WikiLeaks funded via Pirate Bay-linked firm

9 December, 2010 — The Local

Swedish micropay site Flattr, which was launched by The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, remains the sole online financial lifeline for embattled whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Credit card operators MasterCard and Visa and rival online payment system PayPal have shut down donations to WikiLeaks in the last week on the grounds that the site engages in illegal activities.

‘As long as there is no sign that they are doing anything illegal, we will continue,’ Flattr spokesman Niklas Silfverström told The Local on Thursday.


Users can deposit funds into a Flattr account through Visa, MasterCard or Nordea through MoneyBookers or PayPal, both of which charge fees.

When asked whether he thought it was ironic that Flattr is funded through the credit card companies, Silfverström said, ‘We are trying to find alternative means to do transactions and payouts, but we depend on the bigger organisations.’

‘The difference is we distribute the money to WikiLeaks, but there is always the risk that we will be shut down too,’ he added.

Vivian Tse (

Read more…

Incredible – over 400,000 signatures in one day for press freedom! Join the massive outcry and spread the word…

10 September, 2010 — Avaaz

The chilling intimidation campaign against WikiLeaks (when they have broken no laws) is an attack on freedom of the press and democracy. We urgently need a massive public outcry to stop the crackdown — let’s get to 1 million voices and take out full page ads in US newspapers this week!


Dear friends,
The massive campaign of intimidation against WikiLeaks is sending a chill through free press advocates everywhere.

Legal experts say WikiLeaks has likely broken no laws. Yet top US politicians have called it a terrorist group and commentators have urged assassination of its staff. The organization has come under massive government and corporate attack, but WikiLeaks is only publishing information provided by a whistleblower. And it has partnered with the world’s leading newspapers (NYT, Guardian, Spiegel etc) to carefully vet the information it publishes.

The massive extra-judicial intimidation of WikiLeaks is an attack on democracy. We urgently need a public outcry for freedom of the press and expression. Sign the petition to stop the crackdown and forward this email to everyone — let’s get to 1 million voices and take out full page ads in US newspapers this week!

WikiLeaks isn’t acting alone — it’s partnered with the top newspapers in the world (New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc) to carefully review 250,000 US diplomatic cables and remove any information that it is irresponsible to publish. Only 800 cables have been published so far. Past WikiLeaks publications have exposed government-backed torture, the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and corporate corruption.

Continue reading

Wikileaks: A Big Dangerous US Government Con Job? By F. William Engdahl

10 December, 2010 — Global Research

[This should get some people thinking, though I should add that even if what Engdahl asserts is true— that the entire release is a conspiracy by the US Government to clamp down on the Internet—it doesn’t alter the fact that their publication has altered everything. See my kind-of rebuttal A conspiracy to silence? WB]

The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller. A 39-year old Australian hacker holds the President of the United States and his State Department hostage to a gigantic cyber “leak,” unless the President leaves Julian Assange and his Wikileaks free to release hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive US Government memos. A closer look at the details, so far carefully leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the New York Times, reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to buttress the agenda of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to Russia to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet.

Continue reading

Repost: How to Decipher a State Department Cable (FOIA Tip #2) By Nate Jones

29 November, 2010 — Unredacted

This guide –originally written by Kristin Adair– might come in handy as you peruse the 251,287 Department of State cables recently released by wikileaks. [As of today, 10 December only 243 cables are available on the wikileaks site.]


At the Archive, we have lots of practice reading declassified government documents. Since we will be using this space to share with you some documents from our trove of government releases, we thought it would be useful to give you some tips on what to look for in these documents. Several of our experienced analysts have created a series of ‘cheat sheets’ for different types of agency records.

The State Department has an active declassification program, and we often get lots of documents in response to our FOIA requests to State. Most often, these documents come in the form of cables—communications sent between State Department headquarters in Washington and embassies around the world, or between different US government posts abroad.

FOIA tip: You can file a FOIA request for State Department cable(s) from a particular day or time period surrounding an event that you are researching, to see what government officials knew when and how key decisions were made.

When you get those cables, here’s some advice on how to make sense of them.

Picture 1.png

For more great FOIA tips and tricks, check out Effective FOIA Requesting for Everyone: A National Security Archive Guide (PDF).

KKK OK but not WikiLeaks for some payment processors — RT

10 December, 2010 — RT

Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal suffered online outages when they came under attack from WikiLeaks supporters waging cyber-war against the firms they accuse of stifling the project’s activities by stopping payment processing.

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently in a British jail fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.

The US government has presented no charges against Assange, but the absence of solid accusations did not stop American government officials from reportedly putting pressure at the highest level to cut off Wikileaks’ funding supply.

