Library of Congress Blocks Access to Wikileaks

Library of Congress Blocks Access to Wikileaks 03 Dec 2010 The Library of Congress has blocked access to the Wikileaks site on its staff computers and on the wireless network that visitors use, two sources tell TPM. The library is a governmental institution and serves as the research arm for Congress.

U.S. aircraft to join international effort to fight Israeli fire

U.S. aircraft to join international effort to fight Israeli fire 04 Dec 2010 Five U.S. Defense Department aircraft will leave for Israel this weekend to help fight a wildfire that has killed at least 41 [42] people and injured 17 others. They include three C-130 fire-fighting aircraft from the U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard and two C-130s from the U.S. European Command, which will depart Ramstein Air Base in Germany carrying 20 tons of fire retardant, the U.S. Agency for International Development said.

WikiLeaks founder says guards against death threats

WikiLeaks founder says guards against death threats 03 Dec 2010 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Friday he and colleagues were taking steps to protect themselves after death threats following the publication of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables on their website. One of Assange's lawyers said he would also fight any attempt to extradite his client to face questions over alleged sexual misconduct, adding that he believed foreign powers were influencing Sweden in the matter... Answering questions online from an undisclosed location, the Australian said anyone making threats against his life should be charged with incitement to murder.

Fresh warrant issued for Assange's arrest

Fresh warrant issued for Assange's arrest 04 Dec 2010 As the fallout grows from WikiLeaks' release of secret US diplomatic cables, the website's founder Julian Assange could be extradited to Sweden as early as today. A fresh arrest warrant has been issued for the Australian, who is believed to be in hiding in Britain, to face possible charges of rape and molestation. WikiLeaks embarrassed the US government this week by releasing thousands of secret diplomatic cables.

U.S. officials deny they are urging technical takedown of WikiLeaks

U.S. officials deny they are urging technical takedown of WikiLeaks 03 Dec 2010 U.S. officials at the Pentagon and State Department denied Friday knowing of any efforts to take down the WikiLeaks website or asking companies to do so. The site's efforts to publish 250,000 diplomatic cables has been hampered by denial-of-service attacks, ejection from its server host and cancellation of its name by its American domain name provider. Each time WikiLeaks has worked out other arrangements to bring the site back online. In written answers to readers' questions posted on the website of The Guardian, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange alleged "abusive elements of the United States government" were behind the site's technical problems.

Lieberman Introduces Anti-WikiLeaks Legislation

Lieberman Introduces Anti-WikiLeaks Legislation --Leaking such information in the first place is already a crime, so the measure is aimed squarely at publishers. By Kevin Poulsen 02 Dec 2010 Senator Joseph Lieberman ['R'-Sociopath] and other lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime for anyone to publish the name of a U.S. intelligence source, in a direct swipe at the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks... The so-called SHIELD Act (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination) would amend a section of the Espionage Act that already forbids publishing classified information on U.S. cryptographic secrets or overseas communications intelligence -- i.e., wiretapping. The bill would extend that prohibition to information on HUMINT, human intelligence, making it a crime to publish information "concerning the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community of the United States," or "concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government" if such publication is prejudicial to U.S. interests.

US blocks access to WikiLeaks for federal workers

US blocks access to WikiLeaks for federal workers --Employees unable to call up WikiLeaks on government computers as material is still formally classified, says US 03 Dec 2010 The Obama administration is banning hundreds of thousands of federal employees from calling up the WikiLeaks site on government computers because the leaked material is still formally regarded as classified. The Library of Congress tonight joined the education department, the commerce department and other government agencies in confirming that the ban is in place. Although thousands of leaked cables are freely available on the Guardian, New York Times and other newspaper websites, as well as the WikiLeaks site, the Obama administration insists they are still classified and, as such, have to be protected.

Calif. man charged in Somali terror case

Calif. man charged in Somali terror case 03 Dec 2010 A Southern California man has been indicted on charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization in the government's latest strike targeting Somalia's al-Shabaab. The federal indictment unsealed Friday says 35-year-old Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud of Anaheim worked with three others who already have been charged in San Diego.

