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Not A Good Day For Wikileaks: Attacked By Human Rights Organizations, Julian Assange Target Of International TrackdownIt’s been several days since Wikileaks went from being an obscure whistle-blower Web site to one that has attracted international attention, not to mention condemnation.
The house on Grettisgata Street, in Reykjavik, is a century old, small and white, situated just a few streets from the North Atlantic. The shifting northerly winds can suddenly bring ice and snow to the city, even in springtime, and when they do a certain kind of silence sets in.
The wiki-based site for whistler-blowers, Wikileaks, today released what it called "an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010." "The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail." On a dedicated page for the reports, WarDiary , the editors explained their choice in releasing these documents. "This archive shows the vast range of small tragedies that are almost never reported by the press but which account for the overwhelming majority of deaths and injuries resulting from the war."
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The website Wikileaks has published more than 90,000 leaked U.S. military records about the war in Afghanistan. Marc Ambinder has a lot more about the content of the classified archive , but there's another fascinating aspect to the story: Wikileaks gave the New York Times , Guardian , and Der Spiegel access to the archive several weeks ago.
WikiLeaks , the Sweden-based organisation that publishes anonymous leaks of secret material (most recently 90,000 documents about the War in Afghanistan) has until now, relied on donations to fund its activities. That’s lead to outages when funds became scarce, for whatever reason. But today WikiLeaks is unleashing a potentially devastating strike against criitics which could see it become an almost unstoppable force in the world’s media. It’s joined Flattr . Flattr is another Sweden-based outfit with close links to The Pirate Bay as the the brainchild of a group of people formerly associated with The [infamous] Pirate Bay, including Peter Sunde.