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On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Also in attendance was Jared Cohen , a former Secretary of State advisor to Hillary Clinton and Lisa Shields of the Council for Foreign Relations. Schmidt and Cohen requested the meeting, they said, to discuss ideas for "The New Digital World", their forthcoming book to be published on April 23, 2013. We provide here a verbatim transcript of the majority of the meeting; a close reading, particularly of the latter half, is revealing.
Aaron Swartz died a week ago. A public memorial service in New York City will be held later today. You may have read much about Swartz's life in the interim, including his work at a young age on Reddit and the RSS specification , his political activism , and the overzealous prosecution that may have contributed to his suicide. But you probably haven't heard the story WikiLeaks just outlined on its Twitter account.
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.
There are so many inconsistencies in Anna Ardin’s accusation of sexual assault against Julian Assange. But the key question which leaps out at me – and which strangely I have not seen asked anywhere else – is this: Why did Anna Ardin not warn Sofia Wilen? On 16 August, Julian Assange had sex with Sofia Wilen. Sofia had become known in the Swedish group around Assange for the shocking pink cashmere sweater she had worn in the front row of Assange’s press conference. Anna Ardin knew Assange was planning to have sex with Sofia Wilen.
Baltasar Garzón Real ( Spanish pronunciation: [baltaˈsar ɣarˈθon] ; born 26 October 1955) is a Spanish jurist. He formerly served on Spain's central criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional , and was the examining magistrate of the Juzgado Central de Instrucción No. 5 , which investigates the most important criminal cases in Spain, including terrorism, organised crime , and money laundering . He is currently head of Julian Assange 's legal team. Garzón came to international attention on 10 October 1998 when he issued an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean President, General Augusto Pinochet , for the alleged deaths and torture of Spanish citizens. Although the British government refused to extradite Pinochet, [ 1 ] it was the first time that a former government head was arrested on the principle of universal jurisdiction . [ 2 ]
sage: This article was found by Jeannie, a member of The 2012 Scenario Discussion Group. It is from an Italian-language blog called ‘Free Thought: The Home of the Italian Exiles at Home’ by Sergio Di Cori Modigliani . The original is in Italian here: http://sergiodicorimodiglianji.blogspot.it/2012/08/lattacco-alla-repubblica-del-ecuador.html Sergio describes his blog’s philosophy thus: “the purpose of this blog is to contribute to the spread of free thought without ideological ties, without party affiliations, without economic dependence on [sources] more or less hidden. Independent and connected to groups of international bloggers operating in California and South America”. Assange and the Attack on the Republic of Ecuador
di Sergio Di Cori Modigliani Oggi parliamo di geo-politica e di libera informazione in rete. Tutto ciò che sta accadendo oggi, tecnicamente (nel senso di “politicamente”) è iniziato il 12 dicembre del 2008. Secondo altri, invece, sarebbe iniziato nel settembre di quell’anno. Ma ci volevano almeno quattro anni prima che l’onda d’urto arrivasse in Europa e in Usa. Forse è meglio cominciare dall’inizio per spiegare gli accadimenti.
It is hard sometimes to divide the story of Julian Assange from that of WikiLeaks. But once upon a time, before Bradley Manning, the rape allegations, the house arrest, the TV show on RT , and then the Ecuador gambit, WikiLeaks, as an organisation and as an idea, was brimming with promise. For many, the age of the anonymous digital whistleblower was the dawn of a bright new era of radical transparency. WikiLeaks was just the beginning. Whatever you might think of Assange, it was the game-changer and it spawned a multitude of clones.
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WikiLeaks , which publishes anonymous leaks of secret material (most recently 250,000 previously secret US embassy cables) still has a trick up its sleeve. In the last few days its sources of funding have been gradually cut off. MasterCard, PayPal and now Visa have all suspended payments to the organsation and founder Julian Assange has been remanded in custody in London without bail (so far). However there remains one source of funding so far untouched, and that is a small startup, Flattr , created by Peter Sunde, co-founder of torrent site Pirate Bay, who has been reminding Twitter users today via his personal Twitter account that it’s still possible to “help” Wikileaks. Now, any site at all can use or incorporate Flattr – a sort of Digg or Facebook ‘Like’, but with money attached. But it is significant that on this day, when other sources are slowly shut off, a tech startup remains a revenue source for Wikileaks.
By JEANNE WHALEN and DAVID CRAWFORD The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial network to protect a big secret of its own—its funding.
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by Steve Ragan - Feb 9 2011, 20:28 Data intelligence firms proposed a systematic attack against WikiLeaks. (IMG: WikiLeaks/S.Ragan)
Dear friends and supporters of Wikileaks,