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July 2, 2013

Wikileaks tweets condemnation of nations blocking airspace for Bolivian president’s plane

As we mentioned just now, the plane belonging to Bolivian President Evo Moraleswas re-routed to Austria due to suspicions it was also transporting NSA leaker Edward Snowden out of Russia, from where it departed. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the flight, but this tweet from Wikileaks condemning France, Portugal and Spain for denying use of their airspace does seem rather suggestive, doesn’t it? (Snowden issued a statement critical of the Obama administration through Wikileaks yesterday.)

19:16 // 9 months ago
July 1, 2013
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
Edward Snowden, calling out the Obama administration for trying to block his asylum. Oh, and he made his statement through Wikileaks.
19:05 // 9 months ago
June 23, 2013
As the HKSA Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong… Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies.
A press release from Hong Kong on the departure of Edward Snowden. Apparently, US requests that Snowden be arrested “did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law,” so HK asked for “additional information,” which they never received. By Hong Kong’s account, the US essentially failed to fill out the proper paperwork, and thus let Snowden slip from its fingers. It’ll probably be a while until we know whether this account of events is true, but that reference at the end to Snowden’s allegation that the US is hacking Hong Kong computers seems just a bit intentionally combative, doesn’t it? source
15:38 // 9 months ago

Edward Snowden to seek political asylum in Ecuador

That’s the Ecuadorian foreign minister on the bottom. So does this mean Snowden isn’t going to Cuba or Venezuela anymore? Or perhaps he is going to land in one of those countries, but only en route to Ecuador? And what happened to Iceland? This already-fascinating story is getting moreso by the hour. Also, we spent far too many hours playing and watching “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" as kids, so in a sense, we’ve been preparing for this story for the last twenty years.

15:19 // 9 months ago
June 22, 2013
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.
Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
14:01 // 9 months ago
June 21, 2013
We are in touch with [Edward] Snowden frequently, and we are involved in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland.
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, in a press conference earlier this week. Perhaps Assange—who’s still holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy after more than a year—will be able to work out a comfier arrangement for Snowden than he has for himself. source
10:28 // 9 months ago
June 19, 2013
In which a serious conversation about a newsworthy topic gets derailed by a sideshow with a single response.

In which a serious conversation about a newsworthy topic gets derailed by a sideshow with a single response.

21:27 // 10 months ago
June 3, 2013
He was selective. He had access to literally hundreds of millions of documents as an all-source analyst, and these were the documents that he released…because he was hoping to make the world a better place.
Attorney David Coombs • Defending his client, Pfc. Bradley Manning, from U.S. Army prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow, who claimed the young soldier “systematically” leaked information he knew would endanger the lives of his fellow soldiers. Pfc. Manning’s trial began on Monday, more than three years after his arrest back in May 2010, and the proceedings are expected to last up to 12 weeks. source
18:05 // 10 months ago
April 8, 2013

WikiLeaks releases nearly two million new diplomatic records from the 1970’s

  • 1.7M new U.S. diplomatic records have been released by WikiLeaks. All of the records are from a four year period stretching from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976, and include numerous entries both from and intended for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The collection is being called the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD). source
15:36 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2013

On this thing that keeps coming up

popelizbet says: I continue to disapprove of shortformblog’s misgendering of Breanna Manning, but I greatly approve of her nomination for the Prize.

» SFB says: We continue to disapprove of people placing a gender on someone without concrete proof. This is NOT something that is bestowed upon someone third-hand based on communication that was intended to be private. It is decided and publicly-revaled first-hand. It is irresponsible to do otherwise. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: nedhepburn)

13:30 // 1 year ago