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Julian Assange to run for Australian senate

WikiLeaks founder hopes to enter politics in home country after discovering his ongoing extradition battle would be no bar
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Julian Assange formally launched a new political party bearing the name of his antisecrecy organization, WikiLeaks. (Getty Images)

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    Julian Assange has taken his fight against extradition to Sweden all the way to the UK's supreme court. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

    The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in Australia's senate next year despite being under virtual house arrest in the UK and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden.
    The 40-year-old Australian citizen has taken his legal battle against extradition all the way to Britain's supreme court, which is expected to rule on his case soon.
    "We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian senate while detained. Julian has decided to run," WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.
    Assange has criticised Australian prime minister Julia Gillard's centre-left government for not standing up for him in the wake of WikiLeaks' release of hundreds of thousands of classified US embassy cables in 2010.
    Australian police have concluded that WikiLeaks and Assange did not break any Australian laws by publishing the cables, although Gillard has condemned the action as "grossly irresponsible".
    John Wanna, a policical scientist at Australian National University, said it was possible for Assange to run for a senate seat if he remained on the Australian electoral roll, despite living overseas for several years.
    "If he gets on the roll, then he can stand as long as he's solvent and not in jail and not insane," Wanna said.
    Being convicted of a crime punishable under Australian law by 12 months or more in prison can disqualify a person from running for the Australian parliament for the duration of the sentence, even if it is suspended.
    Constitutional lawyer George Williams of the University of New South Wales said that provision of the constitution has never been tested in the courts in the 111-year history of the Australian federation and probably would not apply to a criminal conviction in a foreign country such as Sweden.
    "I'm not aware of an impediment to him standing, even if he was convicted," Williams said.
    Any adult Australian citizen can run for parliament, but few succeed without the backing of a major political party. Only one of Australia's 76 current senators does not represent a party.
    Every Australian election attracts candidates who have little hope of winning and use their campaigns to seek publicity for various political or commercial causes.
    Wanna said the odds are against Assange winning a seat, but that he could receive more than 4% of the votes in his nominated state because of his high profile. At that threshold, candidates can claim more than AUS$2 per vote from the government to offset their campaign expenses. Assange's bill to the taxpayer could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    The next senate election cannot be called before July 2013 and is due around August. Candidates cannot officially register as candidates until the election is called at least a month before the poll date.
    Assange's mother, Christine Assange, a professional puppeteer from rural Queensland, said on Saturday she had yet to discuss her son's political bid with him. But she criticised what she believed was the government's willingness to put its defence treaty with the US ahead of the rights of an Australian citizen.
    "The number one issue at the next election regardless of who you vote for is democracy in this country – whether or not we're just a state of the US and whether or not our citizens are going to be just handed over as a sacrifice to the US alliance," she said.

    Assange launches WikiLeaks Party, to run for Australian senate 'to keep politicians honest'

    Published time: July 25, 2013 16:05
    Edited time: July 26, 2013 05:50
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (R) (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)
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    Assange launches WikiLeaks Party, to run for Australian senate 'to keep politicians honest'

    Published time: July 25, 2013 16:05
    Edited time: July 26, 2013 05:50
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (R) (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (R) (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has formally launched the Australian WikiLeaks Party and announced its federal election candidates. Assange has now officially declared his candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate.
    Speaking via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the 41-year-old whistleblower has been holed up for more than a year due to a threat of extradition to Sweden, Assange outlined the principal policies of his political party, summed up as “Transparency. Accountability. Justice.”
    He also detailed on the party’s focus on asylum seekers and climate change.
    It marked the WikiLeaks Party’s official Thursday launch in Melbourne.
    Assange has said his party would serve as an independent watchdog for Australian government activity.
    “It’s a party to put into the Senate, to make sure whoever is put into the government does their job. It’s an insurance against the election,” he said as quoted by Australian national broadcaster ABC.
    “WikiLeaks Party is a party of accountability, it’s not a party of government,” he added.
    There will be seven candidates running for the Australian Senate, spanning the states of Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. These include academics, journalists and human rights activists.
    Assange himself is seeking a seat in Victoria. While not exactly sure the senate would allow him to hold office from his Ecuadorian asylum in London, the whistleblower appeared to be confident in his party’s ability to perform.
    “There is, of course, some possibility that the Australian Senate would permit remote involvement. It’s never been done before, but it is theoretically possible. But in any event we have candidates available to hold the seat until such time as I am available to take it,” Assange said as cited by the New York Times.
    He said the party’s candidates have already attained their experience while working for the whistleblowing project WikiLeaks.
    “It’s not unlike running the WikiLeaks organization. We have people on every continent. We have to deal with over a dozen legal cases at once,” Assange has argued.
    “My plans are to essentially parachute in a crack troop of investigative journalists into the senate and to do what we have done with WikiLeaks, in holding banks and government and intelligence agencies to account,” he explained.
    Should the WikiLeaks Party be successful in the polls, Assange would have to take his seat within one year of being elected, according to Australian law. Technically, the senate could also grant him an extension.
    However, the British government has stated Assange will be detained the minute he sets foot outside the embassy – in accordance with the European Arrest Warrant issued against him – effectively leaving the self-proclaimed rights activist in logistical limbo.
    Assange fears that if detained and handed over to Sweden, he could then be extradited to America. There, according to his lawyers, he is most likely to face trial and a possible death sentence for the release of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables via WikiLeaks online project, including those about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    It has been a point of controversy as to whether the US and the UK would stop their persecution of Assange if he wins an Australian Senate seat, granting him protection by the country’s parliamentary privilege rules.
    The WikiLeaks founder has compared his situation with that of boatpeople refugees seeking asylum in Australia, who have recently been told they are to be sent to Papua New Guinea, according to a new legislation announced by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
    Assange, who finds such policy “dead wrong,” says that it is an example of interference in the right for asylum on the state level.
     
