Posted tagged ‘WikiLeaks’

WikiLeaks Charge Punishable by Death

March 3, 2011

The Army has notified Bradley Manning, a prime suspect in the WikiLeaks case, that he faces 22 more charges in connection with allegedly downloading secret information from computers in Iraq.

Worst case scenerio? The Death Penalty!

From CNN:

The most serious new charge alleges that he aided the enemy by making this information public. That charge is punishable by death. A news release from the Army said the prosecution team “has notified the defense that the prosecution will not recommend the death penalty,” but technically it is up to the commander overseeing the case to make the final decision about the death penalty.

All told, Manning, a military intelligence analyst from Oklahoma, now faces a total of 34 charges in the case, including:

— Wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet

— Theft of public records

— Transmitting defense information

— Transferring classified data onto his personal computer

— Disclosing classified information concerning the national defense.

WikiLeaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

February 3, 2011

Snorre Valen, a Norwegian politician, has nominated WikiLeaks for a Nobel Peace Prize, citing Julian Assange’s contribution to democracy and freedom of speech worldwide.

From CNN:

Stortinget parliamentarian Snorre Valen said he nominated WikiLeaks because it has helped “redraw the map of information freedom.”

“Liu Xiabao was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech in China,” Valen wrote on his blog. “Likewise, WikiLeaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture.”

Julian Assange: Nobel Peace Prize?

December 9, 2010

Now here’s one that you guys can debate! It appears that Russia believes that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

From The Guardian:

In what appears to be a calculated dig at the US, the Kremlin urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about “nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate”.

“Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him,” the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev’s office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, where Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit yesterday , the source went on: “Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.”

Russia’s reflexively suspicious leadership appears to have come round to WikiLeaks, having decided that the ongoing torrent of disclosures are ultimately far more damaging and disastrous to America’s long-term geopolitical interests than they are to Russia’s.

WikiLeaks Julian Assange Arrested, Appears in British Court

December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police on a warrant issued in Sweden surrounding allegations of sexual crimes.

For those who have been under a rock lately, WikiLeaks is the controversial website that has leaked thousands of secret U.S. military and State Department documents in recent times.

From Bloomberg/BusinessWeek:

Assange, 39, will remain in custody until his next hearing on Dec. 14, Judge Howard Riddle ruled today at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court. Assange told the court he will fight the extradition.

“These are serious sexual offenses,” Riddle said at the hearing. He said that the case is not about WikiLeaks.

Assange was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after Swedish police issued an international arrest warrant. His surrender to police followed a European warrant on one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape allegedly committed in August 2010, the police’s extradition unit said in an e-mailed statement.

Julian Assange: Defense Fund Frozen

December 6, 2010

The Swiss Bank Post Finance has issued a press release this morning stating that they have frozen Juilan Assange’s defense fund and personal assets.

This now leaves Assange with only a few options for raising money for WikiLeaks through a Swiss-Icelandic credit card processing center and accounts that he currently has in Iceland and Germany.

What could happen next?

From the Associated Press:

The swift action by Postfinance, the financial arm of Swiss Post, came after it determined the “Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process.”

Assange had told Postfinance he lived in Geneva but could offer no proof that he was a Swiss resident, a requirement of opening such an account.

Postfinance spokesman Alex Josty told The Associated Press the account was closed Monday afternoon and there would be “no criminal consequences” for misleading authorities.

“That’s his money, he will get his money back,” Josty said. “We just close the account and that’s it.”

Police Closing In on WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

December 2, 2010

It seems that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is close to being arrested in England and extradited to Sweden to face possible rape charges.

From the Washington Post:

The Swedish Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and guiding spirit, must appear before a magistrate in Stockholm to answer accusations of rape and sexual harassment brought by two Swedish women.

Following the court’s refusal to hear an appeal of the warrant, Swedish authorities said they were fine-tuning a “red notice” for Assange’s arrest that is being relayed to member countries by Interpol, the international anti-crime cooperative.

Police in Britain, where Assange is believed to located, had said they could not act on the mandate without more specifics on the potential charges and the penalties Assange might face under Swedish law.

From the Associated Press:

Sweden’s Supreme Court upheld a order to detain the 39-year-old Australian for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual molestation that could lead to his extradition. The former computer hacker has been out of the public eye for nearly a month, although attorney Mark Stephens insisted that authorities knew how to find him.

“Both the British and the Swedish authorities know how to contact him, and the security services know exactly where he is,” Stephens told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, cables published to WikiLeaks’ website detailed alleged financial support for North Korea and terrorist affiliates by Austrian banks; an allegation by a Pakistani official that Russia “fully supports” Iran’s nuclear program; and a deeply unflattering assessment of Turkmenistan’s president.

Accused in Sweden of rape, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of unlawful coercion, Assange’s last public appearance was at a Geneva press conference on Nov. 5.

WikiLeaks to Release Iraq Papers

October 18, 2010

It appears that WikiLeaks is expected to release 400,000 documents related to the war in Iraq.

From CNN:

The last huge WikiLeaks leak came in July when the site published what was dubbed The Afghan Diary, a compilation of more than 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war. WikiLeaks was heavily criticized by human rights organizations, leaders within the U.S. government,  high-ranking Pentagon officials and security experts for publishing the names of Afghan informants, thereby possibly putting their lives at risk.

Bradley Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is the military’s focus in the investigation into the leaks. The 22-year-old remains behind bars in Washington.