I haven’t had time to start with a more proper roundup. here is what I have had collected so far. More to come soon..
from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
I’ve been unable to nail down precisely why I don’t like how WikiLeaks is releasing hidden, secret, classified, and other categories of U.S. government information. I don’t believe the United States deserves the shroud of secrecy that protects incompetent, illegal, and malicious acts; neither do I trust Julian Assange’s motives, presentation, or redaction. Every time I try to talk about the issue, it’s like a life-or-death game of “paper or plastic bags” at the supermarket. Thankfully, Clay Shirky has laid bare the cognitive dissonance and teased apart distinctly different ideas that are being lumped into single categories:
(This article originally appeared in Libération)
“So why so much ado about these leaks? For one thing, they say what any savvy observer already knows: that the embassies, at least since the end of World War II, and since heads of state can call each other up or fly over to meet for dinner, have lost their diplomatic function and, but for the occasional ceremonial function, have morphed into espionage centres. Anyone who watches investigative documentaries knows that full well, and it is only out of hypocrisy that we feign ignorance. Still, repeating that in public constitutes a breach of the duty of hypocrisy, and puts American diplomacy in a lousy light.[…]
WikiLeaks lists sites US says vital to interests
A screen shot of a web browser displaying the WikiLeaks website with a picture of its founder Julian Assange in Bern December 4, 2010
Julian Assange, Information Anarchist
Wall Street Journal
The cable reported that Dr. Vahedi decided to escape by horseback over the mountains of western Iran and into Turkey. He trained by hiking the hills above
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
A secret State Department cable released by WikiLeaks on Sunday, Dec. 5, provides in almost numbing detail a list of foreign critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) vital to the national security of the United States. Though there’s little in the way of analysis and no security information provided in the cable, it reads as a terrorist’s holiday wish list.
By Antoun Issa
Lebanese bloggers, like much of the world, responded to sensational revelations found in the Wikileaks cables.
While Wikileaks are yet to release the bulk of the 2,045 US diplomatic cables it holds on Lebanon, the few it has thus far leaked have stirred the blogosphere.
from Wiki Leaks by David E. Hoffman
from Global Voices Online by Rezwan
The Wikleaks Cablegate documents exposed shady ties between Iran and Afghanistan; inside information about the Iranian regime and opposition; and fear in the Arab region of Iran’s nuclear policy. Iranian bloggers reacted to these revelations, sometimes with irony, sometimes with conspiracy theories in mind, and sometimes seriously.
from Global Voices Online by Mong Palatino
By Jerrenn Lam
The recent leak of U.S. ?diplomatic cables? by Wikileaks implicated two Malaysian firms for allegedly being involved in ?a network controlled by Iran to purchase missile technology from China? but did not generate much buzz among the country?s citizens, with more attention being paid to domestic affairs.
from Mashable! by Lauren Indvik
Not Dead Yet
The Iranian case offers the most detailed and complex picture of American diplomacy revealed by WikiLeaks so far. China, Russia, Turkey, Arab allies
from WL Central by admin
“There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” ? Joseph Pulitzer.
At approximately 6pm on Wednesday, Amazon ousted wikileaks.org from its servers after concerted and aggressive political pressure from America?s Homeland Security Committee. The move came after three solid days of ?Cablegate? ? the largest intelligence leak in history. 251,287 dispatches from more than 250 US embassies and consulates, to be published slowly but surely in the weeks and months ahead. Among them are allegations of corruption, cover-ups and secret collusion between US and UK officials; dirty tactics exposed on a grand scale. Politicians, diplomats and corporations across the world must now be trembling. Could they be next?
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, lawyer Mark Stephens said:
“In Sweden it’s quite bizarre though, because the chief prosecutor, the director of public prosecution in Sweden dropped the entire case against him, saying there was absolutely nothing for him to face, back in September. And then, a few weeks ago, after the intervention of a Swedish politician, a new prosecutor, not in Stockholm, where Julian and these women had been, but in Gothenburg, began a new case, which of course has resulted in these warrants and of course the Interpol red notice being put out across this week.
“The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops,” wrote John Perry Barlow on Twitter.
The censorship vs. free speech battle is escalating. This week has seen Amazon, Tableau, EveryDNS and PayPal dropping WikiLeaks services in quick succession, DDoS attacks that caused the site to go offline multiple times, and mounting political pressure from the US (2), Australian and French governments.
By Patricia Lee Sharpe
Everyone who has represented the U.S. abroad knows what it?s like to be among fellow Americans who haven?t the foggiest notion of what the State Department does or, for that matter, what on earth diplomacy is good for. Julian Assange and Wikileaks may have lifted the veil. That’s not entirely to the bad.
from WL Central by admin
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
Twitter is “censoring” discussion of Wikileaks by preventing it becoming a trending topic, writes blogger Bubbloy. As he points out with some neat research, the popularity of Wikileaks discussion far outstrips that of the pop culture ephemera that does trend. But is there a clue in the fact Twitter’s feature isn’t called ‘popular topics?’ Perhaps the #Wikileaks tag has already experienced so much chatter that it’s become algorithmically unlikely to retrend. If so, perhaps a page for trending topic ‘graduates’ ? or at least a limit on the algorithmic relevance of last year’s spikes ? would be nice.
WikiLeaks influenced the Turkish Azerbaijani relations
… as Turkey in the relations with Baku has always its interests,? he said and added that however the influence of WikiLeaks over the Turkish ? Azerbaijani
The US diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks over the past week are riddled with nostalgia for a defunct era. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak suggests
How WikiLeaks cables capture 21st-century Turkey
“I am trying to express the psychological shock in Turkey. Our citizens were killed by a foreign army.” Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple
Politicians ask if WikiLeaks is a destabilization project
While most of the documents leaked by WikiLeaks contain tabloid-like information about other countries and leaders, information pertaining to Turkey and the
Türkmen: Turkey needs to consider WikiLeaks info about Arab states
WikiLeaks, which obtained United States diplomatic cables, has revealed important information on the standpoint of the countries of the region that Turkey
PM hits back at WikiLeaks claims in meeting with rectors
Something that does not exist does not have documents,? Erdoğan said on Saturday during a meeting he held with Turkey’s university rectors in his office at