“Freedom from WikiLeaks”

December 21, 2010

So Apple has now joined the club of “independent” companies that censor WikiLeaks: Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store (techcrunch.com). Official reason (bits.blogs.nytimes.com):

“Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company had removed the app “because it violated our developer guidelines.” Ms. Muller added: “Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”

This is simply an excuse for censorship.

I’ve been of course boycotting Apple (and switched to PC hardware/Linux) ever since they let me down with my broken iMac G5 after a Leopard “upgrade” that went badly wrong and when they then even removed my post to their forum about the matter in April 2008.

Apple is of course also on the list of patent trolls that steal your and mine (not any more since I got rid of that camera) H.264 footage.

Beware of those who offer you “Freedom from XXX” (techcrunch.com). You pay for it. You get it.

Freedom from WikiLeaks you got today.

Freedom from Freedom it will be tomorrow.

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength


Infowar: Julian Assange refused bail. WikiLeaks keeps publishing. Anonymous on the move.

December 7, 2010

Julian Assange refused bail

One seriously wonders why but:

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail (www.bbc.co.uk)

This of course will not stop WikiLeaks:

WikiLeaks to keep releasing cables despite Assange arrest (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Guarding quotes in the WikiLeaks US embassy cables: live updates (www.guardian.co.uk) US defence secretary Robert Gates:

“Speaking to reporters on a visit to US troops in Afghanistan, Gates smirked on hearing the news. “I hadn’t heard that, but that sounds like good news to me,” he said.”

Since Julian Assange is simply supposed to clear his good name in front of a Swedish court one can only assume that the US defence secretary was glad that this matter can now be cleared up… Right…? Right…?

See also Justice for Assange (www.justiceforassange.com).

Consumers, Freedom of Speech and Internet-Vietnam

After Amazon, EveryDNS, Tableau Software, PayPal, Switzerland’s PostFinance and Mastercard now Visa joins the club of “independent” entities that consumers who care about free speech will want to investigate for their business practices and may want to avoid in the future:

Wikileaks’ Visa payments suspended (www.bbc.co.uk)

For how-to donate to WikiLeaks see WikiLeaks – Support (wikileaks.ch)

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Update 2:

The shit hits the fan now…

WikiLeaks cables: US ‘lobbied Russia on behalf of Visa and MasterCard’ “US diplomats intervened to try to amend draft law so that it would not ‘disadvantage’ US credit card firms, cable says” (www.guardian.co.uk)

The actual cable in the Guardian: US embassy cables: Revealed: US secret operation to help Visa and Mastercard (www.guardian.co.uk)

Also: PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze (www.guardian.co.uk)

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The Austrian Green Party wants to set up an association, Freiheit, and a capital company, Freiheit GmbH, for supporting the freedom of the press on the net. In regards to the ongoing infowar:

Pilz: “Das wird das Internet-Vietnam für die USA” / Pilz: “This will be the Internet-Vietnam for the US” (diepresse.com)

Recommended reading: Julian Assange in The Australian today. Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths (www.theaustralian.com.au) and `The truth will always win’ – Julian Assange writes (blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au)

And of course for a good overview to all new WikiLeaks and the latest related news see: The US embassy cables + News (www.guardian.co.uk) or BBC News – Wikileaks revelations (www.bbc.co.uk)

It’s most interesting to see which (online) newspaper brings which WikiLeaks (and related) story

This is where you can see where everyone stands. This is where you can see whom you can trust.

Anonymous, Operation Payback and a possible candidate for a viral video

Meanwhile Anonymous (en.wikipedia.org) is on the move:

Wikileaks defended by hacktivists (www.bbc.co.uk)

This is their latest video, total views on YouTube are rising fast for this one at the moment…

Operation Payback – Anonymous Message About ACTA Laws, Internet Censorship and Copyright (1:50)

Update 1:

It’s a bit hard to catch everything that’s being said in the V.O., so here is the text from the video’s YouTube page (click those arrows under the total views number to see it):

“Corrupt governments of the world, we are anonymous. For some time now, voices have been crying out in unison against the new ACTA laws. The gross inadequacies of the new laws being passed internationally have been pointed out repeatedly. Our chief complaint is that such measures would restrict people’s access to the internet.

In these modern times access to the internet is fast becoming a basic human right. Just like any other basic human right, we believe that it is wrong to infringe upon it. To threaten to cut people off from the global consciousness as you have is criminal and abhorrent. To move to censor content on the internet based on your own prejudice is at best laughably impossible, at worst, morally reprehensible.

The unjust restrictions you impose on us will meet with disaster and only strengthen our resolve to disobey and rebel against your tyranny. Such actions taken against you, and those you out source your malignant litigation too, are inevitable, unavoidable and unstoppable.

We Are Anonymous,

We Are Legion And Divided By Zero.

We Do Not Forgive Internet Censorship

And We Do Not Forget Free Speech.

We Are Over 9000,

Expect Us!”


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