why is there no wikileaks thread?


bandwagon house
Haitian French language newspaper Haïti Liberté has obtained a number of US Embassy cables related to the island and is collaborating with The Nation in a series of articles on US policy towards the country. Recent articles examine the free-for-all described by the US ambassador as American companies joined the reconstruction gold rush after the January 2010 earthquake.

"THE GOLD RUSH IS ON!" Merten headlined a section of his 6 PM situation report—or SitRep—to Washington. "As Haiti digs out from the earthquake, different [US] companies are moving in to sell their concepts, products and services," he wrote. "President Preval met with Gen Wesley Clark Saturday [January 29] and received a sales presentation on a hurricane/earthquake resistant foam core house designed for low income residents."

Another cable from 2009 shows how the US tried to prevent a rise in the minimum wage because of opposition to the measure from US multinational clothing manufacturers:

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.
The factory owners told the Haitian Parliament that they were willing to give workers a 9-cents-per-hour pay increase to 31 cents per hour to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica.

But the factory owners refused to pay 62 cents per hour, or $5 per day, as a measure unanimously passed by the Haitian Parliament in June 2009 would have mandated. And they had the vigorous backing of the US Agency for International Development and the US Embassy when they took that stand.


Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Not Wikileaks-related per se, but:

Senior Tory found dead on the bog at Glasto. :eek:

Sounds like it might be suicide after he was quoted in documents leaked to a newspaper in which he called his party "graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take" - sounds like he might have been on to something.

Still, what a way to go...


bandwagon house

OpenLeaks-Founder wants to destroy WikiLeaks datas
Source: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meld...ollen-Wikileaks-Dateien-loeschen-1326758.html The founder of the whistleblower platform OpenLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, now wants to destroy the datas taken along when leaving WikiLeaks completely. This was confirmed to heise online by the former companion of WikiLeaks-Boss Julian Assange. Before I take a risk for the sources I rather stay on the safe side´ said Domscheit-Berg on Friday. The files uploaded by an unknown whistleblower to WikiLeaks should be destroyed now under supervision of a notary. The former WikiLeaks activists around Domscheit-Berg also want to confirm the deletion with an affidavit. On Thursday Domscheit-Berg explained that he and his companions only want to destroy their keys for WikiLeaks and the files.ÄI do feel sorry for the WikiLeaks-Leaker but they have to send their material once again somewhere where they trust the system, Daniel Domscheit-Berg stated. Anything else would be too high of risk for the sources. But there should be many projects now worldwide giving the whistleblowers a safe leaking platform. OpenLeaks will be part of them. ÄThe safety of the sources always has top priority, then the project comes and at the end all the Egos which are existing obviously. Daniel Domscheit-Berg criticizes that WikiLeaks didn't care for along time about the files after his exit. He had closed down 4 servers sponsored by himself in September 2010 but saved and encrypted the files. Not until October they reacted and asked for a full copy of the Wiki with the already published material which they then received.He made the decision to do Ätabula rasa because everything seems to be out of control,Domscheit-Berg explained on Friday to heise online. Before that Julian Assange announced ina phone call to Spiegel journalist Holger Stark that he doesn't own a key for the files 'Backstage' Andy Müller-Maguhn, board member of the Chaos Computer Club, tried even on Friday morning to prevent the reaching out for the Delete key. Müller-Maguhn is considered to be the driving force behind the expulsion of Domscheit-Berg. They think the OpenLeaks founder tried to use the reputation of the association with his appearance at the Chaos Communication Camp 2011. If now, with the upcoming deletion under supervision of a notary, all files sent to WikiLeaks until September are lost is not clear. An insurance file published by WikiLeaks in end of July2010 is said to contain everything. Perhaps this 1,4 GB big packed file contains also the submissions by whistleblowers up till July 2010. Domscheit-Berg, back in that time a WikiLeaks spokesperson by the name of ÄDaniel Schmitt, announced to Freitag that he doesn't know the content of this data insurance.CCC-board member Müller-Maguhn can't come to terms with this behaviour of Domscheit-Berg. To heise online he emphasized that the source protection of WikiLeaks up till now always worked out and that the project never made mistakes. Furthermore one has to assume that every source took risks to leak the material to WikiLeaks for publishing. To ignore this wish by the sources is something I consider as a monstrosity particularly if that comes from someone who builds up a platform for transmission of files. So one has to ask in whose interests or by what moral standards Daniel Domscheit-Berg now acts.³


Find that very hard to follow - is it a translation? If I understand it correctly then OpenLeaks want to destroy all the data that has been leaked to Wikileaks as they think it's potentially risky for the leakers, they want them to releak it to the more secure OpenLeaks, is that right?


