I FEEL THIS STORY IS SO IMPORTANT AND WILL NOT EVEN GET A MENTION ON THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA PRESSTITUE SERVICE THAT I HAVE POSTED ALL THE STORYS SO FAR AND WILL KEEP THIS STORY REGULARLY UPDATED. IF YOU HAVE ANY UPDATES PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST A COMMENT!!!
Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years ”
— The National, November 19. 2009
… serves as an uncensorable and untraceable depository for the truth, able to publish documents that the courts may prevent newspapers and broadcasters from being able to touch. ”
— In praise of… Wikileaks – The Guardian, October 20, 2009
UPDATE 22 06 2010
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breaks cover but will avoid AmericaUS desperate to ask hacker what he knows of classified messages about Iraq and Afghanistan wars
The elusive founder of WikiLeaks, who is at the centre of a potential US national security sensation, has surfaced from almost a month in hiding to tell the Guardian he does not fear for his safety but is on permanent alert.
Julian Assange, a renowned Australian hacker who founded the electronic whistleblowers’ platform WikiLeaks, vanished when a young US intelligence analyst in Baghdad was arrested.
The analyst, Bradley Manning, had bragged he had sent 260,000 incendiary US state department cables on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks.
The prospect of the cache of classified intelligence on the US conduct of the two wars being put online is a nightmare for Washington. The sensitivity of the information has generated media reports that Assange is the target of a US manhunt.
“[US] public statements have all been reasonable. But some statements made in private are a bit more questionable,” Assange told the Guardian in Brussels. “Politically it would be a great error for them to act. I feel perfectly safe … but I have been advised by my lawyers not to travel to the US during this period.”
Assange appeared in public in Brussels for the first time in almost a month to speak at a seminar on freedom of information at the European parliament.
He said: “We need support and protection. We have that. More is always helpful. But we believe that the situation is stable and under control. There’s no need to be worried. There’s a need always to be on the alert.”
Manning is being held incommunicado by the US military in Kuwait after “confessing” to a Californian hacker on a chatline, declaring he wanted “people to see the truth”.
He said he had collected 260,000 top secret US cables in Baghdad and sent them to WikiLeaks, whose server operates out of Sweden. Adrian Lamo, the California hacker he spoke to, handed the transcripts of the exchanges to the FBI.
Manning was promptly arrested in Baghdad at the end of last month and transferred to a US military detention unit in Kuwait. He has been held for more than three weeks without charge.
Assange said WikiLeaks had hired three US criminal lawyers to defend Manning but that they had been granted no access to him. Manning has instead been assigned US military counsel.
While WikiLeaks declined to confirm receipt of the material from Manning, it has already released a film of a US Apache helicopter attack on civilians in Baghdad.
It has also posted a confidential state department cable on negotiations in Reykjavik over Iceland’s financial collapse and is preparing to disclose much more material, including film of a US attack that left scores of civilians dead in Afghanistan.
The material is believed to derive from Manning, although WikiLeaks does not reveal its sources and its operations are designed to mask the source of the files it receives.
Prominent US whistleblowers and lawyers have advised Assange to stay out of the US and to be ultra-careful about his travel and public appearances. “Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of [Assange] for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified state department cables that, if made public, could do serious damage to national security,” US web paper the Daily Beast reported 10 days ago.
“We’d like to know where he is – we’d like his co-operation in this,” a US official was quoted as saying.
Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers – a top secret study about the Vietnam war – in 1973, spoke to the Daily Beast.
He said: “I would think that [Assange] is in some danger. Granted, I would think that his notoriety now would provide him some degree of protection.”
Assange said: “Some fear for my life. I’m not one of them. We have to avoid some countries, avoid travel, until we know where the political arrow is pointing.”
He added that WikiLeaks had been trying, “unsuccessfully so far”, to contact Manning in Kuwait.
“Clearly, a young man is detained in very difficult circumstances with the allegation he is the whistleblower. We must do our best to obtain freedom for him.”
Regarding his own predicament, Assange said the US state department had signalled it was not seeking any WikiLeaks people because the Pentagon’s criminal investigations command had assumed the lead role in the case.
