Now I can hardly wait until Monday (now in the UK), with a series of promotional tweets going up today. … And I don’t have to wait any longer! Stratfor emails are being exposed, for public review. Rolling Stone, and many other media sources will be publishing juicy leaks this week.
Over 25 media organizations working in silence for months ahead of tomorrow. How´s that for self discipline? Good work everyone.
Everyone should follow the WikiLeaks twitter feed closely. Extraordinary news sometime in the next 96 hours.
Glossary for Stratfor is hilarious. They have a Blown Op, and a Board. Check out how they defind the FBI:
Federal Bureau of Investigation, aka the Downtown Gang. Very good a breaking up used car rings. Kind of confused on anything more complicated. Fun to jerk with. Not fun when they jerk back.
And here’s a solid [and long] description of why it’s important to support WikiLeaks, instead of the corrupted governments who oppose the greatest advance in journalism in decades.
The illegal banking blockade run by Visa, Mastercard, eBay/PayPal, and the US State Department is exposed for its blatant hypocrisy, thanks to Crikey. News Corp published Top Secret cable details, and its reporters did illegal hacking to obtain information for other stories. WikiLeaks has only ever published Secret cables, and publishes leaks, it doesn’t steal information from sources because it relies on ethical people at source companies and governments to leak the dirt instead.
A controversial media outlet headed by a high-profile Australian is alleged to have obtained highly sensitive government information – information that may cost lives – via computer. The outlet is believed to have obtained a range of personal and governmental data with the potential to embarrass some of the most powerful people in the world. It is alleged to have engaged in systematic criminal activity in pursuit of information.
What do Visa and Mastercard, the massive financial intermediaries upon whom the outlet depends, do in response?
If it’s WikiLeaks, they slap a financial embargo on it that strangles the outlet’s lifeblood of donations.
Mastercard this week confirmed it would be maintaining its blockade of WikiLeaks. “The WikiLeaks decision was complex and one that we did not take without due consideration – and our position has not changed,” David Masters, the company’s vice-president of Strategy and Corporate Affairs told Crikey.
If it’s Rupert Murdoch’s News International, they do nothing. Not even when News International admits its employees were guilty of computer hacking, or its executives admit misleading the UK courts about it.
How would you feel if Julian was to be extradited to the US? I won’t repeat the expletives for those watching on the internet. [laughter]
But I want to come back to this concept of legality and illegality with what WikiLeaks does, because this is at the heart of the legal prosecution and persecution.
In a democracy, as we’ve heard earlier, free speech is essential. And we have laws that protect free speech and protect journalists and journalists’ sources in order to ensure that the source of information that we receive through WikiLeaks, in the public interest, that demonstrate the wrongdoings of those in power, will continue to be released to journalists.
Because if we don’t have that protection, then people, knowing they’ll be subject to prosecution, aren’t going to share the information and that undermines the entire system.
How can you help? Visit Wikileaks for details on how to send funds around the Visa blockade, and download and share the Insurance File that’s newly updated and is available on BitTorrent. It will take days to download in the background, so get started!
ADDED: “The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.”