A roundup of Wikileaks news…
The Toad Versus The New York Times
Joe Lieberman, Senate’s resident evil toad and arch nemesis to internet freedom fighters everywhere, has urged the Justice Department to hang the New York Times for the committing the crime of ethical journalism.
“I certainly believe WikiLeaks has violated The Espionage Act. The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship,” Lieberman said in a Fox News interview. “Whether they’ve committed a crime, I think that bears very intensive inquiry by the Justice Department. Why do you prosecute crimes? Because if you don’t, others are going to do it soon and again. And I’m afraid that’s what’s going to happen here.
Hate this man.
Christmas Is Coming, Assange Is in the Clink
But this isn’t stopping his supporters in Italy from honoring him in a Christmas Nativity scene.
Artist Gennaro Di Virgilio depicts Assange holding a mini laptop while striking poses in a scene alongside all of the historical figures who were present during the birth of the baby Jesus.
Di Virgilio and his family have been producing nativity statues in his hometown of Naples, Italy, since 1830.
This year, the artisan has declared Julian Assange “Man of The Year”. Only in Naples, kids. [via]
Lula On Wikileaks
Brazil’s former President Lula speaks out in defence of Wikileaks and Julian Assange. The article is here, for anyone able to read Portuguese.
We put it through Google translate and got this:
“President Lula paid solidarity on Thursday (9 / 12) to the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, arrested this week after his group had disseminated messages produced by U.S. diplomacy, and criticized the Brazilian press for not defending the Australian activist and freedom of expression. “The boy was arrested and I’m not seeing any protest against [the restriction] freedom of expression. It’s funny, you have nothing, “said the president, who wished to register his…
“Hey, Stuckinha (Ricardo Stuckert, official photographer of the President), can put in the first Blog Plateau protest then against [the restriction] freedom of expression on the Internet, so we could protest, because the guy was just putting what he read. And if he read it because someone wrote, the culprit is not who released it, the culprit is who wrote. So instead of blaming those who released it, blame the person who wrote the silly, why else would not the scandal that has. So, Wikileaks, my sympathy for the disclosure of things and my protest against [the restriction] of freedom of expression.”
Lula, the anti Lieberman. True story.
The Cyber Wars Have Begun
The 3.0 early adopters have officially waged a very aggressive cyber war against whomsoever they percieve to be detractors of Wikileaks and it’s beloved leader, Julian Assange.
Yesterday Mastercard and Visa experienced hack attacks that brought down servers for most of the day.
Third Age is reporting that today an attack on PayPal will commence. The hackers are also scheduled to take down Amazon but according to the Wikileaks Twitter feed, they are short of resources to be able to do effectively:
“We can not attack Amazon, currently. The previous schedule was to do so, but we don’t have enough forces.”
The Video Manifesto:
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
“You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won’t help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.”
“He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither”
“Hello World. We are Anonymous. What you do or do not know about us is irrelevant. We have decided to write to you, the media, and all citizens of the free world to inform you of our intentions, potential targets, and our ongoing peaceful campaign for Freedom of Expression. Anonymous is peacefully campaigning for Freedom of Expression everywhere, in all forms, for all platforms.
“The recent news of our efforts have been, at best, misinformed. We are not a terrorist organization or a group of “hackers” as governments, demagogues, and the media would have you believe. We are a diverse group that touches every aspect of philosophy, religion, and politics ever conceived by man. At this time, Anonymous, as a distributed consciousness, is focused on protesting peacefully for Freedom of Expression on the Internet. We ask the world to support us, not for our sake, but for your own. When governments control information they control you. We will resist until our dying breath. Pay attention citizens and governments of the world.
“History is full of examples that show that governments can change when people stand united.
“As an example in recent history: During the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1960s access to many businesses were blocked as a peaceful protest against segregation. In their efforts, the protesters of the time managed to make drastic changes to police and governments by refusing to be silenced.
“In the spirit and memory of that movement and many others we will refuse to be silenced. We will protest!
“It is here that we proclaim: Any individual, organization, corporation, and/or government entity which supports Freedom of Speech and a Free Internet is an ally of Anonymous. If you work to suppress Freedom of Expression and a Free Internet your efforts will be halted. Where others have made this promise and failed, we make this promise and aim to keep it for everyone. We would like to ask that you as a citizen, organization, media entity, or government do the same by joining us.
May the force be with those who are telling the truth.
Ed. Also see: Dutch police arrest teen over Wikileaks revenge attacks
“Dutch authorities said on Thursday that they have arrested a 16-year-old hacker involved in the pro-Wikileaks attacks on the websites of MasterCard and PayPal.”
In line with the Nativity Scene, Mother Jones has created a couple cables from that era. Here’s one:
25 DEC, 23:45 ZULU: CENTCOM SIGINT reports movement of three major foreign dignitaries from the East with heavily packed convoys to Judean area of operations. Local national HUMINT confirms arrival of dels at known safehouse for Semitic tribal gatherings, in Bethlehem district at grid 31.26 N 35.7 E. Contents of convoy believed to include significant caches of gold and several tree resins which could be enriched to WMD-grade.