Apart from preparing much more material for release, WikiLeaks is planning to publicise a secret US military video of one of its deadliest air strikes in Afghanistan in which scores of children are believed to have been killed in May last year.
The Afghan government said about 140 civilians were killed in Garani, including 92 children. The US military initially said that up to 95 died, of whom about 65 were insurgents.
US officials have since wavered on that claim. A subsequent investigation admitted mistakes were made.
In April WikiLeaks released the Baghdad video, prompting considerable criticism of the Pentagon.
The film was edited and produced in Iceland where Assange spends a lot of his time and which last week prepared the most radical and liberal freedom of information legislation anywhere in the world.
Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Iceland MP and anti-war activist who led the drive for the new laws, co-produced the WikiLeaks version of the Baghdad video.
“I worked on it 18 hours a day through the Easter holidays,” she said.
Jonsdottir, a close associate of Assange, said the WikiLeaks founder “went into hiding when the story of Manning’s arrest was published”.
WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video
Julian Assange, who the Feds fear may release State Dept. secrets, denies having them—but he’s readying video of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan.
After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan last year that left as many as 140 civilians dead, most of them children and teenagers.
In an email obtained by The Daily Beast that was sent to WikiLeaks supporters in the United States Tuesday, Julian Assange, the website’s Australian-born founder, also defends a 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist who is now under arrest in Kuwait on charges that he leaked classified Pentagon combat videos, as well as 260,000 State Department cables, to WikiLeaks.
“Mr. Manning allegedly also sent us 260,000 classified US Department cables, reporting on the actions of US Embassy’s [sic] engaging in abusive actions all over the world,” Assange said in an email. “We have denied the allegation, but the US government is acting as if the allegation is true.”
American officials have said they are eager to determine the whereabouts of Assange, who canceled an appearance last Friday in Las Vegas, to discourage him from releasing any more classified information on his website, which is nominally based in Sweden and promotes itself as a global resource for whistleblowers. As recently as two weeks ago, Assange, who first gained global notoriety as a computer hacker, was in his native Australia.
In April, his website posted a copy of a classified Pentagon video of a 2007 American helicopter attack in Baghdad in which a dozen people were killed; that video is also believed to have been leaked by the Army intelligence analyst, Specialist Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland
While denying again that WikiLeaks has the State Department cables, Assange acknowledges in the email today that he is in custody of the May 2009 video that shows the airstrike on the Afghan village of Garani, believed to be the most lethal combat strike in Afghanistan—in terms of civilian deaths—since the United States invaded the country in 2001. Assange writes that “we are still working on” preparations for release of the video of “the Garani massacre.”
The State Department and Pentagon did not immediately comment on Assange’s email message.
American officials have acknowledged in the past that they are concerned about the release of the Garani video, fearing that it could undermine public support for the American military campaign in Afghanistan both in that country and in the United States. Pentagon officials were outraged by WikiLeaks’ release of the Baghdad video this spring.
State Department officials are especially alarmed by the potential that Assange might post the huge library of classified department memos that Manning is reported to have bragged of providing to WikiLeaks earlier this year. The department has confirmed that it is conducting a forensic examination of Manning’s computer equipment for evidence of what he may have downloaded.
In the email, Assange does not confirm any relationship between the website and Manning, describing him as “one of our alleged sources.”
But he suggests that Manning is being treated unfairly—“detained and shipped to a US military prison in Kuwait, where he is being held” without trial.
“Manning is alleged to have acted according to his conscience and leaked to us the Collateral Murder video and the video of a massacre that took place in Afghanistan last year at Garani,” Assange continues.
“Mr. Manning allegedly also sent us 260,000 classified US Department cables, reporting on the actions of US Embassy’s [sic] engaging in abusive actions all over the world. We have denied the allegation, but the US government is acting as if the allegation is true and we do have a lot of other material that exposes human rights abuses by the United States government.” Assange does not reveal exactly what that other material might be.
American officials are treating Assange’s claim that he does not have the State Department emails with skepticism, suggesting that he is playing word games—that while he may not have exactly 260,000 cables, he has a large number of them.
