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Wikileaks Dumps Yet More Data; A Nobel For Manning?

Wikileaks Dumps Yet More Data; A Nobel For Manning?

Wikileaks dumped another huge trove of data — specifically, five million emails from Statfor Global Intelligence, a global geopolitical analysis firm — on Sunday night. While Wikileaks did not give the source of the leak, Stratfor had said that its data servers had been hacked into by Anonymous back in December, at which time the names, e-mails and credit card numbers of thousands of Stratfor subscribers were posted online. Wikileaks has now made public the contents of thousands of emails and claims that Stratfor has kept files on both on the group and its founder, Julian Assange, who is currently under house arrest in Britain while appealing an extradition order on charges of raping two Swedish women.

A statement from Stratfor said that some of the emails may have been “forged or altered to include inaccuracies” but that “having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them.”

On Monday, Assange participated in a streamed news conference from the journalists’ Frontline Club in London and said that Stratfor’s response to the data dump was confirmation of what was said in one of its own now-leaked emails:  ”admit nothing, deny everything, make counteraccusations.”

25 news organization around the world including Rolling Stone in the United States, L’Espresso in Italy and The Hindu in India have been assisting in analyzing the mass of emails. The New York Times, which had been given access to leaked documents when Wikileaks firs tstarted to release files, was not among them. As The Atlantic Monthly points out, the absence of the New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel “reveals how much the WikiLeaks founder’s behavior over the last year has alienated onetime mainstream media collaborators.”

Some have referred to Stratfor as a  “private CIA” and an “extra-governmental” intelligence firm. According to Wikileaks, Stratfor provides corporations and government agencies with intelligence data and analysis via “a network of paid informants, including government employees, diplomats, and journalists who are bribed (and occasionally threatened).” Stratfor then “re-packages” the information and sells it, paying informants through “Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards.” Whether or not these allegations are accurate remains to be determined.

Will the world take the interest in the Wikileaks project that it did when the massive online whistleblower project began? Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier suspected of leaking thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and classified military documents files who now faces a court martial, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize — whether or not his nomination is taken seriously will be a sign of how relevant Wikileaks remains and of its longterm legacy.

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4:09PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

wow.

1:45AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Anon and its ilk have long and well demonstrated that they are puerile sociopathic script-kiddies who have no respect for the rights of others.

And, they are liars, as evidence by the forged e-mails that Startfor subscribers received.

They are no different from common thieves and thugs, and deserve reprehension and disdain.

2:12AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Well done Assange! Bash on regardless!!

1:26AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

The cases against Assange are highly suspicious in their timing alone. I don't really buy any of it and wonder if he was set up as a move to stop Wikileaks. It's really important for the public to know as much truth as possible when dealing with our government. In a way, Wikileaks performed an exposing function like Anonymous or LulzSec, except that they do it face-forward not hiding behind anonymity. Of course, the hackers have to remain anonymous, since they would definitely be prosecuted if ever caught.

9:13PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Right on, keep it coming, Nobel Peace Prizes for them all.
Peace

2:05PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Thanks to Anon & WikiLeaks for doing what journalists and publishers are suppose to do. I agree that Assange and Manning both deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. Naysayers should read the chat logs between Manning and Adrian Lamo before they decide Manning should be hung out to dry. He explains why he did what he did; and for all the right reasons. He's a Patriot and a Hero. Unlike so many today, he has a conscience--and listened to it. Not one death has been attributed to it. In fact, I'm sure that because of his decision, many, many deaths were avoided. Keep up the great work, Anon!

1:49PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

We all do not live in parallel worlds as to have parallel systems. Mostly, political decisions concerns and are tightly related to us all. Facts, words and actions in public life, must happen under total transparency. PUBLIC PERSONS AREN'T ENTITLED TO HAVE SECRETS.

1:46PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

The real criminals are the politicians that sent innocent victims overseas to be murdered so that big oil corporations could take control of oil fields. Every one of them deserves to be dragged out of their offices and drowned in a barrel of the filthy oil that they are using to devastate this nation. They have changed America, into a bunch of low life bullies in the eyes of the world.
The world will always remember how we were taken over by big corporations and how hundreds of thousands of people will killed so that a few could make millions of dollars.
Our military leaders have sunk to the lowest level of creature possible, and it is our duty to stand up to these criminals that are defiling our nation.
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln

1:34PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Lets hear it for TRANSPARENCY. This secrecy nonsense has gone on far too long.
Those who believe in secrecy usually have something to hide.

12:45PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

We can build nothing positive with out truth. Why is a private company doing geopolitical analysis that is likely leading to earth changing decisions and keeping it all in the shadows?

Wiki leaks has had 95% of its donations blocked by Bank of America, Visa, Mastercard and Paypal. Taking it upon them selves to tell people what they can and can not donate to.

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