2011-07-16 WikiLeaks Notes: Latest News on #Cablegate Releases & #WikiLeaks


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02:35 PM Wikileaks classified as an "extremist website" by the NLA (National Library of Australia). The classification can be seen here, as printed in The Most Dangerous Man In The World, a biography of Julian Assange, authored by Andrew Fowler. Another book on Wikileaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s, can also be found under the ‘extremist’ category in the Library of Congress catalogue. Only a second book shares this category in the LoC catalogue : ‘U.S. strategy for countering jihadist Web sites…’
Questions remain as to why this classification was applied to certain books regarding the whistleblowing organization.

A few Wikileaks supporters who brought this to my attention are joining forces to enquire about and, if considered necessary, to protest against the ‘extremist’ label.

To contact the NLA on this subject through an online form click here. (edit: fixed link) Their telephone number is 02 6262 1458 (international code for Australia +61)

09:15 AM Revolution Truth has now officially released its first Wikileaks short film(!).
Read the press release here and visit their website to know more about this project and and how you can participate in their Wikileaks campaign by signing the open letter to the U.S. government and their Bradley Manning Campaign in support of the alleged whistleblower.

08:30 AM ‘How Wired Magazine Tried (And Failed) To Help The US Government Frame Julian Assange’, Jaraparilla analyses the chat logs between Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, published by Wired in their redacted entirety this week.

And asks the important question: ‘Why would Wired with-hold this critically important information [Julian Assange was unaware of the identity of his source] unless they were actively co-operating with US agents trying to fabricate charges against Assange?’

08:00 AM ‘In a Cable Released by WikiLeaks, State Department Officials Encourage Canada to Spin News Coverage of Tar Sands Pipeline’ via ThinkProgress

A cable shows the U.S. encouraged the Canadian government to increase ‘visibility and accessibility of more positive news stories’ concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2009, a $13 billion proposed expansion of the oil pipeline controversial for its environmental impact.

07:45 AM A Pública announces: all of Brazil’s cables have been released. Almost 3000 documents from Brasilia, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife are available for public viewing.

00:55 AM While Julian Assange’s extradition appeal hearing was happening in London, in San Francisco diplomatic cables were being sung as a ‘guerilla opera’ conducted by Tom Comitta, entitled ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Prozac for your AntiSec)’. The performance lasted for a total of 12 hours.

LoC Screenshot

screenshot of USA Library of Congress - http://i52.tinypic.com/2mfd91y.png


Why not embrace rather than fight the extremist tag?

And then pose the question what is it about today's society that labels such people "extremists".

Solzhenitsyn and the Scholl siblings were also extremists.


Also, important info, definition of extremist website according to LoC http://id.loc.gov/authorities/sh2009002822


Post was corrected to properly convey my original intention when providing the contact information: protest was only intended as an option, I realize the original text: 'to enquire about and/or to protest..' doesn't amount to that.

We are still looking into this question, and finding new information. Keep an eye on the #wlcat hashtag on twitter!

WLCentral outage?

All day yesterday WLCentral couldn't be accessed. What happened?

Could someone please explain to me what the # symbol means on WLCentral? I see stuff like #WikiLeaks. It's completely confusing. Is it some sort of Twitter stuff?

re: WLCentral outage?

I know almost nothing about what happened so I can't really answer that, but a # is a twitter hashtag indeed! Sorry for the confusion, here you go: https://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/109-tweets-m...

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