Assange seems to enjoying taunting the United States government and news organizations with information that is not always accurate. Last Friday, WikiLeaks—which tends to communicate with the outside world through Twitter messages–created a flurry when it disclosed via tweet that Assange was scheduled to appear that afternoon at a journalists’ conference in Las Vegas. The Twitter notice failed to mention that Assange had canceled his appearance several days earlier because of unspecified security concerns.
The arrest of Manning became public last week after Wired magazine disclosed that Manning had been turned in to authorities by another former computer hacker, Adrian Lamo, who had been contacted by Manning for counsel. Much of the evidence against Manning is contained in an Internet chat log that Lamo has already turned over to authorities.
In an interview with The Daily Beast on Monday, Lamo said that he had been interviewed for nearly 12 hours this weekend by investigators from the Defense Department, the State Department, and the FBI, as formal criminal charges are being prepared for Manning. Lamo said he was motivated to turn in Manning out of fear that the classified information he had provided to WikiLeaks could put lives in danger—within the United States government and elsewhere.
Lamo said he is convinced that Manning did have access to highly classified State Department cables, and that Manning’s boast of having stolen 260,000 cables sounds truthful.
In his email, Assange asks supporters for money, citing “an enforced lack of resources” for the website. “Please donate and tell the world you have done so,” he writes. “Encourage all your friends to follow the example you set, after all, courage is contagious.”
Philip Shenon, a former investigative reporter at The New York Times, is the author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.
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Report: Pentagon Looking For Wikileaks Founder – Julian Assange
US might assassinate Wikileaks founder
US authorities on hunt for Wikileaks
Wikileaks.com Founder Julian Assange Hunted by United States Pentagon Over Massive Leak
Wikileaks cofounder, Julian Assange & the Pentagon Manhunt – June 13, 2010
Julian Assange cancelled a trip to Nevada to avoid authorities about the diplomatic cables he received from SPC Bradley Manning, along with the now famous video.
Wikileaks – Julian Assange interview – Antiwar Radio 1of4
Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website .Soldier Bradley Manning said to have leaked diplomatic cables to whistleblower, plus video of US troops killing Iraqis
American officials are searching for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks in an attempt to pressure him not to publish thousands of confidential and potentially hugely embarrassing diplomatic cables that offer unfiltered assessments of Middle East governments and leaders.
The US authorities fear their release could “do serious damage to national security“, said the Daily Beast, which is published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and New Yorker magazines.
As an intelligence specialist in the US army, Manning had access to assessments from the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as frank diplomatic insights into Middle East governments.
In one of his messages to Lamo, obtained by Wired magazine, Manning said: “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available.”
THIS IS ALL ABOUT KEEPING MIDDLE EAST POLICY SECRET!!ITS ABOUT FAKE WAR WITH IRAN AND FAKE DIPLOMACY WITH ISRAEL. IF THIS “MIDDLE EAST” INFORMATION WAS TO BECOME PUBLIC THERE WOULD BE NO CASE FOR WAR WITH IRAN ,AND A RE-EVALUATION OF DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH ISRAEL. THERE WILL ALSO BE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO FROM OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES!!! IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT EXACTLY THEY ARE SO DETERMINED TO HIDE!!
THAT IS WHY THEY ARE HELL BENT ON ARRESTING AND SHUTING DOWN WIKILEAKS!! U.S.SOLDIERS FACING MURDER CHARGES !?!,THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CARE !,IT ONLY MIGHT EFFECT THE PUBLIC OPINION AND THEREFORE THE CONTINUATION OF THIER VERY PROFITABLE WAR! SO IT IS SEEN AS AN INCONVENIENCE. BUT EXPOSING ISRAELLI DIPLOMACY IS HERECY!!! IT MAY MEAN NO WAR WITH IRAN!!!!
IN THE UK DR.KELLY AND FORIGN MINISTER ROBIN COOK WHERE BOTH “COINCIDENTLY KILLED OFF” WHEN THEY OPPOSED THE WAR AND SEEMED TO HAVE EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENTAL LIES TO START A WAR!!! IT SEEMS JULIAN ASSANGE AND BRADLEY MANNING ARE IN THE SAME BOAT TODAY.GUYS ALL THE BEST AND PLEASE AVOID AIR TRAVEL AND MOUNTAIN WALKS!!
