Captain Ashden Fein, the lead prosecutor, said that Manning “gave the enemies of the United States unfettered access to these documents.” But did he? Define “enemies.” To prove the most serious charge against Manning, the prosecution must show that he intended the documents to reach our “enemies.”
Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, says that the information was not intended to reach al Qaida or any other enemy. He is very optimistic about their chances, saying “The sky is not falling, the sky has not fallen and the sky will not fall.” If the information was not intended for the use of an enemy, and would have been of no significant use to an enemy, then Coombs may believe that the government will not be able to prove the charges."
“The document came to us on a frost-damaged parchment, it’s hardly ‘present day’ technology”, claimed Assange.
“But whoever compiled it is a master of espionage. They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake. And they have some strong opinions about whether you’ve been good or bad, based on outmoded ideals and capitalist dogma.”
The contents of the list have raised a few eyebrows. There are details of Occupy LSX campaigners who went home at night, and workers in the financial sector are named and shamed.
The CIA, Mossad, people who steal cables from railways and the entire population of Greece have also been pencilled in, along with most of the England rugby team.
The Murdochs top the list, Ricky Gervais is second and Silvio Berlusconi’s name appears no fewer than eight times. But so far, no mention of Bradley Manning has been discovered.
“The jury’s still out on him”, claimed Assange. “Not being classified as ‘naughty’ isn’t a guarantee that he’s been listed as nice, but it’s all a bit academic to Manning anyway.”
“There aren’t any chimneys in solitary confinement, and the guards have confiscated his stocking.”
Supporters of Wikileaks have been quick to act. Shadowy hackers ‘Anonymous’ have vowed to bring down the figure-head of the totalitarian regime at the heart of the list, if he doesn’t stray into North Korean airspace first.
As a spokesman for the group explained, “We think this list describes plans for a ‘denial of service’ attack, so we’re planning to combat it with a bit of ‘misinformation’.”
“By spreading a rumour that Santa only eats Heston Blumenthal’s new prune and fermented herring mince pies, we’re directly challenging his constitution. There’s a good chance he’ll be caught with his pants down.”"
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT is calling all musicians, artists, music fans and basically EVERYONE who cares about FREE SPEECH to SUPPORT WIKILEAKS!
“WikiLeaks is under attack by the big financial services companies , but there are still ways you can beat them.
As a result of exposing U.S. embassies from around the world, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America, have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks The attack has blocked over 95% of our donations, costing tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. The attack is entirely political. In fact, in the only formal review to occur, the US Treasury found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to financial blockade .
Your donations are vital to pay for our fight against this and other kinds of censorship, for Wikileaks’ projects, staff, servers and protective infrastructure. We are entirely supported by the general public.”
Atari Teenage Riot - “Black Flags” feat. Boots Riley/ Anonymous (Edit3!)
All footage was supplied by fans and friends of Atari Teenage Riot and Anonymous
Atari Teenage Riot wants YOU to be in their viral video for “Black Flags.”
If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send us the following footage:
· Take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song http://soundcloud.com/alec_empire/atari-teenage-riot-black-flags
· Have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black T-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)
· You can choose any location for it. If you want to do it at home, great. If you know a crazy location, do it there. (In front of your school or university? At a shopping mall? With your friends at a party?)
· We will use fragments of all videos, which are sent in and ultimately add all of you to the official video.
· If you want to support the idea but want to do so anonymously, you can cover your face. No problem.
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Journalists’ statement on attacks on WikiLeaks
Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing organization Wikileaks, is being angrily criticized and threatened for his part in huge leaks of military documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (the ‘War Diaries’). He is being accused of irresponsibly releasing confidential military information, of endangering lives of people named in the leaked military reports and even of espionage. Some media organizations have joined in this criticism.
We, journalists and journalist organizations from many countries, express our support for Mr Assange and Wikileaks. We believe that Mr Assange has made an outstanding contribution to transparency and accountability on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, subjects where transparency and accountability has been severely restricted by government secrecy and media control. He is being attacked for releasing information that should never have been withheld from the public.
We believe Wikileaks had the right to post confidential military documents because it was in the interest of the public to know what was happening. The documents show evidence that the US Government has misled the public about activities in Iraq and Afghanistan and that war crimes may have been committed.
Has Wikileaks endangered lives? There was legitimate criticism of Wikileaks for not vetting the Afghanistan documents fully enough, with some names such as informers being released. Fortunately there is no evidence that anyone has been injured or killed as a result. We note that Wikileaks learned from that mistake and has been much more careful with the Iraq documents. Overall, Wikileaks’ factual reporting of numerous undisputed abuses and crimes is of far greater significance than the widely criticized mistakes over inadequate redacting.
Mr Assange is being personally pressured because of his involvement in the military leaks, including threats of espionage charges. Mr. Assange is no more guilty of espionage than any journalist or any whistleblower. This is a terrible precedent and one that is contrary to open government.