    Assange Seeks Seat in the Australian Senate
     
    SYDNEY, Australia — Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, formally inaugurated a new political party bearing the name of his antisecrecy organization on Thursday and declared his own unorthodox candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate in national elections to be held later this year.
    In a telephone interview, Mr. Assange said he had every confidence in his ability to run a campaign from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He has been living under asylum there for more than a year to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault accusations.
    “It’s not unlike running the WikiLeaks organization,” he said. “We have people on every continent. We have to deal with over a dozen legal cases at once.”
    “However, it’s nice to be politically engaged in my home country,” he added.
    Mr. Assange, 42, an Australian computer hacker who rose to prominence as an evangelist for radical government transparency and a critic of United States foreign policy, is a deeply polarizing figure. Many believe that the WikiLeaks Party is simply a vanity project for Mr. Assange, although several polls conducted since plans to establish the party emerged earlier this year suggest that it could fare better than expected.
    The Australian Senate has a long history of successful protest candidates, John Wanna, a political-science professor at Australian National University in Canberra, said in an interview. Mr. Assange is probably hoping to trade on his name recognition and follow in the footsteps of other rabble-rousing, single-issue senators, Professor Wanna said.
    “He’s basically a nuisance candidate who may attract a bit of attention, because he’s not really about governing and sitting in Parliament,” he said. “He’s not standing to do the work, he’s standing for the nuisance value.”
    If elected, Mr. Assange said, his party will work to advance “transparency, justice and accountability.”
    “My plans are to essentially parachute in a crack troop of investigative journalists into the Senate and to do what we have done with WikiLeaks, in holding banks and government and intelligence agencies to account,” Mr. Assange said.
    Supporters of Mr. Assange laud him as a hero for what they see as his dogged pursuit of government transparency, but prominent critics have described his releasing of classified information as a reckless act.
    Mr. Assange is perhaps best known for WikiLeaks’ 2010 release of a huge trove of American diplomatic cables. His supporters maintain that the United States and its allies have fabricated the sexual assault case against him in Sweden to hamper his ability to release further classified materials and to punish him for those already released.
    Under Australian law, Mr. Assange would have to take his seat within one year of being elected, although the Senate could technically grant him an extension if he is unable to physically take his seat. The British government has stated its intention to arrest him if he leaves the embassy in London.
    Although he is best known for his views on international affairs, Mr. Assange was eager on Thursday to offer WikiLeaks’ position on the most contentious issue in contemporary Australian politics: the record number of people trying to reach Australia each year in rickety boats to claim political asylum.
    Mr. Assange assailed a tough policy announced last week by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, under which all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat are to be sent to refugee-processing centers in Papua New Guinea.
    He compared his own situation, and that of Edward J. Snowden — the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents about American surveillance programs — with the plight of those trying to reach Australia by boat.
    “I am a political asylum seeker, awarded political asylum by the Ecuadorean government, and another state, the United Kingdom, and other states are interfering with that,” he said.

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    What are the WikiLeaks Party’s policies?  
    Who are the WikiLeaks Party candidates in this year’s election? 
    What is the relationship between WikiLeaks and the WikiLeaks Party?
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    ho can become a member of the Wikileaks Party?
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    What are WikiLeaks Party’s objectives?

    The WikiLeaks Party believes that truthful, accurate, factual information are the foundations of life and democracy, and are essential to the protection of human rights and freedoms. Where the truth is suppressed or distorted, corruption and injustice are allowed to flourish. We insist on transparency of governmental, corporate and NGO policy, information and action, so that these may be evaluated using all the available facts. Through transparency, genuine accountability can be achieved, and therefore justice.

    What are the WikiLeaks Party’s policies?

    Visit the Platform section of our website for further information. The party will release further statements throughout the period leading up to the election. Our statements of position will always start from our core values and be guided by our objectives; the free flow of information and transparency to achieve true accountability.

     

    Who are the WikiLeaks Party candidates in this year’s election?

    The WikiLeaks Party will be running a number of candidates for the Australian Senate in the 2013 election. We have announced that Julian Assange is our lead candidate in Victoria, Leslie Cannold and Binoy Kampmark will also be candidate’s in Victoria. Kellie Tranter and Alison Broinowski are the New South Wales candidates and Gerry Georgatos & Suresh Rajan in Western Australia. We will be running at least two candidates in each of the States of Victoria, NSW and Western Australia, We have not ruled out running candidates in other states and territories. Read more about the candidates here.  

    What is the relationship between WikiLeaks and the WikiLeaks Party?
    We are two distinct entities which share a common set of values. The WikiLeaks founder and editor in chief Julian Assange will be the WikiLeaks Party’s lead candidate for Victoria for the Australian Senate in the 2013 Federal elections. The WikiLeaks Party and its volunteers are not employed by or otherwise affiliated with the WikiLeaks organisation. Find out more about WikiLeaks at https://wikileaks.org/   

    What is happening with Julian Assange?

    After WikiLeaks’ publication of Pentagon and State Department documents in 2010, the White House launched a multi-agency investigation into WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange. The investigation includes the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, the State Department, the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) among others. The DoJ / FBI investigation is ongoing, as is its associated Grand Jury in Alexandria, Virginia. According to a confidential email obtained from the private US intelligence company Stratfor, US prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against Julian Assange,Julian Assange was granted political asylum on 19 August 2012 by the government of Ecuador. He remains under their protection in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. British police have surrounded the embassy and the British government admits to spending more than $4.5 million on this policing presence so far. Contrary to international law, the United Kingdom refuses to grant Julian Assange safe passage to Ecuador, saying that he must be extradited to Sweden to answer questions. He has not been charged with an offence in either country and thechief of the Swedish Supreme Court says there is no legal reason why Swedish police cannot go to London should they wish to speak to him.

    Throughout this period the Australian Government has refused to acknowledge these investigations and has failed to provide more than minimal consular support to Assange in his fight against extradition. View a timeline of the Australian Government’s betrayal of Julian Assange.

     

    How can Julian Assange run for the Australian Senate while he is in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London?

    The Commonwealth Electoral Act section 163 establishes the critera by which someone can be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for the Senate. They must be at least 18 years of age, an Australian citizen and enrolled to vote at a House of Representatives election or be qualified to enrol. Julian Assange satisfies all of these criteria.

     

    What will happen if he is elected?

    In the event that Julian is elected our hope is, naturally, that he will take his seat in the Australian Senate. However if, when the time comes, he is unable to return to Australia to take up his seat, a WikiLeaks Party nominee would fill the vacancy.