JULIAN ASSANGE AND BRADLEY MANNING ,REMEMBER THESE NAMES ,THESE ARE MODERN DAY HEROES , THEY MAY BE SAVING COUNTLESS MILLIONS OF LIVES BY AVERTING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SPONCERED FAKE WAR!
THE US REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT HAS A VERY BAD RECORD OF MURDER AND CORRUPTION!
THE LIES THAT STARTED 2 FAKE WARS
THE REAL REASON FOR WAR WITH IRAN , THE IRANIAN OIL BOURSE AND OPERATION AJAX II
THE IRAN-CONTRA TRAITORS AND CONSPIRATORS STILL IN POWER
US GOVERNMENT MAKING MILLIONS ON THE WAR! NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST HERE THEN?!
UK REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, CORRUPT BEYOND BELIEF AND BLACKMAILED BEYOND HOPE!!
MORE FALSE FLAGS FLYING
USA, HOME OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
YUGOSLAVIA WAS INNOCENT! ANOTHER FAKE WAR ,ANOTHER NATO WAR CRIME
SO OBVIOUSLY THEY DO NOT HAVE MUCH TO HIDE THEN? 😉
Wanted by the US: WikiLeaks founder keeps his head down
DYLAN WELCH June 14, 2010
Julian Assange, the Australian-born face of the web iconoclast WikiLeaks, is in hiding overseas after the US military arrested one of its own soldiers,Bradley Manning, and accused him of leaking a a secret video of a US Army helicopter gunning down civilians in Iraq in 2007.
The video was released on Wikileaks this year, and the US is now desperate to find Mr Assange before he leaks thousands of hugely embarrassing state diplomatic cables, which are believed to discuss the Middle East, its governments and leaders.
Mr Assange, 38, is an enigmatic figure who moves frequently between countries and has bases in Iceland, Kenya, Australia and elsewhere.
He was due to speak at a conference in Las Vegas on Friday but cancelled shortly before he was due to appear.
At the same time a US gossip website published an article claiming that Pentagon investigators were engaged in a ”manhunt” for Mr Assange.
WikiLeaks, set up in 2007, is a clandestine international organisation that relies on anonymous leaks of confidential documents from government and industry.
Although it has a history of funding difficulties and opposition from governments – Australia’s Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, threatened to call in the Federal Police when the site published a confidential internet blacklist – it has continued to operate sporadically and garnered worldwide attention when it released the helicopter attack video.
But it appears that the latest leak may have pushed the US too far, and there have even been suggestions that Mr Assange may be in physical danger.
Daniel Ellsberg, who famously leaked a top secret US history of the Vietnam War dubbed the Pentagon Papers at the height of that war, told US television he had spoken to Mr Assange last week.
”He … understood that it was not safe for him to come to this country,” Mr Ellsberg said.
The arrest of US Army Specialist Manning was proof that Mr Assange was at risk of prosecution or worse in the US, he said.
”When the Bradley Manning arrest was announced, he said ‘now you understand why I didn’t come’ … I think he would not be safe, even physically, entirely,wherever he is.”
RELEASE THE TRUTH ABOUT MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY??!!
THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP THAT!!! THIER ISRAELLI MASTERS TOLD THEM SO
WITH THE ISRAELLI REPSONSE TO AN UNARMED PEACE FLOTTIA ,I BELIEVE JULIAN ASSANGE IS IN GREAT PHYSICAL DANGER!!
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL SECURITY AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING TRAITORS AND MASS MURDERERS IN GOVERNMENT!! THIS IS PUBLIC CONTROL ISSUE ,NOT A PUBLIC SECURITY ISSUE. ……THE ONLY PEOPLES SECURITY THAT WILL BE THREATENED IS THE WAR CRIMINALS PERSONAL SECURITY IF THIS GETS OUT INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!!
