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Cablegate Continued: The System Is Watching and Other Sordid Tales From the Day’s Affairs of State

Accessing the WikiLeaks site has gotten difficult, if not impossible now despite mirror sites and domain names registered at last check in France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. However, those that visit the site undoubtedly receive a malware infection pretty fast. Similar tactics took down The Guardian’s website yesterday when it attempted to host a live, online chat with WikiLeaks founder, Interpol fugitive, and known loon, Julian Assange. I hate to ask an obvious question of Mr. Assange, but how does he expect a nation-state, a superpower notably to react? If he gets away with it, so can anyone and the United States of America cannot have that. Joking aside, there is a serious, massive question of what to do with Mr. Assange, how to prosecute him, all the while keeping in mind he may have made himself into a willing martyr of the data revolution and that the U.S. arsenal includes everything from drones to nuclear weapons, neither of which will be used in this case given the strategic predicament. To date, there has been …

The Day in Cablegate: As The World Turns…

The cache of news and events surrounding the WikiLeaks Cablegate affair for December 3, 2010: WikiLeaks loses American domain server, wikileaks.org, moves to Swiss, wikileaks.ch, which also appears to be down at present: “WikiLeaks Dropped by Domain Name Provider,” The Associated Press “WikiLeaks Vanishes From Web As U.S. Company Removes DNS Support,” The Guardian Update from Amazon in The Wall Street Journal on the fairly obvious reason why WikiLeaks got booted off its servers (violation of its Terms of Service): “Amazon Says WikiLeaks Violated Terms of Service,” Wall Street Journal 8:37AM EST – The Guardian is holding a live webchat with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as soon as it can: “WikiLeaks cables: Live Q&A with Julian Assange,” The Guardian 9:32AM EST – Crippling attacks continue, take down Guardian website during online Q&A with Assange: “WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks,” The Associated Press “WikiLeaks’ Assange to Fight Any Extradition: Lawyer,” Reuters “WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks,” The New York Times “Julian Assange Answers Your Questions,” The Guardian Afghanistan: “Foreign Contractors Hired Afghan …

The Best in WikiLeaks Cablegate Coverage from News Sites Around the World

December 2, 2010: “El ‘antiamericano’ Garzón tuvo especial seguimiento,” El Pais [in Spanish] Published under a headline on the homepage of the website, “El ‘antiamericano’ Baltasar Garzon” – photographs of Baltasar Garzon on Amanda Rivkin PhotoShelter archive. “Mafia Analogy for Aliyev Dynasty: Ilham Aliyev and Corleone Brothers (Wikileaks),” AzeriReport ” In US diplomatic cables newly released by Wikileaks, Aliyev clan’s rule over Azerbaijan is compared to mafia, specifically to the Corleones family in the famous ‘Godfather’ movie series. Ilham Aliyev himself ‘described alternately as a mix of “Michael” and “Sonny.”‘ Maintaining ‘a clever, realistic foreign policy’ that he inherited from his father, he reminds of the cold-calculated alliance builder Michael Corleone. But his domestic policies, with crude retaliation against even minor challenges to his authority and criticism, resemble the ‘brash, impulsive’ Sonny Corleone.” related posts: “Mafia Analogies for the Aliyev Family in WikiLeaks/U.S. State Department Cablegate: Is He Michael or Sonny?” Includes links to relevant background articles and blog posts to understanding the Aliyev/Corleone cable: “Donkey Video,” Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade/OL! “Shown Trial,” Fortnight …