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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
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Wilber W.
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Wikileaks attacks Swiss Banking, they attack back in kind (Semi legally)
Wikileaks: Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange's account­

The Swiss post office's bank, PostFinance, has frozen the accounts of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The whistle-blowing website says the freeze includes a defence fund and personal assets worth 31,000 euros.

Wikileaks has published hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables, angering the US government and triggering moves by several companies including PayPal and Amazon to end their services.

Andrew Marr, former BBC Political Editor, interviews Julian Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens, was making arrangements for his client to meet with police by consent­­

The move by Switzerland's PostFinance to freeze the Wikileaks accounts is the latest setback to hit the whistle-blowing website since it began publishing the US cables last week.

In a statement on its website, PostFinance said Mr Assange had "provided false information regarding his place of residence" during the account opening process.

"(Mr) Assange entered Geneva as his domicile. Upon inspection, this information was found to be incorrect.

"(Mr) Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance. For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account."

For its part, a Wikileaks statement says it and Mr Assange have lost 100,000 euros in assets in a week.

"Late last week, the internet payment giant PayPal froze 60,000 euros of donations to the German charity the Wau Holland Foundation, which were targeted to promote the sharing of knowledge via Wikileaks," Wikileaks said in a statement.

A senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today called for the assassination of Wikileaks director Julian Assange

In a shockingly flippant [...and illegal] comment to a Canadian television news anchor Evan Solomon of the CBC News Network on live TV, Tom Flanagan, a senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today called for the assassination of Wikileaks director Julian Assange . It is believed to be the first ever televised "fatwa" since the edict by the Iranian leadership of the late Ayatollah Khomeini against British writer Salman Rushdie in February 1989.

Amazingly, although news anchor Solomon afforded Flanagan the opportunity to retract his statement, Flanagan balked at doing so and instead reiterated that U.S. President should put out a "contract" on Assange or use "a drone" and that he would not be unhappy if Assange "disappeared." Flanagan who is a trusted member of PM Harper's inner circle of Canadian Tory strategists joins Sarah Palin in calling for the death of the Wikileaks director as retribution for the website's release of confidential diplomatic and intelligence "chatter" this week.
Wilber W.
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Lawyer: WikiLeaks' Assange Arrested in London‎ - 36 minutes ago
Wikileaks Twitter:
"RT @doctorow #imwikileaks #imassange Today Westminster Magistarte's Court meet 13:30 http://www.justicefor...­ #wikileaks #cablegate
24 minutes ago via web"
Authorities in London have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on an arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden about allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. He denies the claims.

The WikiLeaks founder is due to appear in a London court later Tuesday.

Assange's lawyers have said he will fight extradition to Sweden, for fear he could be turned over to the United States.

Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that has released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet.

A spokesman for the website says the arrest of Assange does not affect plans for the release of more documents.

Prior to his arrest Tuesday, WikiLeaks leaked diplomatic memos that say NATO drew up military plans to defend Baltic nations against a Russian attack after Russia's conflict with Georgia in 2008. The Guardian newspaper says the memos reveal that secret plans to protect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were drawn up at NATO headquarters at the urging of the United States and Germany.

The WikiLeaks cables point to underlying tensions in the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries.

Earlier, WikiLeaks released what it said was a secret U.S. government list of infrastructure and resource sites around the world that the United States considers critical to its interests.
U.S. and British officials said the publication of the list puts lives at risk.

The leaked list of U.S. critical interests, which appears in U.S. diplomatic cables dating from 2008, includes the locations of vaccine manufacturers across Europe, undersea cables, ports, and key mineral and power resources from Asia to Brazil.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday described the release of the cables as "illegal," saying it poses real concerns and even potential damage to the United States' friends and partners around the world. Clinton said this theft of U.S. government information and its publication without regard to consequences are deeply distressing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the release Monday "in the strongest terms" and said the national security of the United States has been put at risk. Holder also said an active criminal investigation remains under way.