Darned cockwombles.
Entered the Ecuadorian embassy disguised as a motorcycle courier, left it seven years later disguised as Rasputin. What a weird life.

Kinda surprised that the US is only threatening a 5-year jail term, although that might suddenly be 'amended' when he's on US soil.


Who loves ya, baby?
WikiLeaks founder Assange appears confused at extradition hearing

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared confused at a London court hearing on Monday, struggling to recall his name and age in his first public appearance in months as he sought to fight extradition to the United States.

Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.

On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance in May, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail. He appeared in good health, with his white hair combed back and wearing a navy suit over a light blue sweater and white shirt. But Assange mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth at the start of a preliminary hearing in the case. When the judge asked him at the end of the hearing if he knew what was happening, he replied “not exactly”, complained about the conditions in jail, and said he was unable to “think properly”.

“I don’t understand how this is equitable,” Assange said. “I can’t research anything, I can’t access any of my writing. It’s very difficult where I am.”
Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers argued that Assange’s extradition hearing, scheduled for February 2020, should be delayed by three months due to the complexity of the case.

Summers said the U.S. government had been listening to conversations between Assange and lawyers while he was in the Ecuadorean embassy in London from 2012 to 2019. He said there was a criminal case in the Spanish courts allegedly involving Spanish contractors used by the U.S. government and that hooded men broke into offices, without giving details.

“This is part of a concerted and avowed war against whistleblowers including investigative journalists and publishers,” Summers said.


Who loves ya, baby?
Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish prosecutor said on Tuesday she would not proceed with an investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a review of the evidence.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said that the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable, but that after nearly a decade, witnesses’ memories had faded.

“After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation I then make the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment,” Persson told a news conference.

The 48 year-old Australian citizen has repeatedly denied the allegation against him, made in 2010.

The move by the prosecutor heads off a possible dilemma for the British courts which could potentially have had to decide between competing extradition requests from the United States and Sweden. However, the prosecutor said the decision to drop the investigation could be appealed.

Assange is being held in a British jail pending a hearing in February on extradition to the United States, which wants the 48 year-old Australian citizen over 18 criminal counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law.

He was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April this year after spending almost seven years holed up there to avoid extradition on the Swedish allegations. Since then, he has served a British jail sentence for skipping bail.


The System, as Assange identifies it, is a conspiracy of power that operates against the public. But any conspiracy is only successful if it is immune to its own disinformation. If, in response to unpredictable and widespread leaking, the conspirators begin to doubt their own information sources then deep paranoia sets in.

He [Assange] decides, instead, that the most effective way to attack this kind of organization would be to make "leaks" a fundamental part of the conspiracy's information environment. Which is why the point is not that particular leaks are specifically effective. Wikileaks does not leak something like the "Collateral Murder" video as a way of putting an end to that particular military tactic; that would be to target a specific leg of the hydra even as it grows two more. Instead, the idea is that increasing the porousness of the conspiracy's information system will impede its functioning, that the conspiracy will turn against itself in self-defense, clamping down on its own information flows in ways that will then impede its own cognitive function. You destroy the conspiracy, in other words, by making it so paranoid of itself that it can no longer conspire.

Eventually, this leads to the communication equivalent of "credit crunch" -- the conspiracy becomes afraid of dealing with itself. No agent, no information can be trusted. This, therefore, is the surest way of destroying the System, which, to be precise, is international corporate capitalism. Armed revolution, terrorism, infrastructural sabotage is not required; the System will go insane and die of its own paranoia.



Who loves ya, baby?
I dunno how reputable the source is, but...

Julian Assange “slowly dying” and “often sedated” in Belmarsh prison

On Christmas Eve, WikiLeaks founder and prize-winning journalist Julian Assange phoned a friend to alert the world that his life is in danger inside London’s notorious maximum-security Belmarsh prison.

Vaughan Smith, a freelance video news journalist who gave refuge to Assange in 2010 when he was legally fighting against attempts to extradite him to Sweden, tweeted that Assange called his family on Christmas Eve. Smith wrote: “He told my wife and I how he was slowly dying in Belmarsh where, though only on remand, he is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and is often sedated. His US extradition proceedings start in February...”