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    WikiLeaks Chief Is Put on Interpol List
    By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
    Published: December 1, 2010


    LONDON — Interpol has placed Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing organization, on a so-called red notice wanted list to seek his arrest to answer allegations of sexual misbehavior by a Swedish prosecutor, according to the global police organization’s Web site on Wednesday.
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    The notice said Mr. Assange, 39, was wanted for “sex crimes” on an arrest warrant brought by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. Interpol is based in Lyon, France. Mr. Assange’s whereabouts were not immediately known.

    The development came as several newspapers, including The New York Times, published confidential documents from a mass of some 250,000 diplomatic cables from the State Department in Washington including communications concerning American policy in Iran, Pakistan, Korea and many other places.

    The Swedish prosecutor’s office said almost two weeks ago that a court in Stockholm had approved its request for the arrest of Mr. Assange to face questioning on charges that Mr. Assange has strongly denied.

    Marianne Ny, director of the Stockholm prosecutor’s office, said in a statement at the time that she had moved to have Mr. Assange extradited to Sweden on suspicion of “rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.” The accusations were first made against Mr. Assange after he traveled to Sweden in mid-August and had brief relationships with two Swedish women that he has described as consensual. Attempts to reach Ms. Ny on Wednesday to clarify what action was being taken to secure Mr. Assange’s arrest and return to Sweden were unsuccessful.

    Lawyers acting for Mr. Assange appealed against the arrest warrant at Sweden’s highest court on Tuesday, The Associated Press said in a report that also quoted President Rafael Correa of Ecuador as dismissing an offer of residence in his country made to Mr. Assange by a lower official.

    According to Interpol’s Web site, a red notice “is not an international arrest warrant” and it is up to national jurisdictions to decide how to act on them.

    “Interpol’s role is to assist the national police forces in identifying or locating those persons with a view to their arrest and extradition,” the Web site said. “These red notices allow the warrant to be circulated worldwide with the request that the wanted person be arrested with a view to extradition.”

    A spokesman for Scotland Yard said the force had received “no intelligence” that Mr. Assange was in London, and said that British police, following what he described as normal practice in the case of Interpol red notices, were not involved in an active effort to arrest him.

    Though officers are not dedicated to finding the Australian, the spokesman said “if that intelligence comes in, or we have reason to believe that a person who has a red notice out on them is in a certain location we will find them and extradite them as per the international rules.”

    Unconfirmed reports on Wednesday, attributed to WikiLeaks associates, said the Australian was staying out of sight somewhere outside London. The cell-phones of two close associates of Mr. Assange seemed to be switched off with recorded messages saying their owners were outside Britain.

    A Web report by the British Guardian newspaper, which has developed close ties with the Australian during the months that the Guardian, The New York Times and other publications have been preparing stories based on the WikiLeaks documents, said on Tuesday that Mr. Assange was “in a secret location somewhere outside London with fellow hackers and WikiLeaks enthusiasts.”

    An American journalist based in New York told The New York Times he had had contacts with aides to Mr. Assange in recent days over a possible interview, and had been told to prepare for a meeting with him in Britain sometime in January.

    Other reports suggested that he might have fled Britain ahead of the Interpol notice to another country where he was less likely to be arrested, but these may have originated with Mr. Assange’s own statements in recent weeks suggesting that he might have to flee to Moscow or Havana -- statements that left open the possibility that he was dramatizing the difficulties he has encountered in finding a safe refuge, rather than outlining an actual plan.

    Nor was it clear exactly how Mr. Assange’s situation had been changed by the Interpol notice.

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    wikileaks twitters....I find that odd

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    Amazon.com Terminates Relationship With WikiLeaks, No Longer Hosts Whistle-Blower Website

    Despite outcry over the controversial information, Amazon.com's servers are still hosting leaked documents from WikiLeaks that government officials call a threat to national security.

