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Video: Assange, Žižek and Goodman in conversation

On Saturday 2 July at 4pm GMT (11am EST; 8pm AEST), Frontline Club hosted a special event featuring WikiLeaks editor-and-chief Julian Assange, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek and Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman. Full unedited video of the event, which focused on WikiLeaks-related issues, can be found below.

A series of reports, essays and videos related to the event can be found here.

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In praise of… the WikiLeaks Truck

WikiLeaks Truck visits Capitol Hill | Photo: Wikileaks Top Secret Mobile Information Collection Unit

Described as part prank, part art, and part activism, the WikiLeaks Top Secret Mobile Information Collection Unit has been bothering US authorities in recent months.

A white van emblazoned with the WikiLeaks logo by the artist Clark Stoeckley, the Collection Unit has paid unwelcome visits to notable sites including the White House, Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.

In March, after a “Free Bradley Manning” Rally in Washington, the truck was pulled over and Stoeckly arrested for driving in a “no truck zone” near the White House, though the charges were later dropped.

“The Secret Service searched the truck and found nothing,” tweeted the artist on Wednesday. “They follow me wherever I go hoping for a traffic violation.”

He added: “I asked the Secret Service officer who arrested me if he had any secrets he wanted to leak to Wikileaks, and that made him laugh.”

Stoeckly’s aim is to have a WikiLeaks truck in every country. He is raising money via the website Flattr and is willing to send adhesive vinyl graphics to anyone who wants to start their own mock ‘Collection Unit’.

“Just imagine these popping up all over the globe,” he says.

View more photos of the WikiLeaks Truck here, and follow the truck on Twitter here.

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New WikiLeaks revelations in Irish and Scottish newspapers

Earlier this month, WikiLeaks partnered with both Irish and Scottish newspapers to publish revelations as part of Cablegate, the largest leak of classified intelligence in history.

The documents detail the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, behind closed doors political disputes over the Iraq War, and fears over the UK’s shortage of Oil and Gas. They also show that the Irish Parliament urged the White House to ban republican party Sein Fein, that Chinese Triad gangs have trafficked women in to Ireland to force them to work in the sex industry, and that there was ‘total chaos’ in the Irish coalition government as its economy collapsed in 2010.

For this and much more, see the links below…

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The full letter in New Statesman

Click to view the scan of the open letter, printed in the New Statesman in April.

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WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Files on All Guantánamo Prisoners

From WikiLeaks…

In its latest release of classified US documents, WikiLeaks is shining the light of truth on a notorious icon of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” — the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which opened on January 11, 2002, and remains open under President Obama, despite his promise to close the much-criticized facility within a year of taking office.

In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to 2008 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantánamo — 758 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo Bay, to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.

These memoranda, which contain JTF-GTMO’s recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments) contain a wealth of important and previously undisclosed information, including health assessments, for example, and, in the cases of the majority of the 171 prisoners who are still held, photos (mostly for the first time ever) …..

Read more at WikiLeaks.ch

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Supporting Freedom of Speech and WikiLeaks

From Ipolicy.org | April 11 2011

ARTICLE 19 joins free speech activists in a letter supporting Wikileaks and defending the right to publish leaked information in the public interest.

We believe that free societies everywhere are best served by journalism that holds governments and corporations to account. We assert that the right to publish is equal to, and the consequence of, the citizen’s right to know. While we believe in personal privacy and accept a need for confidentiality, we hold that disclosure in the public interest is paramount. Liberty, accountability and true democratic choice can only be guaranteed by rigorous scrutiny.

We defend the right to publish the truth responsibly without obstruction and persecution by the state. The primary duty of journalists everywhere is to advance the cause of understanding, not to assist governments and powerful interests in suppressing information, and never to defer to ingrained habits of secrecy.

With these principles in mind, we declare our support for the publication of documents released through leaks. They have cast significant light on the behaviour of governments and corporations in the modern world. Wikileaks has done the world great service. We strenuously denounce the threats of death and criminal prosecution of its director for publishing, together with many organisations throughout the world, information that is clearly in the public interest.