The senior executive of America’s money transfer giant, Pay Pal, said the State Department had written to the company, claiming the online whistleblower had illegally leaked documents. So Pay Pal, along with MasterCard and Visa no longer accept cash donations for the controversial website.

‘It’s the threat of this that has some impact on national security. And when you say that, in the United States, everybody, you know, wets their pants and they do what they’re told,’ scorned Sam Husseini, the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. ‘It’s a misconception in some cases that people think the US is purely a money-driven society. It is not. The government has certain prerogatives, particularly over national security.’

It appears that no court ruling or legal procedures were needed to crackdown on the media organization.

Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist organization, believes the situation with WikiLeaks is outrageous.

‘Wikileaks has not been charged with a single US crime,’ he said, ‘and here the country’s financial institutions are taking action on behalf of our state department to extinguish this whistleblower’s website.’

Later, Pay Pal backtracked on its reasons for acting on the US government’s request, while MasterCard and Visa were most evasive on the issue.

But the general explanation they give for not accepting donation payments for WikiLeaks is that the site ‘encourages, promotes, facilitates or instructs others to engage in illegal activity.’

But, on the other hand, neither MasterCard nor Visa have any problems processing donations for, say, the Ku Klux Klan – a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a history of extreme violence, with goals of racial segregation and white supremacy. And yet it takes seconds to make a donation for the Klan, using your Visa or MasterCard. In this case, MasterCard and Visa are saying, it is all about business. But they are not saying that when it comes to WikiLeaks.

A number of senators, including the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Joe Lieberman, were quick to pat those companies on the back for cutting off cash to WikiLeaks.

But some cannot help asking: if US officials are so down on WikiLeaks, why are they not after the WikiLeaks’ partner newspapers?

’One other incredible thing about the persecution is that so many people are falsely reporting that WikiLeaks has dumped 250,000 documents but it’s not true at all. They were only putting stuff up on their webpage, when the New York Times, [German] Der Spiegel, [British] The Guardian or [Spanish] El Pais were putting them up. They were very useful to the US government in some ways,’ Sam Husseini reminded.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding WikiLeaks. But what is on the surface now, are examples of double standards: everyone is after WikiLeaks, but not, for example, the New York Times. The question is why?

(Via .)

An Exclusive Interview with Julian Assange on the Eve of His Arrest

8 December, 210 — Narco News

W ikiLeaks Founder Denies Accusations, Says It’s Fascinating to See the Tentacles of the Corrupt American Elite

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, gave an exclusive interview to Brazilian journalist Natalia Viana of the online publication Opera Mundi on Monday. (Viana, 2004 graduate of Narco News’ School of Authentic Journalism, now is co-chair, with Bill Conroy, of its investigative journalism program.) Assange didn’t hide his irritation at the freezing of his Swiss bank account (on the pretext of his having registered it at a local address while he does not reside in a European country) and with other actions taken against his organization since it published embarrassing documents from US Embassies.

Assange was preparing to turn himself in to British police, who arrested him in London this morning. Assange is accused of sexual crimes in Sweden. The accusation isn’t very clear and includes charges of having unprotected sex with two women while he was in Stockholm giving a speech. On November 18 Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant with the objective of interrogating him for ‘reasonable suspicion of rape, sexual and coercive aggression.’ The WikiLeaks founder faces a hearing in the Westminster court in the central region of London, where it will be decided if he will be extradited to Sweden.

Continue reading

Shock and despair By William Gladys

10 December, 2010 — fuggingmonarchy

Shock & Despair on the faces of students when they heard the appalling result in the House of Commons

I have mentioned Shock & Despair in my title because of last night’s unvarying BBC reference on TV to the shock on the face of Camilla and Charles Battenberg.  

Well welcome to the real world my old profligates, where people boil their own eggs, do their own washing and ironing, squeeze their own toothpaste, dress themselves, use public transport, and queue, yes queue for buses and trains, while the general public get on with their day to day  business, without the lavish cost of  police outriders on motorbikes or armed police in a back up car, or constables holding up traffic at the inconvenience of everyone else.

Moreover, although the media and Clarence House will be frantic for an apology, I suggest that Charles Battenberg and the rest of the profligate royals offer an apology to the British public first for the outrageous and self-centred deal that was concluded secretly behind closed doors.

Continue reading

Death Squads versus Democracy: Tom Flanagan’s “Joke” directed against Wikileaks Julian Assange By Prof. Michael Keefer

7 December, 2010 — Global Research

Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary political science professor, right-wing pundit, and mentor and former senior advisor to Prime Minister Harper, has earned himself more international media attention during the past week than even he may have an appetite for.

On November 30th, Flanagan spoke as one of the regular panelists on CBC Television’s national political analysis program, Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. Staring into the camera, while across the bottom of the television screen there appeared a banner reading “WIKILEAKS LATEST: New document mentions PM Stephen Harper,” Flanagan had this to say about Julian Assange, the founder and editor of Wikileaks:

“Well, I think Assange should be assassinated, actually. I think Obama should put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something.”