Wilber W.
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Twitter Denies Censoring WikiLeaks on Trending Topics‎ - 6 hours ago­

If you search for "WikiLeaks" on Twitter, however, the suggestion section atop the micro-blogging site does provide a link to Wikileaks's Twitter page. ...PC Magazine -

Twitter on Monday denied that it is censoring WikiLeaks-related terms from its list of trending topics.

"Twitter is not censoring #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related terms from the Trends list of trending topics," the company said in a statement.

The rumor first got started when several blogs noted that WikiLeaks was not showing up in Twitter's list of trending topics, despite being in the news almost constantly for the past week.

"Our Trends list is designed to help people discover the most breaking … news from across the world, in real-time," Twitter continued. "The list is generated by an algorithm that identifies topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously."

In May, Twitter changed its algorithm so that its trending topics list featured topics that were immediately popular, not necessarily things that were being mentioned the most. At the time, popular topics like singer Justin Bieber would sit on Twitter's trending list for months on end, but the change lets Twitter "capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter [that] are the most interesting," Twitter said at the time.

Twitter said there are a number of factors to consider when it comes to the trending topics. "Sometimes topics that are popular don't break into the Trends list because the current velocity of conversation (volume of Tweets at a given moment) isn't greater than in previous hours and days," the company said. "Sometimes topics that are genuinely popular simply aren't widespread enough to make the list of top Trends. And, on occasion, topics just aren't as popular as people believe."

The term "WikiLeaks" and other WikiLeaks-related terms are not showing up in the worldwide or U.S. Twitter lists, nor are they featured on the list for London, where editor Julian Assange is rumored to be hiding out, or the list for his homeland of Australia. As many people are aware, however, Twitter's trending topics can be a mix of the relevant and inane. For example, the worldwide list currently features "VnezuelaLovesBiebs" and "#noonelikesyoubecause."

If you search for "WikiLeaks" on Twitter, however, the suggestion section atop the micro-blogging site does provide a link to Wikileaks's Twitter page.

In other WikiLeaks news, Assange announced Monday that the Swiss Bank Post Finance has frozen his defense fund and personal assets, and designated Assange as a "high profile" individual. WikiLeaks and Assange lost $100,000 euro in assets, he said. When PayPal froze WikiLeaks donations recently, the site also lost another $60,000 euro.

"The technicality used to seize the defense fund was that Mr. Assange, as a homeless refugee attempting to gain residency in Switzerland, had used his lawyers address in Geneva for the bank's correspondence," Assange said in a press release.

WikiLeaks still has public bank accounts in Iceland and Germany.

Report: Columbia Students Told Not to Talk WikiLeaks Online‎ - PC Magazine­
Columbia University students have been warned that commenting on WikiLeaks could harm their job prospects, according to The Wall Street Journal.

An e-mail from the university's Office of Career Services urged students to refrain from posting links to WikiLeaks or commenting on it on sites like Facebook or Twitter if they're planning to apply for jobs with the federal government. The Journal said that the November 30 e-mail was sent out to students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) after an alumnus at the U.S. State Department contacted the school. The e-mail said that comments could harm students' chances at landing government jobs due to intense background checks.

"[The alumnus] recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter," said the e-mail. "Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government."

However, a spokesperson from the State Department told the Journal that the e-mail isn't an official stance on the issue.

"If an employee of the State Dept. sent such an email, it does not represent a formal policy position," said spokesman Philip J. Crowley.

This isn't the first attempt to censor the whistle-blowing site in the U.S. After it began the release of more than 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks was removed from its domain in the U.S. and forced to move to WikiLeaks also had to find a new server in Sweden after Amazon pulled its support. It was also the target of two denial of service attacks.

Update: Columbia has since rescinded its stance on WikiLeaks. In an email originally obtained by Wired, SIPA Dean John H. Coatsworth said that the Office of Carrer Services' original message was merely a guideline.

