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New York Times and Guardian Editors Will Support Assange if Prosecuted

In Activism, Human Rights, Wikileaks, World News on February 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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New York Times & Guardian Editors Will Support Assange if Prosecuted

The New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller and Guardian Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger say they will stand with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if prosecution is brought against him.

At a Thursday night panel, hosted by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on the future of WikiLeaks and its effects on journalism, Jack Goldsmith, a prominent Harvard law professor and former assistant attorney general, said there is an “enormous amount of political pressure” to bring charges against Assange by the U.S. Department of Justice. At first, Goldsmith expressed the difficulty of extraditing Assange to the U.S. He then noted the many legal hurdles the department faces because, in the legal sense, Assange would be characterized as a journalist and defended as such.

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“My sense is there is a lot of political pressure from the top, certainly from Capitol Hill,” Goldsmith said.

But despite the department’s long restraint when it comes to going after journalists and issues involving the First Amendment, he concluded that some kind of prosecution will be brought about. “But I also don’t think it will be successful,” he said.

Emily Bell, the moderator and director of the Tow Center at the journalism school, then turned to the Times andGuardian editors, both of whom worked with Assange and WikiLeaks on the Iraq War documents and the leak of U.S. State Department cables, and posed a question about the possibility of Assange’s prosecution.

Though the Guardian‘s relationship with Assange has soured somewhat, Rusbridger — almost without hesitation — said if Assange was brought to court, he would be “completely side-by-side with him in terms of defending him with respect to what he’s done.” He said Assange deserves the same protections given to journalists when it comes to publication of secret government documents.

Keller was initially a bit more reserved in his response. “I think the Times‘ lawyers would prefer I not declare what I’d do in a court of law,” he said. “It’s very hard to conceive of a prosecution of Julian Assange that wouldn’t stretch the law in a way that would be applicable to us.”

“Whatever anyone thinks of Julian Assange, certainly American journalists, and other journalists, should feel a sense of alarm at any legal action that tends to punish Assange for doing essentially what journalists do. That is to say, any use of the law to criminalize the publication of secrets,” Keller said. “I think we do stand alongside him.”

Both of the editors also discussed the possibility of building their own WikiLeaks-like platform that would enable readers to upload large amounts of data anonymously. Keller said the Times is still considering it, but there are a lot of challenges and difficulty in vetting such material. Meanwhile, Rusbridger said they are having similar conversations at their paper about how to make it work.

“We haven’t decided whether we would ahead with our own WikiLeaks, but technically it’s not that difficult,” Keller said.

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Wikileaks deserves protection, not threats and attacks

In Activism, Human Rights, Wikileaks, World News on February 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

“There is nothing more wrong than a government lying to its people about those wars, then asking these same citizens to put their lives and their taxes on the line for those lies. If a war is justified, says Julian Assange, then tell the truth and the people will decide whether to support it.”

-Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Julian Assange



WikiLeaks cables: MI6 warns of new suicide bomb wave

In Activism, Human Rights, Wikileaks, World News on February 4, 2011 at 7:05 am

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MI6 has warned that Britain faces a “unique” threat from a generation of home-grown terrorists who are not on the intelligence services’ “radar”, secret documents have disclosed.


WikiLeaks cables: MI6 warns of new suicide bomb wave

WikiLeaks cables: MI6 warns of new suicide bomb wave



British-born radicals who undergo terrorist training and become “suicide operatives” will leave the authorities “hard pressed” to prevent an attack, according to a top counterterrorism official at the Secret Intelligence Service. The problem of home-grown terrorists is officially expected to blight Britain for years to come and “will not go away anytime soon”. The warning was sounded in a private briefing from a senior MI6 official to visiting American Congressmen amid growing US fears over the radicalisation of young British Muslims.

The leaked documents also highlight American government concerns that the British intelligence services are struggling to combat Muslim extremists because of budget cuts and a wave of lawsuits from terror suspects. William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, announced further cuts to the counter-terrorism budget earlier this week.

Details of the warnings are contained in diplomatic dispatches from the cache of tens of thousands of US embassy cables leaked to the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph.



WikiLeaks: US and China in military standoff over space missiles

In China, Human Rights, Wikileaks, World News on February 4, 2011 at 6:45 am

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The United States threatened to take military action against China during a secret “star wars” arms race within the past few years, according to leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph.

The two nuclear superpowers both shot down their own satellites using sophisticated missiles in separate show of strength, the files suggest.  The American Government was so incensed by Chinese actions in space that it privately warned Beijing it would face military action if it did not desist. The Chinese carried out further tests as recently as last year, however, leading to further protests from Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, secret documents show.





Beijing justified its actions by accusing the Americans of developing an “offensive” laser weapon system that would have the capability of destroying missiles before they left enemy territory.

The disclosures are contained in the latest documents obtained by the Wikileaks website, which have been released to The Telegraph. They detail the private fears of both superpowers as they sought mastery of the new military frontier.


Dear America – Heavy machine gun fire in Egypt! Call White House Press Office now and demand change from Obama! 202-456-1414

In Activism, Human Rights, Wikileaks, World News on February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

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Dear America – Heavy machine gun fire in Egypt! Call White House Press Office now and demand change from Obama! 202-456-1414
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