    Computers run by Amazon's Elastic Web Compute (EC2) service in Tulsa, Portland, New York and elsewhere host the site cablegate.wikileaks.org, noted the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, as well as Wikileaks.org, the controversial site’s front page.

    Amazon did not return several FoxNews.com requests for comment on the content, which has prompted nationwide outrage and worldwide concern.

    "I'll be very surprised if some people don't lose their lives," former president Bill Clinton said in a speech in North Carolina about the massive leak of diplomatic documents and cables, the latest from whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and its leader Julian Assange. "And goodness knows how many will lose their careers."

    Technologist Alex Norcliffe, who first noticed that Amazon's servers were hosting the controversial material over a month ago, speculated that having the content on U.S. soil could be grounds for legal action.

    "To me it seemed so odd, surely a mistake, to put this material not only on servers run by a U.S. company, but physically on U.S. soil -- surely making it quite difficult to refute claims of illegality by the US authorities."

    But experts told the Journal that it was unlikely Amazon would face legal action for selling services to WikiLeaks. Now that the information disclosed by the site is already public, it might not be considered contraband, said Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard University.

    On the other hand, location is a crucial factor. “If that data happens in the moment to be in the U.S., that’s really good because we have a First Amendment,” said Eben Moglen, a law professor at Columbia Law School.

    Where the hardware is located can make a difference legally, yet Moglen added that there wouldn’t be much point in getting Amazon to stop providing services to WikiLeaks. “For all practical purposes … if the law is unfavorable, that Web server process will go somewhere else,” he said.
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    Is there anyone with a functioning brain who can't see what this is?

    He's either dead, imprisoned or seriously discredited very soon. In my opinion, he is a fucking hero. We need "criminal hackers" like this. Right now. I trust my government as much as a wounded cobra. In a tutu.

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    why hasn't the US gov't put a bullet in this guy's head yet?

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    This all sounds like a silly spy movie.

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    Is there anyone with a functioning brain who can't see what this is?

    He's either dead, imprisoned or seriously discredited very soon. In my opinion, he is a fucking hero. We need "criminal hackers" like this. Right now. I trust my government as much as a wounded cobra. In a tutu.

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may claim that he wants the public to focus on the revelations in each of his document dumps, but he can't seem to avoid the spotlight.

    The odd Australian Web activist has been doing interviews this week talking up the 250,000 State Department documents his organization released, and in the process, he's made himself a bigger part of the story.

    In an interview with Forbes, for instance, Assange hinted that his next document dump would be a "megaleak" involving a major U.S. bank, which he claims will create fallout comparable to the emails that helped bring down the Houston-based energy brokerage Enron in the early aughts. A Forbes reader then alerted the magazine to a 2009 Computer World interview that seems to suggest that Bank of America may be the bank in Assange's sights.

    Then, after WikiLeaks' massive dump of State Department cables spurred some pointed, if entirely predictable, criticism from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Assange returned fire by calling for her resignation.

    And yesterday, Interpol -- a worldwide police organization -- placed Assange on its most wanted list, though not for the controversial work of his website. Instead, the agents of Interpol issued a warrant on charges of rape and sexual harassment against Assange in his adopted home of Sweden -- charges he has vehemently denied. The Interpol warrant strongly suggests that a number of the world's governments want to stop Assange as he continues targeting the activities of Western states and financial operations.

    He's currently believed to be in hiding in Britain, but he moves frequently, rarely staying in one place for more than a few days. It has been reported that an Ecuadorian official extended an offer of asylum to Assange earlier in the week, but the country's president shot down any chance of that happening yesterday.

    Meanwhile, Assange's mother, who runs a puppet theater in Australia, confesses that she is worried about her son's well-being. Telling the local press that she's extremely "distressed" about the global manhunt for her son, Christine Assange has gone into hiding herself out of fears for her own safety.