     

    Who can become a member of the Wikileaks Party?

    You can join the WikiLeaks party if you are over 18 years of age, an Australian citizen enrolled with the Electoral Commission, Federal and State, and you are not a member of another party. If you are currently overseas you can join as long as you meet all these criteria. Go to our online membership application form.

     

    Can people from states and territories outside NSW, Victoria and Western Australia join? 

    Yes, anyone who meets the membership requirements can join.

    Volunteer for the WikiLeaks Party

    We are looking for volunteers. Our volunteers will be an important part of our campaign, helping out online, in the street and at fundraisers. We are keen to hear from you wherever you may live and whatever your background. One of the important roles for our supporters will be helping us out at booths on polling day on September 14. By becoming a WikiLeaks Party volunteer you will receive news and updates from the party, meet like minded supporters, and importantly, have fun. Register your interest here,

    Donate to the WikiLeaks Party

    There are a number of ways you can support us; cash or cheque in the mail, electronic funds transfer with your bank, or credit card. More payment options including PayPal and BitCoin are also being added. Visit our Donate page.

    Keep up with WikiLeaks Party news

    We’ll be posting to our blogs and sending news and updates to our members and volunteers regularly. And of course everyone can keep up with our news on Twitter @wikileaksparty, and with WikiLeaks Party on Facebhttp://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/june/1370181600/guy-rundle/how-julian-assange-s-senate-bid-will-change-australian-politic

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    Mayor turned to drug baron - WikiLeaks Cables


    A US diplomatic cable says the mayor of Jamaica's biggest city acknowledged forging an alliance of convenience with an alleged drug baron to reduce crime in a sprawling patchwork of gritty slums.

    The September 2009 cable says that Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie told a US Embassy officer that his administration collaborated for years with Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to fight crime, particularly in the powerful slum leader's stronghold of West Kingston, the home constituency of Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

    McKenzie, an influential figure in the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, warned of a doomsday scenario if Washington continued to push for the extradition of Coke, according to the memo, which apparently was written by Isiah L. Parnell, the embassy's deputy chief of mission.

    It was released by WikiLeaks and published by the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday.

    Coke was the alleged crime 'don' of Tivoli Gardens, providing services and a lawless, violent sort of order in the slums.

    McKenzie 'predicted that there would be 'severe repercussions' and 'collateral damage' if Coke were arrested, and that this would 'risk destroying everything the government was trying to do on the economy and crime,'' the leaked US communique said.

    In fact, at least 76 people died in battles between drug gangs and authorities after Prime Minister Bruce Golding finally agreed to extradite Coke after fighting the US request for nine months - even to the point of hiring a US lobbyist to oppose it.

    The diplomatic cable was written in August 2009, days after the US first asked Jamaica to extradite Coke to face federal drug and weapons-trafficking charges in New York.

    The US indictment accused Coke of leading the 'Shower Posse' - a gang with agents in Jamaica and the United States that was named for its tendency to spray victims with bullets.

    Jamaica has a long history of politicians forging alliances with gangsters in vote-rich ghettoes.

    The political parties built the gangs: Dons received government contracts, and in exchange delivered the votes of their people.

    Slum dwellers were caught in the middle.

    Still, the image of a powerful Jamaican mayor working for years on crime-fighting strategies with a man portrayed by the US Justice Department as one of the world's most dangerous drug kingpins is stark, especially since Kingston is a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the Western Hemisphere.

    McKenzie's main office line at the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation went unanswered on Wednesday.

    The government's information minister, Daryl Vaz, did not immediately provide comment about the WikiLeaks cable.

    Washington's extradition request for Coke immediately became a problem for the Jamaican government because the reputed gang leader was widely known for loyalty to the governing party.

    The US cable says that Coke was reputedly close to leading figures within Golding's Jamaica Labour Party, including McKenzie.

    In the cable, McKenzie apparently warned the US embassy officer that his 'contacts in the communities' had told him personally that they 'would not take this (Coke's extradition) lying down'.

    The leaked cable said that McKenzie's fears of repercussions were not groundless.

    'He is easily the highest profile figure whose extradition has been requested in many years, and his long-standing ties to the JLP have put McKenzie, Golding, and other leading party figures in an extremely awkward position,' said the cable.

    It also stated that 'Coke's gang provides social and welfare services and turns out the JLP vote in elections, while his business interests profit from lucrative government contracts'.


    Assange signs $A1.5m book deal


    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has said in an interview he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds(($A1.57 million).

    Assange told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden.

    'I don't want to write this book, but I have to,' he said on Sunday. 'I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.'

    The Australian said he would receive the equivalent of $A800,000 from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth about $A500,000.

    Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to 1.1 million pounds, he said.

    The latest project of Assange's whistleblower website is the gradual release of tens of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

    Since this latest project began Assange, who is on bail in Britain fighting a bid by Sweden to extradite him over the sex assault claims, has faced problems financing WikiLeaks.

    Credit-card companies Visa and MasterCard and the internet payment firm PayPal have blocked donations to WikiLeaks, prompting Assange to label them 'instruments of US foreign policy'.

    The Bank of America, the largest US bank, has also halted all transactions to WikiLeaks.

    Washington has been infuriated by WikiLeaks as the site slowly releases the cache of about 250,000 secret US State Department cables. The US is believed to be considering how to indict Assange over the the huge leak.

    Assange has been staying at a friend's country mansion in eastern England since his release from jail on December 16 on strict bail conditions that include reporting to police daily and wearing an electronic tag.

    A court in London is due to hold a full hearing on the Swedish extradition request starting February 7.

     

    Norwegian paper says it has all cables

    Friday, December 24, 2010

    The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten says it has obtained all 250,000 secret US diplomatic documents that WikiLeaks is in the process of releasing.

    Managing editor Ole Erik Almlid says Aftenposten has no restrictions on how to use the material and will publish articles about documents it finds relevant.

    He says Aftenposten will also post parts of some original documents on its website. The diplomatic cables show the behind-the-scenes conduct of Washington's diplomats.

    Almlid declined to say on Thursday how the paper obtained the documents but said it didn't pay for them.

    The documents are also being published by other media, including The New York Times, France's Le Monde, Britain's Guardian newspaper and the German magazine Der Spiegel.