If it is espionage to publish documents provided by whistle blowers, then every journalist will eventually be guilty of that crime. Mr Assange deserves our support and encouragement in the face of the attacks.
Since it was launched in 2006, Wikileaks has been an extraordinary resource for journalists around the world, furthering transparency at a time when governments are reducing it. Although it is not part of the media, and does not purport to be, its mission of informing the public and reducing unjustified secrecy complements and assists our work. As grateful beneficiaries of Wikileaks and Mr Assange’s work, we stand in support of them at this time."
Guardian hacks continue PR war against WikiLeaks
30 November 2011, 19:20 GMT
The Guardian has continued its war on WikiLeaks with three new attacks over 48 hours—five days before Julian Assange’s final extradition appeal judgement in the High Court and a UK Parliamentary debate and vote on extradition abuses (both Monday, December 5).
While it is often counter-productive to divert resources to dealing with PR attacks head-on, we provide here a revealing window into the behind-the-scenes realities that WikiLeaks has to deal with every day as a result of its high profile. While many attacks come from “traditional” enemies — the organizations WikiLeaks has exposed — others come from opportunists trying to work an easy socio-political sector — apparently saying what they believe these powerful enemies would like to be said, in the hope of preferment or relief in other areas. Others still, in fear of their reputations or the legal process, seek to whitewash past opportunism before natural moral or legal redress.
It should be noted that while WikiLeaks has many supporters among Guardian journalists, the editor (Alan Rusbridger)’s brother in law, David Leigh, cannot in practice be prevented from abusing the Guardian’s resources and reputation."
When I see dead bodies of men, women and children full of bullets,
What I actually see is the mercilessness of violence…
When weapons are used as if they are in games of computers,
What hurts me more is the blindness of ignorance…
When women give birth to their children fondly,
What we witness is the murder of the children brutally…
When fear and violence are destroying LIFE,
What if I shout, loud enough to raise the dead; ENOUGH,
STILL NO ONE ALIVE WOULD HEAR MY VOICE…
Those who do not want be destroyed by violence and exist without fear, should support the voice of silence, Wikileaks and Assange.
Tomorrow might be too late…
Protect the First Amendment — Don’t let them outlaw WikiLeaks!
More than 30,000 strong:
Politicians are leading the charge to outlaw WikiLeaks and undermine freedom of the press. First Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) successfully pressured Amazon.com to stop hosting the WikiLeaks website and now, as Julian Assange has been arrested in the UK, he’s introduced a new bill changing the law to make WikiLeaks illegal.
Lieberman even wants to go after The New York Times — and Congressman-elect Allen West agrees, saying we should “censor” the American media!
We can’t let the government throw people in jail for publishing the news. Can you join 30,000 others by signing our petition in defense of the First Amendment? Add your name at right and we’ll get your message to Congress and the media.
PETITION: Americans deserve to know what the government is doing with their money. WikiLeaks is part of a vibrant free press, not a criminal conspiracy."
Apparently volunteering isn’t always nice. At least not to the DoJ. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department forced Google and an ISP to hand over personal data pertaining to a human rights activist and WikiLeaks volunteer.
Jacob Appelbaum is no stranger to problems with the law. He’s been detained by US Customs multiple times and has had cell phones and laptops seized and searched. His affiliation with hacking collectives and WikiLeaks has made him a frequent target of federal probes, often without any real repercussions. Now it has been revealed, however, that the government successfully forced Google and Sonic, a small Internet Service Provider from northern California, to fork over personal data from Applebaum’s email account.
Sonic tells The Journal that they fought to keep the DoJ off of Applebaum’s Gmail records but eventually had to hand over the correspondence kept by their client for over a course of two years. It is believed that the investigation stems from Applebaum’s ongoing cooperation with Julian Assange’s whistleblowing operation WikILeaks, whom he represented during the HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in 2010.
Dane Jasper, Sonic.net’s CEO, tells CNET that they were unable to fight off the authorities to protect Applebaum, but after a lengthy ordeal were about to unseal the order so that Applebaum could have slight insight into the probe. The actual information the government has on him, however, remains classified. Fighting for the privacy of their customer, Jasper adds to The Journal, was expensive but they “felt it was the right thing to do.”
A representative for Google adds to CNET that “Obviously, we follow the law like any other company.”
“When we receive a subpoena or court order, we check to see if it meets both the letter and the spirit of the law before complying,” says Google. “And if it doesn’t, we can object or ask that the request is narrowed.”
Applebaum’s Gmail correspondence seized by the Department of Justice dates back to November 1, 2009, which is believed to be the month that WikiLeaks contributor and Army Private Bradley Manning allegedly began communication with Assange’s association before authorities claim he leaked over a million pieces of sensitive military data.
Less than a year ago, federal prosecutors used a similar subpoena to obtain information pertaining to Applebaum’s Twitter account.
In a tweet sent early Monday, Applebaum writes, “State Terrorism of our individual lives is the most relevant Terrorism to everyday Americans. We must resist it at every opportunity.”"