THINK PEOPLE!!! WIKILEAKS RELEASES VIDEOS OF US WAR CRIMES AND THE ASSETS OF BANKS ,BUT ITS WHEN THEY ATTEMPT TO RELEASE CABLES REFERING TO MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY(I WONDER WHAT COUNTRY THEY COULD MEAN) THAT A MANHUNT AND EVEN AN ASSASSINATION IS SUGGESTED!!! SHOWS WHERE THIER ,YOUR REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY GOVERNMENT’S, PRIORITIES LIE!!!
bradleymanning.org is intended to be a coordination point for support and aid to Bradley Manning.
Manning, 22, is presently said to be detained by the US military in Kuwait pending charges related to the release of the leaked classified video now known as “Collateral Murder“.
At present, the web services here include this blog, a discussion forum and a wiki.
Your contributions and suggestions are most welcome.
Julian Assange’s Disappearance
Posted on 13 June 2010
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is missing since a week now and he is on the list of individuals wanted by Pantagon. Wikileaks was founded by Jullian Assange in 2006 and he is also the director of this site. It is an organization run by Sunshine Press and is based at Sweden. It launches secret documents and videos footages and other confidential information leaked by anonymous sources. Few months back, Wikileaks brought forward a top secret video showing American soldiers while they were killing innocent people and journalists in Iraq. Since then, he is on the list of the wanted individuals for Pentagon.
Pentagon ‘Hunting’ WikiLeaks Founder
Julian Assange’s Voyage From Thorn in Pentagon’s Side to ‘Threat to National Security’
68 days ago a seldom discussed website, WikiLeaks.org, burst into the international spotlight with the leak of a classified video of a US military helicopter killing civilians, including two Reuters employees, in Iraq.
Julian AssangeThe leak was almost an afterthought for US officials, who shrugged off the killings as “out of context” and slammed WikiLeaks as “irresponsible” for releasing it. Rumors of a second video emerged, but nothing came of it.
Now Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, is a wanted man, though exactly what legal basis there is for holding him, assuming he is captured, is unclear. The Pentagon is out for blood, or at least a little revenge, and is trying to hunt Assange down.
It is a far cry from last month’s farcical hassles in the Melbourne Airport, when officials told Assange his passport was being confiscated because it “looked a bit warn,” apparently in retaliation for WikiLeaks releasing a list of websites banned is Australia, a list which is itself apparently banned by the Australian government.
This time the game is real and the stakes are high, at least that is what officials aver. After the arrest of a Pentagon analyst, 22 year old Bradley Manning, for providing the Iraq video, officials now claim Manning has also provided WikiLeaks with some 260,000 other classified documents.
Bradley ManningThe story behind Bradley Manning and his leaks is an epic in and of itself, a military analyst stationed in Baghdad and increasingly disillusioned by what he witnessed. One of his formative events underscores exactly what he was up against:
watching 15 detainees taken by the Iraqi Federal Police… for printing “anti-Iraqi literature”… the iraqi federal police wouldn’t cooperate with US forces, so i was instructed to investigate the matter, find out who the “bad guys” were, and how significant this was for the FPs… it turned out, they had printed a scholarly critique against PM Maliki… i had an interpreter read it for me… and when i found out that it was a benign political critique titled “Where did the money go?” and following the corruption trail within the PM’s cabinet… i immediately took that information and ran to the officer to explain what was going on… he didn’t want to hear any of it… he told me to shut up and explain how we could assist the FPs in finding MORE detainees…
Manning’s story is much the same as many other government employees turned whistleblowers, but his youth and the sensational nature of the Pentagon and State Department allegations have led to his portrayal in the media and in official statements as a “despondent” loner, a misfit who leaked classified data en masse as some sort of cry for attention. It also paints WikiLeaks into the corner of the mean-spirited villain, taking advantage of a misguided youth.
But while this does a disservice to Manning and certainly to WikiLeaks, it has also turned Assange from a thorn in the side of governments around the world, someone to be railed against and maybe harassed at the occasional airport to full-fledged “threat to national security,” complete with the requisite Pentagon moves to “locate” him and prevent the leak of God only knows what.
Assange was still in Australia as of last week, when he failed to attend a New York conference on the advice of his lawyer. Where he is since then is anyone’s guess, but the military seems to be feverishly trying to find out.
