WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be running for a seat in the Australian Senate. WikiLeaks confirmed the news on Twitter today. Assange will be running as a member of the Australian WikiLeaks Party. Assange’s mother Christine confirmed that her son will be running for the Senate and simply said “He will be awesome.”
The Fifth Estate is a movie based on WikiLeaks and the principal photography for the movie started last week. The film will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg (known as the spokesperson for WikiLeaks). Bill Condon will be directing the movie. Condon previously worked on films like Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Dreamgirls.
PeRiQuito AB (PRQ) is a Stockholm-based web host that is known for hosting controversial websites like The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks. The police in Sweden has raided the offices of PRQ as a result recently. The police took four servers and arrested PRQ owner Mikael Viborg. The Pirate Bay was down since Monday along with PRQ’s own website. However Viborg told a Swedish news website that the outages are a result of a technical issue instead of the seizure of servers.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given political asylum in Ecuador said Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino today. However Assange is currently in London under watch by the government there. Assange does not want to be sent to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that relate to rape and assault. The U.S. considers Assange’s website a threat because WikiLeaks contains a large amount of leaked government documents. The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that they are disappointed with the statement from Ecuador.
Former WikiLeaks Volunteer Birgitta Jonsdottir Believes Her Rights On Twitter Was Violated By U.S. Government
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a former WikiLeaks volunteer and is a member of Parliament in Iceland. Recently the courts in the U.S. decided to push for access to her Twitter account because of her involvement with WikiLeaks. Jónsdóttir is furious with the decision of the U.S. government and has decided to take her case to the Council of Europe.
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Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has lost a high court appeal extradition to Sweden to face rape charge allegations. Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley handed down the decision for Assange’s appeal against a European arrest warrant that was issued by prosecutors in Sweden. Two Swedish women filed rape and sexual assault charges against Assange during his visit to Stockholm in August 2010.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now making members of his team sign a nondisclosure agreement that WikiLeak’s own leaked material is their property. “You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information,” states the agreement, “the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.” The unauthorized disclosure of WikiLeaks documents will have a penalty of 12 million British pounds ($20 million). Leaks to the press by WikiLeaks loses them the ability to sell the documents to publishers. [Wired]
Former WikiLeaks Volunteer Jacob Appelbaum Criticizes WSJ’s WikiLeaks Competitor For Insecure SSL Encryption
Yesterday I wrote about a new website called SafeHouse. SafeHouse is The Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks competitor. The Wall Street Journal said that those who submit whistle-blower documents to SafeHouse will be guaranteed anonymity through encryption. Jacob Appelbaum, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, and a developer of the Tor anonymity network, immediately noticed flaws with SafeHouse.
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