“Twelve theses on WikiLeaks” and more from the cablegate cyber war

Freedom to Assange and Wikileaks

from Genç Siviller
We were in front of Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul

Twelve theses on WikiLeaks

from Eurozine articles by Geert Lovink, Patrice Riemens
Vindictive, politicized, conspiratorial, reckless: one need not agree with WikiLeaks’ modus operandi to acknowledge its service to democracy. Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens see in WikiLeaks indications of a new culture of exposure beyond the traditional politics of openness and transparency.

Why WikiLeaks Is Good for America | Threat Level | Wired.com

WikiLeaks on Zapatero: ‘Inexperienced but probably manageable’

from Wiki Leaks by Joshua Keating

Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero probably won’t be all that flattered by this embassy cable, written just after his election in 2004, describing him as “inexperienced but probably manageable”:

UK joins US to condemn WikiLeaks
Financial Times
William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, has attacked WikiLeaks for publishing a diplomatic

Al Jazeera gets WikiLeaked

from Wiki Leaks by Joshua Keating

Al Jazeera has been flooding the zone on its WikiLeaks coverage, so it’s interesting to see how the network is responding with alarm to its own cameo in the cables.

Who’s more influential in Iraq? Iran or Saudi Arabia?

from Wiki Leaks by Blake Hounshell

Via Arabist.net, here’s an interesting cable, dated January 2008, from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Titled “BLUEBLOOD SHIA CLERIC COMMENTS ON “BACKWARD” SADRISTS AND SISTANI’S FEARS AND FRUSTRATIONS,” the cable describes a meeting with Emad Klanter, a member of a prominent clerical family in Najaf (my emphasis):

Egypt’s shark week: Mossad to blame?

from FP Passport by Max Strasser

WikiLeaks and ?The point of no return? by AYDOĞAN VATANDAŞ

Revelations by WikiLeaks received enormous coverage last week in the media around the globe. But in some parts of the world, like Turkey for instance, where these revelations have some of the greatest potential to sow controversy, they have caused an influential ripple.

Wikileaks and Thailand

from Global Voices Online by Mong Palatino

By Mong Palatino

What are specific Wikileaks revelations on Thailand? The most interesting so far cites the case of Russian businessman and alleged arms smuggler Viktor Bout who faced trial in Thailand before being extradited to the United States this year. Documents from the Wikileaks revealed the concern of the U.S. about the attempt of Bout?s associates to bribe local Thai officials. Below is a sample dispatch from the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, uploaded by Wikileaks
Realpolitik Is Not a Pretty Sight
Huffington Post (blog)
Leaks about Turkey being a “terrorist state” were absurd. Turkey is fast emerging as a major power under the most effective democratic government it has

Wikileaks:Syria accused of supplying SCUD missiles to Hezbollah
It said: “We want France, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar to make a renewed push to echo our concerns with Syria

Wikileaks reveals US Baltic plan

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The US and Nato have drawn up plans to defend Nato’s Baltic members against Russia, US cables disclosed by Wikileaks show.

Why the WikiLeaks cables aren’t as threatening as advertised

from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Anne Applebaum

Why WikiLeaks’ latest disclosures won’t change much.

You’re either with us, or you’re with WikiLeaks

from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Marc A. Thiessen
Julian Assange’s operation poses a threat that merits a response.

China: WikiLeaks, North Korea and Internet freedom

from Global Voices Online by John Kennedy

By John Kennedy

Out of the American diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks relating to China, perhaps most revealing are cables telling of Chinese government views of the country’s relationship with North Korea and the its leaders themselves. Even at the time of their release, following the Dandong shooting incident and shelling of Yeonpyeong island this year, some Chinese netizens had come to see North Korea as something of a negative asset.

Damage control and the what-if-they-infiltrate-WikiLeaks concern

I know that the WikiLeaks process has just begun. Out of the 251,287 documents on US diplomatic dispatches that WikiLeaks claims to hold, only 930 have been published. Less than 30 of the 7,918 documents containing correspondence from US diplomats in Turkey have been disclosed.

Turkish foreign policy: what the WikiLeaks cables reveal by Aaron Stein

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
In the United States, and other Western countries, Turkey?s foreign policy is a subject of much debate and misunderstanding. All too often, readers of Western periodicals are subjected to headlines and analysis about Turkey?s ideological orientation.

