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    Have to admit hadn't heard of Julian Assange before the Baghdad airstrike video. There was a good profile of him in the Times yesterday. He seems a fascinating character: both a brilliant programmer and a highly effective political activist. Anyone heard much about him before this?

    ...Assange preaches a “radical democracy” that is taking online activism into new and uncharted territory. Wikileaks is essentially an outlaw operation, creating a viral or word-of-mouth buzz with arresting secret intelligence. It has forced itself to the forefront of journalism in the digital age, where sites such as the Drudge Report once ruled supreme...

    He travels light to stay ahead of his foes, having lived for spells in Kenya and Tanzania. “He’s a weird guy,” said a former associate. “He seems to be quite nomadic, and I don’t know how he lives like that, to be honest. He turns up with a rucksack, and I suspect that’s all he’s got.”

    Persistent journalists have been rewarded by the hushed tones of the elusive Pimpernel speaking from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, or Belgium — the latter because it is illegal to monitor telephone calls. Wikileaks also adopts a will-o’-the-wisp profile: it has no headquarters, only five full-time editors and 800 occasional volunteers. Its primary server is in Sweden, where internet anonymity is upheld by law.
    The Pentagon is out to destroy him, unsuprisingly, after his exposes of the US rules of engagement for Iraq, the plans for the Afghan war and the operations manual for Guantanamo Bay which revealed it was US policy to hide some prisoners, presumably those most severely tortured, from the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has won a number of media awards, including for exposing extrajudicial assassinations. He felt so threatened in the lead-up to the leak of the airstrike video he sent out advance warnings, appealing to the public for protection in a series of tweets:

    # WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining
    # If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.
    # Two under State Dep diplomatic cover followed our editor from Iceland to http://skup.no on Thursday.
    # One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.That’s http://www.skup.no
    # We know our possession of the decrypted airstrike video is now being discussed at the highest levels of US command.
    # We have been shown secret photos of our production meetings and been asked specific questions during detention related to the airstrike.

    The Times adds

    ...Wikileaks has no shortage of critics. Assange’s stance that all leaks are good leaks means he would never censor anything that is militarily sensitive. That has caused alarm. He claims submissions are vetted, and attempts are made to investigate leakers’ bona fides. Asked who gets the final call, he replied: ‘Me, actually. I’m the final decision if the document is legit.”

    To his detractors, it does not amount to accountability. Assange’s answer? “When governments stop torturing and killing people, and when corporations stop abusing the legal system, then perhaps it will be time to ask if free-speech activists are accountable.”
    Julian Assange

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    There was a report in yesterday's Observer that current copyright legislation in the UK could threaten Wikileaks and anyone using other peoples' material.

    This particular video was devastating. The images so like boys with a computer game, while people were murdered.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Ghosting Julian Assange. In an extraordinary—and extraordinarily long—profile in the London Review of Books, Andrew O’Hagan, the ghost-writer who worked with Assange on an abortive autobiography, gives what may be the most detailed and intimate portrait so far of the Wikileaks founder, in all his eccentricity.
    As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Ghosting Julian Assange. In an extraordinary—and extraordinarily long—profile in the London Review of Books, Andrew O’Hagan, the ghost-writer who worked with Assange on an abortive autobiography, gives what may be the most detailed and intimate portrait so far of the Wikileaks founder, in all his eccentricity.
    the article is bit long no? like reading a whole book almost...cant go more than ~ 1000 words in digital print

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    Mueller will be interested in this.........

    Wikileaks is leaking....
    Leaked documents show WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange planning to move to Russia shortly after publishing 250,000 top-secret U.S. cables in 2010. In a tweet, WikiLeaks denied the documents were written by Assange.
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    Russia's "bold plot" to smuggle Assange out of London




    • Assange was intensely isolated in the embassy for almost seven years after he began publishing classified documents from governments around the world on WikiLeaks. He sought refuge at the embassy in 2012 when Interpol, the international criminal police organization, issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of sexual assault. [Telegraph / Harriet Alexander]




    • Assange was then involved in the 2016 US presidential election when he published emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her team, which were allegedly acquired by hackers from a Russian intelligence agency. [ABC / James Gordon Meek and Ali Dukakis]




    • The Kremlin's plan brings into question Assange's ties to Russia, concerns that US authorities have had since the 2016 election. If he managed to escape to Russia, he could not be extradited to the US. [Business Insider / Sinéad Baker]




    • The Russian Embassy has denied the report, tweeting that this was "Another example of disinformation and fake news by British media." [Sputnik News]
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    Julian no longer has internet access..........and apparently someone is holding him in the embassy. There was me thinking he had fled to the embassy and was holed up there. Silly me.
    ICYMI: Due to "extraordinary circumstances" in which Julian Assange "has been held incommunicado," Kristinn Hrafnsson has been named editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, the company announced... (TechCrunch)
    As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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