Exactly what would happen if Assange is “located” or captured is anyone’s guess. Officials expressed hope that he would be found in the US, as that might provide them with some sort of legal basis for whatever it is they plan to do to him.
And that may be the real story here, above and beyond the potential damage to America’s image abroad that might be done if some particularly embarrassing diplomatic cables come to light, the question of a global free press is very much on the table, with fears that Assange could be liquidated for the protection of the administration, or simply as a warning to future whistleblowers that attempts to reveal the seedy underbelly of America’s overseas adventures is a de facto capital offense, though of course one without any legal basis.
Assange’s personal safety is needless to say a very important issue, but it goes far beyond a mere threat against one man and looms as a threat against all of us, if and when the Pentagon takes action to cement the notion that the American public has no “right to know” when the Defense Department, the State Department, or anyone else is engaged in unsavory and potentially illegal behavior.
The service provided by WikiLeaks is particularly vital in an era of perpetual war. One can only hope they will be able to continue in the face of Pentagon actions.
Pentagon rushes to block release of classified files on Wikileaks
By Jerome Taylor
Saturday, 12 June 2010
It has the ingredients of a spy thriller: an American military analyst turned whistleblower; 260,000 classified government documents; and rumours that the world’s most powerful country is hunting a former hacker whom it believes is about to publish them.
Pentagon and State Department officials are desperately trying to discover whether Bradley Manning, a US army intelligence officer currently under arrest in Kuwait, has leaked highly sensitive embassy cables to Wikileaks.org, an online community of some 800 volunteer cyber experts, activists, journalists and lawyers which has become a thorn in the side of governments and corrupt corporations across the globe.
Reports in the US say officials are seeking to apprehend Julian Assange, the website’s founder who has pioneered the release of the kind of information the mainstream media are either unwilling or unable to publish.
Manning, 22, an intelligence analyst from Potomac, Maryland, who had been serving in Iraq, was revealed earlier this week as the source behind a highly damning leak earlier in the year that showed harrowing cockpit footage of an American Apache helicopter gunning down unarmed civilians in Baghdad three years ago.
But the Apache video may have proven to be one leak too far. Adrian Lamo, a former US hacker turned journalist who had been conversing with Manning online and later gave up his name to the authorities, said he also claimed to have handed 260,000 classified US embassy messages to Wikileaks.
According to Mr Lamo, Manning said the documents showed “almost-criminal political back dealings” made by US embassies in the Middle East which, if true, would cause enormous embarrassment to key allies in a notoriously volatile area of the world. Mr Lamo claims Manning said that “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public”.
If those responsible for the site wanted any confirmation that the US military have them in their sights, they only need to look at their own website. In March this year Wikileaks published a leaked 32-page intelligence report which described the site as a “threat to the US Army”. The report added: “The possibility that current employees or moles within [the Department of Defence] or elsewhere in the US government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out.”
The site has previously shown that it is prepared to publish sensitive documents from US embassies. In January Wikileaks posted a classified cable from the US embassy in Reykjavik which described a meeting between embassy chief Sam Watson, the British Ambassador, Ian Whiting, and members of the Icelandic government.
In an interview with the BBC news website – the only one he has given since Manning was arrested – Mr Assange refused to confirm whether the intelligence analyst was the source of the Apache video. He also said he had no knowledge of the 260,000 further files that Manning claimed to have leaked.
But while Mr Assange may be shunning media interviews, he seems to be making no attempt to keep a low profile. Yesterday afternoon, the site’s Twitter page announced that Mr Assange would be appearing in Las Vegas later in the day for a panel discussion about protecting anonymous sources – appearing alongside former CIA agent Valerie Plame and Leonard Downie Jr, a former editor of the Washington Post who supervised much of the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal.
An earlier tweet suggested Wikileaks would not look kindly upon any US government interference. “Any signs of unacceptable behaviour by the Pentagon or its agents towards this press will be viewed dimly,” the post said.
Website that breaks news
*Although Wikileaks is nominally hosted in Sweden, it fiercely protects both itself and the identity of its sources by routing all leaks through a series of servers around the world, which makes them virtually impossible to trace or shut down. “It’s a very effective measure to mask who a whistleblower is and where they are connecting from,” says Rik Fergusson, a cyber security expert at Trend Micro. “The only way to track it is in real time, which is almost impossible.”
