed to have provided Wikileaks with a trove of classified data including the “Collateral Murder” video and the recent “Afghan War Diaries” archive? was today transferred from the Theater Field Confinement Facility in Kuwait to the Marine Corps Base Quantico Brig in Quantico, Virginia. Snip:

How is WikiLeaks’ relationship with the news media evolving?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Wikileaks has dropped two bombshells on the US military thus far this year, the more recent of which was the ‘Afghan War Diary,’ offering more than 90,000 reports containing raw information of the war in Afghanistan. Interestingly, the whistleblower site chose to share its information in advance of a public release with three newspapers: the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel.

Pentagon: Leak investigaton may go beyond military

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A criminal investigation into the leak of tens of thousands of secret Afghanistan war logs could go beyond the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said and he did not rule out that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be a target.

WikiLeaks ‘has blood on its hands’ over Afghan war logs, claim US officials

? Defence secretary describes leak as ‘potentially dangerous’
? ‘Loose’ intelligence policy in US army to be reviewed


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UK regulator turns over Internet policing standards to movie and record industries

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

When the last UK Parliament rushed the Digital Economy Act into law without debate, hours before it dissolved for the election, it appointed Ofcom, the telcoms regulator, to work out the details. Specifically, it charged Ofcom with sorting out some high standards for what evidence a rightsholder would have to produce in order to finger an online infringer (the DEA gives these rightsholders the power to eventually disconnect entire families from the internet on the strength of these accusations).

Google’s response to the FTC’s Discussion Draft on the future of journalism

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for google.jpgIn a twenty page document responding to the Federal Trade Commision’s Discussion Draft on policy recommendations for journalism, Google presents a valiant defence of its support for newspapers and the fact that “the Internet, rather than being the cause of journalism’s downfall, provides a unique opportunity for news organizations to renew and reinvigorate journalism.”

How the Internet is Affecting Traditional Journalism [SURVEY]

from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell

Rethinking the Role of the Journalist in the Participatory Age

from MediaShift

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Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at

Students who dream of a career in journalism are entering the profession at a time when the question of who is a journalist, and even what is journalism, is open to interpretation. The function of journalism is still to provide independent, reliable and accurate information considered vital to a vibrant democracy. But defining who is a journalist is much harder.

Berlusconi tries law prohibiting reporting on corruption investigation; Italy’s press refuses to report any news in protest

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Italy’s media is going on strike today, and practically no news will be reported. This is in protest of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s plan to ram through anti-wiretapping legislation that includes a gag order on reportage concerning government investigation (especially investigation of corruption).

Italy’s ‘day of silence’: news outlets unite to protest proposed gagging law

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

corrieresilence.pngItaly is experiencing an almost complete 24-hour news blackout today as news outlets join together in a strike against a bill that proposes a type of gagging law which has become known as the Alfano law. The law would limit the ability of police and prosecutors to intercept and record phone conversations, and would stop journalists from publishing transcripts of these. Journalists fear that the law has been put forward to protect politicians from scandal, most notably the prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Consumers more satisfied with newspaper sites than Facebook

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

American consumers are more satisfied with the The New York Times and USA Today websites than with Facebook, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today, The Washington Post reported.

6 Crucial Social Media Tips for Traditional Media

from Mashable! by Erica Swallow

An “uncomfortable paradox” in the relationship between content and SEO

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

demandmedia.pngThe Financial Times has drawn attention to what it sees as “an uncomfortable paradox”: the fact that content farms such as Demand Media are being created to “ride on the back of search engines.” Such a company creates content that is highly optimized for search engines, tracking who is searching for what and hiring freelancers to write articles on these topics.

Media Conglomerates challenge the US Defense Department

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Stefanie Chernow

Several major news conglomerations have teamed up against the United States Defense Department to protest censorship of content surrounding Guantánamo Bay. In the 12 page document “Media Policy and Ground Rules for Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba” the Pentagon specifically restricts civilian media publication of information that could breach national security. The Department of Defense is the sole releasing authority of any Guantánamo Bay content, thus arguably stacking the cards against freedom of the press.

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