Continue reading

It really is us against them By William Bowles

10 December, 2010

MPs fiddling expenses and leaked diplomatic cables: what connects them and is the game finally up for capitalist ‘democracy’?

“Julian Rush is on the case but it already really does look as if there is an evolving war online between the organic anarchy of the web, as represented currently on the one hand by WikiLeaks and an assorted group of internet activists, and on the other hand by both the old and new icons of the corporate capitalist order, credit card and web commerce companies.” — Channel 4 Email, 9 December, 2010

Aside from having their ‘little secrets’ exposed, British MPs just as with their compatriots in the diplomatic service have had their way for so long that they look like a force of nature. But no more. What the complicit media echoes so faithfully and fearfully, ‘we have to restore faith in the system’ reveals just how frightened they are and just how tenuous their hold on power really is. It all rests on our belief in the system and once that connection is broken the state has two choices: repression or dissolution.

Wikileaks was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was simply a step too far for the political/media class to take. It had to be neutralized and the real meanings in all those cables buried or people are going to start connecting the dots together.

Of course the meanings embedded in the cables are not being reported but they are written by people whose function is to enact the strategies of their paymasters. It doesn’t matter how they say it. It doesn’t matter who they talk about, or even if they get their ramblings totally wrong. What matters is that specific policies are carried through and much rests on the state’s diplomats. Diplomats are essentially human extensions of the state, embodying many of the legal characteristics of a state such as diplomatic immunity or a diplomatic passport.

What the cables reveal are the inner workings of empire. Remember the Nixon tapes? ‘Motherfucker this and motherfucker that’ all over the place as Nixon ranted on about his ‘enemies’, tripping on some kind of drug-induced haze through the White House. These are our leaders, who we are meant to look up to?

“Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera has posted all U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks that pertain to Bolivia on his official website.

“He told reporters Wednesday he wants people to know the “barbarities and insults” of what he called Washington’s “interventionist infiltration.”” — ‘Bolivia hosts Wikileaks Mirror’, Bolivia Rising

We need to see the ruling elite for what it is and what better way than when their servants think they’re talking alone together?

The state/media argues that when engaging in foreign relations, if diplomatic notes are to be effective they have to be private. Okay, aside from around 250,000, they are. Carry on with whatever it is you’re doing but bear in mind we know what you really think. You’re not a special breed, apart from the rest of us and you do things in our names allegedly endorsed by a vote every few years. A vote that gives state policies the stamp of our approval. Remember, these are the same people that supply information that contributes to people being blown up somewhere in the endless wars being waged by capital around the planet.

It was Robert McNamara, thousands of miles from the battlefield, sitting in an office in the Pentagon using a spreadsheet to calculate the total tonnage of bombs to drop on North Vietnam in order to bring the country to its knees. The calculus of murder expressed in numbers of bombs needed, the fuel, the pilots. Ultimately it’s the economics of slaughter.

But to be dictated to by a state that lies to its citizens and steals our wealth from us ‘legally’ and hands it over to a handful of transnational banks and to add insult to injury fiddles its own expenses? I think not. Issues have gotten to be too critical to be left in the hands of a cabal of self-serving careerists, who are simply incapable of seeing beyond their own immediate interests. We don’t need people like this allegedly running things!

The publication of these formerly private conversations when taken collectively reveals a state intent on meddling anywhere it sees its interests involved or threatened and in the process revealing their arrogance and disdain for those who see things differently. But then that’s how empires behave– with impunity.

The release of these cables is an historic event for they forever transform the relationship between the state and its citizens. They blow away the illusion that our leaders are honourable men and women rather than mere servants of capital.

And, as events unfold here and elsewhere in the ‘developed’ world, what we see is a state in disarray and on the defensive but unfortunately as yet anyway, no alternative is on hand to offer our beleaguered citizens. Wikileaks is a wake up call for us to do something before it’s too late. The Empire must be destroyed!

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 December, 2010: France, First in Europe to Recognize Independent Palestine

9 December, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: Two resistance fighters killed; 6 civilians wounded this week
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Friday December 10, 2010 – 00:28, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 02 – 08 December 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that two Palestinian resistance were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. Another resistance fighter was wounded by Israeli forces in the central Gaza Strip.

Israel Offers To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims, Refuses To Admit Guilt
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 09, 2010 – 23:36, The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli violent military attack on the Mavi Marmara Turkish solidarity ship last May. Yet, Israel is refusing to offer apologies or accept responsibility for the deadly attack.

Continue reading

Wikileaks News Roundup 9-10 December, 2010

10 December, 2010 —

10 December, 2010

9 December, 2010