*Founded in 2006 by Australian-born former hacker Julian Assange, it has no paid staff and relies on volunteers and donations.
*In the past four years the site has released, among other items, the British National Party’s membership list, detailed US military procedures for handling prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Sarah Palin’s emails, the University of East Anglia’s “Climategate emails” and 570,000 pager messages intercepted after the 11 September terrorist attacks.
*Wikileaks claims its next big scoop will be to publish video footage of an air strike in Afghanistan that killed scores of civilians.
Wikileaks Commissions Lawyers to Defend Alleged Army Source
By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter June 11, 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wants a copy of the chat logs in which a U.S. intelligence analyst discussed providing classified materials to the whistle-blower site, according to an e-mail shown to Wired.com by the ex-hacker who turned the analyst in.
Assange says he’s arranging the legal defense for 22-year-old Bradley Manning, now in his third week in military custody.
In the Friday e-mail to Adrian Lamo, Assange (or someone convincingly posing as him) claims he wants to forward the logs to attorneys he says he’s hired to represent Manning, though the e-mail doesn’t explain why the unnamed lawyers aren’t approaching Lamo directly.
The e-mail also contains talking points Assange would like to see Lamo adopt in describing Manning, and in explaining his decision to report the suspected leaker to law enforcement.
Subject: Manning’s defence; logs; strategy
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:20:40 +0100 (BST)
From: Julian Assange
CC: Julian Assange.
Manning’s defence team, which I have commisioned, urgently requires all emails and chat logs you alleged to have come from Mr. Manning. Please send them to me, if necessary through our online submission system. They will be used strictly for Mr. Manning’s defence, but must be complete.
In addition, it would be helpful if you described Mr. Manning, as a “whistleblower”, who had already lost his access over an unrelated issue, held no data, and was of no meaningful threat to anyone. In particular Mr. Manning was not an “alleged spy”, and it is wrong for you to describe him as such, or to suggest that there were no other approaches to resolving the situation.
It would also be helpful to all concerned if you stopped trying to justify your behavior by whipping up sentiment against Mr. Manning in other ways. Your most effective personal strategy is to say you were scared due to your previous experiences, unthoughtful due to recent drug problems, and made a decision which you now bitterly regret and would under no circumstances repeat. Going around like a poor man’s Tsutomu, constantly drawing attention to yourself through the destruction of a young romantic outlaw figure, will leave you permanently reviled by history–and me.
Wired.com could not confirm that Manning has accepted Assange’s offer of legal assistance. A phone call to his aunt, who has been in contact with Manning following his arrest, was not returned Friday. Assange did not immediately respond to inquiries from Wired.com.
Lamo says he hasn’t attempted to whip up sentiment against Manning, and that he doesn’t intend to comply with Assange’s request.
“No, I’m not going to give the logs to someone who suggests that I might have been drug-addled when I decided to turn in a spy,” says Lamo, who takes prescription medication for depression and Asperger’s Disorder. “Private Manning’s attorney can get them by discovery like everyone else.”
In his chats with Lamo, copies of which were provided to Wired.com by the ex-hacker, Manning described a crisis of conscience that led him to leak a headline-making video of a deadly 2007 U.S. helicopter air strike in Baghdad that claimed the lives of several innocent civilians. He also boasted of leaking a separate video showing the notorious 2009 Garani air strike in Afghanistan that Wikileaks has previously acknowledged is in its possession; a classified Army document evaluating Wikileaks as a security threat, which the site posted in March; a detailed Army chronology of events in the Iraq war; and a cache of 260,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables.
Wikileaks has neither confirmed nor denied that Manning leaked information to the site, but on Sunday it tweeted that “Allegations in Wired that we have been sent 260,000 classified US embassy cables are, as far as we can tell, incorrect.”
