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  • #16
    Re: WikiLeaks

    The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have all come down against Wikileaks for the manner in which they are releasing the stolen files, and for not censoring the names of people used as sources of the information in the files. Reporters Without Boarders in particular has harshly criticized Wikileaks in an open letter for setting "A bad precedent for the Internet’s future."

    http://en.rsf.org/united-states-open...010,38130.html

    As far as the discussion that information is often classified to protect sources, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission has seen "a rise in assassinations of Afghan civilians seen as government collaborators" apparently in connection with the files' release, according to the Boston Herald.

    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/us..._leaked_files/

    Also, according to the NY Post's OpEd column, The Taliban "has targeted at least 100 Afghans identified in the documents as informants for the US-led counterinsurgency".

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion...#ixzz0wb8n3Hcv
    Thorn
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    • #17
      Re: WikiLeaks

      The Reporters Without Borders letter also claimed:
      Originally posted by article
      you have unintentionally provided supposedly democratic governments with good grounds for putting the Internet under closer surveillance.
      Of course, I suspect Julian Assange doesn't feel this way, but it does suggest that they strategy may in fact be counter-productive.

      When Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders are against you, there's not many people left to support you.
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      • #18
        Re: WikiLeaks

        Originally posted by theprez98 View Post
        When Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders are against you, there's not many people left to support you.
        Yeah, that's my thought, too. Both groups support cop killers without reservation, so when they reject you, you're pretty much at the end of the road for people who will stick up for you.
        Thorn
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        • #19
          Re: WikiLeaks

          http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe...pt=T1&iref=BN1

          Stockholm, Sweden (CNN) -- The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in Sweden after accusations of rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday.
          [Conspiracy Theory]
          I'm sure this is a plot by the CIA so they can shut him up and shut wikileaks down.
          [/Conspiracy Theory]
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          • #20
            Re: WikiLeaks

            New Yorkers Demand Manning’s Release
            by Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait

            About 80 people converged on Times Square Monday August 16, 2010 to demand that the US military drop charges against Army private Bradley Manning. He’s being held in Quantico VA. The Army alleges Manning is the source who leaked the Collateral Murder footage of the 2007 incident where U.S. Apache helicopters gunners killed 12 Iraqi civilians.

            World Can’t Wait, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum,
            and others gathered on short notice to speak to tourists and others outside the Times Square Military Recruiting Center.

            The action was completely stopped by a very hard rain...
            You would think, in Times Square, that you could flash mob more than 80 people...

            Looks like they brought out all the big guns
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            • #21
              Re: WikiLeaks

              The founder of WikiLeaks was accused of rape today, and a little bit later, the charges were mysteriously dropped:

              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11049316
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              • #22
                Re: WikiLeaks

                Originally posted by bascule View Post
                The founder of WikiLeaks was accused of rape today, and a little bit later, the charges were mysteriously dropped:

                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11049316
                From what I read, there were charges of both rape and molestation. The rape charges were dropped, but the molestation charges are still being investigated. The kicker is that, in Sweden, molestation (at least whatever sort he was accused of) is not a jail-able offense.
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                • #23
                  Re: WikiLeaks

                  Originally posted by theprez98 View Post
                  From what I read, there were charges of both rape and molestation. The rape charges were dropped, but the molestation charges are still being investigated. The kicker is that, in Sweden, molestation (at least whatever sort he was accused of) is not a jail-able offense.
                  The Swedish legal system is a weird, at least if you view it from the standpoint of our system of US/English Common Law. Molestation -as you noted- isn't a jail-able offense, but libel, which is civil only here, is something apparently a charge that you can serve prison time for in Sweden. I'd sure there are other offenses that completely different under the two systems.
                  Thorn
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                  • #24
                    Re: WikiLeaks

