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Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears

Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
Counter-intelligence officer who investigated WikiLeaks impact undermines argument that Manning leak put lives at risk
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One of the main criticisms of WikiLeaks is that it puts people's lives in danger, however, there is no proof of deaths due to the information given by Bradley Manning. This is of course very good news and undermines arguments against WikiLeaks. The organisation goes to extreme efforts to protect the people involved in all leaks.
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WikiLeaks wins Amnesty International 2009 Media Award - WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks has released more classified intelligence documents than the rest of the world press combined and for that reason alone deserves this media award.

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The Gift of Information

The Gift of Information | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
We wanted an internet free of unverifiable facts; we wanted to know everything. And then we did.
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The right to information is essential for a democratic state. The leaks that were said to be damaging to the safety of Americans yet four years later they have not proven to be so. Instead, people's perspectives on war and their sense of community has changed. It may be too soon to tell whether WikiLeaks is bad or good, but it has encouraged people to seek untainted and direct information in order to be better informed and more autonomous. 

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Bradley Manning given 35-year prison term for passing files to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning given 35-year prison term for passing files to WikiLeaks | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
Manning to forfeit pay and to be dishonorably discharged as civil liberties campaigners lament 'sad day for all Americans'
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Bradley Manning being sentenced to 35 years in prison is outrageous. The leaks that he provided were in the public interest, they were not treason against the state. This is an attempt to deter future leakers and limit the possibilities of truth telling.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out of CNN interview - In-depth Africa.com - YouTube

For Breaking news around the world: www.indepthafrica.com
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 Julian Assange walks out of an interview with CNN journalist due to her trivialisation of the information leaked in an effort to focus on his personal life. CNN wants to avoid the question of whether or not the public has the right to know certain information deemed secret by the government. They have an agenda to villianize Assange instead of addressing the larger questions at hand in order to protect the interests of people in power. 

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U.S. v. WikiLeaks: espionage and the First Amendment

U.S. v. WikiLeaks: espionage and the First Amendment | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
Three eminent attorneys discuss potential U.S. charges against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
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In order to be convicted under the Espionage Act there would have to be proof of "bad faith" in the leaking of information. Also, Assange was not the person who stole the information, he received it and disseminated it, thus he could definitely be protected under the first amendment. 

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Wikileaks Founder a Terrorist Fox News Video FoxNews com - YouTube

This video clip is part of day three of news coverage following the release of cablegate by Wikileaks, Der Spegigel, Guardian, New York Times and many other ...
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Fox News calls for Wikileaks to be considered a terrorist organisation. Reporter Ann Coulter states that the leaks are "very very bad for all Americans," and that it will not "sit well with the crazy Muslims" that need to be kept under control. She does not address the public's right to know what is being done in their name. 

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A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish

A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
The articles published today and in coming days are based on thousands of United States embassy cables, the daily reports from the field intended for the eyes of senior policy makers in Washington.
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The New York Time states that they believe the cable leaks to be important information that serves the public interest. The Times stated that they did not include material that could be helpful to America's enemies but that they “are less likely to censor candid remarks simply because they might cause a diplomatic controversy or embarrass officials.” The Times recognizes the importance for the public to know how its Government makes serious decisions-especially decisions which cost the public its lives and money. The Times states that “Americans have no right to know what is being done in their name.”

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Cablegate's cables: Full-text search everything

A tool allowing you to perform full-text search and browse the leaked cables released by Wikileaks in the Cablegate event
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Access to the over 250,000 cables leaked

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About

About | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
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It is very important to read the about page on WikiLeaks website in order to understand their ethics and the way that they obtain, verify, and disseminate information. For example, they accept but do not solicit anonymous sources and act as investigative journalists in order to verify the information that they receive. They are intent on minimising harm to their sources or people potentially affected by the release of information and delay leaks in order to protect lives. They are dedicated to create a more open and transparent government in order to prevent corruption and promote more ethical behaviour. Truth, non-violence and transparency are their primary ethics and I say all the power to them.

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Is WikiLeaks A Media Organization? The First Amendment Doesn't Care

Is WikiLeaks A Media Organization? The First Amendment Doesn't Care | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
An article in the Harvard Law and Policy Review argues that WikiLeaks' legal protection depends on what the secret-spilling group says, not what it is.
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New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller argues against the prosecution of WikiLeaks and Assange, stating that they do essentially what journalists do and it would have negative implications for American journalists. Whether or not WikiLeaks is a press organisation is not important because the First Amendment protects all speakers. 

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US embassy cables: The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment

US embassy cables: The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
Simon Jenkins: It is for governments – not journalists – to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations
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The Guardian states that the leaks serve the public interest and that in the changing media environment "the only secrets will be spoken ones. Whether that is a good thing should be a topic for public debate." 

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Bradley Manning Admits Providing Files to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning Admits Providing Files to WikiLeaks | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
Pfc. Bradley Manning confessed in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks.
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Bradley Manning admits to providing information to WikiLeaks in order to enlighten the public about “what happens and why it happens” and to “spark a debate about foreign policy.” He states that he does not believe the cable to be damaging to the US but that they were indeed embarrassing.

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First Amendment | Wex Legal Dictionary / Encyclopedia | LII / Legal Information Institute

first amendment: an overview The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. See U.S. Const. amend. I.
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The First Amendment protects the rights of freedom of expression and speech from government interference. The government is required to provide substantial justification in order to regulate free speech. Why should the State Department Cables which were leaked be kept away from public awareness? Did they actually threaten national security?

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WikiLeaks and the Espionage Act of 1917 | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

WikiLeaks and the Espionage Act of 1917 | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
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It is unclear whether or not congress can make it a crime for journalists to publish classified information. A major issue is the fact that some information is actually 'over classified,' and Wikileaks challenges the concept of classified information that should rather be available to the public as long as it does not directly threaten national security.

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WikiLeaks begins releasing trove of U.S. diplomatic messages

WikiLeaks begins releasing trove of U.S. diplomatic messages | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
The online whistle-blower site WikiLeaks began publishing more than 250,000 diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world Sunday, spawning sharp condemnation from the White House and congressional leaders.
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A CNN article written when Wikileaks began releasing the State Department Cables. The article focuses on the negative opinions of government officials and the damage that the leaks could cause. The US State Department’s legal advisor Harold Koh is quoted saying that the distribution of information is, "illegal dissemination of classified documents." This article portrays Wikileaks as a criminal organization that threatens the well being of the state.

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Original Wikileaks 'Collateral Murder' Video - YouTube

A copy of the original Wikileaks 'Collateral Murder' video, released by Wikileaks on April 5th 2010. Wikileaks obtained and decrypted the previously unreleas...
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The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths occurred. This video exposes the fact that the military is not transparent in their operations and chose to lie to the American public in order to cover up controversial and negative incidents and promote a false image of war.

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WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks | WikiLeaks & Ethics in the Changing Media Environment | Scoop.it
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This is the wikileaks website which gives you access to their archive of information and leaks, as well as editorial publications that are related to wikileaks such as the “EU Freedom of Expression Policy” whose guidelines validate data collection by indicating that "public security may justify the gathering of sensitive information."

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