Wikileaks and the State Department Leak
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Wikileaks and the State Department Leak
In this page, I will curate the media ethics scandal regarding "Wikileaks and the State Department leaks", also known as "cablegate". This media event started in Nov. 2010 when Wikileaks, a non-profit organization created by Juliane Assange (2006), began releasing classified cables sent from U.S embassies and consulates to U.S State Department. My purpose is to cover this issue in the fairest and most objective way, furnishing a clear and heterogeneous overview.
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Statement of Purpose

Here my Ethical Principles

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Public Commitment

I am intended to provide a relevant issue for my audience. I want to show how "Cablegate" has represented a relevant ethic scandal, bringing long-lasting consequences in the media ecosystem.

 

Objectivity

I provide a fair coverage from different sources (ex. articles, video, websites) and from different points of view. Also, when I have found biased and colored comments, I have pointed out the lack of an objective journalistic practice.

 

Diversity

I offer different perspectives, about Wikileaks media scandal, and platforms, such as: websites, online articles, youtube videos, documentaries and Tv debates. Indeed, I am motivated to avoid a narrow and monolithic set of perspectives, or to be biased by political-economic constrains and stereotypes.

 

Accountability

Scoop.it provides a direct link with the sources. Thus, my audience is able to go, easily and quickly, through the original material, understanding where the news that I have curated come from.

 

Sacredness of Life

During the curation of the material, I have avoided any kind of offensive description or terminology. Also, I have pointed out those journalists or newspapers that use problematic terms.

 

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I am intended to create an active and dynamic arena for public debate. Indeed, I invite my audience to provide an objective feedback. Thanks to your comments I can improve my website, adding new material and improving the previous one. 

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Wikileaks defends Iraq war leaks

Wikileaks defends Iraq war leaks | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the release of almost 400,000 classified Iraq war documents is an attempt to tell the truth about the war.
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*BBC article about "Iraq war logs". Giving a broad perspective on the issue, the article also points out how Wikileaks has revealed the "truth" about U.S involvement in this area. 

 

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WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US political pressure

WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US political pressure | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Site hosting leaked US embassy cables is ousted from American servers as senator calls for boycott of WikiLeaks by companies
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*This article, by Guardian, explains the episode of  Amazon.com that stopped to accept donations for Wikileaks and canceled hosting service. This decision was mainly determined by an heavy political pressure.

This is just one of the many forms of censorship or obstacle dictated to Wikileaks. 

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The WikiLeaks Party | Transparency Accountability Justice

The WikiLeaks Party | Transparency Accountability Justice | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Transparency Accountability Justice
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*Public website of "Wikileaks Party", an Australian political party funded by Juliane Assange in 2012.  The party was intended to promote Assange's candidacy for a seat in Australian Senate in the 2013 election.

Its main purpose is to "practice in politics what WikiLeaks has done in the field of information by standing up to the powerful and shining a light on injustice and corruption". Thus, Wikileaks case has not only generated consequences in the media environment, but also within politics.

 

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Amnesty International Media Awards 2009: full list of winners

Amnesty International Media Awards 2009: full list of winners | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Full list of winners at the this year's Amnesty International Media Awards
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*Juliane Assange awarded in the "New Media Category". 

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The Wikileaks Double Standard - Spectator Blogs

The Wikileaks Double Standard - Spectator Blogs | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
You don't need to share Julian Assange's politics or his objectives to think that he's the victim of at least one double standard. If he's guilty of betraying secrets and…
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*"You don’t need to share Julian Assange’s politics or his objectives to think that he’s the victim of at least one double standard. If he’s guilty of betraying secrets and endangering lives and making diplomacy more difficult and everything else then so are the publishers of the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde and every other media outlet worldwide that publishes, or republishes, anythnig to do with the leaked American diplomatic cable".  With this introduction, Alex Massie goes directly to the point. He wonders why public and governmental criticism has been directed only toward Wikileaks, while ignoring, almost completely, the other sources that have released the cables. 

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The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
The man behind Wikileaks is a hero of journalism. He should be respected by the Obama Administration -- and celebrated by other reporters.
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*According to the author of the article, David Samuels, "Wikileaks is a powerful new way for reporters and human rights advocates to leverage global information technology systems to break the heavy veil of government and corporate secrecy that is slowly suffocating the American press". Thus, he has a positive opinion of Wikileaks. On the other side, he criticizes how the most of his colleagues has covered the issue of Wikileaks on media. Indeed, he sustains that, "the truly scandalous and shocking response to the Wikileaks documents has been that of other journalists, who make the Obama Administration sound like the ACLU".