"Freedom of information and expression is a core value of our institution," he said. "Thus, SIPA's position is that their students have a right to discuss and debate any information in the public arena that they deem relevant to their studies or their roles as global citizens, and to do so without fear of adverse consequences. The WikiLeaks documents are accessible to SIPA students (and everyone else) from a wide variety of respected sources, as are multiple means of discussion and debate both in and outside of the classroom."
Wilber W.
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London, GB
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WikiLeaks furor spawns rival DDOS battles
'Anonymous' group launches attacks against Swiss bank for freezing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's account
By Jaikumar Vijayan
December 7, 2010 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld - An anonymous, loosely affiliated group that has been responsible for a series of recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks against entertainment industry Web sites over copyright issues, has started attacking organizations viewed as being hostile to WikiLeaks, says a PandaLabs researcher.

The group, dubbed Anonymous, launched a DDOS attack on Monday that knocked Swiss payment transaction firm PostFinance's Web site offline.

The attack was in apparent retaliation for the firm's freezing of an account set up by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assanage, PandaLabs threat researcher Sean-Paul Correll said.

The bank's main Web site was unavailable for several hours but appeared to have been restored by late Monday afternoon.

The attack on PostFinance was preceded by one against PayPal's blog site over the weekend, Correll said. That attack was apparently prompted by PayPal's decision to cut off money services to WikiLeaks last week.

The PayPal attack began at 4.00 a.m PST on Saturday and resulted in the blog being unavailable for a total of more than 8 hours, Correll said.

Meanwhile,, a site used by Anonymous to announce their attack plans, came under a massive DDOS attack earlier on Monday, apparently by those opposed to WikiLeaks. In an ironic twist, users attempting to reach the site were being redirected to PostFinance's Website late Monday evening.

A lengthy statement posted on the anonymous group's Web site listed several organizations that the group claimed had stifled WikiLeaks' effort to release the documents. "We will find and will attack those who stand against Wikileaks and we will support WikiLeaks in everything they need," the statement said.

The group said it will offer WikiLeaks an additional site for mirroring the leaked documents. It will also create 'counter-propaganda' and organize DDoS attacks on "various targets related to censorship" the group claimed.

Anonymous' campaign over copyright enforcement issues, Operation:Payback, has resulted in several DDOS attacks being launched against and knocking off sites belonging to the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and others.

In the statement announcing support for Assange, the organizers of Anonymous declared that "Operation:Payback has come out in support of WikiLeaks and has declared war on the entities involved in censoring there information."

The online tussle between those opposed to WikiLeaks' campaign and those supporting it highlights how the Internet is increasingly becoming the battleground for all sorts of causes, Correll said.

"People are starting to figure out they can use technology to fight back," he said. "They have realized they don't have to just stand in a picket line. This has been going on for a few years, but its getting more organized."

WikiLeaks began releasing tens of thousands of classified cables from the U.S. Department of State last Sunday. After a massive DDoS against its French hosting firm rendered the site unavailable for several hours, WikiLeaks quickly moved to Amazon's cloud hosting service last Monday.

Just two days later, Amazon booted WikiLeaks off its servers, forcing WikiLeaks to move its site once again, this time to a Swedish hosting company. Keywords:

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is
Wilber W.
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Mark Stephens, James Ball, Kristinn Hrafnsson Freedom Watch 12/1/10:
Julian Assange's whereabouts have never been a secret to police nor prosecutors, Why have they not sought to have the interview on a voluntary basis at anytime? (Julian Assange has not been charged with anything)
Julian Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens talking to Andrew Marr on BBC 1 London 5th December 2010­

Wilber W.
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TIME's Man of the Year List: Julian Assange

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is in the running to be Time magazine's "Person of the Year," and is currently topping the list of contenders.

TIME & Meetup: Who Should Be Named 2010 Person of the Year?
TIME's 2010 Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15. TIME is asking you to get together with other people in your community on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to discuss who you think should be.­

Julian Assange, 'Time' Magazine's Person Of The Year? (POLL)‎ - 13 hours ago
Should Julian Assange be Time's person of the year? Huffington Post -

TIME's Shortlist For 2010 Person Of The Year‎ - Pedestrian TV

[QUOTE]tomasechiburu‎: RT @mpoppel: TIME Magazine has taken Julian Assange off its list of Person of the Year candidates­
Twitter - 8 minutes ago[/QUOTE] Past picks: TIME's Man of the Year List
Past bonehead picks by Time Magazine for person of the year~ Hitler and Stalin!, Putin ..surely we can do better then that!