Those in authority routinely oppose such disclosure, as they have done since the struggle to publish the proceedings of the British parliament over 200 years ago right through to the release of the Pentagon Papers. We believe no democracy has ever been harmed by an increase in the public’s knowledge and understanding. Therefore, we, the undersigned, declare our unyielding support for the principles of journalistic inquiry and openness, and condemn the forces that threaten both.

Supported by: ARTICLE 19, English Pen, International Federation of Journalists, The Newspaper Guild, OpenDemocracy, Reporters Without Borders,

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Who signed the Open Letter?

Want to read more about some of those who have signed the Open Letter? Click the links below…

Lisa Appignanesi, John Berger, Fatima Bhutto, Rachel Billington, Rosie Boycott, Heather Brooke, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Dear, Molly Dineen, David Edgar, Daniel Ellsberg, Bill Emmott, Ariel Dorfman, Richard Eyre, Woody Harrelson, Hugh Hudson, Sue Hollick, Will Hutton, John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Imran Khan, Philip Knightley, Hanif Kureishi, Mike Leigh, Kim Longinotto, Terry McDonell, Michael Moore, Philip Pullman, David Puttnam, Salman Rushdie, Richard Sambrook, Susan Sarandon, Edward MacMillan Scott, Alexandra Shulman, Oliver Stone, Tom Stoppard, Laura Wade, Marina Warner, AN Wilson

Thanks to Sandro Kensan for putting this list together.

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Lettera aperta in difesa di WikiLeaks e del suo diritto di pubblicare

In Italian, from Paperblog | April 8 2011

Un gruppo di editori, giornalisti e filmmaker, riuniti nella Committee for the Right to Publish (che comprende lo scrittore Henry Porter, l’attivista per i diritti umani Jemima Khan, i giornalisti Charles Glass, Rachel Johnson ed Elaine Potter, i filmmaker Roger Graef e Vaughan Smith e gli editori Tony Curzon Price e Anthony Barnett), hanno messo a punto una lettera aperta – già sottoscritta da più di 200 personaggi celebri del mondo del giornalismo e dello spettacolo tra cui gli  scrittori Philip Pullman e Salman Rushdie, l’attrice Susan Sarandon e il regista Oliver Stone - per difendere con forza il diritto di WikiLeaks alla pubblicazione dei documenti, i famosi cable, e per condannare le minacce e le azioni legali nei confronti di Julian Assange.

La lettera, già tradotta in dodici lingue, ha il supporto di organizzazioni quali OpenDemocracy, Reporters Without Borders, The Newspaper Guild (Communications Workers of America), The International Federation of Journalists e Article 19 e può essere letta e sottoscritta su Wikileaks Open Letter

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WikiLeaks Open Letter, a new movement for WikiLeaks

From upvery.com (English translation of Spanish article, ‘WikiLeaks Open Letter, nuevo movimiento en favor de WikiLeaks’ published by alt1040.com) | April 8 2011

A few hours ago another movement has emerged in favor of U.S. WikiLeaks. The significance of it has to see all personalities that form. Journalists, filmmakers, and political developments up a website for the organization, freedom of expression and the elimination of U.S. government censorship, a inicitiva WikiLeaks the name of Open Letter.

As I said, the website is a window to give “air” to the current situation and the very Assange WikiLeaks. A management response to the government, the lies and accusations to which they are being subjected as well Assange WikiLeaks.

