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February 10 2014


‘The Snowden Files’

A new biography of Edward Snowden lays out the life and motivations of the world’s “most wanted man.”

This handout file photo taken on Friday, July 12, 2013, and made available by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden during his meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow, Russia . (AP)

This handout file photo taken on Friday, July 12, 2013, and made available by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden during his meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow, Russia . (AP)


Luke Harding, foreign correspondent for The Guardian. Author of “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.” Also co-author of “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy,” which served as the basis of the film “The Fifth Estate.” (@lukeharding1968)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: The Needles in the Monumental N.S.A. Haystack –”The portrait he creates of Mr. Snowden is a familiar one — a geek and gamer most at home online, who never graduated from high school but whose ‘exceptional I.T. skills’ landed him a job with the Central Intelligence Agency and later as an N.S.A. contractor.”

CNN: Edward Snowden: World’s most wanted man, says new book — “The Guardian is a key player in the Snowden saga, having provided an outlet for the former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower to expose what he knew about the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs. Harding accessed a wealth of inside information, such as this story about how Snowden first connected via e-mail with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.”

The Daily Beast: Snowden Keeps Outwitting U.S. Spies – “Some allies of Snowden have speculated that any kind of master file of Snowden documents could only be accessed through a pass code or cryptographic key broken out into pieces controlled by several people in multiple jurisdictions throughout the world. That way. No one government could force a single person to give up access to Snowden’s motherlode.”

Read An Excerpt Of “The Snowden Files” By Luke Harding


January 02 2014


Assange: Governments 'aspire to god-like knowledge'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the subject of knowledge, and its relationship with power. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/today
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January 01 2014


The Final Straw Radio (AshevilleFM) (August 26, 2010) An interview with some Bay Area hacktivists on political hacking

This weeks show is an interview with Flatline from the Hackbloc collective and Bill Silverfox about internet security, hacking, hacktivism, Anonymous and other topics. In light of recent attacks by Anti-Sec against the Arizona DPS, Anonymous on multiple targets and alleged members’ subsequent arrests, the BART protests, Wikileaks, I thought it’d be good to shed some light on a misunderstood topic. We also discuss the role of hackers in the Arab Spring movement as well as international solidarity to disrupt corrupt government censorship and activity, in the hopes of facilitating a more free flow of information around the world (Malaysia, Australia, the U.S., Morocco, Libya, Egypt, China, Iran…etc). Lots of good introductory information on internet security and history of hacking during this hour-long show. Enjoy. Streaming live on 8/26 @ 1PM EST at www.ashevillefm.org/ Available from 8/27/2011 @ 3AM EST at www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw www.hackbloc.org www.eff.org www.anonlg.org www.torproject.org www.noisebridge.net https://hackmeet.org https://zine.riseup.net

August 14 2013


Andrew Fowler on We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks - Arts - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Opinion has always been sharply divided about Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, between the welded on uncritical fandom and former co workers or ‘donors to the cause’ who’ve put up bail money and done their dough; and now have fairly dark views of Assange. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/08/12/3820449.htm

November 08 2011


Für alle offen -€“ nicht ganz dicht? Wikileaks, Facebook und die totale Transparenz

hr2 – Der Tag hat heute über “Für alle offen – nicht ganz dicht? Wikileaks, Facebook und die totale Transparenz” berichtet. Julien Assange verschwindet möglicherweise in einem schwedischen Gefängnis, Bradley Manning, sein bekanntester Informant, schmort in amerikanischer Haft, und Wikileaks hat erst einmal den Betrieb eingestellt. Geheimnisse verraten ist gefährlich, selbst wenn es sich nur um Kantinenklatsch handelt. Aber ist so eine umfassende Transparenz es auch demokratisch und politisch wünschenswert? Wenn es andere trifft, vor allem ?Die da oben?, finden wir Transparenz erstmal gut, wenn aber ?Facebook? alles über uns wissen und allen zugänglich machen will, finden wir das unheimlich. Wollen wir die totale Indiskretion? Und können wir sie überhaupt noch verhindern?

February 26 2011


WikiLeaks Podcast : Left Ahead

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February 24 2011


The New Yorker: NO SECRETS Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency

By Raffi Khatchadourian Copyright © 2010 by The New Yorker Read by David Erdody 63 minutes

February 22 2011


Julian Assange and the rise of nerd supremacy

This week Jaron Lanier -- composer, performer, computer scientist, philosopher and pioneer of virtual reality -- gets seriously sceptical about somebody a lot of people think of as a hero: Julian Assange. The Internet, according to Lanier, was influenced in equal degrees by 1960s romanticism and cold war paranoia. If the political world becomes a mirror of the Internet, then the world will be restructured around secretive digital power centres surrounded by a sea of chaotic, underachieving openness. WikiLeaks is such a centre. It's the world of nerd supremacy. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2011/3139205.htm

February 10 2011


WikiLeaks, the Internet and Democracy

Panel moderated by Paul Jay including Daniel Ellsberg, Clay Shirky, Neville Roy Singham, Peter Thiel and Jonathan Zittrain.

