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Latest Wikileaks release upsets government leaders


And boo hoo to governments around the world who are peeved at this.

Excerpts from

Secret US Embassy Cables

Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.

The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.

The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.

The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.

This document release reveals the contradictions between the USs public persona and what it says behind closed doors and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see whats going on behind the scenes.

Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington the countrys first President could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, todays document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments -- even the most corrupt -- around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.

Drudge Report headlines Nov 29, 2010:
250,000 State Dept. cables cover Iran, NKorea, Putin... MORE
Reveal: Iran 'smuggled arms' to Hezbollah on ambulances...
Reveal: Hillary Clinton ordered diplomats to spy on UN leaders...
Reveal: Iran obtained missiles from NKorea...
What America REALLY thinks of world leaders...
Reveal: China conducting computer sabotage... Saudis are chief financiers for al Qaeda...
Reveal: Saudis repeatedly urge US attack on Iran...
Now Australian police investigate Assange...
France: Leaks threaten democracy...
Rep King: Website leaks are terrorism...
Documents show China's role in shipments of nukes to Iran...
Expose Tensions...
LEAKED: Gates Says 'Russian democracy has disappeared'...
Iran's Supreme Leader 'has terminal cancer'...
PAPER: 'Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information'...
State Department warning to WIKILEAKS...
How 250,000 cables were leaked...
Assange teasing Obama over drip, drip drip...
Assange: Document Dump Targets 'Lying, Corrupt and Murderous Leadership'...
Ecuador offers Assange residency...
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia proposed planting chips in Gitmo prisoners upon release...
China 'ready to abandon North Korea'...
China 'scared to death' of Pelosi...
Laughter in Rome, Denials in Berlin...
Reveal: Iran 'smuggled arms' to Hezbollah on ambulances...
Reveal: Hillary Clinton ordered diplomats to spy on UN leaders...
*UN seeks answers from Washington...
What America REALLY thinks of world leaders...
Now Australian police investigate Assange...
Holder orders criminal investigation...
Pentagon: No guarantee against another leak...
Disclosures show secrets not safe...
Obama 'not pleased'...

A slew of stories aggregated at memeorandum
Stories aggregated at Techmeme
Republican wants WikiLeaks labeled as terrorist group
VOA | World Leaders, Officials Watch WikiLeaks with Curiosity, Concern
Pentagon tightens info controls
WikiLeaks Archive Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says WikiLeaks' release of diplomatic cables will not affect Iran's relations with other countries - Reuters


Hactivist group Anonymous sides with Wikileaks. Well, sort of. Not as much as the media reports.

Message board:

From Dec 8, 2010 Guardian story

"Anonymous is supporting WikiLeaks not because we agree or disagree with the data that is being sent out, but we disagree with any from of censorship on the internet. If we let WikiLeaks fall without a fight then governments will think they can just take down any sites they wish or disagree with."

Official Statement

Early December 2010 message from Anonymous:

PLEASE READ - Anonymous, WhyWeProtest, and Wikileaks

There has been an unusual amount of traffic and new users in the last few days. This is undoubtedly due to media coverage of "Operation Payback" in support of WikiLeaks. is the number three Google result for "Anonymous" with the first two being Wikipedia articles. A number of news sources have connected the "Anonymous" that works against the Church of Scientology with the "Anonymous" that is attacking the websites of companies that have worked against WikiLeaks. There was even a link here from a New York Times article in connection with "Operation Payback," so it is only natural that some people end up here in response to what is an ongoing international news story. We welcome new users and wish you the best.

I'm making this post to clarify things to our new users, to passers-by and some established users who seem to be a bit misinformed.

What Anonymous is
Anonymous is simply a group of people who communicate using disposable identities, or not using any identity at all. "Anonymous" can refer to the millions of people who post on various websites without using their real identities, it can refer to any given subset of those people, or it can even refer to a single person.

What Anonymous is not
Anonymous is not a single cohesive group of people. No single person or group of people is representative of "Anonymous" as a whole. Anonymous has no official membership, and has no official guidelines and no officials. There is no controlling entity and no unifying principles. Not everyone who considers himself to be Anonymous is involved with everything "Anonymous" is said to be responsible for, and things that "Anonymous" is said to be responsible for do not represent the opinions or actions of every single person or any given person who considers himself to be a part of Anonymous.

