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Australia: Thousands turn out in support of WikiLeaks, Assange and Manning
Close to 2,000 people attended a public meeting at the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday in support of WikiLeaks’ editor and Australian citizen Julian Assange and alleged American whistleblower, Private Bradley Manning. The meeting was sponsored by Amnesty International and other civil liberties organisations, with the assistance of the Sydney City Council. The large attendance demonstrated the outrage felt by a broad cross-section of the Australian population over the collaboration of the Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the US-led persecution of Assange and WikiLeaks.A section of the audience at Sydney Town Hall
The meeting was proposed and addressed by well-known independent journalist John Pilger. He also invited independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie and civil liberties’ lawyer Julian Burnside to speak.
Pilger has played an important role in Assange’s defence. Last December, he was among a group of prominent figures offering their own resources to meet the onerous £240,000 bail demanded from Assange by a British judge in order to release him from prison. This was under conditions where a legal defence was being prepared against attempts to extradite Assange to Sweden on spurious sex crime charges.
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Call to Action in support of Julian Assange / WikiLeaks in Mondays London Extradition Hearing
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FBI serves 40 warrants in search of WikiLeaks ‘hacktivists’ | McClatchy
WASHINGTON — The FBI said Thursday that it had served more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an investigation into computer attacks on websites of businesses that stopped providing services in December to WikiLeaks.
The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called “hacktivists” for their actions in support of WikiLeaks.
The search warrants were executed on the same day authorities in Great Britain announced that they had arrested five people in connection with the attacks, which temporarily crippled the websites of Amazon.com, PaylPal, MasterCard, Visa, the Swiss bank PostFinance and others.
Psyche, Science, and Society » Wikileaks: The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine
Wikileaks: The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine
From a Wikileaks investigative editor comes this plea for assistance in taking the treasures made public on Wikileaks and sharing them with the world. The editor complains, quite rightly, that few bloggers, scholars, or journalists are independently examining these materials. As one who has worked with Wikileaks materials, I am aware what a treasure trove they are. I also know that these leaked documents can be difficult to interpret with prior knowledge. Thus, I am still finding new information in the Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures obtained from Wikileaks. But I have pursued other documents, only to find, myself, in some cases unsure in some case whether they were genuine and in others what to make of them. But I do concur with this comment that more independent journalists, scholars, and bloggers ought to avail themselves of these materials. And, in doing so we can contribute to the greater good.
And so, at the risk of being seen as simply reproducing a press release, here is The Plea:
The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine
In 1789 Thomas Paine, American pamphleteer, philosopher and revolutionary, compared the sun to the truth: “[S]uch is the irresistible nature of truth,” Paine declared, “that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
Thomas Paine, author of ‘Common Sense’ and ‘The Rights of Man’ was wrong. Paine gave away his copyright to ‘Common Sense’–allowing printers to pocket the authors fee. Printers, happy with this state of affairs, preferenced its production over other popular, but less profitable works. Thomas Paine had discovered the essential economic underpinning of the modern press release. Paine’s truth appeared not only because of its coherence but because Paine subsidised its production above competing ideas.
The modern press release may have been seen as a blessing by the fourth estate, for it made certain ideas more profitable without making other types less. Yet once electronic cut and paste came into play, the press release and similar content subsidies proliferated.
When the system of ideas regained its economic equilibrium, unsubsidized words became unprofitable and were eliminated. The consequence has been a great shift from words pulled out of writers by reader demand, to words pushed out of writers by special interest subsidies.
Competition to control perception has resulted in forums of influence, not limited to the world great newspapers, behaving as fresh faced coquettes with too many suiters. These coquettes long ago stopped cooking their own food and now expect everything to be lovingly presented on a silver platter. There are few exceptions and the phenomenon is mostly invisible to outsiders.
Print media, including internet media, should not be looked at as a content production industry, but rather, as a lobby selection industry, which balances production subsidies with reader interest.
In this manner it is analogous to the legislative economy which balanaces subsidies from political lobbies with electoral credulity.
In the last two weeks, the English Wikileaks has obtained and released over 50 individual or collected, original, unreported, confidential, classified or censored documents, books, photos or films.
You may have heard of some of them, for instance:
But if you did it was because Wikileaks lobbied for their uptake and like everyone else had its writers bribe everyone with subsidized copy. Take a look at the material, at least one part in 4 is worthy of reportage somewhere and ask yourself why none has been reported without our intervention–not even to the most obscure “activist”
In the last six months Wikileaks has exposed a lot of important stories, which have produced results from swinging the Dec 2007 Kenyan election to press conferences by the Iranian leadership, but every re-reported revelation has been the result of our staff lobbying other venues and providing content subsidies in excess of the source material.
For example, there has been no reportage about our release of this approachable, beautiful, and region defining leaked intelligence book on North Korea:
Or this detailed classified manual on JDAM, the most strategically significant U.S. military development in the past 15 years. A single B2 stealth bomber is capable of releasing 80 pre-targeted JDAM fitted bombs and leveling all the critical infrastructure of a medium sized city in one overflight. Most bombings in Iraq are now JDAM.
Wikileaks has not yet pushed this material because it has limited resources. Last week we focused, successfully, on reforming the prison system in western Iraq.
Any journalist, any blogger, any academic, and indeed any human being who could set aside a cumulative half a day to read and make a few phone calls could say something worthwhile, original and interesting using these documents. Professional journalists won’t without intervention because it doesn’t do anyone a favor that can be called in later and few can break even without plagiarism.
