Friday, December 3, 2010

Wikileaks update

The weekend seems to have been relatively quiet on the Wikileaks front.

Only two real breaking stories but some interesting commentary and background.

The breaking stories are that the latest release of US State Dept. cables includes one requesting an inventory of strategic points of interest to the US in each country where it is represented.

In this story the lawyers of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claim they are being hassled by the security services.

Some interesting background and commentary:

First up is Swedish ISP Bahnhof's role in keeping Wikileaks online (from CNN! and pointed out to me by friends at Bahnhof who are also the technical contact for the São Tomé e Príncipe domain).

Then we have Marc Ambinder in the US National Journal questioning the IT systems that allowed how US military private Bradley Manning had access (in Iraq at the time) to so much classified material.

You can no longer donate to Wikileaks using Paypal.

Finally, extremely well-argued commentary from Juan Cole (which I don't entirely agree with) on Informed Comment.

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