    Assange issues warning to journalists

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says a US government effort to prosecute him should serve as a warning to journalists in the United States.

    Assange, in an interview with the MSNBC television network on Wedensday, said there has been a 'quite deliberate attempt to split off our organisation from the First Amendment protections that are afforded to all publishers'.

    The Australian-born WikiLeaks founder said he considers himself a journalist and 'we all have to stick together to resist this sort of reinterpretation of the First Amendment', which guarantees the right to free speech.

    'We have seen these statements, that The New York Times is, you know, also being looked at in terms of whether they have engaged in what they call 'conspiracy to commit espionage',' he said.

    'If they want to push the line that when a newspaperman talks to someone in the government about looking for things relating to potential abuses, that that is a conspiracy to commit espionage, then that's going to take out all the good government journalism that occurs in the United States,' he said.

    Assange added that if the 'Washington authorities target us and destroy us' other journalists should be worried because 'they're going to be next.'

    Assange rejected US Vice President Joe Biden's description of him as a 'high-tech terrorist' and condemned calls for his assassination.

    'The definition of terrorism is a group that uses violence or the threat of violence for political ends,' he said.

    'Now, no one in our four-year publishing history, covering over 120 countries, has ever been physically harmed as a result of what we have done.

    'Whoever the terrorists are here, it's not us,' Assange said.

    'But we see constant threats from people ... calling for my assassination, calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff.

    'What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States?' he said.

    'I mean, if we are to have a civil society, you cannot have senior people making calls on national TV to go around the judiciary and illegally murder people -- that is incitement to commit murder.'

    Assange also described Bradley Manning, the US army soldier suspected of providing WikiLeaks with secret US military and diplomatic documents, as a 'political prisoner'.

    'He has been a political prisoner without trial in the United States for some six or seven months,' Assange said, adding that he did not know if the material he received was from Manning since it is submitted anonymously.

    'We recently heard calls to try and set up a plea deal with Bradley Manning to testify against me, personally, to say that we engaged in some kind of conspiracy to commit espionage,' he said, dismissing the charge as 'absolute nonsense.'

    Assange says he could be killed in jail

    Friday, December 24, 2010

    WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange says there is a 'high chance' he would be killed in a US jail if he were to be extradited from Britain on espionage charges.

    The Australian is on bail in Britain fighting a bid by Sweden to extradite him over sex assault claims, but Washington is believed to be considering how to indict him over the leaking of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

    Assange told The Guardian it would be 'politically impossible' for Britain to send him across the Atlantic, adding that the government of Prime Minister David Cameron would want to show it had not been 'co-opted' by Washington.

    'Legally the UK has the right to not extradite for political crimes. Espionage is the classic case of political crimes. It is at the discretion of the UK government as to whether to apply to that exception,' he said.

    He said US authorities were 'trying to strike a plea deal' with Bradley Manning, the US army soldier suspected of providing WikiLeaks with the cables.

    Assange added that if the United States succeeded in getting him extradited from Britain or Sweden, then there was a 'high chance' of him being killed 'Jack Ruby-style' in an American prison.

    Ruby, a nightclub owner, shot dead Lee Harvey Oswald at a police station in Dallas, Texas days after Oswald was arrested for the assassination of US President John F Kennedy in 1963.

    Ruby's alleged links to organised crime sparked conspiracy theories about his involvement in an overall plot surrounding the assassination of Kennedy.

    Assange has previously said that he and other WikiLeaks staff have received death threats since the website began to release a cache of about 250,000 secret US State Department cables in November.

    The 39-year-old has been staying at a friend's country mansion in eastern England since his release from jail last week on strict bail conditions that include reporting to police daily and wearing an electronic tag.

    A court in London is due to hold a full hearing on the Swedish extradition request starting February 7.


     

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    On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of foreign minister Anna Lindh, Sweden is reflecting more on the legacy of her work in politics than the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.

    Lindh’s name lives on in a number of foundations, research programmes, and awards.

    “She’s very much alive in the party; at the same time there’s been a very long period of mourning,” Social Democratic Party Secretary Marita Ulvskog told the TT news agency.

    “But we’re beginning to reach a point where what she said and did is being utilized.”

    On the Social Democrats’ website it is possible to order the 'Palme-package', created in memory of assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme. For the last year a Lindh-package has also been available.

    The Lindh-package offers membership in the party, a book, a picture of Anna Lindh, a report from the annual Anna Lindh seminars, a newsletter, and the party’s international programme.

    It’s meant to provide a portrait of the person and her career, tracking her development from the Social Democratic youth organization (SSU) in Enköping to the position of Deputy Mayor of Stockholm and high level ministerial posts. She was also regarded as an insprirational figure for younger politicians.

    Neither Ulvskog nor the party's press secretary could say however whether there had been much demand for the package named after the woman who had been tipped to take over as party leader after Göran Persson.

    Her memory is also carried on by the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund, which awards annual prizes for remarkable contributions to human rights. The Fund has also helped compile an archive of speeches and articles penned by the former foreign minister.

    To coincide with the anniversary of her death, the Fund has organized a seminar focusing on the 2001 Macedonia crisis, where Lindh is considered to have played an important role in hindering the outbreak of a new Balkan War.

    The politician's legacy is also evident in Alexandria in Egypt, where the Anna Lindh Foundation is based.

    The foundation was set up after her death and has little to do with Lindh other than in name, according to retired ambassador Lars Bjarme.

    "But the foundation works with something in which she was very interested: a dialogue between Europe and countries in the Middle East," he said.

    TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se/08 656 6518)

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    Anna Lindh's care to be reviewed: agency

    Published: 20 Oct 10 13:48 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
    Updated: 20 Oct 10 17:30 CET

    Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) will review the care former foreign minister Anna Lindh received after she was stabbed in central Stockholm in September 2003.

    "The National Board of Health and Welfare will probe the care of former foreign minister Anna Lindh," the board said in a statement.

    It pointed out that it did not normally re-examine cases older than two years, but that it would make an exception due to the huge public interest in the case.

    "The case is of great public interest and has to do with how care worked in a situation where the foreign minister was the victim of an attack," board general director Lars-Erik Holm said in the statement.