What is (WWP) is primarily the central hub for "Project Chanology." Project Chanology is the name for the anti-Scientology activism movement that includes elements of Anonymous and also includes former Scientology members and other long-time critics. Some of WWP's users consider themselves to be "Anonymous" some do not. WWP is not exclusively limited to Scientology. WWP also hosts discussion and activism on a number of other topics including the recent Iranian elections. There is a general sentiment among most WWP users strongly in favor of free expression and the free exchange of information.

What is not
WWP is not representative of "Anonymous" as a whole. "Anonymous" as a whole is not necessarily representative of Chanology or WWP. WWP is not the one and only home of Anonymous, it is a home for some people who consider themselves to be part of Anonymous.

WWP is NOT a staging ground for any sort of illegal activity against any party. WWP does not condone or promote any illegal activities. If you as a WWP user spot any promotion of illegal activities, such as denial of service attacks please use the report button to the left of the post so that the moderating staff can act. WWP will comply with any valid orders by law enforcement agencies, however to date we have never received any such orders.

Why WWP has a section for discussing WikiLeaks
A lot of WWP users hold very strong sentiments about the freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of information. WikiLeaks is viewed as a beacon of freedom of information and actions against it are viewed as suppressing free expression of ideas. WikiLeaks has also hosted a number of internal Scientology documents.

This section is to be used for discussion of events surrounding WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, and it can be used to organize legal avenues to disseminate your opinion on the subject.

This section is NOT to be used to promote or organize any illegal activities. This, however does not mean that you cannot discuss when other people are using illegal activities.

Timeline Summary

A long and detailed post:

