Posts tagged “Wikileaks”

Rebecca MacKinnon: Hillary Clinton’s “weak and logically inconsistent” position on Wikileaks

“I found the section of her speech dedicated to Wikileaks to be weak and logically inconsistent. She conflated the actions of the alleged leaker who stole classified documents (Bradley Manning) with the actions of the publisher (Wikileaks the organisation). In an ideal world I wish that the US Secretary of State would declare to the world that while she and her colleagues believe that Wikileaks was irresponsible, the United States has a First Amendment protecting free speech.

It is a country based on rule of law and due process which must be respected without fail in order for our democracy to remain strong. I wish that she could have stated that even the most difficult and troubling cases must be handled with full respect for the fundamental principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

From Index on Censorship

WikiLeaks row intensifies as US makes ‘privacy’ move against Twitter

“The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, praised the role of social networks such as Twitter in promoting freedom – at the same time as the US government was in court seeking to invade the privacy of Twitter users.

Lawyers for civil rights organisations appeared before a judge in Alexandria, Virginia, battling against a US government order to disclose the details of private Twitter accounts in the WikiLeaks row, including that of the Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, below.”

From The Guardian

WikiLeaks fights to keep Twitter data from U.S. government

“An Icelandic lawmaker and two other people associated with the website WikiLeaks are asking a federal judge not to force the social networking site Twitter to turn over data about whom they communicate with online.

The dispute cuts to the core of the question of whether WikiLeaks allies are part of a criminal conspiracy or a political discussion. It also challenges the Obama administration’s argument that it can demand to see computer data and read

The information would allow the government to map out their entire audience and figure out where each person was when he logged on to Twitter, attorneys said, amounting to an intrusion on the First Amendment constitutional guarantee of free speech.”

From The Globe and Mail

Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks

“LONDON — As the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fights extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual wrongdoing, a dozen of his former colleagues are creating an alternative Web site for leaks to be governed by what they characterize as a revised vision of radical transparency.

The new organization, OpenLeaks, will begin work in earnest this summer, said Herbert Snorrason, an Icelandic programmer who is involved. It aims, he said, to avoid the “influence of a single figurehead” by refusing to handle documents itself. Instead, it will act as a neutral conduit to connect leakers with media and human rights organizations.”

From The New York Times

WikiLeaks has created a new media landscape

“WikiLeaks affects one of the key tensions in democracies: the government needs to be able to keep secrets, but citizens need to know what is being done in our name. These requirements are fundamental and incompatible; like the trade-offs between privacy and security, or liberty and equality, different countries in different eras find different ways to negotiate those competing needs.

In the case of state secrets v citizen oversight, however, there is one constant risk: since deciding what is a secret is itself a secret, there is always a risk that the government will simply hide an increasing amount of material of public concern. One response to this risk is the leaker, someone who believes that key elements of political life are being wrongly kept from public view, and who circulates that material on his or her own.”

From The Guardian

F.B.I. Warrants Into Service Attacks by WikiLeaks Supporters

“WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had executed more than 40 search warrants in the United States on Thursday as part of an investigation into an international group of computer hackers who attacked corporate Web sites last year in a show of support for WikiLeaks.

The F.B.I. investigation is part of a larger international inquiry into a loose confederation of hackers calling itself “Anonymous” that coordinated the cyberattacks against the Web sites of companies like PayPal, Visa and MasterCard late last year after they severed ties with WikiLeaks.”

From The New York Times

Julian Assange Publicly Criticizes Chinese Government for Censorship

“Last week, Julian Assange lashed out against the Chinese government for their online censorship practices to a British magazine. In an interview with The New Statesman, The director of WikiLeaks called China the “technological enemy” of the whistle-blowing website, according to Radio Free Asia. Assange continues to devise ways to make WikiLeaks accessible to Chinese living on the mainland.”

From OpenNet Initiative

British police arrest five connected to WikiLeaks hactivism

“British police on Tuesday arrested five people on suspicion of involvement in recent cyber attacks conducted by an Internet hacking group that has backed WikiLeaks.

Police say the cyber attacks were carried out by an online group called “Anonymous,” a loose-knit group of activists that has attacked websites of companies that have severed links with WikiLeaks since the organization began publishing its massive trove of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.”

From The Globe and Mail

If Wikileaks Scraped P2P Networks for “Leaks,” Did it Break Federal Criminal Law?

“On today, Michael Riley reports that some of the documents hosted at Wikileaks may not be “leaks” at all, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, according to a computer security firm called Tiversa, “computers in Sweden” have been searching the files shared on p2p networks like Limewire for sensitive and confidential information, and the firm supposedly has proof that some of the documents found in this way have ended up on the Wikileaks site. These charges are denied as “completely false in every regard” by Wikileaks lawyer Mark Stephens.”

From Freedom to Tinker