    "I have turned to the other general directors of corresponding authorities in the Nordic countries to get their help in appointing experts," he added.

    Stockholm's Karolinska University Hospital last month requested that the board analyse Lindh's treatment, saying it wanted an independent review after commercial broadcast TV4 charged in a news programme that she may have been saved with better care.

    Hospital spokesman Klas Österman insisted at the time, "We have not seen any signs, then or now, to indicate that we made any mistakes."

    Lindh was stabbed repeatedly in the arms, chest and abdomen by a man with a history of psychiatric problems as she shopped at the upmarket NK department store in Stockholm without a bodyguard on September 10th, 2003. She died of massive internal bleeding some 13 hours later in the early hours of September 11th.

    The board's decision comes three days after the broadcast of TV4's "Cold Facts" (Kalla Fakta) programme on Lindh's treatment.

    The half-hour show featured a detailed presentation of the treatment she received from the moment she arrived at the hospital, through an eight-hour operation during which she received up to 50 litres of blood, until she was pronounced dead at 5.29am on September 11th.

    An unnamed Swedish expert, whose face was blurred onscreen, said the hospital could have used better methods to stop the minister's bleeding from the abdomen, notably by using the so-called "damage control" operation method.

    The programme also interviewed Dr. Donald Trunkey, an expert trauma surgeon at Oregon's Health and Science University, who described the rush to operate Lindh without first slowing the bleeding "futile."

    "In the United States, if somebody did that in my hospital, I would call [such an eight-hour operation] foolhardy. I mean, you are not going to win," he said, adding the lengthy operation may have worsend her condition.

    "I would have classified her as a preventable death," he said.

    Eva Franchell, who was shopping with Lindh when she was attacked, said she was pleased an investigation would be launched.

    "It opens up old wounds, of course, but I feel the rumours that have been spread around have been very unpleasant. That is why I think it is good that this can all be ended," she told the TT news agency.

    Lindh's killer Mijailo Mijailovic, now 32, is serving a life sentence for the murder.

    The killing of the 46-year-old mother of two young boys sent a shock wave around Sweden, bringing back painful memories of the still-unsolved 1986 assassination of prime minister Olof Palme.

    TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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    Hospital demands probe of Anna Lindh's care

    Published: 29 Sep 10 12:39 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

    Karolinska University Hospital has requested an inquiry into the care it gave former foreign minister Anna Lindh after her fatal stabbing in September 2003.

    The hospital wants Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to review the treatment Lindh received at the hospital after she was stabbed in a Stockholm department store.

    Lindh died on the operating table at Karolinska's facilities in Solna, north of Stockolm.

    The hospital has reviewed charts detailing Lindh's treatment and doesn't believe that any mistakes were made, but nevertheless has requested that the health board conduct an independent investigation.

    The reason behind the request is a forthcoming television broadcast produced by Sweden's TV4 which, according to Karolinska, asserts that Lindh didn't receive proper care at the hospital.

    "Because the episode has such great national and historic significance, it's important to prevent the spread of rumours surrounding this matter. We believe it's appropriate that the National Board of Health and Welfare carry out an investigation into the care of Anna Lindh," wrote Karolinska University Hospital in its petition, which arrived on Wednesday at the agency's regional oversight division in Stockholm.

    Lindh was attacked and stabbed while shopping in the upscale NK department store in central Stockholm around 4pm local time on September 10th, 2003.

    She remained conscious following the attack, with initial reports indicating she had been cut in the arm and that she wasn't seriously injured.

    She was taken to Karolinska, where she was placed on an operating table so doctors could attend to her wounds.

    Lindh died at 5.29am the following morning following massive blood loss caused by internal bleeding.

    The knife had sliced through a number of important blood vessels in her mid-section, including the portal vein and the aorta. Lindh's liver had also been damaged.

    Two weeks later, on September 24th, 24-year-old Mijailo Mijailovic was arrested for the stabbing. The Supreme Court sentenced him to life in prison for Lindh's murder on December 2nd, 2004.

    Among the evidence cited during the trial were images from surveillance cameras in NK, as well as his DNA.

    Karolinska Chief Medical Officer Stefan Engqvist said that the information, which the hospital attributes to the TV4 investigative news programme Kalla Fakta, is hard to address publicly, in part because he doesn't really know what the criticism is based on and in part because the hospital doesn't release information from Lindh's file.

    "Our position becomes a bit awkward in this situation. We have tough regulations about confidentiality and laws on secrecy that we can't break," he told the TT news agency.

    He said that Sweden's emergency trauma care has evolved since 2003, but that according to procedures commonly used at the time, the hospital reacted in the best possible way in the operating room and that everyone involved did everything they could to save the foreign minister's life.

    "We've gone through all the documentation ourselves and haven't found anything wrong and nothing that would warrant a report according to Lex Maria," said Engqvist, referencing Sweden's Lex Maria laws, the informal name used to refer to regulations governing the reporting of injuries or incidents in the Swedish health care system.

    "But we would also gladly have an independent investigation and for that we turn to the National Board of health and Welfare. We want to avoid the spreading of rumours."

    TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se/08 656 6518)

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    Security beefed up for Sahlin due to threats

    Published: 16 Aug 10 15:53 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

    security" class="nodec">Security for Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin has been tightened due to serious threats against her just over a month before elections, Swedish media reported on Monday.

    According to the tabloid Expressen, security for the prime ministerial candidate has gradually increased after a "barrage of threatening emails and letters to Mona Sahlin's office in parliament."

    "The threat level has changed," an unnamed police source told the paper.

    When contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Swedish security police, which handles security for high-profile politicians, refused to comment on the
    information.

    On Sunday, when Sahlin held a large campaign rally in Stockholm ahead of the upcoming September 19th election, four bodyguards wearing bulletproof vests were at her side the entire time, according to Expressen.

    The 53-year-old career politician has received numerous threats in the past, the paper added. After a scandal dubbed the Toblerone Affair over her use of a party credit card to buy chocolate and other items in 1995, Sahlin was for a time forced to work in a bulletproof room.

    In 2004, during a visit to the central Swedish town of Norrköping, a man walked up to her and asked if she was Mona Sahlin before punching her.

