Despite all the controversy surrounding Wikileaks, the whistle blowing organization has only released a fraction of the files available to them to the public, creating an on going nightmare for the US State department who thus far has been unable to shut down the site.
Unfortunately for the US government, it looks like aÂ Norwegian newspaper has secured access to all 250,000 cables minus the encryption, which means that world may soon hear moreÂ embarrassingÂ secrets contained in the documents.
In cooperation with Svenska Dagbladet, Aftenposten has so far had access to about 2000 documents, which until now has been the background for the issues Aftenposten published. Ole Erik Almlid, news editor of Aftenposten, says it has worked a long time to access the documents to the newspaper.
- We have worked long to get the documents, but it would be wrong of me to tell who is the source. We have not paid for the material, which we have gained access to no conditions. It is we who decide what to publish and how we should handle it, “he said. (Aftenposten)
While other news organizations have received access to the files, most of those were encrypted, giving Wikileaks control over the speed (and sometimes type) of information leaked to the public.
Despite their eyes being able to view all of the cables unrestricted, the news organization is promising to not release information that can endanger individuals lives or expose private information about specific individuals.
They will however report on news deemed interesting to the public, which could spell more embarrassment for the US State Department.
(Hat Tip: RWW)
After exposing government secrets to the world and inspiring an army of hackers to their defense, the future of Wikileaks should have been all but certain.
Unfortunately public opinion has turned against the organization thanks in part to the Wikileaks exposure of weak security spots in the US as well asÂ the death of an individual by the hands of the Taliban (who used Wikileaks to identify an informant against them).
With their leader arrested on “questionable” sex charges, Wikileaks brand may never recover in the public. However the trend they started may survive underneath a new organization with close connections with Wikileaks founder. More →
After causing controversy throughout the world for exposing classified information, it looks like Swedish police have begun raiding buildings in search of servers hosting Wikileaks as well as The Pirate Bay.
The Swedish police hadÂ raided the premises of the host PRQ of Sweden in Solna in Sweden.Â This “host activist, who advocates a radical conception of freedom of expression, including the servers hosting the download siteÂ The Pirate Bay or sites advocating pedophilia.Â ItÂ is also the host of Wikileaks, the site specializes in the publication of confidential documents made public this summer tens of thousands of reports of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (Le Monde.fr Technologies)
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Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeÂ was previously accused of rape by Swedish officials earlier, although the charges later on were dropped do to lack of evidence.
Although the current raid thus far appears to be part of an on going investigation that (according to the article) started years ago, the Swedish’s government is probably being pressured to take a harder stance against Wikileaks by its allies (especially those in theÂ intelligentsia).
The site thus far still seems to be fully operational (as Wikileaks probably has numerous servers located all over the world), although it probably will not be surprising to see more raids conducted against Wikileaks who seems to have earned the scorn of international governments everywhere.
(via Committee To Protect Bloggers)