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MSM Continues to Lie About Quantity of Published Cables

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The mainstream media are continuing to lie about the number of leaked cables that Wikileaks has published, and also the manner (indiscriminate) of the so-called "dumping" of the cables. Glenn Greenwald over at Salon takes on Time and CNN about their apparently willful parroting of false information.  To be clear, Wikileaks has not dumped 250,000 cables.  They haven't even published one percent of them yet.  As of his writing, eleven days into the releases, they have released 1,269 cables out of 251,287 cables they have in their possession.  The cables they have released are largely the same ones that major newspapers have released, and they have redacted the released cables in the same manner as those major newspapers.  Hardly "indiscriminate dumping" of "thousands" (or hundreds of thousands) of cables.

If the media will lie, and boldly defend their lies, about such easy-to-prove facts, it makes one wonder what else they are lying about.  But don't take my word for it, check out the Cablegate page yourself to see how many have been published.  Oh, unless you work for the government--then you are forbidden from determining if the media is lying to you.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 December 2010 15:13 )

Supreme Court Defends Free Speech

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The Onion reports that the Supreme Court has issued a ruling defending free speech:

Added Ginsburg, "In short, freedom of speech means the freedom of fucking speech, you ignorant cocksuckers."

'nuff said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:30 )

EFF Issues Antidote to Fear

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released an analysis of the freedom of the press with regards to publishing the Wikileaks information.  While I'm appreciative of their analysis, I remain unconvinced that it will make anyone less fearful, including me.  I've included the analysis below, as their work is all licensed under the Creative Commons; however, I still recommend readers peruse their website.

Information is the Antidote to Fear: Wikileaks, the Law, and You

Legal Analysis by Kevin Bankston

When it comes to Wikileaks, there's a lot of fear out there on the Internet right now.

Between the federal criminal investigation into Wikileaks, Senator Joe Lieberman's calls for companies to stop providing support for Wikileaks and his suggestion that the New York Times itself should be criminally investigated, Senator Dianne Feinstein's recent Wall Street Journal op-ed calling for prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and even the suggestion by some that he should be assassinated, a lot of people are scared and confused.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:23 ) Read more...

Statement by WL Central

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On November 13th 2010, Burma’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was released from house arrest. She had been confined to her house for almost 15 years. The event provoked an outpouring of feeling across the world. People rejoiced because she had been set free, and her great spirit of endurance was celebrated. And under this all, a great sigh, at the loss of hours and days and years of a life. She had done nothing wrong. Hers was the plight of a political prisoner.

On Tuesday 7th of December, Julian Paul Assange, after willingly meeting with the British police, was placed under arrest, and remanded in custody for a week, pending an extradition hearing.

On December 14th, then, almost exactly a month to the day from the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Burmese house arrest, a court of the United Kingdom will decide whether it is going to play its own role in an expeditious slide by Western democracies, increasingly visible in the last two weeks, into the habits of authoritarian rule.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 December 2010 06:56 ) Read more...

An Open Letter To Anonymous: Please Don't DDOS Paypal

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Reports have been published about efforts by the cracker group known as Anonymous to conduct DDOS attacks against Paypal, Amazon, and other actors that have taken actions against Wikileaks and the interests of a free press. The willingness of these companies to squelch free speech and a free press and the drop of a hat is disturbing, and it is something free societies will need to redress if we are to maintain our freedom.

I'd like to take this opportunity to ask them not to commit these attacks, or rather to not continue such attacks.  While Paypal, Amazon, EveryDNS, and others have certainly earned our ire and disrespect,  I submit that these attacks do not further the cause of freedom of the press or of speech.  I ask this as an American combat veteran, that has taken a personal and public risk to stand for freedom of the press and the Constitution I swore to defend.

I realize that your morality is different than mine; that you think DDOS attacks against those that act against your interests are an acceptable action, perhaps even the honorable course to take.  I am not trying to argue for or against that proposition.  I simply ask that you consider the very real possibility that your actions also harm others of us that are standing for freedom of the press, such as myself.

Please refrain from these attacks.  Thank you for considering my perspective.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 December 2010 02:38 )

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