Internet media certainly won’t–with few exceptions, it has relegated itself to revealing the mood of the amateur commentariat. Its primary motivation is to demonstrate its authors in-group loyalties on the issue de-jour; consequently it slavishly copies from the very professional press it maligns, rarely adding more than is necessary to advertise peer value conformity.
What does it mean when only those facts about the world with economic powers behind them can be heard, when the truth lays naked before the world and no-one will be the first to speak without payment or subsidy? Wikileaks’ unreported material is only the most visible wave on a black ocean of truth in draws of the fourth estate, waiting for a lobby to subsidize its revelation into a profitable endevour.
The sun of truth is the only guiding beacon civilization has at its disposal. If we are to flourish in reality we must ultimately use it to chart our course. To do otherwise is to drift aimlessly in the dark, decoupled the real world and hearkening to every imagined wave.
But I leave you with a quote from Paine:
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
So let the leaks, and the analysis, continue!
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Since its inception, the internet has provided new ways for people all over the world to exercise the rights of free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. These rights are not simply the benefits of a free society—they are the very means of preserving that society’s freedom. The recent increase in government interference with these freedoms coincides with the failure of the corporate media to fulfill their vital role in checking the abuse of authority. Censorship and journalistic abdication have left citizens unaware and unable to hold their governments accountable.
WikiLeaks has moved to fill the void left by traditional news media, providing the necessary information for citizens to hold their governments to account. Yet it has not been granted the legal protections generally afforded to journalists. Instead, the organization has been vilified and monetary support has been blocked by governments and private corporations. The vitriol aimed at WikiLeaks demonstrates an unsettling disregard for the fundamental freedom to exchange information and express ideas. Members of a free society must not allow information to be suppressed simply because it inconveniences those in power. We share the responsibility to defend vital liberties. The time to act is now.
We are Anonymous, a leaderless movement that has worked tirelessly to oppose all forms of Internet censorship worldwide, from DMCA abuses to government mandated content filters. Our initiatives include supporting dissenting groups in Iran, Zimbabwe and Tunisia, as well as waging the highly visible information battle against the Church of Scientology. We are now prepared to take the fight to the world stage. Join us on January 15th for the first in a series of global protests in defense of WikiLeaks and freedom of expression. Stand with us to defend your freedoms.
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WikiLeaks’ Assange Finds Support In Native Australia : NPR
It’s been several years since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange left his native home in Australia. But he remains at the center of an intense national debate about his release of classified U.S. government documents. Assange, however, apparently enjoys more support in his home country than in the U.S.
"Hands off WikiLeaks," protesters shouted at a rally last month in Brisbane, the capital of Assange’s home state of Queensland. Over the past couple of months, WikiLeaks supporters have protested in cities across Australia.
Local media have editorialized that Prime Minister Julia Gillard misjudged the degree of public support for Assange last month when she accused him of breaking U.S. and possibly Australian laws.
"Let’s not put any glosses on this," Gillard said. "It would not happen, information would not be on WikiLeaks, if there had not been an illegal act undertaken."
Gillard backed down a bit when an Australian Federal Police investigation concluded that no Australian law had been broken.
But she insisted that Assange was in the wrong. “The release of all of this documentation has been grossly irresponsible, and I stand by the remarks I’ve made about this previously,” Gillard said.
Gillard’s words cost her some support among members of her ruling Labor Party. Some members felt that Gillard had unfairly prejudged Assange, and that whatever Assange had done, his legal rights as an Australian citizen should be upheld.
Lawmaker Sharon Grierson, who sits on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, sees the Assange case as a litmus test for freedom of speech and information.
"We’re a government that’s improved freedom of information, so it seems to me slightly hypocritical that we would make that judgment very quickly about information being released," Grierson said.
Robert Stary, Assange’s Melbourne-based lawyer, thinks his client’s defense should be pretty straightforward, because he considers Assange to be a journalist, protected by U.S. First Amendment guarantees of free speech.
But Stary is worried about some possibilities: “Our main concern is really the possible extradition to the U.S. We’ve been troubled by the sort of rhetoric that has come out of various commentators and principally Republican politicians — Sarah Palin and the like — saying Mr. Assange should be executed, assassinated.”
On her Facebook page, Palin suggests that Assange should be “pursued with the same urgency as al-Qaida and Taliban leaders.”
Anyone who incites others to commit violence against his client, even outside Australia, Stary says, is violating Australian law, and can be held accountable for it.
"Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that’s what we intend to do," Stary said.
There is debate in the U.S. and elsewhere about whether Assange is indeed a journalist, as WikiLeaks lacks the clear editorial structure of more traditional media. But many Australian journalists consider Assange one of them.
"Julian Assange has been a member of our union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, for the past three or four years," said Louise Connor, secretary of the Victoria Branch of the union, the main body representing Australian journalists.
She said her union thinks WikiLeaks has acted in line with the union’s code of journalistic ethics. Assange is certainly no more at fault than other traditional media who have also published the classified documents, she added.
"The material is clearly in the public interest," Connor said. "Other media organizations have also judged it to be in the public interest when they have published. He’s not the only person that’s publishing the information, but it seems to us that the rhetoric around him isn’t being extended to other journalists."
U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show that Australian officials, including Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, are far more demoralized by the state of affairs in Afghanistan than they let on in public.
Australia’s 1,500 troops form the largest non-NATO foreign contingent in Afghanistan.
Assange’s lawyer said most Australians actually support the alliance with the U.S.
"We see ourselves, albeit a junior partner, but an equal partner to the U.S.," Stary added. "We don’t like the fact that we’ve been misled or that our politicians have a sycophantic or subservient attitude."
Stary said the alliance has become something of a sacred cow in Australia, and Assange is paying the price for shedding an unflattering light on it.