At Firedoglake, David House writes a lengthy and detailed report from visits with Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been in military detention for months for being the presumed source of Wikileaks’ most damning US government leaks. Manning’s lawyer and others have written about the conditions under which manning is held as “extreme,” and amounting to cruel and inhumane?some would argue the sleep and movement deprivation and solitary confinement amounts to torture. But before this, no one has heard from Manning himself.
Wikileaks’s Cloudy Pages and Turkey
It is possible to read many claims about Turkey in Wikileaks. Firstly, let us look at these allegements and then the comments of some Turkish columnists.
From EFF, a disturbing story about a customer of SiteGround, an ISP, who had his account suspended and was forced to remove a mirror of the Wikileaks Cablegate archive because SoftLayer, the ISP that provides SiteGround with its bandwidth, objected. Imagine a future in which your ability to host a website depends on not upsetting your ISP, its upstream provider, the provider upstream of that, and so on, all the way up to some giant tier-one telco like AT&T.
Rethinking the Wikileaks Cables
Hudson New York
It is more accurate to note that while there is currently a cold war, it is between what Daniel Pipes terms a “revolutionary bloc,” led primarily by Turkey
Bruce Sterling’s take on the #cablegate situation is pure gold — a fierce, clear-eyed look at the forces that made pieta Manning, the ideology of assangeism, the wounded bellowing of an empire in decline with its trousers around its knees. Must-read stuff:
The Spanish House of Representatives has rejected a new copyright law that would have made the nation’s file-sharing sites and services illegal. Some of the leaked #cablegate cables affirmed what many had suspected: the law had been pushed by the US government on behalf of the Hollywood studios. Local activists told me that they believed the legislation would pass despite broad national condemnation; however, El Pais accelerated its schedule in oder to release the relevant cables before the House voted — and it seems that this did the trick. While they might have been willing to vote for the new copyright law if they could at least pretend to have written it, Spain’s legislators balked at enacting legislation that had been incontrovertibly conjured up by powerful foreign corporations against the interest of Spain’s own citizens.
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
from Mashable! by Meghan Peters
from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
As promised, WikiLeaks appears to be about to begin releasing information on Russian government corruption, and they’re teaming up with Novaya Gazeta, a rare Russian newspaper known for its critical coverage and investigative reporting:
San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a broad coalition of advocacy organizations sent an open letter to U.S. lawmakers today, calling on government officials to respect freedom of expression in the debate over the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.
[Video Link] Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview with msnbc’s Cenk Uygur today. During the exchange, Assange denies conspiring to commit espionage with U.S. Army Specialist Bradley Manning, as it is believed US prosecutors would like to charge. Assange says these claims are “absolute nonsense.” Responding to Vice President Biden’s claims that he is “a high-tech terrorist,” the leaker-in-chief effectively accused the United States of terrorism?threatening violent, extralegal actions in its assault on Wikileaks.
New Zealand has, less than shockingly, not been a major presence in the WikiLeaks saga so far. So congratulations are order for the U.S. embassy in Wellington, which made a strong showing in the Guardian yesterday with a tale of international espionage that somehow involves Mossad, Hamas, cerebral palsy, and mutton.