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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2011, 12:29:03 PM »
U.S. orders Twitter to hand over WikiLeaks records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court has ordered Twitter to hand over details of the accounts of WikiLeaks and several supporters as part of a criminal investigation into the release of hundreds of thousands of confidential documents.

The December 14 subpoena obtained by the Department of Justice and published by online magazine Salon.com on Friday said the records sought from the microblogging website were "relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation."

It ordered Twitter to provide account information on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking Pentagon documents made public last year by WikiLeaks.

The information sought by the government includes all connection records and session times, IP addresses used to access Twitter, email and residential addresses plus billing records and details of bank accounts and credit cards.

The subpoena included the accounts of WikiLeaks supporters Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp and Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer and member of Iceland's parliament.

"WikiLeaks strongly condemns this harassment of individuals by the U.S. government," WikiLeaks said in a statement issued to Reuters by its London lawyer, Mark Stephens.

Iceland's Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson told Icelandic media on Saturday his government planned to lodge a protest on Monday with the U.S. ambassador in Reykjavik.

Speaking on state radio, Skarphedinsson said the U.S. authorities' behavior was unacceptable and his government would do everything in its power to protect Jonsdottir.

The U.S. government is examining whether criminal charges can be brought against Assange for helping to make public hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that embarrassed Washington and several of its allies.

WikiLeaks said three of the four individuals targeted by the Department of Justice had never worked for WikiLeaks and were private citizens who supported its public disclosure work voluntarily as activists or politicians.

Two of them were instrumental in helping WikiLeaks make public the Pentagon video that showed a U.S. helicopter crew firing on Iraqi civilians, the statement said. WikiLeaks is instructing its U.S. lawyers to oppose the subpoena, he added.

Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland's foreign relations committee wrote on Twitter that she was seeking legal advice and had spoken to Iceland's minister of justice, who was looking into the case.

Speaking to Sky News on the telephone from Reykjavik, she said the U.S.'s actions were outrageous.

"I have not conducted any criminal activity. I find it to be troublesome because the vice president of the United States has labeled WikiLeaks as a cyber-terrorist organization," she said.

The subpoena gave Twitter Inc three days to provide the records and ordered the San Francisco-based company not to inform the users under investigation.

A federal judge unsealed the order on January 5 after Twitter requested the right to inform the people involved.

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the subpoena but added: "To help users protect their rights, it is our policy to notify users about law enforcement and governmental requests for their information, unless we are prevented by law from doing so."

In its statement, WikiLeaks said the legal step taken by Twitter had made public the existence of a criminal investigation by the U.S. government into the website's work.

WikiLeaks called on Facebook and Google to unseal any similar subpoenas requesting information about its operations.

Stephens said the subpoena showed that the U.S. authorities were having difficulty putting together a case "criminalizing the actions of a journalistic source" as they try to identify the source of the leaked documents.

"What they are trying to do is hoover data up to see if anything can identify the source," the lawyer told Reuters.

Washington has accused WikiLeaks of acting without regard for the safety of those named in classified cables containing candid remarks about foreign leaders and governments.

The State Department said on Friday it has warned several hundred people worldwide it believes may be imperiled and has helped a handful relocate to safer places.

Reuters

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Is the U.S. government trying to prove the Wikileaks action right by dealing secretly with Wikileaks supporters?   :-[

In my opinion this just shows that Wikileaks and Assange didn't directly violate any U. S. laws. The attorneys need to dig secretly to find something that can be used...
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2011, 04:34:52 AM »

Is the U.S. government trying to prove the Wikileaks action right by dealing secretly with Wikileaks supporters?   :-[

In my opinion this just shows that Wikileaks and Assange didn't directly violate any U. S. laws. The attorneys need to dig secretly to find something that can be used...

Uh, wrong.  The U.S is doing an investigation to bring the criminals to justice.  Do you have a problem with that?  Crimes WERE committed and supporters of Assange like you and the rest just can't seem to understand that.  Frankly, I don't care how the U.S goes about doing their investigation, and it really should be no surprise to you now should it?  What did you think we were going to do?