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WikiLeaks protest 14 Dec 2010 Sydney part 2

Protest against the prosecution of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Part 2. Missing quite a bit fight between those two uploaded parts, I was in the...
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*Protest, in Sidney, against the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. 

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"Wikileaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue The Truth, Not Its Messenger." By Amy Goodman

"Wikileaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue The Truth, Not Its Messenger." By Amy Goodman | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
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*Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!) evidently supports Assange's cause. Indeed, she concludes the article saying that, "we should pursue the truth, not its messengers". 

 

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CNN's Shameful Journalism - Glenn Greenwald vs CNN - WikiLeaks Debate

Glenn Greenwald's Blog http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html CNN's Jessica Yellin and Glenn Greenwald got into a sparring match about ...
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*Debate between Glenn Greenwald (American journalist and political commentator) and Frances Townsend (former Homeland Security Advisor to U.S President George W. Bush) about Wikileaks releases. While Glenn supports Assange, Frances harshly considers him as a criminal. During their debate, it is evident that the CNN reporter Jessica Yellin is taking the side of Frances, while strongly criticizing Assange and Glenn's support. Thus, she does not try to mediate between them and to give them a balanced opportunity of expression.

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Human rights groups fearful over WikiLeaks releases

Human rights groups fearful over WikiLeaks releases | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
The disclosure of a huge cache of diplomatic cables has alarmed human rights groups, which fear that WikiLeaks or news outlets could publish the names of local activists who have spoken with U.S. diplomats in countries with repressive governments.
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*Not only governments have reacted negatively to the leaked cables, but also human rights groups such a: "Human Rights First" and "Human Rights Watch". Indeed, according to these organizations, Wikileaks releases have endangered numerous "sensitive sources", or rather the local activists. 

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Lawmakers Call on Administration to Prosecute WikiLeaks, Designate as Terror Group

Lawmakers Call on Administration to Prosecute WikiLeaks, Designate as Terror Group | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
A top Republican congressman is calling on the State Department to designate WikiLeaks a foreign terrorist organization, as he and several other lawmakers demand the Obama administration find a way to prosecute founder Julian Assange in the wake of...
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*This article is clearly against Wikilieaks action. Indeed, it emphasizes the necessity of a "prosecution" against it, while labeling the organization as a "terrorist group". On the other side, it does not offer any detail about Wikileaks, such as its main purposes or declarations. 

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Reaction to Wikileaks revelations

Reaction to Wikileaks revelations | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
A selection of comments from world leaders and officials in response to US diplomatic cables revealed by the Wikileaks website.
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*BBC reportage about the reaction of world main leaders about the leaked cables.

From Europe to Middle-East, the politicians' reactions have been very strong and negative. U.S White House, for instance, affirmed that "Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government".

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Wikileaks: quiz on leaked State Department cables discussing world leaders - Telegraph

Wikileaks: quiz on leaked State Department cables discussing world leaders - Telegraph | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it

"The leaked State Department cables publish by Wikileaks disclose a wide-range of opinions about world leaders. Test your knowledge on who was described what". 

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*Try this quiz, realized by "The Telegraph", to know how the leaked cables describe your politicians. 

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Exclusive: Massive 'War Log' Leak Wasn't Done Alone

Exclusive: Massive 'War Log' Leak Wasn't Done Alone | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
The Army specialist behind one of the most massive intelligence breeches in U.S. history likely did not act alone, according to the man the soldier approached to publicize the more than 90,000 reports of classified information.
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*The article offers an overview about the "Afghan war logs", or rather the massive release of 90,000 reports of classified documents about U.S involvement in Afghanistan. Raddatz and Ferran point out the figure of Brad Manning, considered as the responsible of these logs and, also, they provide White House response to the leak. 

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Wikileaks 'data war' gathers pace

Wikileaks 'data war' gathers pace | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Campaigners behind cyber attacks on companies they see as anti-Wikileaks have pledged to keep on fighting.
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*This article of BBC speaks about the alliance between Anonymous and WikiLeaks. Especially, it refers to "The Operation Payback campaign" promoted by Anonymous to target firms that "have withdrawn services from Wikileaks". According to some exponents  of Anonymous, their support to Assange is aimed to fight against online censorship, while trying to keep the internet an open free space. Thus, they share with Wikileaks a commitment toward "transparency" and "openness". 

