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by IPT News • Apr 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm http://www.investigativeproject.org/2768/hizballah-exploiting-wikileaks-cables U.S. cooperation with pro-Western Lebanese politicians is actually a conspiracy against Hizballah, according to identical reports on the terror organization's news website and in Iranian media . The stories cite U.S. diplomatic cables released by the website Wikileaks and say the United States backed a compromise Lebanese presidential candidate in order to "embarrass" Hizballah and harm its political allies.
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The Department of Justice issued Twitter a subpoena for access to the accounts of Julian Assange and several others in relation to its investigation of the whistle-blower organization, which released roughly 2,000 classified cables. As a result of its current law enforcement guidelines , Twitter is going to divulge the information. The provision is fairly typical for technology startups to include in their policies as a way to protect themselves from getting involved in legal issues pertaining to the platform's users. With such a policy, Twitter is not held responsible, and in many ways it should not be. According to the media lawyers we interviewed, this kind of government request is not unique.
Cables from the U.S. embassy to the Holy See are contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations . They report on a wide range of issues, including the Holy See’s reaction to investigations into clerical sex abuse in Ireland, internal Vatican communications, British embassy concerns over the reaction to Anglicanorum coetibus , and the Holy See’s approach to: Venezuela, the Copenhagen accord on climate change, and Poland and the E.U.. The cables also contain the Pope’s approach to Turkey and how he helped release 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured by Iran in 2007. Although quite sensational, none of the details actually come as any real surprise. On the Iranian story, I reported at the time on the key role the Pope and Holy See diplomats played in securing the sailors’ release, but sadly such good news about the Pope or the Church rarely makes headlines in the mainstream media.
Talking about WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger your job prospects, a State Department official warned students at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs this week. An email from SIPA's Office of Career Services went out Tuesday afternoon with a caution from the official, an alumnus of the school. Students who will be applying for jobs in the federal government could jeopardize their prospects by posting links to WikiLeaks online, or even by discussing the leaked documents on social networking sites, the official was quoted as saying.
View WikiLeaks insurance seeders in a larger map Should the U.S. government declare a cyberwar against WikiLeaks? On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a gathering in London that the secret-spilling website is moving ahead with plans to publish the remaining 15,000 records from the Afghan war logs, despite a demand from the Pentagon that WikiLeaks “return” its entire cache of published and unpublished classified U.S. documents. Last month, WikiLeaks released 77,000 documents out of 92,000, temporarily holding back 15,000 records at the urging of newspapers that had been provided an advance copy of the entire database. On Thursday, Assange said his organization has now gone through about half of the remaining records, redacting the names of Afghan informants.
Updated : Amazon has removed WikiLeaks’ website and related files from its servers, a move that appears to be a result of pressure from the U.S. government to not support the document-leaking organization. According to several news reports, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) — the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee — asked the web company to remove its support for WikiLeaks, which moved some or all of its website and related files to Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service after it suffered a “distributed denial of service” attack by unknown parties. It’s not clear whether Senator Lieberman’s remarks were solely responsible for Amazon’s decision (the company did not respond to a request for comment), but the senator said in a statement the company had informed his staff Wednesday morning it was no longer hosting the website, and that he wished Amazon “had taken this action earlier.”
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2010/12/lieberman.jpg" alt="" title="lieberman" width="284" height="360" class="alignright size-full wp-image-21291" /> Senator Joe Lieberman, who was instrumental in persuading Amazon.com to kick WikiLeaks off its webhosting service, came to the defense Thursday of companies denying services to the secret-spilling site, saying they are “doing the right thing as good corporate citizens.” The list of companies that have suspended services to WikiLeaks in the wake of its publication of secret, and politically embarrassing, U.S. diplomatic cables includes Visa, MasterCard, Paypal and Amazon. The cables were allegedly leaked to the organization by a disgruntled military intelligence analyst. Lieberman said these companies “deserve the support of the American people.”
US DoD bans removable storage in Wikileaks fight The US Department of Defense has banned all forms of removable digital storage from being used on its computers in a bid to stop Wikileaks and similar exposures, an ironic leak from the military has revealed. A December 3 "Cyber Control Order" from Air Force Network Operations commander Major General Richard Webber has demanded that staff "immediately cease use" of writable CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives and other media for any system connected to SIPRNET, its secret system. Wired heard it was a direct response to an August review following the first wave of major leaks, which was made possible by PFC Brad Manning burning documents to a CD. The DoD was knowingly making the cutoff in spite of many systems either being connected only at a basic level to the network and sometimes not connected at all. Tasks might take longer, but the consequence might be facing a dereliction of duty charge, the memo warned.
In a bid to stay one step ahead of the governments, companies , freelance hackers trying to shut down its operations, WikiLeaks mobilized its vast base of online support Saturday by asking its Twitter followers to create copies of its growing archive of hundreds of classified State Department cables.
The Falsehood: During its War Log Releases, Wikileaks carelessly/wantonly/maliciously failed to redact the names of soldiers/informants. As a a result, NATO/Allied troops and/or Afghan/Iraqi informants and/or their families were endangered/killed. The Explanation: This allegation has been made in various forms since Wikileaks released the Afghanistan War Logs , and with renewed intensity after the Iraq War Logs . The Source:
The saga of WikiLeaks is just getting worse for them. After jumping around the world to different servers, having its domain name pulled, DDOS attacks…I’m just waiting for a Biblical plague to hit the site…they have a bigger problem tonight: cash flow: PayPal suspended the account after the U.S. said WikiLeaks activities were in violation of the law, a spokesman for the company said.