A collection of recent news items on WikiLeaks, its website(s) and on Julian Assange.
Julian Assange to be questioned by British police –New extradition warrant issued over alleged sexual assaults –Assange appeals for supporters to put up surety and bail 06 Dec 2010 Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is expected to appear in a UK court tomorrow after his lawyers said he would meet police to discuss a European extradition warrant from Sweden relating to alleged sexual assaults… Jennifer Robinson, a solicitor with Finers Stephens Innocent which represents the Australian freedom of information campaigner, told the Guardian: “We have a received an arrest warrant [related to claims in Sweden]. We are negotiating a meeting with police.”
Wikileaks cables: US looks to prosecute Julian Assange –Attorney general signs off raft of steps to help stem flow of leaked embassy cables as pressure mounts on site founder 06 Dec 2010 International pressure on Julian Assange intensified tonight, as the US attorney general disclosed that he had authorised “significant” actions aimed at prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder over the release of thousands of diplomatic cables. Eric Holder, who did not specify what these actions might be, also said his justice department was examining ways to stem the flow of leaked cables.
Assange to fight extradition moves 06 Dec 2010 The lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to fight moves to extradite his client from the UK to Sweden. Swedish authorities are seeking to question Mr Assange regarding sex allegations, which his lawyer Mark Stephens has denounced as a “political stunt”. Mr Stephens said Mr Assange would “certainly” fight deportation on the grounds that it could lead to him being handed over to the US, where senior politicians have called for him to be executed.
McConnell: WikiLeaks Head a High-Tech Terrorist –Republican Senate Leader Urges Prosecution of WikiLeaks’ Founder Julian Assange 05 Dec 2010 Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is calling the founder of the online site WikiLeaks a “high-tech terrorist” for releasing classified material from the U.S. government. McConnell told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he hopes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be prosecuted for the disclosures. Of Assange, McConnell says, “I think the man is a high-tech terrorist.” [And McConnell’s a low-tech sociopath.]
Raytheon forbids employees to access WikiLeaks website 03 Dec 2010 Military contractor Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has informed employees in El Segundo that they are forbidden to access the controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks either on company or personal computers. Raytheon’s directive, issued Tuesday, comes in the wake of WikiLeaks’ latest disclosure of classified U.S. diplomatic cables that have caused embarrassment and possibly complicated relations with foreign governments.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ‘will release poison pill of damaging secrets if killed or arrested’ –Damaging documents thought to include details on BP, Guantanamo Bay 06 Dec 2010 The founder of WikiLeaks has warned that his supporters are primed to publish a ‘deluge’ of leaked government documents should his activities be curtailed by any country. Julian Assange has distributed to fellow hackers an encrypted ‘poison pill’ of damaging secrets, thought to include details on BP and Guantanamo Bay. He believes the file is his ‘insurance’ in case he is killed, arrested or the whistleblowing website is removed permanently from the internet. [Why wait until you’re ‘killed or arrested?’ Release them *now.*]
Ah, then came the dawn. Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group By Kirk James Murphy, M.D. 04 Dec 2010 [As reported by Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett in Counterpunch in September], Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he [Luis Posada Carilles] was involved in blowing up… Who is Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden? She’s a gender equity officer at Uppsula University — who chose to associate with a US funded group openly supported by a convicted terrorist and mass murderer. She just happens to have her work published by a very well funded group connected with Union Liberal Cubana — whose leader, Carlos Alberto Montaner, in turn just happened to pop up on right wing Colombian TV a few hours after the right-wing coup in Honduras.
Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear –By late Sunday, there were at least 208 WikiLeaks mirror sites up and running. 06 Dec 2010 The battle lines between supporters of the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks and its detractors began to form on Sunday, as supporters erected numerous copies of the site on the Internet and the United States put pressure on Switzerland not to offer a haven to the site’s founder, Julian Assange. Since several major Internet companies cut off services to WikiLeaks in recent days, activists have created hundreds of mirror sites, Web sites that host exact copies of another site’s content, making censorship difficult.
List of facilities ‘vital to US security’ leaked 05 Dec 2010 A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks. The US State Department in February 2009 asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security. The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs. Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants.
Wikileaks: US identifies key sites around world for security 06 Dec 2010 The United States has identified hundreds of sites around the world that it fears could be targeted in terrorist attacks. The list, released by WikiLeaks, includes a dozen sites in Britain, including two telecommunications centres, several undersea communications cables, a military manufacturing plant and a vaccine production centre. A February 2009 State Department cable asked embassies around the world to update a 2008 list of vital interests. Unlike most of the documents made available by WikiLeaks so far, it was marked “secret”. [The vaccine production centre *is* the terror attack.]
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