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Julian Assange: wanted by the Empire, dead or alive

Julian Assange: wanted by the Empire, dead or alive
by Alexander Cockburn

Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net. It's your choice. Western political elites obfuscate, lie and bluster – and when the veil of secrecy is lifted, they try to kill the messenger writes John Naughton in the Guardian.

The truth will always win
writes Julian Assange in The Australian.

'U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011'

P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman who denounced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday as an "opportunist" for publishing leaked U.S. diplomatic cables alerted journalists on Tuesday that "The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day event in 2011: The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age."

A Defense of Wikileaks. How it could actually improve U.S. foreign policy.
By John B. Judis.
"There is another consideration—one that bears on the history of these kind of leaks. These Wikileaks revelations are the third major episode of this type which occurred during the past century. The first was the new Bolshevik government’s release in 1917 of secret treaties signed by Great Britain, France, and Czarist Russia during World War I. The second was the Pentagon Papers in 1971. They have something in common. Each was—and I use the word advisedly, and will explain how—a protest against great power imperialism." cuts off wikileaks dns

alternative wikileaks ip:

pass it on! also works!

When it comes to Assange rape case

When it comes to Assange rape case, the Swedes are making it up as they go along

by Melbourne barrister James D. Catlin, who acted for Julian Assange in London in October.

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my interesting tweets so far

nice overview "Anti-WikiLeaks lies and propaganda" by Glenn Greenwald on #Wikileaks #journalism for journos

"Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosures"
RT @DanielEllsberg: EVERY attack now made on Assange & #wikileaks was made against me & release of Pentagon Papers

current attacks status
Referee Update 12/9/2010 05:18 AM - MC downtime 3h57m - ongoing / Lawyer Website voluntarily removed by ISP

Love him or hate him, this Op/Ed from #WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is very much worth reading -

nice #visualization national US security priorities span the entire globe #wikileaks thanks to @floating_sheep

Twelve theses on #WikiLeaks by Lovink & Riemens - no need to agree to acknowledge its service

german journalism
Journalismus - schwedische Umstände - 2 Versionen #Zeit vs. #SZ

Maybe Mr. Gates, who just

Maybe Mr. Gates, who just welcomed Mr. Assange's arrest as "good news," should take a good look at his own organzation and perhaps fire General Petraeus who ultimately bears responsibility for the breach of security:

"Thanks to an imperative from then commander of the U.S. Central Command David Petraeus and others to share information with allies on improvised explosive devices and other threats, the Central Command allowed the downloading of data from its secret in-house network, SIPRNet, to removable storage devices, officials tell TIME. The information was then carried to computers linked to secret networks used by allies and uploaded. The process was derisively called "sneaker net," because it was so inefficient, although it replaced the prior need to manually retype all information into the allied computers.",8599,2035817,00.html#ixzz17d7T...

How Corporatism Conquered the World and How to Take it Back

"The internet's failings as a truly decentralized network, however, merely point the way toward what a decentralized network might actually look like" writes Douglas Rushkoff on CNN:

Operation LeakSpin

Judge upholds decision to grant WikiLeaks founder bail

UK Judge upholds decision to grant WikiLeaks founder conditional bail pending Swedish extradition proceedings over sex crime allegations.

Good post on Assange in NY Mag

"The goal in leaking secrets is to sever the twine, making authoritarian regimes even more secretive and impeding their ability to function...We can already see the seeds of Assange's plan starting to take root on the margins. The military has banned the use of flash drives, DVDs, and CDs, because removable media is reportedly what Bradley Manning used. The Pentagon's networks are thus a bit more secure. But there's a reason just about everyone uses removable media: It's easy and efficient. So the policy change has made life more difficult for the military."

"Provoking a stronger enemy into an overreaction is a classic strategy for insurgents, and it's not hard to see how some of the U.S. reactions to WikiLeaks have not been in the nation's best interest. Pressuring private companies to cut off websites the government doesn't like, especially without due process, will make it pretty hard for the U.S. to maintain the high ground with authoritarian governments like China or Iran."

"exposing secrets tends to inspire rebel wasn't just the leaks themselves that mobilized the resistance, it was the government's clampdown."

Assange's response to Biden's "high-tech terrorist" accusation