Wikileaks: U.S. ignored British concerns over secret spy flights

Wikileaks: U.S. ignored British concerns over secret spy flights 03 Dec 2010 Leaked documents have revealed how American officials ignored British complaints about secret US spy flights from a UK airbase. Labour ministers feared making the UK an accomplice to torture by letting America use RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to launch spy planes over Lebanon. In April 2008, Britain demanded the US provide details of the flights so ministers could decide if they were illegal, the WikiLeaks cables show. But the Americans rejected the concerns, with a senior diplomat saying they were "burdensome" and "an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy".

Government reports violations of limits on spying aimed at U.S. citizens

Government reports violations of limits on spying aimed at U.S. citizens 03 Dec 2010 The federal government has repeatedly violated legal limits governing the surveillance of U.S. citizens, according to previously secret internal documents obtained through a court battle by the American Civil Liberties Union. In releasing 900 pages of documents, U.S. government agencies refused to say how many Americans' telephone, e-mail or other communications have been intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - or FISA - Amendments Act of 2008, or to discuss any specific abuses, the ACLU said... Semiannual internal oversight reports by the offices of the attorney general and director of national intelligence identify ongoing breaches of legal requirements that limit when Americans are targeted and minimize the amount of data collected.

US mercenary firms hired Afghan 'dancing boys', WikiLeaks cable reveals

US mercenary firms hired Afghan 'dancing boys', WikiLeaks cable reveals 02 Dec 2010 A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young "dancing boys" to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try and "quash" the story, according to one of the US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks. In a meeting with the assistant US ambassador, a panicked Hanif Atmar, the interior minister at the time of the episode last June, warned that the story would "endanger lives" and was particularly concerned that a video of the incident might be made public. Two Afghan policemen and nine other Afghans were arrested as part of investigations into a crime described by Atmar as "purchasing a service from a child". The strategy appeared to work when an article was published in July by the Washington Post about the incident, which made little of the affair, saying it was an incident of "questionable management oversight" in which foreign DynCorp workers "hired a teenage boy to perform a tribal dance at a company farewell party". [See: DynCorp Disgrace By Kelly Patricia O'Meara 14 Jan 2002 Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia.]

EU Limits On Information Sharing Hinder Air Security - US Officials

EU Limits On Information Sharing Hinder Air Security - US Officials 02 Dec 2010 European restrictions on the sharing of passenger data among security agencies pose a key challenge to improving airline security in the wake of two thwarted terrorist attacks, U.S. aviation security officials said in prepared remarks Thursday... Some E.U. officials are looking to restrict the sharing of information that passengers give to travel agencies and airlines when they book flights, they said. Several bilateral agreements that would improve information sharing remain unsigned, they said.

House passes tax-cut extension

House passes tax-cut extension 02 Dec 2010 As the White House [surrendered to its GOP overlords as usual] and congressional leaders negotiated over extending the Bush era tax cuts, the House Thursday voted to extend the majority of them, continuing tax rates for lower- and middle-income Americans. The lower chamber passed the bill 234-188, sending it to the Senate where Republicans have predicted it is dead on arrival. [Right, GOPredators only want tax cuts for corpora-terrorists and their beneficiaries -- i.e., themselves.]

WikiLeaks' site back with Swiss name after cyber attacks

WikiLeaks' site back with Swiss name after cyber attacks 02 Dec 2010 Whistleblower website WikiLeaks came back online with a Swiss name on Friday around six hours after its wikileaks.org domain name was shut down because it was suffering massive cyber attacks. "WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland," the group declared on Twitter, although an Internet trace of the new domain name suggested that the site itself is still hosted in Sweden and in France. Webusers accessing the wikileaks.ch address are directed to a page under the URL http://213.251.145.96/ -- which gives them access to the former site, including a massive trove of leaked US diplomatic traffic.

