Posts Tagged: Wikileaks

What to Read When You Are Surrounded by Spies

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Here, in one handy list, are a few of our favorite spy novels. Watch your back! ...more

Reading Deemed Criminal for Chelsea Manning

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons regulations, as investigated by The Atlantic, state their right to prohibit any publications found “to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity.”

Chelsea Manning is incarcerated for divulging state secrets to WikiLeaks. 

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Bradley Manning Receives 35-Year Prison Sentence

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Bradley Manning, the whistleblower who leaked military documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

As the Atlantic points out, this sentence “far exceeds any punishments related to the misconduct he revealed.” For example, the Abu Ghraib torturers all received sentences of fewer than 10 years, and others involved in torture had charges dropped altogether.

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Wikileaks Hypocrisy?

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Mediaite linked yesterday to a piece in the New Statesman which reported that Wikileaks has been pressuring members of their staff to sign what they describe as a “draconian” confidentiality agreement. They apparently got the document from former Wikileaks staffer James Ball, who describes it as “the most restrictive [confidentiality agreement] I have ever encountered,” and who worried that if he signed it, that he could be held liable for things he had already said since it was backdated several months.

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Wikileaks, Twitter, and the US Government

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If you’re connected to Wikileaks, the US government wants to see your Twitter information. They might also want to see your Facebook account, your Google search history, and who knows how much other information. And it doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’re the PFC in jail for leaking material or a member of the Icelandic Parliament–the US government wants that information, and ideally, they’d like you unaware of the fact that they want it.

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PFC Bradley Manning Update

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PFC Bradley Manning is the man accused of providing classified information to the Wikileaks project. He is currently being held in the brig of the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA, where he has been for the last five months.

He’s being held in conditions any reasonable person would describe as solitary confinement—isolated in his cell for 23 hours a day, denied reading materials or personal contact, and prevented by guards from exercising except during the one hour per day he’s allowed out of his cell.

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Wikileaks Roundup

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The controversy over Wikileaks’ decision to release these cables has caused a split. Openleaks is a new group that hopes to do what Wikileaks does, only with less controversy because they won’t do any of the publishing themselves. I don’t know how that’s going to work, given that Wikileaks has actually published very few of the embassy cables (compared to what they claim to possess) and yet they’re still at the center of this firestorm.

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Politics Sunday

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Remember the Wikileaks video depicting the killing of twelve people, including two children and a journalist, in Iraq? Well, one of the soldiers responsible has written a formal letter of apology. He also claims that when he expressed regret and sought counseling after the incident, he was told, “Don’t be a pussy.”

It’s like Star Wars for mosquitoes, and Bill Gates wants it to help end malaria.

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