Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The attorney for WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning,
said his client did not receive a fair trial during last year’s court-martial, and has
today filed to seek clemency from the United States military.
Attorney David Coombs said in statement that under the current administration, any
unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as tantamount to
aiding the enemy of the United States. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Sen. Jay Rockerfeller on shutting the Internet down
Newscast Media — While WikiLeaks may be justifiable in retaliating against corporations that have frozen their funds or denied them service, their attacks on private citizens is a counter-productive measure that only re-ignites the debate as to whether the Internet should be regulated. It is reported that both Sarah Palin and Joe Lieberman’s Web sites came under attack on Wednesday, and Lieberman looks at this as a self-fulfilling prophesy.
The idea of regulating the Internet was floated around by Senator Jay Rockerfeller with Lieberman who eventually sponsored a bill called Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (S. 3480). The bill passed, but originally concerns were raised about the language that gave the president the power to “authorize emergency measures to protect the nation’s most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited.”
Web users interpreted that as giving the president an “Internet kill switch” that would effectively allow him to “turn off” the Web if credible danger were imminent. The sponsors of the bill amended and played a little bit with the semantics, and took it back to the president’s desk, which then got his signature.
However, there is inside strife going on within members of WikiLeaks who are now dumping Assange and starting their own site called OpenLeaks. The reason behind this is that Assange has been accused of acting like some sort of an emperor or slave trader.
One of the defectors behind Openleaks is Daniel Domschelt-Berg, who quit Wikileaks after Assange released Iraq War documents without thoroughly redacting names. He told Assange in an online chat obtained by Wired:
“You are not anyone’s king or god,” wrote Domscheit-Berg in the chat. “And you are not even fulfilling your role as a leader right now. A leader communicates and cultivates trust in himself. You are doing the exact opposite. You behave like some kind of emperor or slave trader.”
“You are suspended for one month, effective immediately,” Assange shot back. “If you wish to appeal, you will be heard on Tuesday.”
The new site, Openleaks, has been in development for awhile and will launch on Monday. Defectors said the new site will be less political: “Our long term goal is to build a strong, transparent platform to support whistleblowers–both in terms of technology and politics–while at the same time encouraging others to start similar projects. As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure and ensuring that the organization continues to be democratically governed by all its members, rather than limited to one group or individual.”
With an attack on Lieberman’s account, he can now say, “See, I told you that the Internet ought to be regulated so that acts like this don’t happen.”
Politicians in Washington can now use the attacks propagated by the group Anonymous, to cleverly craft a bill that restricts or regulates Internet usage. They could even require ISPs to forward the databases of their users into a government-owned centralized database, where all our actions and keystrokes are monitored in real time. Right now you can surf anonymously using certain filters or software, but should the government decide to control the flow of information, every individual who logs onto the Internet would first have to “check in” with the government, and when they log off, they’d be checking out.
This is not far-fetched, just last year in June 2009, the government required ALL broadcasts to aired digitally even though analogue signals were just fine. TV makers prior to that started selling digital TVs telling customers that the government has mandated they switch to digital. I personally was in a television studio providing tech-support, as I helped customers make the digital switch, and saw how cumbersome the process was. Do you not think the government could do the same to Internet Service Providers just like they did to TV broadcasters?
They are already doing it with electronics manufacturers, saying if you build a fridge or freezer that is “energy efficient” you’ll get a reward coupon. I live five minutes away from a Best Buy and all their equipment is energy efficient. One of these days it will be required for consumers to only purchase such equipment that is approved by the government. They cannot yet do that to the auto industry because the Saudis have a big hand in the oil business, and the Saudis always get what the Saudis want.
So Assange’s supporters are only expediting the process of the US government regulating the Internet with their attacks on civilian accounts. It took one person to smuggle an explosive device in his underwear for the Feds to install the airport full-body scanners. Remember this picture of the underwear bomber?
All it will take is the continuation of WikiLeaks supporters hacking private citizens’ accounts for the government to say, “We need to protect our citizens from the danger they face. We therefore require every ISP to develop a log-in protocol that forwards the logger’s identity and personal information to our centralized database that is protected by an impenetrable firewall, so we can ensure that Web users are safe.”
We all know that once you give the government an inch, they’ll take a mile. For journalists or bloggers who write articles the government doesn’t like, all they have to do is deny access to you, until you either remove or amend the material you posted that paints an unflattering picture about the government.
It would be easy for them to duplicate the credit system. For instance, if you have a derogatory item on your credit, the banks tell you to first remove that item before they can do business with you. Once you clean up your credit, it raises your beacon score, and you’re back again in business. Likewise, we could all be assigned an “Internet score” the higher the score, the more access you have. This is simply a possibility. If you read this and feel I am over-extrapolating, then I’m willing to be advised.
Newscast Media — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, takes the recent expose by WikiLeaks with a grain of salt, and says that the revelations are a disinformation campaign engineered by Washington whose sole purpose is to destabilize the Middle East. Ahmadinejad suggested that WikiLeaks was an American tool to sow seeds of misinformation around the world.
“Let me first correct you. The material was not leaked, but rather released in an organized way,” said Mr Ahmadinejad. “We don’t give any value to these documents. It’s without legal value. Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations,” Ahmadinejad said.
WikiLeaks reported that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged America to cut the head of the snake, while the leaders of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates also urged a military solution.
However, Khaled al-Dakhil, a Saudi security expert said Iran should take the revelations as a warning that its neighbors were exhausted by its aggressive foreign policy.
“I don’t think Iran takes at face value public declarations coming from the Gulf, whether for a war or not – just as Gulf leaders do not believe declarations about how peaceful the Iranian nuclear program is,” he said.
WikiLeaks founder who has both Swedish and Australian citizenship is living in an undisclosed location in London. http://newscastmedia.com/expose-wikileaks.htm
Newscast Media — In an interview with Forbes magazine, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that he plans to release tens of thousands of documents relating to a major U.S financial institution, comparable to the Enron trial. He referred to it as “an ecosystem of corruption” and confirmed that the expose would be about a big U.S. bank.
“It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he promised.
Assange justified the future havoc he will wreak with his philosophy that leaking the information will mean good business for people who embrace ethical business practices and treat their employees well.
“Let’s say you want to run a good company,” he said. “It’s nice to have an ethical workplace. Your employees are much less likely to screw you over if they’re not screwing other people over.”
Newscast Media STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish director of prosecutions Marriane Ny, got a victory
today when a Swedish court approved a request for the arrest of Julian Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, over allegations of rape and sexual molestation.
The decision by Stockholm district court’s decision on Thursday could allow authorities to issue an international warrant Asange’s arrest. The decision comes a few weeks after Assange released classified military documents about the war in Iraq detailing torture, civilian deaths blamed on US and Iraqi forces.
“I request the District Court of Stockholm to detain Mr Assange in his absence, suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion,” Marianne Ny said in a statement in English.
“The reason for my request is that we need to interrogate him. So far, we have not been able to meet with him to accomplish the interrogations.”
The 39-year old Australian says the allegations against him are fabrications and said that he had earlier been warned by Australian intelligence that he could face a campaign to discredit him. Bjoern Hurtig, his lawyer in Sweden, said the prosecutor’s petition was “exaggerated” and “out of proportion.”
In October, WikiLeaks released approximately 400,000 classified US files on the Iraq war, which Assange has said showed 15,000 more Iraqi civilian deaths than thought.