Wikileaks' DNS pulls plug, citing collateral DDoS damage

Wikileaks' DNS pulls plug, citing collateral DDoS damage 03 Dec 2010 Domain name provider EveryDNS has pulled the plug on Wikileaks after giving the site 24 hours' notice that it could not put up with the denial of service attacks the site was attracting. The DNS provider said that it had sent messages by email and via Twitter and through the chat function of its website to warn Wikileaks that it was in breach of its terms and conditions and was at risk of termination. Services were terminated at 10pm 2 December. [See: WikiLeaks Mirror Sites.]

Cyber attack forces Wikileaks to change web address

Cyber attack forces Wikileaks to change web address 03 Dec 2010 Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has been forced to change its web address after the company providing its domain name cut off service. EveryDNS.net said it had terminated services because Wikileaks.org had come under massive cyber attacks. But Wikileaks has already reappeared using a Swiss web address. [See: WikiLeaks Mirror Sites.]

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Wikileaks document provides evidence US struck inside Yemen

Wikileaks document provides evidence US struck inside Yemen 02 Dec 2010 A leaked diplomatic cable has corroborated pictures released earlier this year by Amnesty International. The photographs showed the US military carrying out a missile strike in south Yemen in December 2009. The strike, which killed dozens of local residents, was revealed in the cable, in which Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh is reported as having assured US General David Petraeus that his government would "continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours".

WikiLeaks cables: CIA drew up UN spying wishlist for diplomats

WikiLeaks cables: CIA drew up UN spying wishlist for diplomats --Agency identified priorities for information on UN leaders 02 Dec 2010 The US state department's wishlist of information about the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and other senior members of his organisation was drawn up by the CIA, the Guardian has learned. The disclosure comes as new information emerged about Washington's intelligence gathering on foreign diplomats, including surveillance of the telephone and internet use of Iranian and Chinese diplomats. One of the most embarrassing revelations to emerge from US diplomatic cables obtained by the whistleblowers' website WikiLeaks has been that US diplomats were asked to gather intelligence on Ban, other senior UN staff, security council members and other foreign diplomats -- a possible violation of international law.

US-Japan naval drills start as N Korea tensions rise

US-Japan naval drills start as N Korea tensions rise 03 Dec 2010 Japan and the United States have begun their biggest ever joint military exercises, amid growing tension in the region between North and South Korea. More than 44,000 Japanese and American military personnel are taking part in the drill off Japan's southern islands. Forty Japanese and 20 US warships are also involved, as are hundreds of military aircraft. South Korean observers are present for the first time.

Senior Turkey official says Israel behind WikiLeaks release

Senior Turkey official says Israel behind WikiLeaks release 02 Dec 2010 A senior Turkish official blamed Israel for the WikiLeaks release, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Wednesday. Addressing reporters, Huseyin Celik, deputy leader of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party, hinted that Israel engineered the leak of hundreds of thousands of United States diplomatic cables as a plot to pressure the Turkish government. "One has to look at which countries are pleased with these," Celik was quoted as saying. "Israel is very pleased. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these documents. Documents were released and they immediately said, 'Israel will not suffer from this.' How did they know that?" Celik asked.

Hundreds line up in the cold for help heating homes

Hundreds line up in the cold for help heating homes 02 Dec 2010 (GA) As metro Atlanta's temperatures grow colder, the demand for heat is, well, heating up. A day after hundreds of people queued up outside a Marietta community center to apply for assistance with heat and power bills, hopeful applicants began lining up again around midnight, waiting in the sub-freezing temperatures for the doors to open Thursday morning.

Lawyer for WikiLeaks's Assange denies warrant valid

Lawyer for WikiLeaks's Assange denies warrant valid --'The arrest warrant was sent back by Scotland Yard because it did not comply with the law and was defective.' 02 Dec 2010 The lawyer acting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied on Thursday that Sweden had issued a valid European arrest warrant for alleged sex crimes, despite Stockholm's insistence that legal difficulties with the warrant were resolved... In an interview with Reuters, Assange's London lawyer, Mark Stephens, who would not divulge his whereabouts because of death threats against him, said no warrant valid under Swedish, European or international law had been issued. "There is no arrest warrant against him. There was an Interpol red notice, which is not a warrant, alerting authorities to monitor his movements," Stephens told Reuters.