February 02 2011


'New York Times' Executive Editor Bill Keller: The Impact Of Assange And WikiLeaks : NPR

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller explains why the paper decided to publish the classified dispatches and cables from WikiLeaks, the effect those documents had in Tunisia and Egypt, and why he came to regard WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as indifferent to the people whose lives were at risk. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/01/133277509/times-editor-the-impact-of-assange-and-wikileaks?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

January 28 2011


Week in review podcast: Leaks, sexism, and the end of meritocracy | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

January 13 2011


TCLP 2011-01-12 Interview: Gabriella Coleman

The feature this week is an interview I conducted with Gabriella Coleman. I was introduced to her work through her writings at The Atlantic. She mentions Malcom Gladwell’s criticism of online activism and Indy Media. The main reason I invited her on was her critique of Bruce Sterling’s The Blast Shack. We delve a bit further into the question of WikiLeaks lasting impacts. I mention a couple of times Clay Shirky’s long haul view. Gabriella recommends Adrian Johns’ book on piracy (which I ordered with a gift card I received recently, can’t wait to read it). She also mentions a revisit of the topic of WikiLeaks at The Economist. You can also find Gabriella on Twitter where she is quite active and sharing some great links related to topics we discuss in this interview and of course her broader work. From http://thecommandline.net/2011/01/12/gabriella_coleman/

January 09 2011


Scripting News: Dave Does Podcast!

Years ago I did my own called Morning Coffee Notes. Today, I did a 1/2 hour podcast in the coffeenotes thread. It's about WikiLeaks, Wired, Salon and the freedom of the Internet. New actors, same story! From http://scripting.com/stories/2010/12/31/daveDoesPodcast.html

December 13 2010


Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange is Not a Terrorist

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain in a London prison until a British court takes up a Swedish request for extradition for questioning on sexual crime allegations. An international group of former intelligence officers and ex-government officials have released a statement in support of Assange. We speak to one of the signatories, Daniel Ellsberg, the famous whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971. "If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me," Ellsberg says. "I would be called not only a traitor—which I was then, which was false and slanderous—but I would be called a terrorist... Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am." From http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/10/whistleblower_daniel_ellsberg_julian_assange_is

December 10 2010


Echoes of Ellsberg in WikiLeaks Controversy

"Daniel Ellsberg discusses the Wikileaks case, which he sees as analogous to his 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers."
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December 07 2010


John Pilger on Wikileaks

Jon Pilger calls on Australians and the world to support Wikileaks
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December 06 2010


Rebooting the News 75

As Dave said Dec. 3rd, “We’re having a Rebooting The News moment here with WikiLeaks.” Indeed. Now we now how the open Net comes crashing down. * First came the denial of service attacks. (Dave: “How do we know that?”) * Next, Amazon Web Services kicked Wikileaks off its cloud servers. * Then it was EveryDNS.net., which stopped serving the domain wikileaks.org * Then Tableau Software removed data visualizations Wikileaks had running there. * Then PayPal started choking off the air supply: donations. * The U.S. Library of Congress even got into the act, shutting down access to Wikileaks at its terminals. Huffduffed from http://rebootnews.com/2010/12/06/rebooting-the-news-75/

Rebooting the News #75

The Wikileaks special, starring Amazon, EveryDNS and a host of Internet pundits.

WikiLeaks and Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

After 30 years, Tom Devine and the Government Accountability Project are finally within spitting distance of securing meaningful legislative protections for federal whistleblowers. And who should show up but WikiLeaks, often labeled as a whistleblower site, threatening to sully the term and scuttle all of Devine’s political progress. Devine explains how WikiLeaks could end up helping his cause.

November 30 2010


Dutch newspaper tradition | PRI's The World

Confidential information has been leaked to the press since… well… probably since the press was invented. We’re not going to reach that far back in our Geo Quiz. Think back to the 1700′s. That was the century of the American and French revolutions. People could read all about them in the newspapers of Europe at the time. One of the more important ones was published in a Dutch city that we want you to name. The city is still there, about 25 miles from Amsterdam. It’s located near the Old Rhine river and is crisscrossed by canals and quays. Back in 18th century, the local newspaper boasted having news from an “extraordinary variety of locations.” It was so often read by diplomats and rulers across Europe, that governments sometimes leaked secret information to the paper to embarrass their rivals. This was long before WikiLeaks, mind you. So, can you name the Dutch city where this important newspaper was published? Geo Answer: The answer is Leiden, home to one of the most important and widely read newspapers of the 18th century, the Gazette of Leiden. Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with author Jeremy Black about the history of disclosing state secrets. http://www.theworld.org/2010/11/29/dutch-newspaper-tradition/
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