Every year since 1927, TIME magazine has selected a Person of the Year — the individual or group that has most influenced our world, for better or worse, during the past year. Today this editorial
tradition is one of the most recognized and anticipated media events in the world.

Wilber W.
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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange arrives at court- 1 hour ago­
ITN - 2 hours 14 mins ago

After his arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his lawyer Mark Stephens arrive at Westminster Magistrates' Court. WikiLeaks Julian Assange behind bars and refuse bail despite ...‎


Wilber W.
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Do you really want Joseph Lieberman telling you what to think?
Net Neutrality is the issue, Genueine freedom of speech is telling truth to power.­

The real issue is one million human beings murdered not one person posting out "Wikileaks"

Lieberman: New York Times May Have Broken Law By Publishing ...‎ - 5 hours ago

Media Access Project
Municipal Broadband

Powell: Net Neutrality Plan Will Likely Pass‎ - 4 hours ago­
By Grant Gross, IDG News

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will likely approve a compromise network neutrality proposal from its current chairman later this month with the support of many large broadband providers, Michael Powell, former chairman of the agency, said Tuesday.

Powell, a Republican, questioned the need for new net neutrality rules, but he suggested that long-term uncertainty over the proposed regulations has held back investment in the telecom industry. "At the end of the day, it's time to move," Powell said during an Internet Innovation Alliance forum.

Powell, now a senior adviser for communications and media investment firm Providence Equity Partners, questioned whether net neutrality supporters have shown evidence of consumer harm by broadband providers. And he suggested that the FCC and others engaged in a contentious debate over net neutrality this year could have focused on more important issues, including broadband deployment and adoption.

"For the better part of the year, regrettably to some degree, we have been stuck in the never-ending debate over net neutrality," he said. "Rarely in my time in communications have I seen so much valuable time and money and energy spent on so modest a gain."

Groups on both sides of the net neutrality debate have criticized the plan released by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this month. Congressional Republicans have ripped into Genachowski for attempting to pass new regulations in the wake of an election when many antiregulation candidates won seats in Congress.

Representatives Joe Barton of Texas and Cliff Stearns of Florida, two senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called Genachowki's plan "inappropriate." The commission chairman is calling for a vote on new net neutrality rules on Dec. 21.

"The FCC should defer to Congress, a majority of which has clearly expressed concerns that regulating the Internet will cause harm, not good," Stearns said in a statement earlier this month.

Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said Saturday on C-SPAN's "The Communicators" she would introduce legislation preventing the FCC from enforcing net neutrality rules if the commission takes action this month.

Meanwhile, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, like Genachowski a Democrat, has questioned whether the FCC can pass net neutrality rules without reclassifying broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service, something the Genachowski plan doesn't include. Copps, in a speech last Thursday, also questioned why Genachowski's plan exempts mobile broadband from some net neutrality rules.

Media reform group Free Press has also blasted the Genachowski proposal, calling it "fake" net neutrality.

But broadband provider Comcast has voiced support for Genachowski's plan, saying it "strikes a workable balance between the needs of the marketplace and the certainty that carefully-crafted and limited rules can provide to ensure that Internet freedom and openness are preserved."

Copps would "blow up" the net neutrality proposal by voting with the commission's two Republican members against Genachowski's proposal, Powell said. Copps could also demand changes to the proposal, but any attempts to create additional regulations would lead to "World War III" in Congress, Powell predicted.

But Copps would be smart accept a compromise net neutrality plan instead of getting nothing at all, Powell said. Broadband providers may see the Genachowski proposal as the status quo, with the rules formalizing their standard practices of not discriminating against Web traffic, he added.