Your last sentence really sums it up. "The attorneys need to dig secretly."  No..that's what wikileaks does and has been doing with every chance they get.  Isn't that what this is all about?? Wikipricks DIGGING UP SECRETS????????  Hello??  Anyone home upstairs?  It's ok for them to do it, but it's perceived as a huge sin when the U.S does it..  Gimme a break.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2011, 05:27:49 AM »
Can it be more simplistic than calling somebody who is using his own brain and asking questions not a sympathizer only but a supporter even? Take the break and think a little for yourself! ;)

How can the US government order the internet  company Twitter to reveal personal data from foreign politicians without a  clear suspicion of having violated an existing law? Bye bye Human Rights! And if Twitter would comply too easily they would loose millions of value in their stocks. Maybe they'll do now anyway due to the only possibility of not being able to protect data as  long as their servers are located in the US. They should move their servers and pay their tax billions to another country more sensitive to Human Rights.  :-[
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #63 on: January 11, 2011, 07:44:54 AM »
This has absolutely NOTHING to do with human rights.. It has to do with FEAR.  FEAR because now the U.S is going after these xxxxxxxx who compromised the human rights of everyone in America...and they are AFRAID of being caught and having to do some jail time with Tyrone.  Twitter is owned and based in the U.S...if you plan on allowing xxxxxxx like Assange and its supporters to break the law then you will suffer the consequences....Don't like it?  Tough shxt...go relocate to a place like North Korea or one of the countries in Africa and see just how many "Human rights" you have.  When it comes to national security, yes, we do have a right to see the ip addresses and personal info.

Also, since when do you and the rest of the bleeding heart liberal xxxxxxxx have such a concern for twitter and its users?  Do you own stock in the company or something?  Are you one of those afraid of being caught only trying to hide behind this violation of human rights mumbo jumbo?  In my opinion.. Yes.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #64 on: January 11, 2011, 09:01:23 AM »
Edited by admin.

Can't you try not to force me to edit your posts all the time? Why can't you argue your view without calling others insulting names? ???

And don't you feel ridiculous telling people who are defending freedom the only alternative for them were the total opposite? Never heard of constructive criticism before? ;)

Of course the US is a free country compared to North Korea right now. And it's worth defending its freedom! 8)

It has to do with FEAR.

Julian Assange and the other Wikileaks activists don't seem to fear the US. Are there citizens of the US fearing its own government? Do you blame Wikileaks now for the murders committed by Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson? He wrote on the web before his deed that he feared the US government.
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2011, 11:12:31 AM »
Ok cool.  Pull up a seat and let justice be done. You can bet once Assange, and the rest of his pathetic little followers end up in prison they will be afraid...they only have the convenience of HIDING behind the internet now. Ha ha.  Once Assange, Manning, and any of the sheep land their a.ss in prison they will know the true meaning of fear. Make an attack on one of the most powerful nations in the world, you'd better be ready to pay the consequences.  Perhaps, Assange and the rest of his little sheep didn't have their parents pay them enough attention to them when they were children...Oh boy!  Let's make an attack on America in the form of espionage, and when the U.S takes action, let's bitch, whine, cry, gossip, make up sh.t, like a bunch of cry babies.. Or better.. Let's cry "Violation of human rights."  Let me fill you in on something..There is no such thing as human rights..

Here... watch this from one of the most gifted comedians of all time.. and genius.

YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS - George Carlin


Pay close attention at 4:20mins into the video after his spiel on the Bible.  You might learn something. 
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2011, 02:59:53 PM »
Once Assange, Manning, and any of the sheep land their a.ss in prison they will know the true meaning of fear. Make an attack on one of the most powerful nations in the world, you'd better be ready to pay the consequences.  Perhaps, Assange and the rest of his little sheep didn't have their parents pay them enough attention to them when they were children...Oh boy!  Let's make an attack on America in the form of espionage, and when the U.S takes action, let's bitch, whine, cry, gossip, make up sh.t, like a bunch of cry babies.. Or better.. Let's cry "Violation of human rights."  Let me fill you in on something..There is no such thing as human rights...

Even in the US many people are trying to protect Human Rights! :)


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Pay close attention at 4:20mins into the video after his spiel on the Bible.  You might learn something.


Sorry, not interesting enough to keep it running that long! :-[
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2011, 05:50:34 PM »
I bet if I posted a video on Sister Mary Elephant you'd watch it through. heh heh  ;D ;D
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2011, 07:02:34 PM »
Thanks, I already had to sit through the movie "Up in Smoke" with my study group in a seminar "Popular Culture of the 60s and 70s in the US" once.
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2011, 07:40:16 PM »
Ok, be honest...did you watch it while stoned or not?  That was the spiel when then movie came out.. you were supposed to watch it stoned.  I plead the 5th. ;D
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2011, 09:19:28 PM »
I think I remember our host serving some unusual tasting tea before the movie.  :-[

Maybe it was the movie or  it happened like to that Austrian guy, Georg Danzer:

Liebling, mir ist so seltsam,
und das liegt nicht dran,
dass wir kein Geld hab`n.
Ich hab ein komisches Gefühl,
mir wird auf einmal so schwühl.


Schatzi, bist Du zu retten,
liegt das am Wein und den Zigaretten;
ich fühl mich wie ein Luftballon,
gleich flieg ich auf und davon.