UK tackles war crime arrest-tensions with Israel

UK tackles war crime arrest-tensions with Israel 02 Dec 2010 The UK has moved to restrict arrests for war crimes after a demand from Israel. The British Prime Minister said on Wednesday that politicians and officials from Israel would soon no longer be targeted by warrants. David Cameron said under a proposed new law the Director of Public Prosecutions would have to agree to an arrest warrant being issued against foreign officials.

$3.3 trillion from Fed went to foreign industry, foreign firms

$3.3 trillion from Fed went to foreign industry, foreign firms 02 Dec 2010 New disclosures show the Federal Reserve rushed trillions of dollars in emergency aid not just to Wall Street but also to telecom firms and foreign-owned banks in 2008 and 2009. The Fed benefitted... General Electric, Caterpillar, Verizon and Toyota. The central bank's aid programs also supported U.S. subsidiaries of banks based in East Asia, Europe and Canada. The biggest users of the Fed lending programs were some of the world's largest banks, including Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Swiss-based UBS and Britain's Barclays, according to more than 21,000 loan records released Wednesday under new financial regulatory legislation.

Nigeria may charge Cheney in Halliburton bribery probe

Nigeria may charge Cheney in Halliburton bribery probe 02 Nov 2010 An Agence France-Presse wire out of Lagos, Nigeria, reports anti-corruption authorities there plan to file charges against former vice president [sic] Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal involving Halliburton, the oil services firm Cheney used to head. The AFP story said charges would be filed against Cheney along with former and current Halliburton officials in an investigation of bribery allegations involving the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant.

Nigeria to Charge Dick Cheney in Pipeline Bribery Case

Nigeria to Charge Dick Cheney in Pipeline Bribery Case --Arrest warrant for Cheney to be issued through Interpol 01 Dec 2010 Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said. Indictments will be lodged in a Nigerian court "in the next three days," Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said in an interview today at his office in Abuja, the capital. An arrest warrant for Cheney "will be issued and transmitted through Interpol," the world’s biggest international police organization, he said.

WikiLeaks Backup Plan Could Drop Diplomatic Bomb

WikiLeaks Backup Plan Could Drop Diplomatic Bomb --Supporters Downloading Heavily Encrypted File Told They Will Receive Key if Trouble Befalls Website, Founder 02 Dec 2010 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has a backup plan should anything happen to him or his notorious document-dumping website. The legal net is tightening around Assange. On Thursday, Sweden's highest court turned down an appeal from his legal team, which means an international warrant for his arrest in a sexual assault case is valid, CBS News reports. Supporters of WikiLeaks around the world are downloading a file the site calls an insurance policy. The files are encrypted with a code so strong it's unbreakable, even by governments. If anything happens to Assange or the website, a key will go out to unlock the files.

3 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

3 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 03 Dec 2010 At least three US-led soldiers have been killed in separate militant attacks in Afghanistan amid rising attacks against foreign forces in the country. NATO announced in a statement that one of the soldiers died in the country's south and the second one in the east, both as a result of roadside bomb blasts. The western military alliance also added that a third US-led troop was killed in a Taliban attack in the south.

WikiLeaks: Afghan vice-president 'landed in Dubai with $52m in cash'

WikiLeaks: Afghan vice-president 'landed in Dubai with $52m in cash' --'Massoud was allowed to go on his way without explaining where the money came from.' --Ambassador in Kabul reports pervasive 'wealth extraction' by establishment and apparent powerlessness of US to stop it 02 Dec 2010 Rampant government corruption in Afghanistan is laid bare by several classified diplomatic cables implicating members of the country's elite. In one astonishing incident in October 2009 the then vice-president, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52m in cash, according to one diplomatic report.

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