    And Assange isn't just getting negative attention from law enforcement. He's also sparked the ire of Sarah Palin, who posted a long note on her Facebook page denouncing Assange, while also blaming President Obama for failing to block Assange's activities.

    Still, for all the controversy surrounding him, Assange can still lay one potential claim to fame: There's a strong possibility he'll be named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2010. Online voting by readers has Assange near the top, and the magazine announced this week that "Assange's exploits have cemented him as a candidate."
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    WikiLeaks Founder's Mom: 'Don't Hunt My Son'

    The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has gone into hiding in Australia, saying she's "reacting as any mother would" and is extremely "distressed" by a global manhunt targeting her son.

    Christine Assange, who runs a puppet theater in Australia's Queensland state, told the country's Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper that she's temporarily moved to an undisclosed spot on the coast to escape media scrutiny.

    "He's my son and I love him, and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed. I'm reacting as any mother would. I'm distressed," Assange told Australia's ABC Radio and TV New Zealand today. "A lot of stuff that's written about me and Julian is untrue."

    Assange said she's particularly worried that Interpol has issued a "Red Notice" for her son because of a sexual assault investigation in Sweden. The 39-year-old WikiLeaks founder denies the charges, saying he had consensual sex with two WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden. His lawyers have appealed a Swedish prosecutor's order that he be detained for questioning. But the Interpol alert will likely make it difficult for Assange to travel freely. His whereabouts are unknown.

    And now one of the only countries offering Assange residency, Ecuador, has backtracked on the offer.

    On Monday, Ecuador's deputy foreign minister, Kintto Lucas, said his country was open to giving the embattled Assange residence "without any kind of trouble and without any kind of conditions," The Associated Press reported. The Foreign Ministry even issued a statement to that effect, saying Assange "could do investigative work and train researchers in Ecuador," according to Reuters.

    But a day later, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa held a news conference to announce that "no official offer was made." He said Lucas was speaking on his own behalf and not in an official capacity.

    Correa is a left-leaning socialist elected in 2006 on a promise to expose corruption among Ecuador's elites. But on Tuesday, he condemned WikiLeaks' work in strong terms, saying the website "committed an error by breaking the laws of the United States and leaking this type of information."

    The U.S. has dubbed WikiLeaks' work a "serious crime" and wants Assange tried for espionage.

    Assange has said he believes the sexual assault allegations in Sweden are all part of a conspiracy to discredit him because of WikiLeaks' work, which has stoked ire, embarrassment and outrage among world leaders, especially in Washington. His website has provided a venue for whistle-blowers to leak classified documents from U.S. military and diplomatic cables.

    But Assange himself has been the target of much of the backlash rather than those who allegedly stole the secret information. A 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst faces charges in at least one of the leaks.

    Meanwhile, Congress is poised to pass legislation giving employees in sensitive government jobs a way to report abuse or corruption through in-house channels rather than turning to an outside group like WikiLeaks. The bill also bars reprisals against whistle-blowers who accuse their superiors or colleagues of mismanagement.

    In another interview in August, Christine Assange acknowledged her son's mixed reputation.

    "My son is a good person who is doing good for others," the Sunshine Coast Daily quoted her as saying. "He wants people to know the truth. He's a hero to some people, a villain to others."

    "Which one do you think I believe?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    why hasn't the US gov't put a bullet in this guy's head yet?
    Even Clinton would have had this guy taken out. Obama won't do anything about it. He's still too angry with the Tea Party crowd for ruining his Congress.
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    London, England (CNN) -- Founder Julian Assange defended WikiLeaks' posting of confidential documents Friday, saying that not a single person has ever been harmed in the website's four-year publishing history.

    "During that time there has been no credible allegation, even by (organizations) like the Pentagon that even a single person has come to harm as a result of our activities," Assange said in written answers to readers' questions posted on the British newspaper The Guardian's website.

    "This is despite much-attempted manipulation and spin trying to lead people to a counter-factual conclusion. We do not expect any change in this regard," Assange said.

