Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy
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Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy
Wikileaks has been responsible for leaking secret information, news, and media from anonymous sources since 2006. The controversial non-profit organization shocks the world and shakes up traditional regimes, both in the forms of governments and media- reestablishing the fear of transparency and accountability in our society's higher ups. Their editor and spokesman is even more controversial, coming forth as a frontman wrapped up in his own personal affairs and scandals, which are being sensationalized and used to distract the public from the accomplishments of Wikileaks. Here are various media forms, which relate to the organization and the spokesman, that help piece together a greater picture.
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Andy Greenberg on WikiLeaks and cypherpunks

Andy Greenberg on WikiLeaks and cypherpunks | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
Andy Greenberg, technology writer for Forbes and author of the new book “This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information,” discusses the rise of the cypherpunk movement, how it led to WikiLeaks,...
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 3:03 PM
Moving beyond the sphere of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, however, lies the bigger picture and movement: freedom of information. In Andy Greenberg's book and this short piece, the art of cryptography and its members are discussed. "Greenberg is excited for the future of information leaks, suggesting that the more decentralized process becomes, the faster cryptography will evolve."
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Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks | Video on TED.com

The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:44 PM
The most insightful moment lies, 8:42, when Assange explains his philosophy on why it is ethical and just to leak the information which Wikileaks does. He says that when an organization or institution is spending economic efforts to conceal certain information, is an excellent indication that that sort of information, if released, has the power to create reformation. He even remarks that he and his sources feel "morally compelled" to continue Wikileaks' mission.
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Interesting insight into how Wikileaks works and why Julian Assange chooses to leak secret information.

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Mark Zuckerberg — Not Julian Assange? — Is Time's Person of the Year | Wired Business | Wired.com

Mark Zuckerberg — Not Julian Assange? — Is Time's Person of the Year | Wired Business | Wired.com | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. He edged out Julian Assange, the overwhelming reader favorite who -- unlike the bill
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:10 PM
In 2010, much to the surprise of many, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, won Time Magazine's Person of the Year. In a letter describing their choice, the editors wrote, “There is an erosion of trust in authority, a decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater faith in one another”- all in regards to Facebook. This is an amusing piece which points out that these comments are much more relevant to the work of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. It also comments that Assange "... really could have used whatever street cred still comes with this honor."
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WikiLeaks' Brilliant MasterCard Commercial Parody

A spoof of the fact that major credit card and online payment companies have withheld over $15 Million in donations to WikiLeaks. Support WikiLeaks http://wi...
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 1:48 PM
This is a very funny but also clever parody video. By showing how much money Assange has to spend in order to maintain the service Wikileaks is providing for the world, amidst house arrest and, a very interesting issue, of the bank blockades against his organization. The video uses humor to point out ridiculous inconveniences that Assange is faced with, all while simply trying to attain transparency between the world powers and the common man.
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Don’t confuse truth-tellers with traitors

Don’t confuse truth-tellers with traitors | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
They shouldn’t be confused.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 12:39 PM
Telling the truth when no one wants to hear it. Bradley Manning felt it was an ETHICAL obligation of his to share devastating information he discovered with the public. How is it that someone who is standing up for human rights, truth, and trying to shift the U.S. people's view of war and carnage at risk of facing life imprisonment? Shouldn't he be commended?
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Many Europeans Find U.S. Attacks on WikiLeaks Puzzling

Many Europeans Find U.S. Attacks on WikiLeaks Puzzling | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
For many Europeans, Washington’s reaction to the leaks of diplomatic cables displays imperial arrogance.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 22, 2013 11:31 AM
The outlandish reactions continue still today (even though this article was published in 2010) to Wikileaks and their frontman Julian Assange. Interesting and extremist slander is thrown around by American politicians towards the organization as this article highlights: "American officials and politicians have been widely condemned in the European news media for calling the leaks everything from “terrorism” (Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York) to “an attack against the international community” (Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton). Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates called the arrest of Mr. Assange on separate rape charges “good news.” Sarah Palin called for him to be hunted as an “anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, said that whoever leaked the cables should be executed. "
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Whistleblower 'isolated' in US jail - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Whistleblower 'isolated' in US jail - Americas - Al Jazeera English | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
US soldier accused of giving a dossier of secret documents to WikiLeaks is held in solitary confinement awaiting trial.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 22, 2013 11:11 AM
It is obvious that while the free information and transparency movement has many followers and supporters, there are people in higher positions, top dogs, who feel extremely threatened and consider those who cooperate with such a movement to be terrorists. It can be speculated that if the governments react so strongly and negatively to leaks on their activities, then what is it they are so keen on keeping secret and WHY?
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Collateral Murder - Wikileaks - Iraq

Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eld...

