In March of 1848, reporter John Nugent obtained a copy of the treaty between the U.S. government and the Mexican government to end the Mexican-American War. He published the treaty in the New York Herald before either party signed it or it was ratified by Congress. Called before Congress, he refused to reveal his source and was held for a month in the capitol building before being released. Ten years later, Nugent was given a job as a special agent by President James Buchanan, who it is suspected was the very government official to give Nugent the treaty in the first place.
WikiLeaks has released an annotated version of a leaked transcript of a documentary in a bid to counter a film — which opened on Friday — that takes a critical look at the anti-secrecy group. WikiLeaks said it had not participated in the making of “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” a film by Alex Gibney that focuses on the website’s controversial founder Julian Assange and its chief informant Bradley Manning. Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of secret military logs and confidential embassy cables to WikiLeaks, faces possible life imprisonment in a military trial to resume June 3. Assange, the Australian hacker who founded the site, has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for nearly a year, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case. WikiLeaks has said that the film “portrays Manning’s alleged acts as a failure of character rather than a triumph of conscience.
Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani has said he was greatly impressed by the revelations contained in the secret documents accessed by WikiLeaks that were serialised in The Hindu . He expressed concern at the continued confinement of Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks , at the Ecuadoran embassy in London.
Updated, 9:56 a.m.: Assange compares the Kissinger Cables to “essentially like what Aaron Swartz was doing” — namely collating documents which are hard to access, or available only through a specific intermediary. I’m not convinced it’s an entirely appropriate comparison — above all since Swartz never made public the JSTOR documents he downloaded. Updated, 9:30 a.m.: In a D.C. press conference, Julian Assange is discussing the latest cable leak via video link from his London hideout. He is highlighting a number of significant stories that have emerged from the 1970′s records relating to diplomatic relations world wide. Examples include the U.S. creating a “torture exemption” for the Brazilian military junta in order to send them aid, despite widespread use of torture that should have excluded the country from U.S. aid at the time.
Pentagon builds cyber army (US government photo in public domain & posted by Fort Meade) Four days away from massive austerity that would result in cuts to the United States government, the Pentagon is suggesting the cuts would make it harder to fight cyber threats. Posted by Secrecy News , Zachary J. Lemnios, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, was asked by Sen. Rob Portman what would be the impact to “cybersecurity” if the cuts went through. Though Portman did not mention WikiLeaks, Lemnios responded:
9 in Share Jump To Close You could be forgiven if you’ve forgotten Bradley Manning. Even before his arrest in May 2010, the 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst could go unnoticed.
Curiously, the imposition of a tax on money deposited in Cyprus banks will hurt many Russian tax evaders, as the Wikileaks released cable below highlights, the amount of money placed in Cyprus by Russians attempting to evade Russian taxes is significant relative to the overall Cyprus banking system. The imposition of the tax is surely going to cause a flight of these funds out of Cyprus to a more stable tax haven--which is likely to destabilize the Cypriot banking sector even more.
By Amber Harrison Posted: 03/13/2013 - 1:46 pm PDT | Last Updated: 03/13/2013 - 1:46 pm PDT · 0 Comments Freedom of the Press Foundation has published the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In the young man’s voice, we hear PFC Bradley Manning reveal the reasons behind the greatest government information leak in history.
In this special posting, marking the tenth anniversary of the launch of the criminal Iraq war, here is an excerpt from my book, The Age of WikiLeaks , covering the release of the “Iraq War Logs” more than two years ago and the reaction. The release of the Iraq documents, some 391,000 in number, was originally set for August. But a week before that happened, Julian Assange told The Guardian ’s David Leigh that he wanted a more diverse group of partners for this round, “and asked that Leigh delay publication to give the other outlets time to prepare programs,” Sarah Ellison would recount in Vanity Fair. Leigh said he’d agree to a six-week delay if Assange handed over so-called “package three,” the biggest leak of all (which would become Cablegate). According to Leigh, Assange said, “You can have package three tonight, but you have to give me a letter signed by The Guardian editor saying you won’t publish package three until I say so.” Leigh agreed.
Film Music Magazine’s Bureau Chief, Michael Rogers and videocolumnist Leslie Harlow had the honor of interviewing Sundance 2012 Documentary Premiere feature, WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS’ composer, Will Bates (composer of 2012 Sundance Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film and Special Jury Prize winner, ANOTHER WORLD, Korean War documentary, CHOSIN) in the Sundance ASCAP green room. To lend global significance to the film’s thematic arena impact, according to Wikipedia,WIKILEAKS is: “an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks , and classified media from anonymous sources . Its website, initiated during 2006 in Iceland by the organisation Sunshine Press, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its initiation. Julian Assange , an Australian Internet activist , is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director.
Information may be the most valuable commodity on Earth, especially when it pertains to the inner workings and policies of major governments. Julian Assange drew the ire of countless officials in governments across the globe when he published state and military secrets through his online portal WikiLeaks . Documentarian Alex Gibney ( Freakonomics , Taxi to the Dark Side , Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ) trained his camera on Assange and the furor surrounding WikiLeaks and the reveal of US military documents and videos, taken from classified servers and provided to Assange by Pfc.
The Uncommon Courage of Bradley Manning Posted on Mar 1, 2013 By Marjorie Cohn
The US Army private accused of feeding documents to WikiLeaks has pleaded guilty to misusing classified material, but denies aiding the enemy. Bradley Manning faces life in prison if convicted of that. Manning entered his pleas on Thursday, ahead of his June 3 court martial for the biggest leak of government secrets in US history. Though he pleaded not guilty to aiding the enemy, Manning did cop to a series of 10 lesser charges related to misusing classified information. The documents he released to WikiLeaks, Manning said, "represent the underground realities of the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan."
US soldier Bradley Manning has admitted being the source of classified material provided to the Wikileaks website. In front of a military court, US army private Manning, 25, pleaded guilty to 10 out of 22 charges, saying he leaked the documents because he thought Americans had a right to know “the true cost of war”. Accused of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Manning was arrested in May 2010 for sending Wikileaks thousands of intelligence documents, diplomatic cables and combat videos. Manning faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the offences he admitted – but will receive time off due to harsh treatment he suffered at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia where he has been held for over 1,000 days. For some of his imprisonment, Manning was in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day. Manning pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including the most serious one of aiding the enemy, which could lead to a life sentence.
Alex Wong/Getty Images Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in connection with the leak to WikiLeaks.