    Assange was supposed to have started an online chat at 1 p.m.

    Almost a thousand comments had been posted, many containing questions, when The Guardian announced it was experiencing technical difficulties. The newspaper had already warned readers that Assange's ability to answer would depend on internet accessibility.

    The elusive Assange's whereabouts are undisclosed. He has been underground since WikiLeaks began publishing 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables a few days ago.

    He is wanted by authorities in Sweden on allegations not related to WikiLeaks but to alleged sex crimes, including rape.

    Assange's answers to readers' questions finally appeared on The Guardian's website an hour later than promised.

    He said he missed his native Australia but noted that his nation's leaders have deemed Assange's return "impossible."

    "I am an Australian citizen, and I miss my country a great deal," Assange said. "However, during the last weeks, the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, and the attorney general, Robert McClelland, have made it clear that not only is my return impossible but that they are actively working to assist the United States government in its attacks on myself and our people."

    "This brings into question what does it mean to be an Australian citizen -- does that mean anything at all?" Assange asked. "Or are we all to be treated like David Hicks at the first possible opportunity, merely so that Australian politicians and diplomats can be invited to the best U.S. (E)mbassy cocktail parties."

    Hicks, an Australian citizen, was detained without charges at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He eventually pleaded guilty to providing material support to the al Qaeda terror network and under a plea deal, was sentenced to nine months in jail.

    Another question came from someone using the handle of JAnthony and identified as a former British diplomat.

    JAnthony wrote about his experiences and the importance of protecting diplomatic correspondence. He then asked Assange why he should not be held personally responsible when diplomats are not able to function confidentially any more and the next global crisis goes unresolved?

    Assange, whose own website has said it will take months to publish the thousands and thousands of cables, retorted: "If you trim the vast editorial letter to the singular question actually asked, I would be happy to give it my attention."

    Among the other questions that Assange answered were the following:

    From achanth: "(Mr.) Assange, have there ever been documents forwarded to you which deal with the topic of UFOs or extraterrestrials?"

    Assange: "Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs."

    From gnosticheresy: "What happened to all the other documents that were on WikiLeaks prior to these series of "megaleaks"? Will you put them back online at some stage ("technical difficulties" permitting)?

    Assange: "Many of these are still available at mirror.wikileaks.info and the rest will be returning as soon as we can find a moment to address the engineering complexities. Since April of this year our timetable has not been our own, rather it has been one that has (centered) on the moves of abusive elements of the United States government against us. But rest assured I am deeply unhappy that the three-and-a-half years of my work and others is not easily available or searchable by the general public."

    From girish89: "How do you think you have changed world affairs? And if you call all the attention you've been given credit ... shouldn't the mole or source receive a word of praise from you?"

    Assange: "For the past four years one of our goals has been to (lionize) the source who take the real risks in nearly every journalistic disclosure and without whose efforts, journalists would be nothing. If indeed it is the case, as alleged by the Pentagon, that the young soldier -- Bradley Manning -- is behind some of our recent disclosures, then he is without doubt an unparalleled hero."

    The U.S. military has charged Manning, a U.S. Army private who was an intelligence analyst, with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for transferring classified data.
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    What goes around comes around: Someone is hacking the hacktivist. And it may be none other than the hacktivist himself.

    A self-described patriotic hacktivist known as “The Jester” — who has garnered a reputation for taking down jihadist websites and is believed by those familiar with his work to be responsible for taking WikiLeaks offline during its recent dump of State Department cables — is claiming to be the victim himself of an online impostor trying to cash in on his name.

    But that's hardly all there is to the story.



    The Jester — who describes himself online as a “Hacktivist for good. Obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys.” — says he’s “an ex-soldier with a rather famous unit, country purposely not specified.”

    But cyber-security experts who have profiled him say they believe he is a U.S. citizen.

