Buried in that Times of London article you didn’t read because it was behind a paywall was confirmation by Julian Assange that Wikileaks will release a very large cache of documents about Bank of America, to be released in early 2011.
by Juli Sanchis
The wikileaks saga has certainly been an exciting thing to follow. There has been a huge debate about the impact of ?cablegate? and how wikileaks redefines journalism, international politics, human rights, terrorism, history and internet freedom? Some argued that we haven?t learnt anything new from the cables, others claimed that this is a history-changing moment. Some argue that it is a great exercise in transparency, others think it will damage diplomacy for many years to come. However, everything has also been overshadowed by the Julian Assange story.
Cartooning Wikileaks in the Middle East
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I wanted to focus on how the Middle East took to the Wikileaks dumps though. And here the difference between Middle Eastern interpretations and American
You thought you’d heard about every attempt to get Robert Mugabe to step down from office: sanctions, suspension from the commonwealth, economic isolation, and even free and fair elections in 2008 that Mugabe actually lost. Apparently, however, there may have been one attempt that we all missed a decade ago. According to a September 2000 cable, an opposition source believed that then-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan approached Mugabe with a financial retirement package abroad:
from Wiki Leaks by Ian Bremmer
Testimony of Kenneth L. Wainstein (Editor’s note)
Assumptions made (stated as fact) by Wainstein:
Wikileaks and open diplomacy in the age of information
Some other Wikileak cables report that Pope Benedict XVI ‘might prefer to see Turkey develop a special relationship’ with the European Union short of full
A reminder that various news organizations are still doing the hard work of digging through the Wikileaks-leaked US diplomatic cables, and parsing out the newsworthy contents. The Guardian’s archive of daily recaps is here. We’re now 23 days into Cablegate, and today’s edition is here: it includes a nod to related coverage in the New York Times and Der Spiegel.
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
David E. Coombs, the attorney representing Bradley Manning, discusses the laws that apply for attempting to secure more humane treatment for the young man in the Marine brig in Quantico:
In a roundup post earlier today regarding all things Assange, I noted a comment made by the Wikileaks founder in a wide-ranging BBC News intervew: “People affiliated with our organisation have already been assassinated.” I didn’t get it, neither did many others, judging by the proliferation of “WTF?” in my tweetstream. A Wikileaks volunteer points to this as the source of that reference: a report of Wikileaks writers in Kenya having been killed in 2009. I cannot yet confirm the content of the article, but I’m updating the blog to note that this is what Assange was referring to.
In December 1917 British imperial troops occupied Jerusalem, ending four centuries of Ottoman rule. Earlier that year, the British Empire also took control of Baghdad, and was advancing across the middle east. In Asia and the West, the British government spread the message that they were bringing a new age of national freedom to the Arabs. Unfortunately for Whitehall, however, the newly installed Bolsheviks in Russia had their own message to tell the world. A couple of weeks before General Allenby, the chief of British forces in Palestine, made his official entrance on foot through the Jaffa Gate of the old city of Jerusalem, the Bolsheviks published the secret agreements that they had just discovered in the Russian archives.
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AUSTIN, Texas December 21, 2010 ? WikiLeaks.ch, which that has increasingly upped the ante of the kind of information that it leaks into the public sphere from anonymous sources, has been deemed an English language word by the Global language Monitor. GLM recognizes a word as being part of the English language once it meets the requisite criteria of geographic reach as well as ?depth and breadth? of recorded usage.
The CIA has launched a new task force to assess the impact of Cablegate. The Wikileaks Task Force, apparently termed W.T.F., will focus on media exposure and the repercussions of the newest cable releases.
In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Wainstein falls prey to a few fallacies of reason and, strangely, ignores a handful of facts; he fails to address these facts at all and even assumes they are false. This could be a result of the fact that he is either not well-informed, or being dishonest. I do not take a stance on which of these is the case but sincerely hope that the evidence will be taken into account in the event of an espionage trial for Wikileaks.