    Sweden has been traumatised by two political assassinations in recent
    decades. Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot on a Stockholm street in 1986, while foreign minister Anna Lindh was stabbed to death in an upscale department store in the heart of the capital in 2003.

    Like Sahlin, both Palme and Lindh were Social Democrats. Neither of them had bodyguards with them at the time they were killed.

    AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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    US 'pressured' Sweden on Afghanistan

    US 'pressured' Sweden on Afghanistan

    Published: 21 Dec 10 10:53 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

    Sweden was pressured by the United States to increase its commitment in Afghanistan, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

    The documents were sent from the US embassy in Stockholm, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

    The information was dated July 2009 and details that September was considered to be the best month to exercise pressure as the Swedish foreign and defence ministries would then be busy with bills to be submitted to parliament.

    The documents detail the opinion that once the parliamentary bills were submitted it would be more difficult to influence the Swedish force in Afghanistan.

    A further plan was for the Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors to be flattered and thanked for Sweden's growing commitment in Afghanistan during a meeting in Washington on July 20th 2009.

    Furthermore the documents show that a senior official at the Sweden defence ministry has forwarded advice on how the United States could influence Sweden's power-brokers to deploy more resources to Afghanistan.

    The official told DN that he discussed the matter at the US embassy in Stockholm.

    In the months following the attempts to influence Sweden's Afghanistan commitment, the country has dramatically increased its expenditure.

    The Swedish share of the cost for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) will amount to more than 1.5 billion kronor ($220 million) in 2010, an increase of almost 50 percent on 2009.

    Sweden first deployed troops in Afghanistan in the beginning of 2002 and now has around 500 troops based near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

    In December the parliament passed a government bill to extend the military mission in the war-torn country until the end of 2011, allowing for the deployment of up to 855 people.

    The bill required a compromise between the governing minority centre-right Alliance and the opposition Social Democrats and Greens, and came barely a week after a suicide bomber cited Sweden's troop presence in Afghanistan in a message sent shortly before he blew himself up near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm.

    TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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    Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

    Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

    Published: 20 Dec 10 16:23 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

    A new poll has revealed that if an election were held now, the ruling Alliance would gain a majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, while support for Sweden's Social Democratic Party continues to slide.

    The latest opinion survey conducted by United Minds and Cints in collaboration with newspaper Aftonbladet shows that both the ruling Moderates and Liberal Party have increased their levels of support.

    Separately, support for the Centre and Christian Democratic Parties has fallen below the levels they registered for the general election on September 19th. However, the Christian Democrats, the smallest party in the Riksdag, would clear the 4 percent threshhold to remain in parliament.

    Meanwhile, the Social Democrats continue to lose support from voters.

    "If it were close to an election, it would be more problematic, but I think people understand that there is not an election now and that much can happen," United Minds' opinion director Carl Melin told Aftonbladet.

    While support for the Social Democrats and Left Party continue to fall, the Green Party continues to gain more support. Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats also outpaces the party's election result in the fall.

    The Moderates currently have 31.7 percent support, up 0.7 percentage points from November. The Liberal Party stands at 7.5 percent, 0.5 percentage points ahead of last month.

    However, the Centre Party and Christian Democrats are at 5.5 percent and 4.8 respectively, down 0.8 and 0.1 percentage points respectively.

    Together, the Alliance has 49.5 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from November, compared with 42.2 percent for the Red-Green parties, whose support fell 1.2 percentage points.

    Among then, support for the Social Democrats slipped 1.5 percentage points to 27.6 percent and 0.6 percentage points to 5.2 percent for the Left Party.

    However, backing for the Green Party grew 0.9 percentage points in December to 9.4 percent from the previous month. Support for the Sweden Democrats also rose 0.9 percentage points to 6.9 percent this month.

    Support for other parties increased 0.1 percentage points to 1.4 percent.

    United Minds interviewed 1,148 respondents over the age of 18 from November 23rd to Sunday, asking them, "How would you vote if there were a Riksdag election today?"

    Vivian Tse (news@thelocal.se)

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    Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on a Kabul street

    Sweden votes to extend Afghanistan mission

    Published: 16 Dec 10 08:27 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

    Swedish lawmakers in the country's parliament, the Riksdag, voted on Wednesday to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2011.

    "Sweden will make an armed force of up to 855 people available to the international security force in Afghanistan until the end of 2011," they said in a statement, adding that the troop level would likely remain at the present level of 500 soldiers.

    The vote came a month after Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose centre-right coalition came up two seats short of a house majority in general elections in September, secured a deal with the opposition Social Democrats and the Greens.

    The Social Democrats and Greens, in a since-dissolved coalition with the formerly communist Left Party, had campaigned ahead of the elections on demanding a withdrawal of Swedish troops from Afghanistan.

    However, the two left-wing parties shifted their position after the far-right Sweden Democrats were voted into parliament for the first time and handed the role of kingmaker.

    The two parties agreed to a broad proposal, aiming to pull all Swedish combat troops out of Afghanistan between 2012 and 2014, while maintaining a largely civilian support presence after that.

    The far-right Sweden Democrats and the Left Party, which have both want Swedish forces brought home sooner, opposed the motion to extend the mandate next year, but it passed easily nonetheless, with 290 votes in favour, 20 opposed and 19 abstaining.

    Sweden is officially neutral and not a member of NATO and the question of how long its troops should take part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is a sensitive one.

    In October, the Scandinavian country lost its fifth soldier since it first deployed troops in Afghanistan near the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, at the beginning of 2002.

    The parliament vote also came less than a week after a suicide bomber railed against Sweden's troop presence in Afghanistan in a message sent shortly before he blew himself up near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm, narrowly missing wreaking carnage among Christmas shoppers.

    AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

     







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    SVT's controversial TV programme on 'extreme feminism' has provoked a week of fierce media debate, with the chairwoman of ROKS, the national women's refuge organisation, portrayed as a man-hating loon. But how much of that was down to selective editing? READ »

    Egypt deportations: Säpo blames Lindh

    National: 24 May 05
    A government committee set up to investigate the controversial deportation of two Egyptians accused of terrorist offences is told by Säpo, Sweden's security police, that Anna Lindh gave them the go-ahead to use American help. READ »

    Knifeman stabs three on Stockholm underground

    National: 24 May 05
    Three people are injured as a man, thought to be suffering from psychological problems, runs amok on a rush hour underground train. READ »

    Nuder accused of SSU membership fraud

    Politics: 20 Apr 05
    Now it's Pär Nuder's turn in the firing line, as a paper reveals that the finance minister cooked the books to boost public subsidies to the young Social Democrats in the 1980s. Nuder, reported to be Göran Persson's favoured successor, boosted his career by inflating member figures, it is alleged. READ »

    Life sentence for 1989 double murderer

    National: 6 Apr 05
    Against the media's expectations and the experts' recommendations, Ulf Olsson is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of 10 year old Helén Nilsson and 26 year old Jannica Ekblad in 1989. READ »

    Security police demand new stalker law

    National: 15 Mar 05
    The threat to famous people in Sweden posed by stalkers is worse than previously thought. That is the conclusion of a survey carried out by Säpo, the security police, and now they have proposed tougher laws to deal with the problem. READ »

    Psychiatric care: Milton slams government

    Science & Technology: 14 Mar 05
    In the last two years the number of people murdered by mental health patients has become an embarrassment to Sweden. Now, the man appointed by the government to overhaul the system tells The Local that the main obstacle to progress is the politicians themselves. READ »

    Reinfeldt most popular party leader

    Politics: 20 Feb 05
    Of all the main party leaders, the Swedish public has the greatest confidence in the Moderates' Fredrik Reinfeldt. But prime minister Göran Persson is less popular now than at any time since September 2000. READ »

    Increased security for Swedish foreign minister

    Politics: 27 Jan 05
    Laila Freivalds gets round-the-clock protection from the security police as, following the government's handling of the tsunami catastrophe, she remains the focus of public fury - and a Magnus Uggla song. READ »

    Persson: Lindh didn?t know about CIA

    Politics: 23 Dec 04
    Anna Lindh had no idea about plans for American authorities to deport two Egyptians from Sweden, says the prime minister. READ »

    Lindh "authorised Egyptians' deportation"

    Politics: 14 Dec 04
    A police officer tells a hearing that former foreign minister Anna Lindh approved an operation for the CIA to deport two Egyptians back to their homeland. The pair are alleged to have been tortured on their return. READ »

    Swedish Supreme Court jails Mijailovic for life

    National: 2 Dec 04
    It's the end of the legal line for the man who killed foreign minister Anna Lindh in September 2003, as Sweden's top court reverses the Appeal Court's decision and puts Mijailo Mijailovic in prison for life. READ »

    Anna Lindh murder: the definitive guide

    National: 12 Nov 04
    This page has moved. The collection of articles about the aftermath of the murder of Anna Lindh is now here. READ »

    Swedish army to ditch 1,000 officers

    National: 11 Nov 04
    As the army announces that 1,000 officers are to lose their jobs, the security police begin to recruit 50 new bodyguards. A military background and officer training might look pretty good on an applicant’s CV. READ »

    Mijailovic "could walk free"

    National: 11 Nov 04
    "Mijailo Mijailovic was psychologically ill when he killed Anna Lindh, therefore he can't be sentenced to prison. But now he's better, so he can't be given secure psychiatric treatment either." Hmmm. READ »

    Open up mental health system to avert crisis

    Science & Technology: 11 Nov 04
    In the week that the Supreme Court reviews the sentence on Anna Lindh's killer, Lysanne Sizoo points out where the Swedish mental health system is breaking down - and offers a creative solution. READ »

    Police hunt Linköping double killer

    National: 20 Oct 04
    Linköping is shocked - and afraid - as police hunt the man who killed an eight year old boy and a 56 year old woman on a street in the centre of town on Tuesday morning. READ »

    Knifeman gatecrashes Moderate party

    Politics: 19 Oct 04
    Keen to pick up supporters wherever they can, it seems the Moderates will let anyone into their party - even if he's armed with a huge hunting knife. Security? What security? READ »

    Mijailovic changes lawyer for appeal

    National: 14 Oct 04
    A bad week for Sweden's 'celebrity lawyer' Peter Althin - ditched by Anna Lindh's murderer for not visiting enough and upbraided by the Lawyers Association for a conflict of interest in representing three of the Hall Prison escapees. READ »

    "Suicidal" Mijailovic gives up Swedish passport

    National: 21 Sep 04
    Anna Lindh's murderer is no longer a Swedish citizen, it emerges after he is taken to hospital suffering from psychiatric problems. And now a move to Serbia could be on the cards, just as another notorious killer considers coming to Sweden. READ »

    Supreme Court reopens Lindh murder case

    National: 15 Sep 04
    First he was sentenced to life imprisonment, then to psychiatric care. Now Mijailo Mijailovic could be facing life again for killing Anna Lindh in Stockholm last year. READ »

    All's fair in love and Swedish politics

    Politics: 6 Aug 04
    A new pair of scandals for the government this week. One black sheep returns to the ministerial fold after her business fails and Bosse Ringholm forgets to collect some taxes - from the football club where he is the chairman. READ »

    Guantanamo Swede seeks damages

    National: 23 Jul 04
    Mehdi Ghezali speaks out against his American captors and the Swedish government, defends his actions in 2001 - and wants some cash. READ »

    Treason under the sun?

    National: 23 Jul 04
    The royal family's holiday on Öland was disturbed by intruders, said Expressen. No it wasn't, said the palace spokeswoman. Either way, the family has upped the security this year. READ »

    Lindh killer escapes jail

    National: 9 Jul 04
    Mijail Mijailovic is judged by the appeal court to be "seriously disturbed" and will be held in a secure psychiatric hospital instead of prison. READ »

    Lindh killer mentally disturbed

    National: 2 Jul 04
    Doctors agree that Mijail Mijailovic is mentally disturbed - but the appeal court must decide if that means a secure hospital instead of prison. READ »

    Knutby - from tragedy to comedy

    National: 24 Jun 04
    The trial is taking a four week break but you can't keep a good story down. The mystery buyer of the pastor's house is revealed and his mistress strikes gold while the congregation finally starts singing from the same hymn sheet. READ »

    Police caught in child porn bust

    National: 28 May 04
    Paedophilia, corruption, weapons and drugs smuggling - you just can't trust the police these days. READ »

    Knutby goes public

    National: 14 May 04
    After weeks of leaks surely everything that could be said about Knutby has been said? You ain't seen nothin' yet. READ »

    Feminists crash May Day parties

    Politics: 7 May 04
    Police floored rioters, but will proposals for an all-female political party hit the established parties where it hurts? READ »

    Minister assaulted

    Politics: 23 Apr 04
    A female politician, no security, an unknown assailant - we've been here before. READ »

    Mijailovic appeals against life sentence

    National: 16 Apr 04
    Anna Lindh's murderer wants the verdict reduced to manslaughter while her family is seeking increased compensation. READ »



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    Important Wikileaks Links

    "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine

    WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative,

    secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.