    Police Say Over the past year, he’s developed a reputation within the tech community as a cybervigilante who targets Al Qaeda and jihadist websites, temporarily taking them offline using an attack tool called XerXes that he says he developed. He claims that one his better known targets is Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    "He's kind of famous," said Jason Glassberg, managing principal of Casaba Security, a computer and network security firm.

    "He claims to have this super tool that can pop websites out at whim. He's a pretty rabid anti-Islamist and anti-jihadist, and now he's basically taken it upon himself to go after WikiLeaks."

    "If this tool he’s got can do this, he’s building a pretty powerful weapon."

    On Sunday, the Jester announced in a series of Twitter posts that he’d done just that: taken down WikiLeaks using the same attack tool with which he claims he has disrupted or temporarily taken down several jihadist websites over the past year.

    On Sunday, the Jester sent out a series of Twitter posts in which he took credit for a denial-of-service attack on WikiLeaks:

    www.wikileaks.org - TANGO DOWN - INDEFINITLEY - for threatening the lives of our troops and 'other assets'”

    "www.wikileaks.org - TANGO DOWN - INDEFINITLEY - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops and 'other assets' #wikileaks #fail"

    “If I was a wikileaks 'source' right now I'd be getting a little twitchy, if they can't protect their own site, how can they protect a src?”

    "www.wikileaks.org - TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations #wikileaks #fail #js"

    Around the same time, WikiLeaks announced, also via Twitter, “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.” Rumors swirled about who was behind it, and the logical suspect was the Jester.

    "There is no way of knowing, it's certainly possible," Glassberg said. "He’s got the history, he appears to have the tool and he definitely appears to have the motivation, so it's entirely possible. I wouldn’t doubt it."

    Jeff Bardin, cyberterror expert and chief security architect of XA Systems, said:

    "The Jester normally goes after jihadist sites, but since WikiLeaks puts the lives of soldiers in 'additional' harm’s way, WikiLeaks was targeted. The tool used seems like a surgical strike Denial of Service (DoS) tool."

    Then on Tuesday, someone claiming to be the Jester created a new Twitter account and website on which he announced that his other accounts had been compromised and that authorities — members of his local sheriff’s department, he wrote — had raided his home and seized his computers in response to his one-man vigilante efforts to block WikiLeaks from releasing classified State Department cables.

    In a post on the new blog, this same person tried to solicit funds for what he said was his legal defense.

    But that night, a Twitter post from the Jester's original account announced that reports of his home being raided were the work of an impostor and adamantly disputed the idea that he'd asked for donations.

    For a brief time it appeared that the hacktivist and the hacker were hacking each other at the same time, as the possible impostor's Twitter feed began redirecting to the Jester's original blog.

    And in a delightfully bizarre twist, there's speculation that the Jester's impostor — and his newly launched Twitter account and blog — may actually be the Jester himself.

    “I’m very confident that he took down the WikiLeaks site when he said he did,” said Michael Menefee, founder and president of Infosec Island, an online community for IT and network professionals who manage security, risk, and compliance issues. He said he has also has been in direct communication with the original Jester.

    “I completely believe he’s the guy who took down WikiLeaks — and I have reason to believe he is the impostor," he said.

    “I have reason to believe, based on Twitter behavior and the certain timing of things that I have seen, that they are the same person.”

    The next plot twist in this ongoing saga is anybody’s guess. The cyber community is waiting for the Jester’s next move.

    "It's all cool and it’s all possible but nobody knows how exactly this is working," Glassberg said. “He’s this ephemeral being.”

    One thing's for sure, Glassberg said, "The Jester has definitely made a name for himself."

    And so, possibly, has his impostor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    Is there anyone with a functioning brain who can't see what this is?

    He's either dead, imprisoned or seriously discredited very soon. In my opinion, he is a fucking hero. We need "criminal hackers" like this. Right now. I trust my government as much as a wounded cobra. In a tutu.

    I'll leave it at that.
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