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United States should take responsibility for Wikileaks

Dilbert Data SecurityIf Wikileaks has been acting like a terrorist organization it is most likely because the United States is trying to push the blame for the leak on Wikileaks. That is not however entirely accurate, we are referring of course to predominately United States Military and Diplomatic reports.

They key word there: United States.

United States Military Personnel and Diplomatic Staff have generated the reports, passed it on to their superiors, or their superiors secretaries whom in turn handed it in to their superiors most likely. So for every document that’s at least 3 people have seen it, although i would be surprised if it was just 3 there’s probably a whole bunch of personnel have access to the information.

This is where the leak came form, not from Australia, Julian Assange is by no means responsible for causing the leak – at most he might be responsible for distribution of the information but how is that different from what Blogger have done in response to the documents, likewise the news channels and papers around the world have reiterated some of the information. Does that mean we all need to hand ourselves in?

The problem lies with the United States personnel whom likely have commited Treason by releasing these documents to unauthorized parties. There is where justice must be sought. More importantly, given the scale of the security breach it must really bring into question how much trust countries can place in the United States in its position of dominance.

The release of the cables are a strong indicator that the United States does not take national security that seriously and should not be trusted with any information of a sensitive nature. Until such a time as they start considering this a serious problem countries must view discussions with US Personnel as something that will inevitably fall into the hands of unauthorized persons.

Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd dismissed US diplomatic comments regarding him that came out from wikileaks as irrelevant – which it entirely is – it does not effect his ability to do his job. He has judged however that the US should consider this problem and deal with the culprits of the crime instead of using Assange as a scapegoat.

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Guardian

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Governor: You criticised our Prime Minister, that not accepted here.

Govner of the Bank of EnglandHe holds the position of Governor of the Bank of England. Quite an impressive job title if I do say so myself. However he is facing calls for him to resign from said position for he expressed concerns about Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne.

He really should have know better. This is Britain, we Do not critisize our political figures and we definately do not express concern over their abilities. Its not like we live in a democratic state which values freedom of expression anyway.

Wait a second, isnt that one of our more important values? Well, we are a part of the European Union, so surely Article 11 of the european convention should apply even to our citizens.

Political figures, and even the governor are in the limelight of the public interest critisism from fellow peers and more importantly by the people that put them in the job – the voters is not only expected is mandatory. Without opening debat about the actions of our representatives and having the freedom to express ourselves against their actions without fear of reprimand like they do in such states as the Peoples Republic of China or Iran how can we possibility life a life where progress is put above the political interest of one political figure.

He informed the US ambassador that he belived the now Prime Minister lacked the experience to run the country, well who does if they havent done it allready?

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The Gaurdian
The Telegraph
Article 11 EU

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Prince Andrew laughs in life or death revelations

Look at the Person Talking PosterBoth Washington and London have declared that the release of documents from wikileaks are a massive threat to national security and could cost lives. But how realistic is this? Only a fraction of the documents have been released so far but what I have looked at hasn’t been exactly matters of life and death. Or for that matter things we were not already aware of.

In on release, the Secretary of State hinted that the US should prepare for possible further actions against Iran – It has long been suspected that USA wants to attack Iran over its nuclear program. They even went so far as to consult people on the matter. Surely this cant be the life and death stuff Washington and London is fearful of being released to the general public?

Perhaps they are referring to diplomatic discussions with  the Saudi Crown Prince which indicated that it was of importance to the King that the situation in Iran be dealt with by any means necessary. That was certainly unexpected, the Saudi government never seemed to be publicly working in co-operation with the western world before.

London might be just trying to cover up some rather humiliating revelations about Prince Andrew instead. The prince has accused the UK as having the best geography teachers in the world and that the US never was any good at Geography. Well, it wasn’t long ago that we heard a study suggesting that a disturbingly high percentage of American school children could not point out America on a map of the world. So that really is not new stuff either. The prince referring  to law enforcement as idiots well that perhaps is a new revelation but again, this really isn’t a threat to National Security of Britain let alone the United States.

So a lot of the dangerous stuff seems to relate to Iran, so is London and washington afraid of the retaliation from Iran? Well, they can sleep safely now, because Iran has responded: “We don’t give any value to these documents” – President Ahmadinejad stated in a press conference where he outright blames the United States for the release of these documents. A sign that no one is really taking the documents seriously, people are enjoying reading the remarks made by people that were in positions of power and heard things that in retrospect should perhaps never have been said for political correctness reasons.

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Daily Mail
TheMirror
AllVoices

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Gagging order for UK News over wikileaks

The guys over at Wikileaks have done it again. Thousands of documents have been released from Diplomatic communications. However, the News may not be able to adequately discuss the matter, you see, Defense Advisory Notice has been issued meaning that the mainstream press can provide no published information about documents released by Wikileaks.

It is quite sad however. The majority of people who will be looking at this site will be mostly innocent civilians of countries some of the information isn’t even of a classified nature. It mostly is about diplomatic messages from embassies.

Some of the comments made by various political figures however do not paint them in a flattering picture. The criticism made by the United States most likely comes down to the fact they don’t want the responsibility and the accountability that one should expect would come as a result of their job as a politician. In a day and age where surveillance is the done thing , is it really unexpected that foreign political powers are likely to come into possession of the documents released. Politicians need to learn to be respectful and courteous at all times for they can never really know when they are on the record.

Naturally in the USA, they want to list wikileaks as a terrorist organization beliveing that they meet the criterior I disagree at best, they represent a political neuasance. US Foreign policy has for too long been a problem for the civilized world. I hear they called our Prime Minister a soft weakling or words to that effect. Does that mean that the United States is an enemy of Britain? No, after all, we reffer to him equally nastily! Its just the done thing in politics.

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United States looking for internet censorship

I recently criticized the UK Government over the IE6 browser not being upgraded and general security breaches of astronomical scales. Now it is the turn of the United States to be criticized, again.

“Wikileaks.org should be shut down by any means necessary.”

US Government Conservative Representative

Of course, I am not surprised that a conservative wants to shut down the Internet site by any means necessary lets face it the US Conservatives are trigger happy maniacs ready to shoot anything that doesn’t agree with them. Lets face it, some of the documents released on that site about the Afghanistan war have apparently left many Americans thinking the war was a mistake. US policy is to hide up the facts rather than simply admit they were wrong and try to leave the war as quickly as possible.

However, its time for them to wake up and smell the modern world. The Internet is here, and it is not the domain of the United States Government no matter how much they want to control it.

“The military is telling the troops they cannot even view what is publicly available, even though the WikiLeaks documents are on hundreds of websites.”

There are other nations that insist on censorship such as Afghanistan and China. It seems that the United States is keeping in good company with its friends such as them.

The Demand

The US Department of Defense has demanded that Wikileaks remove, delete and return all documents that they have classified. This being the property of the United States Government. Given that the main server that is being used is hosted in Sweden, Not USA they are likely to face a tough time of bringing it down lawfully.

I completely understand that the information may indeed be classified and should not have been leaked in the first place but that is the lesson that Governments need to learn. The weakest link in the government is the Government. Remove the Government and there wont be any more leaks of Government documents! Beef up security, stop using ancient software, ensure your staff are trained and vetted.

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ZDNetUK
CNet
Washington Times