Wikileaks

Wikileaks is a website that publishes "leaks" of secret government documents. Sort of a socially responsible 4chan, if you can imagine such a thing. We can't.

Just The Facts

  1. Wikileaks was created to reveal and fight corruption and secrecy in the world's governments, or so it is claimed.
  2. The creator has obviously never heard the phrase "loose lips sink ships."
  3. Wikileaks is terribly pretentious.

So what the hell is Wikileaks?

Smug, self satisfied and in the worst traditions of yellow journalism, Wikileaks is the place for you to meet all your confidential government document needs.

Using information leaked by low paid drones, it collects and collates information that the various world governments would rather you not know about. Of course, if it had bothered to pay the $30 SSL fee, the lowly paid drones would be a little safer from reprisal by their employers. You know, the ones that pay their wages and have their signatures on legally binding non-disclosure agreements that can wind them up in jail if they are found to have breached them.

The face of responsible journalism

The founder, self styled hacker Julian Assange, is currently being investigated by the FBI, who are considering charging him under the espionage act after releasing a shit ton of documents that are reported to have, amongst other things, made the North Korea/ South Korea situation much worse. Of course, him being Australian and constantly on the move, the US government may find it difficult to deal with him in the manner they would prefer. A Swedish court issuing an international warrant for sex crimes is going to cramp his style quite a bit.

Very gently, him being a foreigner and all.America is all about sensitivity.

Various Opinions on Wikileaks

So, is Wikileaks a powerful force for transparency in government, or is it Satan incarnate, destroying out freedoms and all that we love? Let's go the the internet and decide.

God help us all.

US Supreme Court: "Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government." New York Times Co. v. United States. The judgement that is constantly quoted, despite it not applying in this case.

Wikileaks: "A multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate to the public." Yeah. self serving. We know. But have to include it for "balance."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai: "Irresponsible." OK, he is talking about the reports that he has pardoned drug dealers and dangerous criminals, but still ...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: "Potentially severe and dangerous for our troops...may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world."

Julian Assange: "I enjoy crushing bastards."

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen: "They might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family." So, let us get this straight. A website has the blood on it's hands that you really should have? Are you jealous or something?

Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News: "In fact, WikiLeaks routinely tramples on the privacy of non-governmental, non-corporate groups for no valid public policy reason...most or all of these groups are defenseless against WikiLeaks' intrusions."

Jason Mick: "Funded by shadowy anonymous donors...the masterpiece of ex-computer criminal Julian Assange who runs Wikileaks and who has engaged in a crusade against the U.S."

abovetopsecret.com: "He's (Julian Assange) a man with a commission from powerful people who pay him well, protect him, and use him as an agent of propaganda." When a site that is devoted to to black helicopters and alien abductions calls you out, you really might want to rethink your business model.

Blogs of War: "As it stands now these people are enemies of this state, enemies of legitimate freedom, and enemies of democracy."

Afghanistan War Leak

Wikileak's most famous leak was its recent leak of over 90,000 pages of confidential documents, giving details on every possible event in the war. News Media was shocked by the various findings, and after a lot of aggressive reporting, so were the people. Below are some of the biggest revelations:

1. The Taliban are bad people. They use kidnapping, physical threats, extortion, and bribery to gain intelligence on our operations. And it works. On particularly shocking report [1] revealed how an Afghan army officer was offered a rather large bribe in order to defect. This isn't really news at all, and was actually common knowledge realized long ago. [2]

Evidence of the Taliban's Wrongdoing

2. The Taliban have heat seeking missiles! Fortunately, it seems as if they are not particularly useful. [3]

3. The Afghan Government is inefficient, ineffective, incompetent and steals lunch money from its people. Well, sort of. [4] There are endless reports of police officers coming into conflict with both civilians and other Afghan Security forces. The populace doesn't trust the security forces, the police don't trust each other, and in one incident [5] the police got in a firefight with themselves. One person died and six more were wounded. While this may seem distressing, Rotten Tomatoes reports that this incident "delivers bursts of comedy during a summer largely devoid of laughs."

4. The Afghan Government is corrupt. The leak was particularly tough on these guys, reportedly showing that the corruption their Afghan government severely hurt our chances of winning the war. An ally of President Karzai (who spoke out strongly against this leak) had a contract with the government allowing him to demand a "toll" of $2,000 on passing U.S. Convoys. This is approximately equivalent to Afghanistan kicking our nation in its collective balls.

5. An orphanage turned out to be ineffective. [6] Somehow this upsets people.

6. We don't have anywhere near enough resources or soldiers to win the war. Even when our military intelligence picks up news of a coming attack, they are often unable to act due to a lack of soldiers or equipment.

7. Air strikes lead to civilian casualties. When we bomb the people of Afghanistan, they inexplicably become more likely to support the Taliban. In one costly incident, 60 civilians were killed because on German officer really, really, really hated a pair of fuel trucks. [7]

8. Lastly, and least important, the secret documents link Pakistan to the militancy in Afghanistan. They detail links between the Taliban and Pakistan's military and spy agency, the ISI. Pakistan purportedly allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to build vast networks of insurgents that oppose the Americans. [8] We are working with Pakistan against the Taliban, who is in turn working with the Taliban against us. This means that we end up giving money to our enemies, making us our own biggest enemy. This is not concerning in the least bit, and should most likely just be ignored.

misc links to use

1. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/26warlogs.html#report/7BEADD2E-2219-0B3F-9F200BCE337854EA

2. http://archives.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/south/02/21/missing.reporter/

3. http://missileerror.ytmnd.com/

4. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/26warlogs.html#report/97C78307-EB11-4DE8-98AF-A23E9A58EF82

5. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/26warlogs.html#report/160f064c-8fea-477f-a7a2-763d240bb92d

6. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/26warlogs.html#report/C9F47B7A-1656-4C2E-813E-D69C5B59892

7. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/26warlogs.html#report/826B488C-EA6F-A132-511610DB68C2EDB

8. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38404843/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/30/3080250.htm China ready to abandon N Korea

China terrified of Nancy Pelosi - who isn't http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.53075ad2350ca0616102f4e994a06283.e51&show_article=1

http://web.archive.org/web/20060712184552/http://iq.org/index.html - Assanges diary

Stuff to use

Petty

The full unedited video of the Apache helicopter killing a pair of journos is, in fact, edited to make the army look much worse, and missing a 30 minutes segment in the middle. Assange stated to CNN that they put up everything they got, meaning one of his sources is really pissed off at being in Iraq

Poles mortar a wedding as revenge for an IED

Weird

Diplomats asked to get people's DNA Not only should diplomats in Burundi, Rwanda and Congo collect basic biographical information on the people they talk to - a routine diplomatic function - but they should also gather "fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans."

Stupid

Insurgent says thanks for the info, guys. We appreciate being able to find our traitors.