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U.S. Tries to Build Case Against WikiLeaks Founder - - 2010-12-16T20:48:06+00:00
Julian Assange granted bail at high court | Media | - 2010-12-16T20:47:59+00:00
Operation Leakspin - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-15T05:56:04+00:00
Incoming US Congresman: Government Should Censor News About Wikileaks - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-15T05:55:29+00:00
Operation Fightback Monitoring - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-15T05:51:28+00:00
‘Tis the Season of DDoS – WikiLeaks Edition | PandaLabs Blog - 2010-12-15T05:00:55+00:00
Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange | - 2010-12-15T00:07:40+00:00
Daily Kos: State of the Nation - 2010-12-12T04:59:24+00:00
Amazon UK Selling Kindle Version of Wikileaks Documents | Mediaite - 2010-12-12T04:57:34+00:00
Wikileaks Senate Bill - Julian Assange - Freedom Watch | Mediaite - 2010-12-12T04:56:11+00:00
Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks On House Floor | Ron Paul Speech on Julian Assange | Video | Mediaite - 2010-12-12T04:53:53+00:00
Operation Leakspin - 2010-12-12T02:26:49+00:00
What It's Like to Participate in Anonymous' Actions - Gabriella Coleman - National - The Atlantic - 2010-12-10T23:27:02+00:00
Anonymous on NPR - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-10T01:17:00+00:00
NY Times Links Cyberattacks Directly to WWP - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-10T01:16:43+00:00
‘Hacktivists’ Pursue Campaign Against WikiLeaks Foes - - 2010-12-10T01:15:30+00:00
WikiLeaks 'Anonymous' hackers: 'We will fight' - - 2010-12-10T01:14:41+00:00
More WikiLeaks: The 24-hour Athenian democracy | The Economist - 2010-12-09T23:44:30+00:00
Amazon Defends Position on WikiLeaks E-Book | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD - 2010-12-09T23:43:46+00:00
Wikileaks Cable Shows US Involvement in Swedish Anti-Piracy Efforts | TorrentFreak - 2010-12-09T07:51:46+00:00
Silencing Wikileaks is silencing the press - Boing Boing - 2010-12-09T07:48:52+00:00
WikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback? | Media | - 2010-12-09T07:44:20+00:00
Xeni on Madeleine Brand radio show: Wikileaks, Anonymous, Mastercard DDOS, Operation Payback - Boing Boing - 2010-12-09T07:44:02+00:00
Hilary Clinton's "Remarks on Internet Freedom," January 2010 - Boing Boing - 2010-12-09T07:42:02+00:00
What Is LOIC? - 2010-12-09T07:40:51+00:00
Why Wikileaks Will Never Be Closed Or Blocked - 2010-12-09T07:40:27+00:00
Techmeme: Facebook and Twitter Suspend Operation Payback Accounts (Mike Isaac/Social Medium) - 2010-12-09T07:25:51+00:00
Anonymous fighting PayPal, a Swiss Bank, Mastercard and others - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-09T07:22:10+00:00
Wikileaks need help! Mass-mirroring Wikileaks - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-09T07:22:05+00:00
BoingBoing: Report: Wikileaks cables show Texas company "helped pimp little boys to - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-09T07:21:19+00:00
Glen Beck explains Assange rape charges - Why We Protest | Activism Forum - 2010-12-09T07:19:51+00:00
[UPDATED] Anonymous Ousted from Twitter and Facebook, Back on Twitter Already - 2010-12-09T06:56:06+00:00
Wikileaks on Pirate Bay: The Facts & Figures - 2010-12-09T06:54:38+00:00
DDoS Attacks Take Down Mastercard and Visa Websites, "Payback" for Their Stance on WikiLeaks - 2010-12-09T06:47:45+00:00
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths | The Australian - 2010-12-07T23:35:43+00:00
Wikileaks: Julian Assange's 2 one-night stands spark a worldwide hunt | Mail Online - 2010-12-07T16:40:33+00:00
The Weakest Link: What Wikileaks Has Taught Us About the Open Internet - 2010-12-07T15:31:53+00:00
Facebook: We're Not Kicking Wikileaks Off Our Site - 2010-12-07T15:31:46+00:00
Julian Assange: WikiLeaks Founder Meets Police In Britain Over Sexual Assault Claims In Sweden | UK News | Sky News - 2010-12-07T15:02:21+00:00
Wikileaks Now Running on Over 300 Domains - 2010-12-06T16:37:37+00:00
Wikileaks recommends using Reddit to spread information an the leaked cables. They even made their own Reddit page. Lets do this! : Anarchism - 2010-12-03T02:48:30+00:00
More Joe Lieberman-caused Internet censorship - Glenn Greenwald - - 2010-12-03T02:47:23+00:00
WikiLeaks Founder Added To The Interpol Wanted List - 2010-12-01T00:56:03+00:00
Hacker News | WikiLeaks attack escalates - 2010-12-01T00:55:46+00:00
Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government” « zunguzungu - 2010-12-01T00:53:14+00:00
WikiLeaks Founder Assange to TIME: Clinton 'Should Resign' - TIME - 2010-11-30T23:02:45+00:00
Patriotic 'Hacktivist" Claims He Took Down Wikileaks Site - ABC News - 2010-11-30T23:02:37+00:00
Assange Says Document Dump Targets 'Lying, Corrupt and Murderous Leadership' - ABC News - 2010-11-30T22:59:36+00:00
Wikileaks evades hackers with shift to Amazon | Media | - 2010-11-30T14:13:03+00:00
memeorandum: Serious Questions about the Obama Administration's Incompetence … (Sarah Palin/Facebook) - 2010-11-30T03:45:58+00:00
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Wants To Spill Your Corporate Secrets - Andy Greenberg - The Firewall - Forbes - 2010-11-30T01:45:08+00:00
memeorandum: Wikileaks - Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia … (Omri Ceren/Mere Rhetoric) - 2010-11-29T16:29:18+00:00
Senators: Prosecute the WikiLeakers - POLITICO Live - - 2010-11-29T16:13:57+00:00
Congressman wants WikiLeaks listed as terrorist group | Politics and Law - CNET News - 2010-11-29T16:13:24+00:00
VOA | World Leaders, Officials Watch WikiLeaks with Curiosity, Concern | News | English - 2010-11-29T15:55:16+00:00
A Note to Readers - The Decision to Publish - - 2010-11-29T06:27:55+00:00
WikiLeaks Archive — Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy - - 2010-11-29T06:25:27+00:00
memeorandum: Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels (New York Times) - 2010-11-29T05:18:22+00:00
Techmeme: Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels (New York Times) - 2010-11-29T05:13:34+00:00

created by jr on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:35:03 am
updated by jr on Dec 26, 2010 at 12:29:05 pm

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