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The Wikileaks saga continues – get your tickets now!

But only if you a staff journalist working for an established media company. Wikileaks supremo Julian Assange‘s extradition hearing will resume on 12 July, and up to 100 hacks will be allowed access to this spectacle of judicial theatre. The catch is that the Assange hearing is a ticket-only event, and likely to be heavily […]

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Why Wikileaks?

“Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.” – Time Magazine With all the political fallout, and demonisation of the individual most closely associated with Wikileaks, there is little serious discussion of the project’s raison d’être. While I do not wish to commit the sin I criticise in others, and […]

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David in no-win situation with Goliath

A latter-day David may have been denied his Miranda rights, but one has to ask why the non-journalist partner of Guardian investigator Glenn Greenwald was used as an international document courier, with his travel and other costs underwritten by the British newspaper. The nine-hour detention and interrogation of David Miranda under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism […]

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On cloudy thinking, state surveillance and least untruthfulness

The data privacy scandal occupying the attention of everyone from the US president down to the most deranged Guardian-reading keyboard-worrier is at the same time both full of crap and a significant deal. We have long known that intelligence agencies have easy access to the servers of US-incorporated cloud providers, and a few relevant details […]

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Julian Assange – how to lose friends and alienate people

The writing is clearly on the wall for Julian Assange when even the “Anonymous” computer hacking collective decides that enough is enough. Anonymous complains that Wikileaks has degenerated into the “Julian Assange show”. Indeed it has, to the extent that the ongoing saga of the information Messiah from Melbourne threatens to have Wikileaks and whistleblowing […]

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Julian Assange: it’s hard being a Messiah

Former New York Times editor Bill Keller may be hesitant to indulge in Freudian psychoanalysis, but his character portrait of Julian Assange succinctly illustrates the kind of neuroses that drive the Wikileaks co-founder and alleged rapist. Within a several thousand-word article in yesterday’s Guardian, in which a number of Assange’s friends, associates and nemeses are […]

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The world’s first unauthorised autobiography?

“All memoir is prostitution,” …says Wikiführer Julian Assange. He should know, for he had his autobiography ghostwritten by Andrew O’Hagan, trousered a half million quid advance, gave that to his lawyers for their services, and then ratted on the deal with Canongate, which went ahead and published anyway. Assange today… “[Canongate is] in breach of […]

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Vanity publishing taken to an extreme

“Information wants to be free” …says Wikileaks. Or is that the individual known as Julian Assange? Aside from the ridiculousness of the statement – how can one possibly ascribe desire to something inanimate? – today’s publishing by the Blessed Elric of Melbourne of an unredacted database of Wikileaks’ entire archive of US diplomatic cables is […]

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Julian Assange writes his own political obituary

Broadcast yesterday in Australia was a half-hour interview with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. Conducted by Leigh Sales for ABC‘s 7.30 programme, the interview starts off well enough, with Assange discussing the nature of modern media corporations, their relationship with states, and the role of bodies such as Wikileaks. Assange is articulate in his delivery, and displays […]

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St Julian of Melbourne: a man without sin

Courtesy of Laura MacPhee at the Index on Censorship blog, I learn that Julian Assange of Wikileaks and shameless self-promotion fame yesterday addressed the Cambridge Union. Following a “lofty allusion” to George Orwell,… “He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.” …the brave and persecuted defender of […]

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