2011-08-03 WikiLeaks Notes: Latest News on #Cablegate Releases & #WikiLeaks


This is a "WikiLeaks News Update", a daily news update of stories that are obviously related to WikiLeaks and also freedom of information, transparency, cybersecurity, and freedom of expression. All the times are GMT.
- New Cable(s) were released today.

11:10 PM Guantanamo reporter Carol Rosenberg is providing information, via twitter, on Hurricane Emily as it approaches the Guantanamo base. She has written so far:

This just in from #Guantanamo: Navy base expecting rains and winds from Tropical Storm Emily but tracks don't portend damage...
#Guantanamo residents told to check emergsency supplies ahead of Tropical Storm Emily. Kung Fu Panda 2 still a go at base drive-in tomorrow.

04:00 PM The United Nations discussed shutting down Cambodia’s war crimes tribunal without hearing a politically sensitive case involving two former high-level Khmer Rouge cadres, a cable reveals.

02:30 PM Today Hosni Mubarak was on trial, facing charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In an opinion article, Jack Hunter revisits misrepresentation of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in the media and by the political class and draws attention to the impact documents published by WikiLeaks had in Egypt.
"… the soon-to-be-ousted Egyptian president's many abuses ran everywhere, primarily thanks to WikiLeaks.", he writes.

12:35 PM WikiLeaks has recently been addressing the numerous false reports that Julian Assange has been charged with offenses:

11:30 AM The three Internal Security Act arrests in Malaysia in 2008 are described in a cable released today by Raja Petra, who remained in prison under the ISA for more 50 days, as “very successful” in achieving Malaysia’s ruling party Umno's objective of intimidating MPs who had considered joining with (opposition leader) Anwar (Ibrahim)”.

08:15 AM An unclassified Department of Homeland Security bulletin on Anonymous/LulzSec has been released.
Anonymous’ techniques and procedures are described as rudimentary and unsophisticated, yet their success to date executing operations and gaining media attention is on par with high profile incidents allegedly involving sophisticated “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT) actors., the 6 page document reads.

The arrest of Bradley Manning is mentioned as a catalyst for Anonymous’ activity and notoriety in the following terms:

Anonymous increased its notoriety in 2010 with high-profile attacks motivated by the arrest of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning in connection to Wikileaks, releasing several thousand classified U.S. government documents on the internet. Though Anonymous’s past actions indicate these cyber attacks should have been motivated by Anonymous’s views on freedom of speech, their public statements indicated that the intent was to retaliate against mistreatment of Pvt. Manning while he was in U.S. custody.

Anonymous' ‘future attacks’ are also predicted in the document:

Future attacks are likely to continue but will likely remain limited in scope due to a lack of advanced capabilities. These attacks are also likely to target the Federal government and critical infrastructure sectors, particularly in response to publicized events relating to civil liberties, cyber security, or allegations of censorship (online or otherwise).

05:50 AM More than 300 anti-war military veterans will be gathering this week in Oregon, Portland for the conventions of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. ‘Efforts to free Bradley Manning’ is one of the topics that will be discussed.

04:00 AM Recently published cables from the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reveal how the country’s government has been quietly cooperating with South Korea to transfer hundreds of refugees who arrive from North Korea seeking asylum.

03:30 AM The NSW Supreme Court has decided to freeze the family trust that holds the profits from David Hicks’ Memoir Guantanamo, My Journey.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge described the case as a ‘political show trial’ during a protest outside the Court:

"David's book is a story about the complicity of the Australian government in the so called war on terror, that's a story that the Australian people not only have a right to hear, but that they need to hear."

"What the Australian government is trying to do is to send a message out, not only to David Hicks but to send a message to any future author, that if you want to publish a political story then you are going to be silenced by the Australian government."

03:10 AM Upcoming panel on WikiLeaks, National Security and Free Speech at the ABA in Toronto, Aug. 6, from 8:30 to10 a.m. Panelists will include lawyers from the ACLU, CNN and the American University in Washington DC, for more details please visit ABA’s press release.

03:00 AM The Senate has confirmed Earl Anthony Wayne as the new United States ambassador to Mexico, after former ambassador Carlos Pascual resigned in March due to a public dispute with Mexican President Felipe Calderon over cables published by WikiLeaks.