Big news: United States diplomatic cables leak. Quote:
The United States diplomatic cables leak is the ongoing public release of 251,287 documents, detailing correspondence between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world. The documents were obtained by WikiLeaks and distributed to five major newspapers under embargo, with the first set of 220 cables published on 28 November 2010. The release includes approximately 100,000 documents labelled "confidential" on the classification scale and around 15,000 documents at the higher level "secret", but none marked "top secret". Most of the documents focus on diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Middle East states. WikiLeaks plans on releasing the entirety of the cables in phases over several months.
Also of interest, is this. Quote:
On 26 November, via his lawyer Jennifer Robinson, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent a letter to the US Department of State, inviting them to "privately nominate any specific instances (record numbers or names) where it considers the publication of information would put individual persons at significant risk of harm that has not already been addressed". Harold Koh, Legal Adviser of the Department of State, refused the proposal, stating, "We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials". Assange responded to this by writing "You have chosen to respond in a manner which leads me to conclude that the supposed risks are entirely fanciful and you are instead concerned to suppress evidence of human rights abuse and other criminal behaviour".
Hooray for Wikileaks. Keep up the good work.
The US goverment sent to Wikileads regarding the upcoming release this letter at media.washingtonpost.com. In it, it says, quote:
As you know, if any of the materials you intend to publish were provided by any government officials, or any intermediary without proper authorization, they were provided in violation of U.S. law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action. As long as WikiLeaks holds such material, the violation of the law is ongoing.
Publication of documents of this nature at a minimum would:
- Place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals – from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers to individuals providing information to further peace and security;
- Place at risk on-going military operations, including operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in human beings and illicit arms, violent criminal enterprises and other actors that threaten global security; and,
- Place at risk on-going cooperation between countries – partners, allies and common stakeholders – to confront common challenges from terrorism to pandemic diseases to nuclear proliferation that threaten global stability.
…Harold Hongju Koh Legal Adviser
Basically, the US government takes “law” and stern approach, using the name of “protecting lives”. I don't know if wikileak's document would endanger lives, but i know it's far better to release this lie-exposure than, say, continuing US government's “war on terror” or whatnot other secrecy that caused some hundred thousands of Iraq civilian dead. (See: Iraq War Photos)
The Wikipedia article also contain summary of the leaks so far.
To donate to Wikileaks, go to http://188.8.131.52/. (their DNS and server have been under heavy attack, by US pressure and others. That's why the ip address.)
A very interesting video: WikiLeaks's Julian Assange Reviews TIME's Top 10 Leaks Source www.time.com.
See: Wikileaks Rape.
The Wikileaks situation is getting out of hand. (See: Wikileak: US Diplomatic Cables Leak) In the past week, they got kicked out by amazon hosting, then paypal, then Mastercard, and Vista card, and the a Swiss bank closed their account. Due to gonvernment's political pressure, mostly from US government. Here's a detailed timeline of the attacks:
You can still donate, here: http://wikileaks.ch/support.html.
Also, you can help hosting the site, here: http://184.108.40.206/mirrors.html. There are currently over 1k mirror sites already.
I think Google and Free Software Foundation should step up to make a gesture for hosting.
The severity of this government and big org censorship, is kinda a revolution material (think of Frenh Revolution, Russian Revolution.). We, the people, should stand up against them.