War das etwa Haschisch, Haschisch,
Haschisch in dem Schokoladenei?
Oder was`is, was`is, was`is hier passiert?
Ich fühl` mich unheimlich high!


Süsse, sag` mir was los ist,
bitte was war das für eine Dosis?
Ich hab` den Sonnenschein im Blut,
ich fühl mich unheimlich gut.


War das etwa Haschisch
in dem Schokolodenei?
Oder bitte was`is hier passiert?
Ich fühl` mich unheimlich high!


Ich gehe sonst nie auf Parties,
weil mir auf Parties sonst immer fad is`,
doch heut` ist alles wie ein Traum,
komm` verschwinden wir im Nebenraum.


War das etwa Haschisch,
war das etwa, war das etwa ...

Watching that movie was research for a presentation in a seminar at the America-Institute of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/Germany. Still was fun! ;)
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Julian Assange, Wikileaks & the US
« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2011, 11:00:38 AM »
How many languages do you speak?

Having to watch a Cheech and Chong movie for research.  That is awesome.  Tom Skerrit was in that movie too.. he played that crazy vietnam vet.  Classic.. "I wasn't looking at his neck!" BAM his shoots the bird. " God Damm.it Harry I am stoned!"  What was his name again?  Sergeant Stadenko?

There's also an album they released called "Sleeping Beauty" or something like that.. Hilarious..You remember a TV show called S.W.A.T?  They do their version of it called T.W.A.T.  stands for Tactical woman's alert team.  Dedicated to serving the department of the interior. LOL....Or the one with Uncle Pervy where he teaches the kids how to light farts.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Re: Julian Assange, Wikileaks & the US
« Reply #72 on: January 14, 2011, 01:02:02 PM »
How many languages do you speak?

I consider myself fluent only in english and german. French, spanish and latin I sat in and through, but later never used much, forgot most. And thai I picked up some but never invested much interest.

Having to watch a Cheech and Chong movie for research.  That is awesome.
 

Yes, I think my student generation of the 70s was very lucky. We got a lot of individual care and the freedom of interesting research the students and teaching staff had fought for in the 60s at Frankfurt (JWGU), Berlin (FU, HU), Paris (Sorbonne), London (LSE) and Berkely (UCB). But in the 80s the number of students had risen so drastically while educational budgets had not been extended accordingly. Then lots of restrictions were re-introduced so universities could handle the masses; they became facilities of mass production.
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Re: Re: Julian Assange, Wikileaks & the US
« Reply #73 on: January 31, 2011, 07:31:55 PM »
Have not watched this yet but figured as many emotions that were displayed here it might be of interest to someone here  :D :D :D

Julian Assange: the '60 Minutes' interview 30 Jan 2011

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In a CBS interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sunday night Mr Assange, who is currently under US criminal investigation over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret military reports and diplomatic cables, described members of Wikileaks as "free press activists" and said the website did not have a political agenda


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8292624/Julian-Assange-the-60-Minutes-interview.html [nofollow]

Enjoy

 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Re: Julian Assange, Wikileaks & the US
« Reply #74 on: February 01, 2011, 08:29:11 PM »
Thanks for the link, JM...just made me hate this guy even more.....especially the part where he talks about "his," "whistle blowers."  Who designated these f-tards as the official "whistle blowers" or the world?  The one thing I enjoyed about the interview was the fear in his face.  He's managed to piss off a lot of people and at the same time, compromise the integrity and security of a country which he isn't even a citizen of.  He talks about our constitution, bill of rights, history of America, as if he were an American.  He has to keep changing his appearance.  ;D ;D ;D 
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Re: Julian Assange, Wikileaks & the US
« Reply #75 on: February 07, 2011, 10:26:33 AM »
Julian Assange might not be welcome by some in the US anymore though the US still has to come up with criminal offences they could be accusing him of. But the world is getting smaller for a lot of people. The last US-president George W. Bush for example is wanted in Switzerland for ordering torture. Will the US extradite him for prosecution in Switzerland?

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Bush's Swiss visit off after complaints on torture

GENEVA (Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush has canceled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say.

Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against Bush in the Swiss city on Monday for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. naval base in Cuba where captives from Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts in the so-called War on Terror were interned.

Leftist groups had also called for a protest on the day of his visit next Saturday, leading Keren Hayesod's organizers to announce that they were cancelling Bush's participation on security grounds -- not because of the criminal complaints.

But groups including the New York-based Human Rights Watch and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the cancellation was linked to growing moves to hold Bush accountable for torture, including waterboarding. He has admitted in his memoirs and television interviews to ordering use of the interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

"He's avoiding the handcuffs," Reed Brody, counsel for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.

The action in Switzerland showed Bush had reason to fear legal complaints against him if he travelled to countries that have ratified an international treaty banning torture, he said.

Brody is an American-trained lawyer specialized in pursuing war crimes worldwide, especially those allegedly ordered by former leaders, including Chile's late dictator Augusto Pinochet and Chad's ousted president Hissene Habre. Habre has been charged by Belgium with crimes against humanity and torture, and is currently exiled in Senegal.

PROSECUTE OR EXTRADITE

"President Bush has admitted he ordered waterboarding which everyone considers to be a form of torture under international law. Under the Convention against Torture, authorities would have been obliged to open an investigation and either prosecute or extradite George Bush," Brody said.

Swiss judicial officials have said that Bush would still enjoy a certain diplomatic immunity as a former head of state.

Dominique Baettig, a member of the Swiss parliament from the right-wing People's Party, wrote to the Swiss federal government last week calling for the arrest of Bush for alleged war crimes if he came to the neutral country.

Bush, in his "Decision Points" memoirs on his 2001-2009 presidency, strongly defends the use of waterboarding as key to preventing a repeat of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Most human rights experts consider the practice a form of torture, banned by the Convention on Torture, an international pact prohibiting torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. Switzerland and the United States are among 147 countries to have ratified the 1987 treaty.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #76 on: September 04, 2013, 06:46:41 AM »

Assange asks Sweden to investigate lost luggage

STOCKHOLM (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked Swedish police on Tuesday to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him by intelligence agents as he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010.

The suitcase contained three laptops with WikiLeaks material, including evidence of a "war crime" allegedly committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to an affidavit that Assange's lawyer filed along with a criminal complaint to police at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport.

In the affidavit, Assange suggested that the bag may have been illegally seized "as part of an intelligence operation with the purpose of gathering information about me."

He offered no proof but said all attempts to locate the bag had failed.

The move comes a day before President Barack Obama visits Sweden.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said similar complaints would be filed in other countries, including Germany and Denmark, alleging potentially unlawful U.S. intelligence operations against Assange.

"It's time to confront it and fight back on all fronts," Hrafnsson told the AP.

According to the affidavit, the "medium-size soft suitcase with tan color, trolley wheels and an extendable handle" disappeared when Assange traveled from Stockholm to Berlin on Sept. 27, 2010.

"The suspected seizure or theft occurred at a time of intense attempts by the U.S. to stop WikiLeaks' publications of 2010," Assange said, and suggested that Swedish authorities "seek explanations" from members of Obama's delegation during their visit this week.

The police border control division at Arlanda Airport opened an investigation as a matter of course after receiving the complaint Tuesday, spokeswoman Jessica Fremnell said.

She declined to comment on Assange's suggestion to interrogate people in Obama's entourage, saying "we make our own decisions about what we think we need to do."

Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, told the AP that airport personnel in Berlin and Stockholm had not been able to locate the bag and could not explain how it got lost.

"It was checked in and we have luggage tags and everything," he said. "It's gone without a trace."

WikiLeaks has published tens of thousands of pages of secret U.S. diplomatic and military communications over the last few years, deeply angering the Obama administration. U.S. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks.

According to Assange's affidavit, the missing suitcase contained evidence of a "massacre" of civilians by U.S. military forces in Garani, Afghanistan.

A U.S. Army investigation concluded that a 2009 airstrike killed 26 civilians, at least 78 Taliban fighters and five Afghan police in the village of Garani. Local officials said the attack killed 140 villagers. It was not immediately clear that this was the event Assange was referring to.

At Manning's court-martial, prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to connect Manning to an encrypted Garani video placed in December 2009 on the computer of a Brookhaven National Laboratory worker.

Assange's affidavit also accuses U.S. military intelligence of monitoring his "journalistic activities" while he attended a conference in Berlin in December 2009 and using that surveillance to assist the prosecution of Manning.

A German newspaper, meanwhile, reported that Assange filed a criminal complaint Tuesday against a former U.S. Marine, accusing the man of spying on him in Berlin in 2009.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the charges were filed at the Federal Prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe. The office did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment.

According to the newspaper, the U.S. soldier, who was based in Germany from 2006-2010, also worked in intelligence and spied on Assange while he attended a Chaos Computer Club meeting in 2009 in Berlin. The paper reported that the Marine was a witness in the trial against Manning.

Assange has been holed up for more than a year at Ecuador's Embassy in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden on sex crimes allegations.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Julian Assange & Wikileaks
« Reply #77 on: August 18, 2014, 05:26:55 PM »
There are rumors Julian Assange is about to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy:

http://news.sky.com/story/1320421/julian-assange-will-leave-embassy-soon

Will he really help the British police to save those expenses for the observation of that embassy, as they cannot miss the moment he leaves it by their own court's diction? About 5.3 million pounds already according to the Huffington Post.

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