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Holy Smokes, eh?

If you have a “take” on any of this, I’m sure interested in reading it!

Barely 2 weeks after I finished reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and I seem to be seeing it happen before my very eyes!

If I understand it correctly the sequence of events are as follows:

1. November 28, 2010: Wikileaks releases all kinds of highly-sensitive documents of the U.S. under their mantra of “keeping governments open” . (is that goal objectionable?). This debacle is now being referred to as CableGate.

2. Dec. 7th, 2010: Juliann Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of wikileaks is arrested in the UK for alleged sex crimes committed in Sweden. While I am a feminist and want to see justice done for any woman who was a victim of sexual violence, the time of this seems just a wee bit too.perfect. Assange’s accounts are frozen, and folks can no longer donate to Wikileaks via Paypal.

3. December 8, 2010: Netizens are in an uproar and the eerie ANON takes down Mastercard’s website.

Here’s what they (ANON) say about themselves:

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7 Comments

  1. Eunice

    These attacks on him personally is getting into Enemy-of-the-State territory crazy. If you wanna hang someone for treason, try the ex-intel guy who stole your secrets. Unless Wikileaks paid for this info — and I understand they get overwhelmed by submissions so they don’t need to — I fail to see what they had to do with the theft of state secrets. And let’s be honest, if they didn’t publish them, someone else would’ve.

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  2. The tougher things get for Assange, the more he seems like a folk hero. The ‘Hackers for Truth’ archetype is a strong one with plenty of romance. Think of all of those movies from ‘The Front Page’ to Angelina Jolie in ‘Hackers’ (‘Hack the Planet!’), ‘Max Headroom’ (with another crusading journalist) to the broadcast at the end of ‘Firefly’, to the last scene of ‘Six Days of the Condor’, where Robert Redford tells Cliff Robertson (while standing in front of the offices of The New York Times) “I told them a story”, to which which Robertson counters with “You don’t know how much harm you’ve done.” He waits a beat and then says “How do you know they’ll print it?” Cut back to Redford, looking worried “They’ll print it!” he says, almost hopefully. Freeze frame (and weird repeating echo of ‘Comfort and Joy’ from the street musicians). Loved that movie.

    Anyway, it’s amazing to me to see all of those government spokesman fail to see the attraction of the tableau of a crusading hero who wants to open up all of the secret doors, whether or not it helps their agendas and no matter what it means for State’s secrets vs. a cadre of official talking heads.

    This is no longer about Wikileaks spilling some embarrassing Diplomatic cables (most of which have been at best catty but nothing worse). It’s now about the handsome hero and his leagues of Hackers around the world against the faceless (and tone-deaf) bureaucrats. We’ve been programmed for decades, perhaps even a century, to know that it’s no contest. The truth wants to be free. Can’t stop the signal.
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  3. Oscar

    While I’m up for governments being open (not an objectional goal at all), and I believe Wikileaks has the potential to be one of those history changing events, I don’t support this holding of MasterCard, Visa, etc. hostage. If you have the information, just publish it, that’s what helps accomplish the goal of making governments more open.

    Now, on the other hand it is very telling if MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Amazon.com, even Twitter are attempt to block all this from being published. Who do they respond to? How independent is the Intrrnet? Or can governments control freedom ofvinformation even outside of their domains?

    Oscar

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    Dec 09, 2010
  4. Well, since you asked: My take on the events of the last couple of days is: Meh. I have a hard time getting very excited about this.

    But I’ll try. 🙂

    This story has so many corners that it’s hard to state a single opinion about “the whole thing”. It’s like “what’s your opinion about the environment”? But I can give some comments about some corners of the issue.

    It’s interesting that US pressure on multinational financial institutions finally gets some press because it intersects with a big news story. The US government is already getting a copy of all money transfers in the world (through supposedly independent, Switzerland based SWIFT – swift.com: “The global provider of secure financial messaging services” (with copies sent to NSA)).

    It’s interesting that having the Wikileaks name associated with even smallish revelations push the stories to the front page of papers around the world. Wikileaks is the current hot stamp to put on things. (And as all hot, fashionable topics, it runs the danger of becoming an unfashionable and ignored brand a few months in the future).

    It’s interesting how successfully the US State Department has been able to ignore the fact that they have a policy of spying on people at the UN head quarter (even though that’s supposed to be a big no-no).

    It’s interesting how openly US politicians is flirting with “extralegal” methods for putting a stop to the revelations (though of course attacks on Assange or any other individual won’t stop revelations).

    It’s interesting how far Wikileaks swung from being an anonymous organization to now being 1to1 identified with Assange himself — a dude who then turned out to be very autocratic according to other long term participants in the Wikileaks project. I think he’s doing it on purpose: The more identifiable he is, the more press the organization will get, and the more misunderstood the attacks on the organization will be. If he ends up sitting in jail/custody for a couple of months, guess what, the revelations will still continue.

    I don’t think the accusations against him in Sweden are linked to the US, or that the English police’s actions are improper and unusual for this situation. I don’t think it’s suuuuper suspicious (as some websites have claimed) that one of the women who made accusations against him deleted two tweets where she mentioned being out on a date with him.
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  5. Kate

    I have a passing interest in Assange. I have a passion for Wikileaks. The movement is more than he can ever be as one person. Is he being singled out and attacked because he’s the public face? Sure. Are there kids getting arrested for participating in DDoS now? Yes. Can you arrest everyone involved? No. This is the new normal.

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  6. Nancy

    @Eunice it is crazy, and I suspect it will continue to backfire. As David points out, he’s becoming (rightly or wrongly) a bit of a folk hero.
    @David – well. Don’t *I* now know what my Jan/Feb/March movie rentals will be! 🙂 The only thing I wonder is if you / we overestimate the appeal he will have to the non-geek masses. I say that because in my Twitter world I can be so convinced that pretty much the whole world holds a certain view on something, only to have, say Ford voted into office in Toronto! But in keeping with your light-hearted approach, I have to admit that, against my better judgement, I am developing a bit of a crush on the man. With different hair, he could almost be Harry Hamlin and with bigger-than-life courage too.
    @Oscar In principle I want to agree with you! But knowing how much credit cards have made off of us gullible folks, it’s not easy for me not to have a teensy bit of gloating.
    @Jan I didn’t know SWIFT info went to the US. That gives me the creeps! Even more than the fact that all our Visa usage resides in the US and is subject to their Patriot Act laws rather than Canadian privacy laws. I’m not convinced that Wikileak’s brand will fall off in popularity anytime soon. Rather, I can almost see them becoming the world’s “go to” place for information, somewhat akin to Google being our “go to” for search (or the more obvious comparison: Wikipedia). Re: the UN – I wonder if other states were as oblivious as we think they were? Perhaps their were circles within circles. In any case, things are going to be uncomfortable for some time to come!
    @Kate The new normal. It sure is. (now. how can you and I get a whole lotta folks to realize that??) (oops, did I say that?)

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  7. About the US diplomats ordered to spy at the UN: Yes, I think the diplomats are well aware that they’re getting spied on. I think the most interesting thing about the story is that they’ve been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and that they seem to have gotten away with not addressing that.

    Spying always carries with it double standards: WE “have to collect intelligence” to protect our society; THEY are evil, spying bastards.
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