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Posted: Mar 6, 2014 - 8:01pm

In defence of Julian Assange
Julian Assange's publisher writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder
A great deal has been written recently about the frustrations of publishing a book with Julian Assange, mainly in a widely discussed, marathon article for the London Review of Books by Andrew O'Hagan. {#Arrowd}
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Posted: Feb 28, 2014 - 10:38am

A very long, but interesting read: 26467 words

Ghosting
Andrew O’Hagan
On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat left-field idea. It’s potentially very exciting. But I need to discuss urgently.’ Canongate had bought, for £600,000, a memoir by the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The book had also been bought for a high sum by Sonny Mehta at Knopf in New York and Jamie had sold foreign rights to a slew of big houses. He said he expected it to be published in forty languages. Assange didn’t want to write the book himself but didn’t want the book’s ghostwriter to be anybody who already knew a lot about him. I told Jamie that I’d seen Assange at the Frontline Club the year before, when the first WikiLeaks stories emerged, and that he was really interesting but odd, maybe even a bit autistic. Jamie agreed, but said it was an amazing story. ‘He wants a kind of manifesto, a book that will reflect this great big generational shift.’ He’d been to see Assange in Norfolk and was going again the next day. He said he and the agent Caroline Michel had suggested me for the job and that Assange wanted to meet me. I knew they’d been talking to other writers, and I was at first sceptical. It’s not unusual for published writers to get requests to write things anonymously. How much did Alex Haley protect Malcolm X when he ghosted his autobiography? To what extent did Ted Sorensen create the verbal manner of John F. Kennedy when he wrote Profiles in Courage, a book for which the future president won the Pulitzer Prize? And are the science fiction stories H.P. Lovecraft ghosted for Harry Houdini not the best things he ever wrote? There would be a touch of all this in the strange case of Assange. But there is something else about the genre, a sense that the world might be more ghosted now than at any time in history. Isn’t Wikipedia entirely ghosted? Isn’t half of Facebook? Isn’t the World Wide Web a new ether, in which we are all haunted by ghostwriters? (...)

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Posted: Sep 16, 2013 - 9:28pm

The Banality of Systemic Evil - The Stone/NYTimes.com

(...) But wasn’t there arrogance or hubris in Snowden’s and Manning’s decisions to leak the documents? After all, weren’t there established procedures determining what was right further up the organizational chart? Weren’t these ethical decisions better left to someone with a higher pay grade? The former United States ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, argued that Snowden “thinks he’s smarter and has a higher morality than the rest of us … that he can see clearer than other 299, 999, 999 of us, and therefore he can do what he wants. I say that is the worst form of treason.”

For the leaker and whistleblower the answer to Bolton is that there can be no expectation that the system will act morally of its own accord. Systems are optimized for their own survival and preventing the system from doing evil may well require breaking with organizational niceties, protocols or laws. It requires stepping outside of one’s assigned organizational role. The chief executive is not in a better position to recognize systemic evil than is a middle level manager or, for that matter, an IT contractor. Recognizing systemic evil does not require rank or intelligence, just honesty of vision. (...)


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Posted: Sep 6, 2013 - 1:22pm

WikiLeaks SpyFiles: New documents examine spy tech companies like Gamma, Hacking Team
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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 - 12:01pm

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Yes but not "the big one." The charge that by posting stuff to the internet, and the enemy has access to the internet, that he was aiding the enemy. 

 
Yes but they may have had to prove intent, which is damn near impossible. He'll still probably spend the rest of this life in jail.
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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 - 11:55am

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I read that he was found guilty on 18 charges... ?!?

 
Yes but not "the big one." The charge that by posting stuff to the internet, and the enemy has access to the internet, that he was aiding the enemy. 
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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 - 11:30am

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I read that he was found guilty on 18 charges... ?!?
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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 - 11:21am

Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy


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Posted: Feb 26, 2013 - 6:38pm

this is what happens when you have notions of morality and ethics

i'm sure this is going to inspire other whistle blowers to come out with the truth

for shame

WikiLeaks: US 'to call bin Laden raid Navy Seal to testify against Bradley Manning'

The US government is believed to be preparing to put a Navy Seal on the witness stand to testify that secret files published by WikiLeaks were discovered in Osama bin Laden's compound.

 
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Posted: Jan 19, 2013 - 10:53am

Bradley Manning denied chance to make whistleblower defence

Colonel Denise Lind ruled that general issues of motive were not relevant to the trial stage of the court martial. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of being behind the largest leak of state secrets in America's history, has been denied the chance to make a whistleblower defence in his upcoming court martial in which he faces possible life in military custody with no chance of parole.

The judge presiding over Manning's prosecution by the US government for allegedly transmitting confidential material to WikiLeaks ruled in a pre-trial hearing that Manning will largely be barred from presenting evidence about his motives in leaking the documents and videos. In an earlier hearing, Manning's lead defence lawyer, David Coombs, had argued that his motive was key to proving that he had no intention to harm US interests or to pass information to the enemy.

The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, ruled that general issues of motive were not relevant to the trial stage of the court martial, and must be held back until Manning either entered a plea or was found guilty, at which point it could be used in mitigation to lessen the sentence. The ruling is a blow to the defence as it will make it harder for the soldier's legal team to argue he was acting as a whistleblower and not as someone who knowingly damaged US interests at a time of war.

"This is another effort to attack the whistleblower defence," said Nathan Fuller, a spokesman for the Bradley Manning support network, after the hearing.

The judge also blocked the defence from presenting evidence designed to show that WikiLeaks caused little or no damage to US national security. Coombs has devoted considerable time and energy trying to extract from US government agencies their official assessments of the impact of WikiLeaks around the world, only to find that he is now prevented from using any of the information he has obtained.




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Posted: Nov 4, 2012 - 12:51pm

No 'Leak' links: US National Archives blocks searches containing ‘WikiLeaks’ — RT
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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:44am

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On the home page, #6 under most read.  I'd post a link but hotlinking to RP doesn't work thru our firewall.  I'd post a screenshot but they changed MS Paint in Windoze 7 and I can't figure out how to make the goddam thing resize and crop.

 
Oh, I see it now.  It was up to number 3 - for a two-year-old story...?
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I have Windows 7 at home, but I haven't used Paint there yet - I have other graphics software on that computer.  At work I still have an XP box. with the older Paint.


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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:36am

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It's not on their now.  Maybe some disgruntled hireling was messing around with the site.

 

On the home page, #6 under most read.  I'd post a link but hotlinking to RP doesn't work thru our firewall.  I'd post a screenshot but they changed MS Paint in Windoze 7 and I can't figure out how to make the goddam thing resize and crop.
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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:31am

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It's not on their now.  Maybe some disgruntled hireling was messing around with the site.

 
Someone hacked Fareed Zakaria's Facebook this morning and posted a video of someone doing kung fu.  Kinda funny.
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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:26am

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Turns out the article is from 2010.  I have no idea why it's showing up on the BBC's front page.

 
It's not on their now.  Maybe some disgruntled hireling was messing around with the site.


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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:24am

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Turns out the article is from 2010.  I have no idea why it's showing up on the BBC's front page.

 
How strange that is.
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Posted: Sep 6, 2012 - 7:23am

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I can't find any info on this anywhere.

 
Turns out the article is from 2010.  I have no idea why it's showing up on the BBC's front page.
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