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Wikileaks: Something is up

Sounds like the people behind Wikileaks are under some pressure. Since this is unlikely to turn up in your newspapers, I post it here to spread awareness.

Wikileaks has a mission of bringing hidden information to light, when it’s in the public interest. Wikipedia outlines their greatest hits, including Gauntanamo Bay procedure documents, scientology secrets, and net censorship lists. They come under fire sometimes for hosting material that probably isn’t much in the public interest, but overall they have contributed some compelling information to some fractious global arguments.

In the last 24 hours, their Twitter feed has contained some worrying content.

  • WikiLeaks to reveal Pentagon murder-coverup at US National Press Club, Apr 5, 9am; contact press-club@sunshinepress.org
  • WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining
  • If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.
  • Two under State Dep diplomatic cover followed our editor from Iceland to http://skup.no on Thursday.
  • One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.That’s http://www.skup.no
  • We know our possession of the decrypted airstrike video is now being discussed at the highest levels of US command.
  • We have been shown secret photos of our production meetings and been asked specific questions during detention related to the airstrike.
  • We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.

All those came out in a rush, then silence for hours. Might just be a timezone thing, with people sleeping, or maybe there’s been no news, or maybe everyone with access to the Twitter feed has been detained. I await more information.

UPDATE: “To those worrying about us–we’re fine, and will issue a suitable riposte shortly.” 8.22am NZ time.

UPDATE: Just noticed that the first tweet quoted, “WikiLeaks to reveal Pentagon murder-coverup” is gone from the feed. Now I wish I’d linked to all of them individually. Anyway, it was definitely there, and I think Linda is right that it is this previously-referred-to video

UPDATE: commenter eru found the missing tweet. It isn’t visible in the ordinary feed for some reason.

{ 28 } Comments

  1. Pepijn | March 25, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I find all this highly suspicious. If they have information about a “Pentagon murder-coverup”, why wait for *two weeks* before releasing it? And what is this “decrypted airstrike video”? They talk about it as if they had mentioned it before, which is not the case. Does it have to do with the “Apr 5 film” (presumably the information about the “murder-coverup” is in the form of a film)? Seems unlikely, what can an “airstrike video” have to do with a “murder-coverup”? It’s all extremely vague and dodgy, and uncomfortably alike to paranoid ramblings.

    I call shenanigans. This is WikiLeaks, as they say themselves. It’s in their best interest to publish sensitive material as soon as possible, before they can be acted against, and it’s highly uncharacteristic of them to keep sitting on it like this. Something else is going on here…

  2. Shammy | March 25, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Damn – that is some freaky stuff. If something does happen to these heroes of the digital age, I hope the public responds with an appropriate level of outrage.

  3. marmilagination | March 25, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    typo: “hear” -> “here”

  4. Gummi | March 25, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Jesus fucking christ. Don’t stop guys! Fight the power.

  5. jf | March 25, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    the ones trailing you under dip. cover are almost certainly CIA– typically field agents are basically case officers that operate out of the embassy and then find people from $country to spy for them. That said, It fits quite well that people following you would have diplomatic cover.

    Be careful. You can’t call them lying murderer war profiteers and then be surprised when they act as such.

  6. morgue | March 25, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    marmi – typo fixed. Typical that my only post ever to go viral has a bloody great spelling mistake in the first line :-)

  7. Anonymous | March 25, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    The WL people are fine at the moment. I still think they’re taking needless risks by not publishing immediately,but obviously they know what they’re doing.

  8. Linda | March 25, 2010 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Pepijin, they did speak of it before.

    http://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/9412020034

    “Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs.”

    7:18 PM Feb 20th via bit.ly

    I assume there is more, since they were thanking people for the help.

  9. arni | March 25, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    What do they mean by Icelandic Survailance? Im from Iceland, should i pool some strings?

  10. groxxorg | March 25, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    @pepijn:

    You wrote: “… publish sensitive material as soon as possible, before they can be acted against, and it’s highly uncharacteristic of them to keep sitting on it like this. Something else is going on here…”

    Think so too! Especially because ther’re missing tweets now. Can’t tell what it is, but the situation is highly suspicious. I remember a lot of posts and articles in various newspapers about “government hunting wikileaks”

  11. gus | March 25, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    This is unnecessary drama and B.S. Release the damned video if you have it!

    Just cut the crap and release it, we don’t need all this promotional nonsense. If there is any following of people it’s induced entirely because you didn’t just upload the video, instead you arsed around and tried to build it into a media event. Now you’re seeing spooks in the shadows.

    So cut the crap and upload the video, NOW.

