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Hackers Defend WikiLeaks by Attacking PayPal and PostFinance [UPDATE: Mastercard, Too]

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

More than 1000 Wikileaks mirror sites spring up in a week

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Xeni on Madeleine Brand radio show: Wikileaks, Anonymous, Mastercard DDOS, Operation Payback

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Having DDOsed Mastercard.com to the ground, Anonymous sets sights on VISA

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


Looks like Operation Payback is shifting targets from Mastercard.com to VISA. (Previous BB article here, and a related radio piece with Xeni is here.)

The push-button tool being used to shut down Visa, MasterCard, and other sites

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

Terrific piece by Joel Johnson on Gizmodo about the software tool being used to take down MasterCard, Visa, and Sarah Palin’s websites.

Azerbaijan: Armenia’s Wikileaks?

from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian

PayPal Responds to WikiLeaks Controversy

from Mashable! by Ben Parr

Which is it, Mr. Assange?

from Wiki Leaks by Blake Hounshell

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.

U.S. Embassy in Tripoli describes Libyan regime as “thuggish”

from Wiki Leaks by Blake Hounshell

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.

Wikileaked: a foreign policy journal devoted to the Wikileaks releases

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Anne of leaked cables and the myth of infinite American influence in Pakistan – By Arif Rafiq

from Wiki Leaks by Arif Rafiq

Iranian diplomats are idiots

from Wiki Leaks by Blake Hounshell

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:

Who was behind the Estonia cyber attacks?

from Wiki Leaks by Joshua Keating

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:

Azerbaijan’s minister of emergency situations, beluga caviar and fruit juice

from Wiki Leaks by Joshua Keating

This cable could be a new nominee for Colum Lynch’s list:  THE MINISTER OF EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, BELUGA CAVIAR, AND FRUIT JUICE.

The minister in question is Azerbaijan’s Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov, also known as the Minister of Everything Significant:

2010-12-08: AVAAZ petition in support of WikiLeaks

from WL Central by admin


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.

Ex-Intelligence Officers Support WikiLeaks Disclosures

from WL Central by GoodShipGuppy

December 7, 2010

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.

2010-12-08: WikiLeaks Statement: “We will not be gagged”

from WL Central by admin
STATEMENT: “We will not be gagged”

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.

2010-12-07: Visa suspends payments to WikiLeaks

from WL Central by admin
Visa became today the fifth financial institution to suspend payments to WikiLeaks, after Moneybookers, PayPal, Mastercard, and PostFinance. A spokesman said: “Visa Europe has taken action to suspend Visa payment acceptance on WikiLeaks’ website pending further investigation into the nature of its business and whether it contravenes Visa operating rules,” reports the Press Association.

Wikileaks and ‘cablegate’ – a threat to national security or a step forward for transparency?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
wikileakshourglass.pngWith its latest release, Wikileaks has attracted an unprecedented amount of attention, sparking international debate and sharply dividing commentators, both political and media. The 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables were shared with the Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais, and the Guardian passed them on to the New York Times. Some of the stories that have come out of them are fascinating and well within what would usually be seen as the public interest, others are more gossipy and merely embarrassing. Wikileaks’ three major leaks earlier this year placed it in international consciousness, but cables have taken its fame, or notoriety, sky high.

Ahmadinejad’s ninja army

from Wiki Leaks by Charles Homans

The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

China’s next leaders love Hollywood WWII movies, Oklahoma

from Wiki Leaks by Blake Hounshell

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.

Africa: What does WikiLeaks say about Central Africa?

from Global Voices Online by Ndesanjo Macha

Twitter: We Are Not Keeping WikiLeaks Out of Trending Topics [UPDATED]

from Mashable! by Lauren Indvik

Replace the Espionage Act – By Paul Miller

from Wiki Leaks by Paul Miller

Who will al Qaeda back in the 2012 elections?

from Wiki Leaks by David Rothkopf

Khodorkovsky lawyers: WikiLeaks show administration privately understands ‘real’ Russia

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Burmese general considered buying Manchester United

from Wiki Leaks by Suzanne Merkelson

Julian Assange: The Truth Will Always Win

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

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.

WikiLeaks Disrupts U.S. Propaganda Machinery

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by John Stanton

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 & archaeology

from Digging Digitally by Francis Deblauwe

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:

Pundit calls for development of magical anti-Wikileaks computer virus

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

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:

Whatever the Julian Assange arrest is about, it’s not about how much women suck

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

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.

Report: Wikileaks cables show Texas company “helped pimp little boys to stoned Afghan cops”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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.

Vice President of Bolivia hosting Bolivia-related Wikileaks cables?

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Silencing Wikileaks is silencing the press

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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