Signed by over 200 people from various professions, the letter is intended to show that government action is not being that of a serious body. To give more coverage to it, influential people in American society has been the face with the signing of the letter. Known figures like Noam Chomsky, Terry Jones, Michael Kennedy, Michael Leight, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Di Costanzo, James Fox and organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, who wanted to give the middle most of the broadcasts. The letter speaks for itself, and is on the web along with information that will be updated regularly on everything that happened around WikiLeaks. I leave you with the letter:

We believe in the existence of free societies around the world, which with the help of journalism called to account by government and corporations. We believe that the right to publish is equivalent to the right of citizens to be informed. While we believe in personal privacy and accept the need for confidentiality, we affirm that the disclosure to the public interest is fundamental. Freedom, responsibility and true democratic election can only be guaranteed through a rigorous scrutiny. We defend the right to publish the truth in a responsible manner without hindrance and without any persecution by the state. The primary duty of journalists in all parts of the world is to advance the cause of understanding, not to help governments and power interests in the suppression of information, and not to postpone the already ingrained habits of secrecy.

With these principles in mind, we declare our support for the publication of the documents released through leaks, leaks. They have shed significant light on the behavior of governments and corporations in the modern world. WikiLeaks has done a great service to humanity. We denounce tremendously death threats directed against their prosecution for publishing director, along with many organizations around the world, information that is clearly of public interest.

Those who are in power or authority to routinely oppose such disclosure, as they did during the long struggle to publish the proceedings of the British Parliament for over two hundred years ago to release the Pentagon Papers. We believe that no democracy has been marred by increased knowledge and understanding of the public. Therefore, we, the undersigned, pledge our unwavering support to the principles and the opening of the investigative report, and condemn the forces that threaten them both.

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Group of 200 sign letter defending WikiLeaks

From Liberal Conspiracy | April 8 2011.

More than 200 prominent public figures have signed a letter published in New Statesman today strongly defending WikiLeaks’ right to publish.

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, authors Philip Pullman and Salman Rushdie, as well as actors Susan Sarandon, Laura Wade, Oliver Stone, Steve Coogan, Woody Harrelson and Sam West are among the list of those whom “strenuously denounce” threats of death and prosecution made against WikiLeaks’ director Julian Assange by prominent US politicians.

The letter, presented by the Frontline Club, was assembled by a group of well-known publishers, journalists and filmmakers known as the Committee for the Right to Publish, which includes writer Henry Porter and human rights activist Jemima Khan.

Henry Porter said:

In drafting this letter, we sought to reassert a principle that is easily forgotten in times of change and crisis. We believe that the letter should become a kind declaration that can be signed the world over by journalists and all those who understand the importance of information to democracy.

Translated into nine languages, the letter is supported by the organisations OpenDemocracy, Reporters Without Borders, The Newspaper Guild (Communications Workers of America), The International Federation of Journalists and Article 19.

Liberal Conspiracy editor Sunny Hundal is also one of the original 200 signatories.

The full letter
Open Letter in Defence of WikiLeaks’ Right to Publish

We believe that free societies everywhere are best served by journalism that holds governments and corporations to account. We assert that the right to publish is equal to, and the consequence of, the citizen’s right to know.

While we believe in personal privacy and accept a need for confidentiality, we hold that disclosure in the public interest is paramount. Liberty, accountability and true democratic choice can only be guaranteed by rigorous scrutiny.

We defend the right to publish the truth responsibly without obstruction and persecution by the state. The primary duty of journalists everywhere is to advance the cause of understanding, not to assist governments and powerful interests in suppressing information, and never to defer to ingrained habits of secrecy.

With these principles in mind, we declare our support for the publication of documents released through leaks. They have cast significant light on the behaviour of governments and corporations in the modern world. WikiLeaks has done the world great service. We strenuously denounce the threats of death and criminal prosecution of its director for publishing, together with many organisations throughout the world, information that is clearly in the public interest.

Those in authority routinely oppose such disclosure, as they have done since the struggle to publish the proceedings of the British Parliament over two hundred years ago right through to the release of the Pentagon Papers.

We believe no democracy has ever been harmed by an increase in the public’s knowledge and understanding.Therefore, we, the undersigned, declare our unyielding support for the principles of journalistic inquiry and openness, and condemn the forces that threaten both.

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