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!

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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. The fact that she used to be […]

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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 […]

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An Internet Revolutionary

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Julian Assange may have more sidekicks than we know of. You can read about how Bradley Manning, a gender-questioning soldier, came to subvert the American military’s authority over information regarding the war in Iraq.  He has simultaneously earned the title of WikiLeaks hero and U.S. traitor, on account of the classified information he leaked over […]

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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,” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wikileaks Update

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The ACLU suggests that prosecuting Wikileaks might not be feasible, or even constitutional under US law. More on this. Basically, if the US can try Wikileaks under the Espionage Act, then they can try any media outlet who publishes classified material–the NY Times or Washington Post, for example. Paypal’s VP clarifies why they shut down […]

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Wikileaks Roundup

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Julian Assange was arrested today in Britain. Here’s some background on the charges* Assange has an editorial in today’s Australian. How is Wikileaks like L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry? Visa and Mastercard have cut off Wikileaks too, and will likely face the same sort of hacker retribution Paypal already has. This is in the rolling coverage at the […]

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Wikileaks Roundup

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First it was Amazon dumping Wikileaks from its servers (though how much Senator Lieberman had to do with it is up for debate), which raises some real questions for everyone who wants to put their data in the cloud. Now it’s PayPal getting in on the action, cutting them off from online contributions. No matter […]

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Wikileaks Embassy Cables Roundup

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The decision by Wikileaks to release over 250,000 US Embassy cables is a threat to democracy. Or it’s no big deal. Or there’s nothing really surprising in there. Or it could bring down multiple governments and tear down the fabric of international diplomacy. I honestly don’t know what to make of it. The UK Guardian […]

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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 […]

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