  12. groxxorg | March 25, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    @gus: I don’t think this is advertisement…! Don’t be so roughly

  13. Tim | March 25, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    whoever said the USA was the land of the free doesn’t know shit…i’m moving to china

  14. eru | March 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    http://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/10860504725 – the tweet is still there, it just doesn’t show up in their feed.

    strange.

  15. Ray | March 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    OH MY. Wikileaks is doing something uncharacteristic of themselves, waiting to post sensitive info, building up an intense drama to their situation! I sure hope this all doesn’t escalate on April 1st. That would be TOTALLY UNcharacteristic of them.

  16. clemnbot | March 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    translate…
    – Shooting video
    Assange røpet på foredraget at Wikilieaks kommer til å publisere en video de har klart å dekryptere. Assange revealed in the speech that Wikilieaks going to run a video they have managed to decrypt. Videoen vil legges ut den 5. The video will be posted on the 5th april og skal ifølge Wikileaks-talspersonen vise bilder fra en massakre som har hendt ganske nylig. April and will, according to Wikileaks-spokesperson display photos from a massacre that has happened quite recently.

    – Jeg kan ikke si så mye mer enn det. – I can not say much more than that. Det har skjedd i løpet av de seneste årene, sier Assange. It has happened in the past year, “said Assange.

  17. lindsey | March 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    If this video is as damning as they say it is, sitting on it and drawing public awareness is very important before they roll the clip out. If they released it immediately and were shut down by the govt , the video might go viral, but the source would be long forgotten in the mix. People need to know who’s bringing this information to light and hopefully try to protect them.

  18. Weird | March 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    deleted tweets disappear from the timeline, but can still be accessed directly. this is how twitter works. i don’t remember if they disappear completely after awhile or if you have to wait for twitter to decide tweet is so old they don’t care about showing it anymore.

  19. amanfromMars | March 26, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    On a completely different note, but in a similar parallel vein, has Baywords.com [Pirate Bay’s blogger hosting site/server] been nobbled because it is not displaying blogs on the Internet.

    Certainly amanfrommars.baywords.com is pulled/censored. And all IT was doing was sharing some truths and questions, speculating on the nature of Reality, if what we are told in Bigger Picture events is a fabrication, to assist and cover up elitist extremism and capitalist money and phantom stock market manipulations. For then would Reality be a lie and prove that it is a Virtual Reality Field “presented” by Media and IT Communications. ….. which is AIdDomain and that is definitely QuITe Alien Virtual Terrain Team Territory which Introduces CHANGE like you will have difficulty believing and retaining your Sanity.

    And it is also right up Wikileaks’ street too …. if it is a cover-up attempt to close down Advanced IntelAIgents Research and dDevelopments [AIR&dDs] aka Progress.

  20. Dirk A. | March 26, 2010 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Wow… they must be in trouble, I guess I should donate some cash or something to help the “cause”, amirite??

  21. Tegs | March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Sort yourselves out you enormous nut jobs.

    Any crank can write any crap on any social network.

    Blithering idiots.

  22. groxxorg | March 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    @Tegs: Yip, you give the best example…

    In the meantime i found this: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1222992/%27Please-explain%27-Wiki-editor-asks-US

  23. Jim Crockett | March 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Why do people feel the need to use the name of Jesus Christ with curse words? It shows that you have the same evil spirit as the New World Order.Evil has many faces and forms.Just as Republicans and Democrats are both evil so are some foes of the NWO and the NWO.Treat the name of Jesus with respect.The worldly powers crucified him,everytime His’ name is used in vain,you do the same.

  24. sunkicker | March 30, 2010 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    obama in afghanistan, “turkish hackers” filter AQ liaison system, baywords down, too. some email addresses prob rn’t fit for activating messages.

  25. CeeBee | April 5, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jim Crockett for defending the name of Jesus! You know that the only real defeat of the NWO will come from the mouth of Messiah!

  26. rumpdog1 | April 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Keep bringing us the truth we need to know.

  27. Bruce Saltzman | April 10, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I have seen the vido in question twice. Two of the peoplw walking with the Roiters photographers that were shot by the helicopter were carrying wepons. One an AK-47 and the other an RPG. One strange thing is the fact that although they must have heird the helicopter approach they did not take cover or try to conceal themselves.

    The Helicopter then shoots up the van that stops to try to help the wonded. There are claims that there were children in the van. They are not visable on Wikileaks widio that I viewed. From what I saw the US militery did nothing wrong.

  28. Mycha Danvers | April 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Do any of you have anything better to do…I mean really? are we pretending to be “like” HACKERS! the video was a pathetic attempt at “proving” how corrupt our government is…um really. You don’t need a video or someones eyewitness account to figure that out kids. Thanks for the laugh. I’m going to go watch re-runs of X-files more interesting. The only ones worth following here are GUS and RAY!

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