                    I've been pondering the Wikileaks situation for a while. Some points I think are of note:
                    1. Drama Lama: It's my impression that the personality's operating and surrounding WikiLeaks are a bunch of drama lamas. Which is one of the reason's they get so much play in the media. This has always been a red flag for me when looking for things that are sketchy.
                    2. Transparency: In a lot of ways Wikileaks is less transparent then the newsroom/big media it seeks to counteract. Almost everything about Wikileaks is questionable. Who's involved and by how much? Are they paid? Where does the money come from? What leaked data do they have and what is its status? Who handles the money? Wikileaks as an organization doesn't publish it's editorial process. As far as I can tell the editor is Assange and he "publishes" what he wants, when he wants.
                      At least in a modern news rooms there are so few security safe guards it's possible for leaks about improper behavior to leak out. (Leaking on the leaking of leaked information)
                    3. Technical Infrastructure: There has been much puffery about Wikileaks technical infrastructure. It technical measures to protect sources & it's ability to stay operation under attack. But again because the information about it is largely incomplete how do we know we can trust it? In the past Wikileaks as reached out to the community for funding to keep it's servers operational. Where does the money go?
                    4. Board Oversight: I've heard that there is a governance board for Wikileaks. If so who's on it? The best I can find is that "Wikileaks is project of the sunshine press", who's the Sunshine Press?
                    5. Impact: Finally, what's the impact of Wikileaks work? Does it change anything? I've viewed the "Collateral Murder" Footage, and I've clawed through the Afghan War Diary. I've come to the conclusion that war still is awful, that we posses far more potential to destroy then to build, that the current war in Afghanistan is mired in a variety of problems. But I knew this before WikiLeak's leaks so what's the impact?
                      As far as I've seen nothing that Wikileaks has leaked has actually changed anything. There have been no investigations, or has the populace has not been incited to change policy direction.


                    Basically the whole thing about Wikileaks is sketch and amorphous, which from a fun cloak & dagger point of view is great. But from building up a trust relationship it hard.
                    Also finally. Why does the world need Wikileaks? Does it do a better or worse job then the main stream media? Does it do a better job then say, Cryptome, or rapidshare, or bittorrent etc?
                    Last edited by Agent X; August 24, 2010, 10:38.
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                    • #25
                      Re: WikiLeaks

                      Rolling Stone just did a story on one of the members of WikiLeaks, dubbing him "The Most Dangerous Man In Cyberspace":

                      http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/17389/192242

                      Bottom line, he decided to fly to the United States, was grilled for 3 hours, and released.

                      It's interesting times we live in where the distribution of information isn't considered a crime, but by distributing sensitive information you're inviting yourself to be treated like a criminal.
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                      • #26
                        Re: WikiLeaks

                        Originally posted by bascule View Post
                        Rolling Stone just did a story on one of the members of WikiLeaks, dubbing him "The Most Dangerous Man In Cyberspace":

                        http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/17389/192242

                        Bottom line, he decided to fly to the United States, was grilled for 3 hours, and released.

                        It's interesting times we live in where the distribution of information isn't considered a crime, but by distributing sensitive information you're inviting yourself to be treated like a criminal.
                        I thought Chris was the most dangerous man in Cyberspace.

                        Should distribution of certain kinds of information be considered a crime?
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                        • #27
                          Re: WikiLeaks

                          Well consider the kind of data WikiLeaks is involved in, I'm surprised that the US folks haven't gotten more attention. While I don't always agree with the classification system or much else regarding "state secrets", I fully expect those that do to try and protect them virility Anything less would be stupid.

                          Originally posted by bascule View Post
                          Rolling Stone just did a story on one of the members of WikiLeaks, dubbing him "The Most Dangerous Man In Cyberspace":

                          http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/17389/192242

                          Bottom line, he decided to fly to the United States, was grilled for 3 hours, and released.

                          It's interesting times we live in where the distribution of information isn't considered a crime, but by distributing sensitive information you're inviting yourself to be treated like a criminal.
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                          • #28
                            Re: WikiLeaks

                            Originally posted by bascule View Post
                            It's interesting times we live in where the distribution of information isn't considered a crime, but by distributing sensitive information you're inviting yourself to be treated like a criminal.
                            Distribution of classified materials without authorization is a crime, so it should be no wonder that those that do it are treated like criminals.
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                            • #29
                              Re: WikiLeaks

                              Originally posted by theprez98 View Post
                              Distribution of classified materials without authorization is a crime, so it should be no wonder that those that do it are treated like criminals.
                              If he committed a crime, why didn't they detain him for one?
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                              • #30
                                Re: WikiLeaks

                                Originally posted by bascule View Post
                                If he committed a crime, why didn't they detain him for one?
                                They did detain him, for 3 hours, got whatever information they could and let him go. Maybe they'll get him again later.
                                A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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