Australia blames US over WikiLeaks

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the United States, not WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was to blame for the leak of secret cables, pointing to a ‘core problem’ with its diplomatic security.

US: WikiLeaks has hurt US foreign relations

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Foreign powers are limiting their dealings with the US government since hundreds of classified diplomatic cables wound up on the Internet, officials said Tuesday.

Wikileaks climate change cables: the unanswered questions
The Guardian (blog)
Croatia, France, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam Reference: Section G (2) of this WikiLeaks cable US aid to the Maldives Has the

Why the WikiLeaks cables aren’t as threatening as advertised

from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Anne Applebaum

Why WikiLeaks’ latest disclosures won’t change much.

Cyber terrorist or modern-day hero?
policies that threatened relations with Russia, Turkey, China, Iran and so on and this, he says, is the impact the Wikileaks revelations are having now.

WikiLeaks Archive – Meddling Neighbors Torment Iraq

from NYT > Turkey by By MICHAEL R. GORDON
Interference threatens to aggravate Iraq?s sectarian divisions and undercut efforts by Iraqi leaders to overcome rivalries and build a stable government.

What WikiLeaks revealed about the empire
Axis of Logic
So it should come as no surprise that the recent release of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is being covered with much sound and fury, signifying little

Wikileaks: The Hidden Agenda
Daily Mail Post
The very people who seek to divide Pakistan from Turkey, the very same people who seek to diminish Saudi influence in Pakistan and the very people who seek

WikiLeaks releases nearly impossible to stop
San Francisco Chronicle
The founder of WikiLeaks “intentionally harmed the US government,” says Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. By releasing 250000 State

Tunisia: Censorship Continues as Wikileaks Cables Make the Rounds

from Global Voices Online by Lina Ben Mhenni

By Lina Ben Mhenni

Tunileaks – a project by Nawaat

WikiLeaks: NATO’s secret plans to defend Baltic revealed

from EurActiv.com

Ecuador: Reactions to WikiLeaks

from Global Voices Online by Silvia Viñas

By Paulina Aguilera Muñoz · Translated by Silvia Viñas · View original post [es]

Invitations that are retracted, allegations about ?unconditional? U.S. support of Colombia in fighting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the alleged U.S. request to Argentina to influence the behavior of President Rafael Correa: these are the main talking points on the content of the cables leaked by WikiLeaks relating to Ecuador. The documents have also caused reactions from the blogosphere, with a marked tendency to comment on the issue of freedom of expression.

How many leaks does it take to become a threat to humanity? – By Stephen M. Walt

from Wiki Leaks by Stephen M. Walt

While the demonization of Julian Assange continues apace, the following thought occurred to me (it probably occurred to you already). Suppose a reporter like David Sanger or Helene Cooper of the New York Times had been given a confidential diplomatic cable by a disgruntled government employee (or “unnamed senior official”). Suppose it was one of the juicier cables recently released by Wikileaks.  Suppose further that Sanger or Cooper had written a story based on that leaked information, and then put the text of the cable up on the Times or WaPo website so that readers could see for themselves that the story was based on accurate information. Would anyone be condemning them? I doubt it. Whoever actually leaked the cable might be prosecuted or condemned, but the journalists who published the material would probably be praised, and their colleagues would just be jealous that somebody else got a juicy scoop.

Al-Akhbar hacked – David Kenner

from Wiki Leaks by David Kenner

State Department: We did not ask PayPal to cut off WikiLeaks

from Wiki Leaks by Josh Rogin

Radio Berkman 171: Wikileaks and the Information Wars

from Berkman Center Newsfeed by ashar

From the MediaBerkman blog:

Our emails have been dinging off the hook here at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, with notes from journalists and concerned citizens trying to make some sense of the story-in-progress that is Wikileaks.

Ozgur Uckan: Wikipedia Editors Delete Article Listing Wikileaks Mirror Sites #cablegate

New frontiers

The WikiLeaks cables continue to provide fascinating insight into US foreign policy, but it is the fight for the Internet that has developed on the sidelines that may prove defining for the future of free speech and the digital space.

WikiLeaks documents and superficiality

Societies prone or accustomed to conspiracy theories seemed to stress the meaning rather than the content of the diplomatic cables recently disclosed by the online whistleblower website WikiLeaks. They discussed the possibility of an operation behind the disclosures rather than their very content.

Wikileaks battle: a new amateur face of cyber war?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by Peter Apps
LONDON — The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted.

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