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UN News - UN human rights chief voices concern at reported ‘cyber war’ against WikiLeaks

The United Nations human rights chief voiced concern today over reported ‘cyber war’ pressure on private companies to sever links with the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, saying this could amount to attempted censorship in breach of...
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*The United Nations human rights chief expresses her concern about the human rights issues raised by Wikileaks case. She says that, "the WikiLeaks cases raises complex human rights questions about balancing freedom of information, the right of people to know, and the need to protect national security or public order. This balancing act is a difficult one". Also, she invites to avoid any form of intimidation or pressure against people involved with Wikileaks. Indeed, she points out that the only licit way to proceed against it is trough the legal system, and not by coercion.

 

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WikiLeaks Blames Paper for Breach

WikiLeaks Blames Paper for Breach | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks has become embroiled in a row with the Guardian after it blamed the U.K. newspaper it collaborated with last year for the publication of unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables.
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*The article focuses on Wikileaks's accusation against the "The Guardian". According to Assange's organization, indeed, the British newspaper would have published the password to unlock the encrypted files containing unknown cables. 

 

 

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John Kampfner: Wikileaks shows up our media for their docility at the feet of authority

John Kampfner: Wikileaks shows up our media for their docility at the feet of authority | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
You should never shout "fire" in a crowded theatre. Once you have accepted this old adage, you accept that there are limits to free expression. The important word in the first sentence is not "fire", but "crowded".
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*After having analyzed some of the critique leveled against Wikileaks, J. Kampfner claims that "rather than throwing stones, newspapers should be asking themselves why they did not have the wherewithal to hold truth to power". Thus, he believes that the real problem is not Wikileaks, but the practice through which governments hide the truth.

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Thanks to WikiLeaks, we see just how bad TPP trade deal is for regular people

Thanks to WikiLeaks, we see just how bad TPP trade deal is for regular people | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Dan Gillmor: The more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you'll like it. It's made for corporate intellectual property and profits
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*The article presents Wikileaks under a positive light. Indeed, Dann Gillmor  says that, "thanks to Wikileaks, we have at least partial transparency today". Especially, he refers to the release of a partial draft of the "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement". Previously, indeed, government and corporations secretly negotiated it, without making the public aware. Thus, the journalist sustains that Wikileaks can overcome partially political-economic censorship, while enhancing openness and democracy. 

 

 

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Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership", Noam Chomsky interviewed by Amy Goodman

Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal 'Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership', interviewed by Amy Goodman
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*Noam Chomsky disagrees with those who have labeled Wikileaks as a "foreign terrorist organization". Contrarily, he affirms that "the current leaks are — what I’ve seen, at least — primarily interesting because of what they tell us about how the diplomatic service work".

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

U.S. v. WikiLeaks: espionage and the First Amendment | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
Three eminent attorneys discuss potential U.S. charges against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
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*The article is constructed as a roundtable among three penalties (A. D. Lowell, P. Rosenzweig, and S. Vladeck) that discuss the possible implications raised by a legal prosecution against Assange. Indeed,  according to one of the three penalties "the WikiLeaks events tee up the question of defining ‘media’ in the new, Internet era like no previous case". Thus, news consumers must take into account the great impact of Wikileaks on governmental security, freedom of speech and journalistic practice to understand its importance within the media environment.

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Wikileaks Founder a Terrorist Fox News Video FoxNews com

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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*Problematic presentation of Assange's figure as a terrorist who is arming "every single American citizen", and harsh critique against Obama  administration, accused to be too indulgent.

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

For Breaking news around the world: www.indepthafrica.com
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*During this interview, run by a CNN journalist, Aggange is pressed to answer for the Sweden legal case (an accuse of rape) in which he has been involved. Despite he visibly does not want to face the argument, because he sustains it is not pertinent to the interview, the reporter continues to insist. Thus, Assange, peeved by her attitude, walks out. 

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There Are Traitors in America

There Are Traitors in America | Wikileaks and the State Department Leak | Scoop.it
The O'Reilly Factor on FoxNews.com – with Bill O'Reilly, Weeknights at 8 PM and 11 PM EST
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*Billy O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel, expresses his strong and problematic opinion about Wikileaks' creator Juliane Assange. Indeed, he defines him as a "traitor" and he claims that anybody who is involved with the leaked cables "should be executed or put in prison for life". Thus, his journalistic ethic is not very fair and objective, but it seems to be shaped by his strong personal view.

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