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Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA Wikileaks has released dozens of new U.S. cables that demonstrate years of behind the scenes lobbying by U.S. government officials to pressure Canada into implementing a Canadian DMCA. The cables include confirmation that Prime Minister Harper personally promised U.S. President George Bush at the SPP summit in Montebello, Quebec in 2008 that Canada would pass copyright legislation, U.S. government lines on copyright reform that include explicit support for DMCA-style digital lock rules, and the repeated use of the Special 301 process to "embarrass" Canada into action. In fact, cables even reveal Canadian officials encouraging the U.S. to maintain the pressure and disclosing confidential information. This post highlights some of the key cables. Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA
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The United States of Monsanto Last night, I was on BlogTalkRadio with former Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell talking about WikiLeaks, secrecy, and democracy. As a way to illustrate how the secrecy of diplomatic cables hides a great deal of undemocratic ideas, I raised the emphasis State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy placed in a hearing on WikiLeaks on State’s role in pitching US business. This formal channel between Washington and our overseas posts provides the Department and other U.S. Government agencies crucial information about the context in which we collectively advance our national interests on a variety of issues. For example, these communications may contain information about promoting American export opportunities, protecting American citizens overseas, and supporting military operations. I pointed out that WikiLeaks had revealed that our diplomats had proposed a “military-style trade war” to force Europeans to adopt Monsanto’s controversial products. The United States of Monsanto
Bradley Manning: U.S. blocks U.N. from unmonitored access to WikiLeaks suspect - BlogPost Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/14/2011 Apr 14, 2011 05:31 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost Supporters of Bradley Manning protest his imprisonment near Quantico Marine Corps base, March 20, 2011. (Evelyn Hockstein - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) The top United Nations investigator on torture has been blocked from having an unmonitored meeting with Bradley Manning, the detained U.S. soldier accused of providing secret cables to WikiLeaks. Investigator Juan Mendez has only been allowed to access Manning in the presence of a guard, where the soldier's comments could be used against him in court martial proceedings. Bradley Manning: U.S. blocks U.N. from unmonitored access to WikiLeaks suspect - BlogPost
WikiLeaks: extent of US-Israel ties laid bare Eyes peeled: Israel warned the US about Hamas in 2005, according to a cable The early publication of part of the WikiLeaks US State Department cables regarding Israel reveals a startling degree of openness between senior Israeli officials and their American counterparts. As part of an agreement between WikiLeaks and Israeli newspapers Ha'aretz and Yediot Ahronot, some of the 6,000 cables regarding Israel that the whistleblowing website plans to publish were revealed last weekend. The cables record detailed accounts of meetings between American politicians and diplomats and the heads of Israel's military security organisations in which the Israelis offered their assessments of developments in the region. WikiLeaks: extent of US-Israel ties laid bare
Salon writer Glenn Greenwald got rock star treatment at the National Conference for Media Reform, held this past weekend in Boston, where he took part in a standing-room-only panel discussion of WikiLeaks with Emily Bell of Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Greg Mitchell of The Nation, Australian journalist Christopher Warren and Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Forum. Cheers of “Hear, hear!” rippled through the crowd after Greenwald argued that “what WikiLeaks is doing is what journalism is all about.” He’s written extensively about Julian Assange’s network and particularly about accused document-leaker Bradley Manning. He spoke with me after the session about media transformation, WikiLeaks, what drives him to blog and the siren's call of The Drudge Report. An acquaintance in Madison, Wisconsin, recently tweeted—in the context of the coverage of protests there—that mainstream media doesn’t exist anymore. An Interview With Glenn Greenwald An Interview With Glenn Greenwald
Share As I’ve done for more than nineteen weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 138 The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 138
ICE Redefines Detainment For Wikileaks Helper: You're Not Being Detained, You Just Can't Leave Earlier this year, we wrote about computer security expert, Tor developer and Wikileaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, who was regularly being detained and intimidated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials each time he (a US citizen) traveled into the country. If you follow Jacob's Twitter feed, you get detailed descriptions each time he flies back into the country of the hassles he has to go through. Every time he's detained and never once given an explanation for why or what is being searched for. He's often lied to and frequently told that it's a "random" search. ICE Redefines Detainment For Wikileaks Helper: You're Not Being Detained, You Just Can't Leave
Cable Viewer Cable Viewer Viewing cable 09CAIRO79, GOE STRUGGLING TO ADDRESS POLICE BRUTALITY Understanding cables Every cable message consists of three parts: The top box shows each cables unique reference number, when and by whom it originally was sent, and what its initial classification was.The middle box contains the header information that is associated with the cable. It includes information about the receiver(s) as well as a general subject.The bottom box presents the body of the cable.
Palestinian Concessions in Leaked Memos May Show Narrower Peace Talk Gap Palestinian Concessions in Leaked Memos May Show Narrower Peace Talk Gap Classified documents leaked by al- Jazeera signal that Israeli and Palestinian peace positions may have been closer than previously perceived. Al-Jazeera television said it had been given access to thousands of pages of memos and e-mails of private meetings that show Palestinian negotiators were prepared to give up claims to parts of east Jerusalem and swap some Jewish settlements in the West Bank for territory within Israel in 2008 talks. Al-Jazeera didn’t say how it obtained the documents, which covered the period from 1999 to 2010.
U.S. military officials tell NBC News that investigators have been unable to make any direct connection between a jailed army private suspected with leaking secret documents and Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure. Assange, an Australian national, is under house arrest at a British mansion near London, facing a Swedish warrant seeking his extradition for questioning on charges of rape. Assange has denied the allegations. WikiLeaks' release of secret diplomatic cables last year caused a diplomatic stir and laid bare some of the most sensitive U.S. dealings with governments around the world. NBC: U.S. can't link Army private to Assange - U.S. news - WikiLeaks in Security NBC: U.S. can't link Army private to Assange - U.S. news - WikiLeaks in Security
Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaks | Media | The Observer The offshore bank account details of 2,000 "high net worth individuals" and corporations – detailing massive potential tax evasion – will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history, Rudolf Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland. British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, "approximately 40 politicians". Elmer, who after his press conference will return to Switzerland from exile in Mauritius to face trial, is a former chief operating officer in the Cayman Islands and employee of the powerful Julius Baer bank, which accuses him of stealing the information.
Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel Nicholas Roberts for The New York Times Ralph Langner, an independent computer security expert, solved Stuxnet. The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal. Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own. Behind Dimona’s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium.
Tonight we are all Tunisians | FPJ Over the last few days we have seen some of the bravest people facing down some of the worst. Armed with nothing more than a revolutionary heart and hopes of a better future they gathered and protested as government forces aimed their weapons and fired live rounds in to the crowds. But the ammunition and the underlying threats of arrest and torture meant absolutely nothing to the masses – for they had simply lost their fear. (Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
Close Read: Tunisia and WikiLeaks From the Times’s coverage of the President of Tunisia, who seems to have fled the country: Raise your hand if, before the street protests started, you had focussed very much—or at all—on what the WikiLeaks cables had to say about Tunisia. Does any one person know enough about all of the countries mentioned in the cables to say for sure how significant they are? Unless someone does, it is rash to keep talking about how they add texture but “no great revelations.” Anyway: Tunisia.
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