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Tanya S.'s comment, April 10, 2013 6:34 AM
A big leak for Wikileaks. But in the world of journalism, how ethical or reliable is anonymity? However, this still serves several functions as a media production, such as to show/challenge the injustices and humanitarian offenses in war, and in the Iraq war specifically.
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Banking Blockade

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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:50 PM
As mentioned in the parody video post, Wikileaks has been experiencing a financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union. These major bank/corporations' decision to blockade Wikileaks is not only unlawful by U.S. law, but also reveals the politicized nature of these U.S. financial companies and that they are hand in hand with the retaliation of U.S. greater authorities against the transparency of Wikileaks.
Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:50 PM
The blockade has been in function since December 2010.
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Lady Gaga visits Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Lady Gaga visits Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
Julian Assange got a very special visit from the Mother Monster herself on Monday. Lady Gaga dropped in on Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for a spot of tea after promoting her new perfume at Harrods, which sits just down the road from...
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:21 PM
It is also interesting to notice that while various news networks discuss the legality between Sweden's call for Assange's extradition, the possibility of a secret indictment against him in the U.S. for leaked cables, or even the truth behind his rape allegations that Fox News decides to make headlines with their stories of celebrity visits to Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. Assange has been in the embassy since June 2012, where he is receiving political asylum from extradition to Sweden. Stories such as this are attempting to make a trivial celebrity out of Assange by linking him to pop cultural icons, as well as trying to downplay the fact that he is confined to the embassy for, what is now, almost one year's time- even amidst lung complications.
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Documents in Julian Assange Rape Investigation Leak Onto Web

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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 2:03 PM
In 2010, while on a trip to Stockholm, Assange was seeing two women. Both have reported him to the police for alleged molestaion and rape. The pretrial, confidential documents on this case, including police reports and interviews, were leaked onto the web one year later, 2011. Assange has repeatedly stated that the criminal allegations against him are simply a "dirty trick" to slow down and delegitamize Wikileaks. Sweden is fighting to have Assange extradited, despite the fact that Assange has yet to have been charged with any crime at all. This is illegal according to British and Swedish legal process. Regardless if whether the allegations are true or simply a method to bring down Wikileaks, the sensation that this story has created in news headlines has totally distracted and polluted the image and mission of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. The mission of Wikileaks and these allegation have no relation whatsoever, and it is unfair for organization and all its staff to be tainted by allegations, that are still waiting to be confirmed.
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U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy WikiLeaks, 18 Mar 2008 - WikiLeaks

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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 12:58 PM
This is a direct leak released on March 15, 2010 by Wikileaks and extremely interesting. The documents reveal the U.S. authorities' plans to capture and take severe legal action against whistleblowers and leakers, in order to set an example and deter anyone else from wanting to follow in those steps.
Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 1:00 PM
Also included within this document are discussions of the U.S.'s violations of the Chemical Warfare Convention in the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq- 2004.
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Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 lesser charges, explains motive

Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 lesser charges, explains motive | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
Private Bradley Manning says he leaked classified material because U.S. foreign policy was misguided.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 23, 2013 12:33 PM
Very closely tied to all of the controversy surrounding Wikileaks and Mr. Assange is the now well-known name of US Army private Bradley Manning. The private was arrested in 2010 in Iraq with the charge of having passed on highly classified documents from within the military's security database. Manning worked as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. His decision to participate in the greatest leak in all of U.S. history was, as he said, in hopes that the American public would see the atrocities being committed, and then be able to reassess their stance on the U.S. military and U.S. Foreign Policy in general. Some regard Manning to be a "whistleblower," meaning an informant who exposes the transgressions of an organization in the hopes to stop it. Others, however, see Manning as a traitor to the United States. The private, in various interviews and discussions, has expressed the extreme degree of frustration and depression that his findings as an analyst caused him and how he simply wished to shed light on truths that he believed citizens of a nation should be allowed to know about their own military.
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The US's Reaction To Wikileaks Is Doing A Lot More Harm Than The Leaks Themselves | Techdirt

The US's Reaction To Wikileaks Is Doing A Lot More Harm Than The Leaks Themselves | Techdirt | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
It's becoming clear as the weeks go on, that the US government's massive overreaction to the latest Wikileaks releases is doing much more harm to the US's standings abroad than anything in the documents themselves.
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 22, 2013 11:20 AM
Strong reactions by authorities to Wikileaks cables only raises suspicion levels on their activities.
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Information wars - Empire - Al Jazeera English

Information wars - Empire - Al Jazeera English | Julian Assange and the Wikileaks Controversy | Scoop.it
How will governments deal with the information revolution?
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Tanya S.'s comment, April 22, 2013 11:00 AM
With the birth of the internet, traditional media (one source injected into the masses) has radically shifted. The role of the of the "source" can belong to anyone, and there no longer is a requirement for that source to even be identified. This poses a major threat to governments as their every move can be traced and revealed to the public. Also, this has spiked a huge movement toward freedom of information. But are these sources revealing the truth to us the good guys or bad guys? That depends on who you're asking.