Manning told Lamo that he expected the cables to be released in a “searchable format” to the public. The prospect of the cable leak appears to be of particular concern to the United States. One or more of Manning’s hard drives were flown to Washington on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, and State Department diplomatic security agents are examining them for evidence of the allegedly downloaded cables. The Daily Beast reported that the Pentagon is attempting to locate Assange before he publishes the cables, though it’s not clear what defense officials plan to do if they find him.
Responding to the report, Wikileaks tweeted Friday, “Any signs of unacceptable behavior by the Pentagon or its agents towards this press will be viewed dimly.”
Assange was previously scheduled to speak at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time Friday at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas. On Friday, Wikileaks tweeted that Assange still plans on participating on the panel, but IRE told the Daily Beast that Assange actually canceled several days ago.
Last week, Assange was scheduled to appear beside Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, but he wound up participating from Australia over Skype instead.
THIS IS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER!!! THESE ARE FASCISTS TRYING TO COVER THIER CRIMES AND KEEP POWER AND CONTROL!!! THEY WILL MURDER AND TORTURE ,CHILDREN IF REQUIRED!!!
Wikileaks the news WE NEED TO HEAR.The press was supposed to be the Fourth estate in a FREE SOCIETY. This is NOT a “National security” issue, this is an “Authoritarian security” issue. When the people start seeing WHAT REALLY IS GOING ON, they will be disgusted by those that claim to “protect” them and will see that thier actions actually MAKE US LESS SAFE and they MURDER AND SPY ON US AS WELL!! It is WE THE PEOPLE who are the ENEMY OF “THE STATE” in the eyes of state capitalist, fascist ,authoritarians! If only we the people ,would do what we are told!! But why should we? the public servants do NOT do what they are told and WE are THIER PAYMASTERS!!!
THINGS THAT SQWIRM WHEN EXPOSED TO THE LIGHT!!!!
ISRAEL CALLS THE SHOTS IN A CORRUPT AND BLACKMAILED REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
This document is a classifed (SECRET/NOFORN) 32 page U.S. counterintelligence investigation into WikiLeaks.
“The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out”. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses “trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers”, the report recommends “The identification, exposure, termination of employment,criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site”.
[As two years have passed since the date of the report, with no WikiLeaks’ source exposed, it appears that this plan was ineffective]. As an odd justificaton for the plan, the report claims that “Several foreign countries including China,Israel, North Kora, Russia, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe have denounced or blocked access to the Wikileaks.org website”.
The report provides further justification by enumerating embarrassing stories broken by WikiLeaks—U.S. equipment expenditure in Iraq, probable U.S. violations of the Cemical Warfare Convention Treaty in Iraq, the battle over the Iraqi town of Fallujah and human rights violations at Guantanmo Bay. Note that the report contains a number of inaccurances, for instance, the claim that WikiLeaks has no editorial control. The report concludes with 13 items of
intelligence to be answered about WikiLeaks
Cryptome.org takedown: Microsoft Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, 24 Feb 2010
Cryptome.org is a venerable New York based anti-secrecy site that has been publishing since 1999. On Feb 24, 2010, the site was forcably taken down following its publication Microsoft’s “Global Criminal Compliance Handbook”, a confidential 22 page booklet designed for police and intelligence services. The guide provides a “menu” of information Microsoft collects on the users of its online services. Microsoft lawyers threatened Cryptome and its “printer”, internet hosting provider giant Network Solutions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was designed to protect the legitimate rights of publishers, not to conceal scandalous internal documents that were never intended for sale. Although the action is a clear abuse of the DMCA, Network Solutions, a company with extensive connections to U.S. intelligence contractors, gagged the site in its entirety. Such actions are a serious problem in the United States, where although in theory the First Amendment protects the freedom of the press, in practice, censorship has been privatized via abuse of the judicial system and corporate patronage networks.
Over 40 billion euro in 28167 claims made aganst the Kaupthing Bank, 23 Jan 2010
This document contains a list of 28167 claims, totaling over 40 billion euro, lodged against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing Bank hf. The document is significant because it reveals billions in cash, bonds and other property held with Kaupthing by a vast number of investors and asset hiders, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanly, Exista, Barclays, Commerzbank AG, etc. It was confidentially made available to claimants by the Kaupthing Winding-up committee
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