Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Dec 2010 22:45 UTC
In the News And so the Wikileaks saga continues - with politics once again crossing with the technology side of things. After several DDoS attacks on Wikileaks' website, the organisation decided to move their website over to Amazon's cloud service yesterday. Today, Amazon kicked Wikileaks out of its cloud after being pressured by US Congress. Update: [Kroc] In a Q&A on the Guardian website, Julian Assange drops the bomb--Amazon failed the test: "Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit inorder to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.". Stunning.
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RE[2]: Comment by Berend de Boer
by mrstep on Sat 4th Dec 2010 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Berend de Boer"
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The government is trying to keep it secret and is certainly interested in finding who is leaking the information. Assange is helping to get this information published, so how could he not bear some of the responsibility if it's illegal? It's the concept of someone leaking your medical records and him publishing them because they're true - yes, they're the truth, but that doesn't automatically it needs to be published. What the hell is that? He knows what he's doing.

Along those lines, some of the information leaked is interesting, but bits like Yemen covering for US air strikes are more likely to cause civilian deaths (as a result of terror groups getting safer havens as various governments will now fear allowing US action if they think that won't stay covered up - and correctly, given the leaks), in which case not only is he not exposing some coverup/corruption, but is exposing other things that will directly lead to less security for civilians around the world.

Thanks, Julian. Again, Pulitzer? Exposing Russian government / mafia ties (corruption) seems to be one thing, making it easier for terror groups to find safe havens is quite a bit more dubious. And that's the truth too.

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