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News Archives 3821-3840
Number Title Post Date
3821 Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks 12/08/2010 09:24:51
3822 Fallibility Of DNA Evidence Exposed - AGAIN! 13/08/2010 14:48:07
3823 NVIC Launches New Volunteer Section Of Website! 13/08/2010 15:07:28
3824 After Avandia: Does The FDA Have A Drug Problem? 13/08/2010 15:14:17
3825 WHO Swine Flu 'Experts' Linked To Vaccine Producers 13/08/2010 15:19:31
3826 Doctors Kept In The Dark About Flu Vaccine Fiasco 13/08/2010 15:22:33
3827 How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of Journalism 13/08/2010 15:39:49
3828 Journalism Warning Labels - Contents Not Verified 16/08/2010 09:18:32
3829 Call To Examine Drug Dealer Connections Of Australian Swine Flu 'Experts' 16/08/2010 09:22:46
3830 WikiLeaks Julian Assange On Amnesty International & The Wall Street Journal 16/08/2010 10:01:59
3831 WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon 16/08/2010 10:05:02
3832 UK Government Scapegoating The Sick & Disabled 17/08/2010 10:56:48
3833 Diabetes Drugs Cause Increased Bone Fracture Risk 17/08/2010 11:00:04
3834 The Digital Surveillance State 17/08/2010 11:03:44
3835 Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop WikiLeaks 17/08/2010 11:07:38
3836 Soldier Who Found Rocket Launcher At WikiLeaks Scene Says No Attack Was Being Planned 17/08/2010 11:10:08
3837 Numerous Trials Reveal The Scope Of UNUM Insurance Misdeeds 18/08/2010 11:17:47
3838 XMRV Virus In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Confirmed By US Government 18/08/2010 11:20:42
3839 Mother Launches Lawsuit Against Gardasil Vaccine Manufacturer 18/08/2010 11:23:36
3840 US Department Of Justice To Investigate Pharma Bribes Abroad 18/08/2010 11:25:49

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WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon
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WikiLeaks says it won't be threatened by Pentagon

By KEITH MOORE (AP) – 15 August 2010

STOCKHOLM — WikiLeaks will publish its remaining 15,000 Afghan war documents within a month, despite warnings from the U.S. government, the organization's founder said Saturday.

The Pentagon has said that secret information will be even more damaging to security and risk more lives than WikiLeaks' initial release of some 76,000 war documents.

"This organization will not be threatened by the Pentagon or any other group," Julian Assange told reporters in Stockholm. "We proceed cautiously and safely with this material."

In an interview with The Associated Press, he said that if U.S. defense officials want to be seen as promoting democracy then they "must protect what the United States' founders considered to be their central value, which is freedom of the press."

"For the Pentagon to be making threatening demands for censorship of a press organization is a cause for concern, not just for the press but for the Pentagon itself," the Australian added.

He said WikiLeaks was about halfway though a "line-by-line review" of the 15,000 documents and that "innocent parties who are under reasonable threat" would be redacted from the material.

"It should be approximately two weeks before that process is complete," Assange told AP. "There will then be a journalistic review, so you're talking two weeks to a month."

Wikileaks would be working with media partners in releasing the remaining documents, he said, but declined to name them.

The first files in WikiLeaks' "Afghan War Diary" laid bare classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The release angered U.S. officials, energized critics of the NATO-led campaign, and drew the attention of the Taliban, which has promised to use the material to track down people it considers traitors.

That has aroused the concern of several human rights group operating in Afghanistan and the Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which has accused WikiLeaks of recklessness. Jean-Francois Julliard, the group's secretary-general, said Thursday that WikiLeaks showed "incredible irresponsibility" when posting the documents online.

WikiLeaks describes itself as a public service organization for whistleblowers, journalists and activists.

"There are no easy choices for our organization," Assange said. "We have a duty to the people most directly affected by this material, the people of Afghanistan and the course of this war which is killing hundreds every week. We have a duty to the broader historical record and its accuracy and its integrity. And we have a duty to our sources to try and protect them where we can."

Assange told the AP that while no country has taken steps to shut down WikiLeaks, some have been gathering intelligence on the organization.

"There has been extensive surveillance in Australia, there has been surveillance in the United Kingdom, there has been the detainment of one of our volunteers who entered the United States a week and a half ago. But he was released after four hours," Assange said. He didn't give details of that incident.

In addition to speaking at a seminar, Assange was in Sweden to investigate claims that the website was not covered by laws protecting anonymous sources in the Scandinavian country.

Assange confirmed that WikiLeaks passes information through Belgium and Sweden to take advantage of press freedom laws there. But some experts say the site doesn't have the publishing certificate needed for full protection in Sweden.

Assange said two Swedish publications had offered their publication certificates to WikiLeaks, "but we will soon be registering our own this week."

He declined to disclose what other countries house WikiLeaks' technical infrastructure.

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* How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of  Journalism
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* Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks
Maximillian C. Forte, Counterpunch
* Rap News: WikiLeaks Vs. The Pentagon - The Internet Wars
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* Courage Is Contagious - How To Whistleblow Safely
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
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