from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
Terrific piece by Joel Johnson on Gizmodo about the software tool being used to take down MasterCard, Visa, and Sarah Palin’s websites.
from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Australian newspaper, WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange wrote:
WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time we have changed whole governments, but not a single person, as far as anyone is aware, has been harmed.
On Saturday, The Daily Beast reported that the State Department is planning to reshuffle its diplomats around the world in the wake of the WikiLeaks disclosures, and speculated that Gene Cretz, the U.S. ambassador who relayed that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has a yen for voluptuous Ukrainian nurses, might be among the first to go.
from Wiki Leaks by Arif Rafiq
If there’s one thing the WikiLeaks disclosures are revealing, it’s that the Iranian government is run by morons. Here’s Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashai reacting to the cables in an interview with Der Spiegel:
In May 2007, Estonia became the world’s first victim of a coordinated cyber-attack against a nation state, following a dispute with Russia over the relocation of a Soviet-era war memorial. While the Russian government’s involvement in the attacks could never be proved, the Estonian government told the U.S. they believed the Kremlin’s hands were all over it, according to a cable from June 6, 2007:
The minister in question is Azerbaijan’s Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov, also known as the Minister of Everything Significant:
Global activist organization AVAAZ has launched a petition titled Wikileaks: Stop the crackdown. The text reads:
“Whatever we think of WikiLeaks, the massive campaign of intimidation against it is sending a chill through free speech and media advocates everywhere. Top US politicians has even gone as far as calling WikiLeaks a terrorist organization and suggested assassination of its staff, and the organization has come under massive corporate attack to shut it down.
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.
Following the detention of Wikileaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assangem, Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said:
?Today, Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange was refused bail by a UK court. While we are troubled by this bizarre decision, we know Julian is grateful for the support of both his legal team and prominent figures such as Ken Loach, Jemima Khan and John Pilger.
Wikileaks and ‘cablegate’ – a threat to national security or a step forward for transparency?
China’s next leader, Xi Jinping, “is a fan of Hollywood World War II movies and criticizes Chinese moviemakers for neglecting values they should promote,” according to a confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The cable, dated March 19, 2007, and signed by then ambassador Clark Randt, describes Xi as extremely knowledgable about economic development in his province of Zhejiang, where he was governor at the time. But it also goes into some detail about his movie preferences.
Written by Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, as published originally in The Australian (07 December 2010):
IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide?s The News, wrote: ?In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.?
His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch?s expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
Flashback time: The language used to depict Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden as craven life forms has returned for a repeat performance except that this time the target is Julian Assange and his merry band of WikiLeakers. ?Execute him? say dozens of U.S. politicians and assorted government officials. ?Arrest him and hang him,? say others. OMG! laments the US government over news of critical infrastructure locations revealed worldwide. Never mind that maps of pipelines, cable routes, etc. can be pulled with ease right off the Internet.
WikiLeaks is all the rage nowadays?that is, if you can actually reach it online. One good thing, the term ?wiki? is now surely well known if probably still not really understood by the general public. I hoped that the cache of documents dealing with the Iraq War might provide some insights regarding the plight of the archaeological heritage of Iraq and esp. the way US and Iraqi authorities and law enforcement might have dealt with it. The search function on the wikileaks.org site though seems disabled, I guess the denial-of-service attacks are taking their toll. Fortunately, some people were able to get some relevant information before the DoS attack:
It’s hard to even begin to summarize coverage on Wikileaks-related stuff today. But if you read one thing, read Marc Thiessen’s fresh item at the Washington Post. It’s not the fact that he’s vigorously opposed to Wikileaks that’s interesting, but rather his understanding of the technology at the heart of this entire saga:
At Salon, Kate Harding explains what Julian Assange is actually being charged with, why the claims that his accusers have CIA ties are pretty damn flimsy, and wraps it all up with a nice reminder that we can support what Wikileaks does and question the timing and handling of these rape accusations, all while simultaneously NOT diving off a cliff into victim-blaming, slut-shaming, or any other shameful treatment of two women who?for all we know?really were sexually assaulted.
In the Houston Press, an extensive blog post untangling an alarming story from the state department cables: “another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police,” and apparent proof that the company procured male children for bacha bazi (“boy-play”) parties.
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin