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The Leak II

Some more quick notes. This is getting very Salander-ish!

– White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “We are stronger than one guy with one website. We should never be afraid of one guy that plopped down $35 and bought a Web address. … We’re not scared of one guy with one keyboard and a laptop.”

– Julian Assange’s commentary: Don’t shoot the messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths. A should-read.

Roman Polanski, the famous director who was charged with sexual abuse in 1977, was put on Interpol’s Red Notice for decades and U.S. arrest warrant since 1978, yet was detained only in 2009 at Zurich airport. Julian Assange of Wikileaks was charged with rape and sexual abuse in Sweden in August 2010. On November 18, a Stockholm District Court approved a detain request against him. On November 20, Sweden’s National Criminal Police force issued an international arrest warrant via Interpol; at the same time, the EU arrest warrant was issued. Assange’s appeal to Sweden’s Supreme Court was rejected. On November 30, Interpol issued the Red Notice worldwide. On December 7, Assange was arrested in London. Some cases are dealt with much more efficiently than others, apparently.

– Within a week of Wikileaks’ dissemination of the U.S. diplomatic cables, a series of hasty business decisions were made against the organization. Amazon refused to host the site. Visa and Mastercard moved to block payments to Wikileaks. Paypal suspended the site’s donation button. PostFinance, a Swiss bank, froze Wikileaks’ bank account. Timeline of attacks on Assange & Wikileaks canbe found here. Talk about randomness and coincidence.

– Supporters of Wikileaks appeared to start some DDoS attacks against the above businesses in the last 24 hours. In the mean time, hundreds of mirror sites have been up and running. Latest count of these sites can be found here. Wikileaks organization keeps releasing the cables despite Assange’s arrest and other threats against it. The news media already stamped the ‘infowar’ label on this story.

A great read on the story that ends with “This is where we are now. This is what we are now.”

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  1. XuanLong Nguyen
    07/12/2010 at 5:11 pm

    Vụ bắt bớ này cũng hao hao giống vụ bao cao su của bác Cù nhà ta… Nhưng như bác nói, đây sẽ là “the trial of the world”.

    • camlybui
      07/12/2010 at 9:27 pm

      Ta giỏi hơn địch chứ bác, bắt được tận tay day được tận… bao cơ mà!

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