"I don't think their business plans are going in that direction [of blocking traffic] and could succeed in going in that direction," Powell said. "I don't know where the economic case is for strangling off the consumer's options on the data pipe space and profiting from that in a meaningful, long-term way."
Wilber W.
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With broadband reclassification off the table, many providers may be willing to accept the Genachowski plan, Powell added. "They're committed to openness anyway," he said. "If they can get to a place where they're comfortable, it's actually rational for them to support that position."

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is

FCC's Meredith Baker slams Net neutrality plan‎ - Politico (blog)

Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is a vocal critic of the Net neutrality proposal unveiled last week by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski – and she only plans to get louder in the run-up to the agency’s meeting in two weeks.

“I’m afraid we are endangering a really important agenda. . . by pushing forward with a partisan, big-government regulatory issue that has no immediate need for us to act,” Baker told POLITICO about the net neutrality proposal, which would force broadband providers to treat all Web traffic equally.

Powell: Net Neutrality Plan Will Likely Pass‎ - PC World
The US Federal Communications Commission will likely approve a compromise network neutrality proposal from its current chairman­
PC World

Markey Calls for Net Neutrality, Program Access, Carriage Conditions‎ - Broadcasting & Cable -
Calls for arbitration and standstill agreements for retrans negotiations

Add Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to the list of House Democrats calling for online access conditions as the FCC gets down to figuring out what conditions to put on the Comcast/NBCU deal.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Tuesday (Dec. 7), Markey called for program access and carriage conditions, essentially seconding a request (though it is unclear which letter came first) by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) for similar conditions. Markey is also a senior member of the committee as well as past chairman of the Communications Subcommittee.

Echoing conditions proposed by the American Cable Association, Markey called for arbitration and standstill agreements for retrans negotiations for NBC TV stations and for negotiations by third parties for NBC-owned cable networks, as the FCC has done for regional sports nets in previous transaction conditions (including in the Comcast/Time Warner/Adelphia deal).

Also echoing Waxman, Markey said there should be a program carriage condition that requires Comcast to put competing independent news programmers on the same tier and in the same "neighborhood" as its owned content (CNBC, MSNBC, for example).

Markey says the FCC should impose a network neutrality condition. "A merged Comcast-NBCU should be prohibited from favoring or blocking access to lawful content pursuant to the commission's Internet Policy Statement of Aug. 5, 2005.: the FCC is currently planning to vote on an order expanding and codifying the guidelines in that statement, but like Waxman, Markey wants to make sure Comcast has to abide by them whatever happens with that vote.

Markey also wants a stand-alone wholesale broadband access condition similar to that in the AOL-Time Warner deal.

Unlike Waxman, Markey did not suggest he would like to see the FCC finish its review by year's end, but the flurry of letters and activity surrounding the deal suggests the FCC is close to producing a draft for the other commissioners to vet, though that had not happened at press time, according to various FCC sources.

Boucher: GOP-led House unlikely to scrap net neutrality‎ - The Hill (blog)
Save the Internet | Join­

Republicans are unlikely to put a priority on dismantling net-neutrality rules if the affected companies say they can live with the regulations, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) said Tuesday.

"If it is under Title I [of the Communications Act] and the broadband providers support it, I would have doubts that there would be a legislative effort to undo it," Boucher said in an interview with The Hill. "There wouldn't be a constituency."

Boucher, the outgoing chairman of Commerce's telecom subcommittee, predicted the GOP would work hard to stop the net-neutrality effort if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tried to regulate Internet lines under Title II of the Communications Act, which would be a stricter regulatory framework.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed net-neutrality regulations last week. House Republicans came out in full force against the proposal, with a number of GOP members pledging to thwart the rules.

Despite Republican opposition, the proposal may cull industry support if it seems likely to fend off harsher FCC rules. That support might ultimately pacify the GOP, observers say.

Bruce Mehlman, co-chairman of the pro-industry group Internet Innovation Alliance, took a view similar to Boucher's at an event on Tuesday. 
"I don't believe the new majority is going to undo a deal the majority of investors and carriers have said they can live with," he said.
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