    WikiLeaks relies on its supporters in order to stay strong. Please keep us at the forefront of anti-censorship and support us today.

    You can also read more about WikiLeaks, our mission and objectives.


    Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables

    2010-11-28

    On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.

    All released leaks archived

    2010-11-28

    Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that's almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

    War Diary: Iraq War Logs

    2010-10-22

    The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

    War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs

    2010-07-25

    From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

    Video: Collateral Murder

    2010-04-05

    WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

     

    Spamhaus' False Allegations Against wikileaks.info

    Published 15-Dec-2010, 8:00 AM GMT

    On Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010 Spamhaus has issued a statement wherein it labels wikileaks.info as "unsafe", as they consider our hosting company as a malware facilitator:

    http://www.spamhaus.org/news.lasso?article=665

    We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That's it.

    While we are in favour of "Blacklists", be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as "bad" may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

    Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That's why we are using a "bulletproof" hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like castor-schottern.org and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

    Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like stopbadware.org (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don't list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn't issued this statement due to political pressure.

    Wikileaks.info will always be safe and clean. Promised:

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    Update (15-Dec-2010 17:00 PM GMT): Spamhaus has updated their statement to say that they don't blacklist us.

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    Important Wikileaks Links

    "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine

    WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative,

    secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.

    WikiLeaks relies on its supporters in order to stay strong. Please keep us at the forefront of anti-censorship and support us today.

    You can also read more about WikiLeaks, our mission and objectives.


    Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables

    2010-11-28

    On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.

    All released leaks archived

    2010-11-28

    Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that's almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

    War Diary: Iraq War Logs

    2010-10-22

    The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

    War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs

    2010-07-25

    From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

    Video: Collateral Murder

    2010-04-05

    WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

     

    Spamhaus' False Allegations Against wikileaks.info

    Published 15-Dec-2010, 8:00 AM GMT

    On Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010 Spamhaus has issued a statement wherein it labels wikileaks.info as "unsafe", as they consider our hosting company as a malware facilitator:

    http://www.spamhaus.org/news.lasso?article=665

    We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That's it.

    While we are in favour of "Blacklists", be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as "bad" may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

    Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That's why we are using a "bulletproof" hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like castor-schottern.org and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

    Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like stopbadware.org (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don't list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn't issued this statement due to political pressure.

    Wikileaks.info will always be safe and clean. Promised:

    Google Safe Browsing Check for wikileaks.info

    Update (15-Dec-2010 17:00 PM GMT): Spamhaus has updated their statement to say that they don't blacklist us.

    The wikileaks.info Team





    Wikileaks Mirrors

    Find all the current Wikileaks Mirrors and Links here. Helpful, if the main site - wikileaks.org - is down.



    Important Wikileaks Links

    "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine

    WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative,

    secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.

    WikiLeaks relies on its supporters in order to stay strong. Please keep us at the forefront of anti-censorship and support us today.

    You can also read more about WikiLeaks, our mission and objectives.


    Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables

    2010-11-28

    On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.

    All released leaks archived

    2010-11-28

    Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that's almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

    War Diary: Iraq War Logs

    2010-10-22

    The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

    War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs

    2010-07-25

    From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

    Video: Collateral Murder

    2010-04-05

    WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

     

    Spamhaus' False Allegations Against wikileaks.info

    Published 15-Dec-2010, 8:00 AM GMT

    On Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010 Spamhaus has issued a statement wherein it labels wikileaks.info as "unsafe", as they consider our hosting company as a malware facilitator:

    http://www.spamhaus.org/news.lasso?article=665

    We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That's it.

    While we are in favour of "Blacklists", be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as "bad" may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

    Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That's why we are using a "bulletproof" hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like castor-schottern.org and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

    Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like stopbadware.org (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don't list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn't issued this statement due to political pressure.

    Wikileaks.info will always be safe and clean. Promised:

    Google Safe Browsing Check for wikileaks.info

    Update (15-Dec-2010 17:00 PM GMT): Spamhaus has updated their statement to say that they don't blacklist us.

    The wikileaks.info Team





    Wikileaks Mirrors

    Find all the current Wikileaks Mirrors and Links here. Helpful, if the main site - wikileaks.org - is down.



    Important Wikileaks Links

    "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine

    WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative,

    secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.

    WikiLeaks relies on its supporters in order to stay strong. Please keep us at the forefront of anti-censorship and support us today.

    You can also read more about WikiLeaks, our mission and objectives.


    Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables

    2010-11-28

    On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.

    All released leaks archived

    2010-11-28

    Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that's almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

    War Diary: Iraq War Logs

    2010-10-22

    The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

    War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs

    2010-07-25

    From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

    Video: Collateral Murder

    2010-04-05

    WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

     

    Spamhaus' False Allegations Against wikileaks.info

    Published 15-Dec-2010, 8:00 AM GMT

    On Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010 Spamhaus has issued a statement wherein it labels wikileaks.info as "unsafe", as they consider our hosting company as a malware facilitator:

    http://www.spamhaus.org/news.lasso?article=665

    We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That's it.

    While we are in favour of "Blacklists", be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as "bad" may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

    Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That's why we are using a "bulletproof" hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like castor-schottern.org and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

    Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like stopbadware.org (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don't list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn't issued this statement due to political pressure.

    Wikileaks.info will always be safe and clean. Promised:

    Google Safe Browsing Check for wikileaks.info

    Update (15-Dec-2010 17:00 PM GMT): Spamhaus has updated their statement to say that they don't blacklist us.

    The wikileaks.info Team



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