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Daniel Ellsberg: Crowd Funding the Right to Know

“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, an ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.” — Judge Murray Gurfein, Pentagon Papers case, June 17, 1971

When a government becomes invisible, it becomes unaccountable. To expose its lies, errors, and illegal acts is not treason, it is a moral responsibility. Leaks become the lifeblood of the Republic.

Whatever one’s opinion of WikiLeaks, every American should be offended that two elected officials, merely by putting pressure on corporations, could financially strangle necessary expression without ever going to court. What happened to WikiLeaks is completely unacceptable in a democracy that values free speech and due process.

via huffingtonpost.com

These people are doing great work. In an era of unparalleled person-to-person communication, it’s simply unacceptable that much of our government is invisible to the average person.

New York Times, Al-Jazeera Do An End-Run Around WikiLeaks: Tech News and Analysis «

The New York Times is considering creating an electronic tip line so that leakers of classified documents can go direct instead of having to use a middleman like WikiLeaks, according to executive editor Bill Keller. Keller said that the plan is still in its formative stages, but the idea is to create a “kind of EZ Pass lane for leakers,” to make it easier for them to contact the paper and deliver information. And the Times isn’t the only one doing this: Al-Jazeera has already launched its own drop-box for leaks called the Transparency Unit, and recently released thousands of documents related to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

WikiLeaks’ Assange Threatened Lawsuit Over Leaked Diplomatic Cables | Threat Level | Wired.com

After receiving the database of a quarter-million cables from Assange under embargo last August, the Guardian obtained a second copy of the database from a WikiLeaks insider without conditions — which led the newspaper to conclude it was no longer bound by a signed agreement with Assange that it wouldn’t publish the documents until he gave the go-ahead.
Assange was pallid and sweaty, his thin frame racked by a cough that had been plaguing him for weeks. He was also angry, and his message was simple: he would sue the newspaper if it went ahead and published stories based on the quarter of a million documents that he had handed over to The Guardian just three months earlier…. Assange’s position was rife with ironies. An unwavering advocate of full, unfettered disclosure of primary-source material, Assange was now seeking to keep highly sensitive information from reaching a broader audience. He had become the victim of his own methods: someone at WikiLeaks, where there was no shortage of disgruntled volunteers, had leaked the last big segment of the documents, and they ended up at The Guardian in such a way that the paper was released from its previous agreement with Assange — that The Guardian would publish its stories only when Assange gave his permission. Enraged that he had lost control, Assange unleashed his threat, arguing that he owned the information and had a financial interest in how and when it was released.

Quite an interesting shade of hypocrisy there on Mr. Assange’s remarks.

WikiLeaks Archive – China’s Battle With Google

China: “The Web is fundamentally controllable.”

Click-through for the entire, excellent article. This a must-read for anyone concerned about internet privacy, international diplomacy, and what real terrorism looks like.  And why Wikileaks is an absolutely necessary component of today’s media landscape.

Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity: Tech News «

WikiLeaks is a publisher — a new kind of publisher, but a publisher nonetheless — and that makes this a freedom of the press issue. Like it or not, WikiLeaks is fundamentally a journalistic entity, and as such it deserves our protection.

This is the crux of the issue. People who would choose to obfuscate the debate with calls of terrorism and leglate against it as such, demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet operates. I’m talking @you, Lieberman. Whatever happened to your crusade for the rights of average citizens? Oh, I almost forgot – you’re now at the reigns of the Homeland Security department, and as we all know, power corrupts.

Woe for Joe. Woe for America.

Amazon and WikiLeaks – Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression against government encroachment – but that doesn’t help if the censorship doesn’t come from the government.

The controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, which has begun to publish a trove of over 250,000 classified diplomatic cables, found itself kicked off of Amazon’s servers earlier this week. WikiLeaks had apparently moved from a hosting platform in Sweden to the cloud hosting services available through Amazon in an attempt to ward off ongoing distributed denial of service attacks.

While it’s frustrating to think of any hosting provider cutting services to a website because it considers the content too politically volatile or controversial, it’s especially disheartening to see Amazon knuckle under to pressure from a single senator. Other Internet intermediaries should now expect to receive a phone call when some other member of Congress is unhappy with speech they are hosting. After all, it worked on Amazon.

Make sure to read the whole article. I almost didn’t even excerpt it.

WikiLeaks Archive — Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy

The disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.

The White House said the release of what it called “stolen cables” to several publications was a “reckless and dangerous action” and warned that some cables, if released in full, could disrupt American operations abroad and put the work and even lives of confidential sources of American diplomats at risk. The statement noted that reports often include “candid and often incomplete information” whose disclosure could “deeply impact not only U.S. foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world.”

Is this really terrorism? It’s thinking you can keep hundreds of thousands of messages private in this day and age is the absurd part – and that’s entirely bad planning on our end. Especially, when the documents reveal disturbingly Machiavellian plots, to – for example – force our Abmassadors to collect biometric and other private data about the people they’re supposed to have above-board diplomatic relationships with.  That, to me, seems reckless and dangerous.

Who’s prosecuting Condoleeza and Hillary for forcing Federal employees to essentially break international law by acting as spies on our own Embassy soil?

Wikileaks Data Spurs App Development – ReadWriteCloud

While politicians, pundits, military, and journalists assess and debate the fallout from Wikileaks’ release of the “Afghan War Diary” – the legality and ethics of Wikileaks, its impact on the war efforts, the rise of the “world’s first stateless news organization” – a number of developers are diving right into the 91,000 some odd classified documents and seeing what they can do with the data.

Update to my previous WikiLeaks post: information is, in fact, still able to permeate even the strictest legal strangleholds. I applaud these lunies who risk life and limb to develop the code that empowers us to understand the data we pay for yet are systematically denied access to by the people we’ve put in power. Take it back!

WikiLeaks to Pentagon: You’re Obnoxious. And In Another Country. Back Off, Dude.

Hasn’t anyone explained to the Pentagon how globalization works?  Turns out you can’t lure expatriates back to the US by promising to arrest them.  Similarly, you can’t convince them to relinquish top secret materials said expatriates have made a lifelong crusade out of liberating, simply by asking.  Who hires these people?