“If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.” ~ Kofi Annan – Ghanaian diplomat, seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
Wikileaks is a name being passed around a lot lately. Both good and bad comments are being made about this website. Personally, I think this website is amazing. Wikileaks is absolutely essential to the continued survival of free information and sheds light on very important issues concerning the entire world.
Yes, lately Wikileaks has been focusing on the wars being waged by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. The spark for this was the video Collateral Murder which was highly publicized after being published by Wikileaks. I’ve heard arguments that this is for political gain, and to put pressure on the US to end their invasions. This is a valid argument and I’m not going to refute it, but I think we need a little more proof. The US government now has a Private Bradley Manning in custody claiming he was responsible for the release of this video and much more. Story Here
The US government has condemned Wikileaks publicly. Wikileaks responded by publishing over 400,000 documents relating to the US invasions. Warlogs
Threats against Assange, the chief editor of Wikileaks, have begun to surface. Now, there’s been an arrest warrant issued in Sweden for rape and sexual assault. What timing on that arrest warrant, totally not suspicious at all. Article here
Things have begun to heat up even more. Wikileaks is planning to release more documents this weekend.
These documents concern various dealings with the United States. “Cables”, or email documents, between US Diplomats and other nations. Documents showing Turkey assisting al-Qaeda in Iraq. And much more which we’ll find out when the documents are released.
Well, today Wikileaks posted a very cryptic message on their Twitter account, which has been known to happen. This message has a link to a torrent file hosted on The Pirate Bay.
Taken from http://twitter.com/wikileaks:
“Now is a good time to download some “history insurance” https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5723136/WikiLeaks_insurance”
The file is 1.4 gigs in size and is AES256 encrypted. I can only imagine the contents of that file, named insurance.aes256, but 1.4 gigs worth of documents is quite a bit. It seems this file is Insurance against the US government should something happen to Wikileaks. I imagine the encryption key would be posted, allowing the public to see some very dirty secrets that would damage the US greatly. There have been attempts to crack the encryption but that’s wishful thinking. We’ll have to wait and see though.
And this is all just the tip of the iceberg. There is a ton of information out there concerning Wikileaks and the US governments current affairs. Read up and decide for yourselves. Spread the information, and help put pressure on the US government for their war crimes and aggressive invasions.