Posts tagged “wikileaks”
July 1, 2011
“Focusing on the ethics and philosophy behind WikiLeaks’ work, the conversation will provide a rare opportunity to hear two of the world’s most prominent thinkers discuss some of the most pressing issues of our time. It will also mark the publication of the paperback edition of Slavoj Žižek’s book, Living in the End Times, in which he argues that new ways of using and sharing information, in particular WikiLeaks, are one of a number of harbingers of the end of global capitalism as we know it.” — Democracy Now! website
August 4, 2010
“An appalling irresponsible act.” That’s how General James Nattis, fresh at the helm of U.S. Central Command, characterizes the release of more than 76,000 classified Pentagon reports released by the website WikiLeaks.
You may recall that the Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, is the same outfit that loaded $24 billion in $100 bills onto shrinkwrapped pallets and loaded the cash onto C-130 transport planes bound for Iraq — guarded by enlisted men who earn $20,000 a year. Not one of those Benjamins has ever heard from since. Which, given that the money was supposed to be paid to corrupt tribal sheikhs, is just as well. Don’t be surprised if you see contractors installing one of those great a new Gunnite pool at the house belonging to your recently discharged veteran neighbor.
So anyway, when a Pentagon biggie calls someone irresponsible, take them seriously. These guys know from irresponsibility. — Ted Rall, reblogged from Commondreams.org
December 1, 2009
According to TIME Magazine, Wikileaks.org “… could become as important a journalistic tool
as the Freedom of Information Act.” Wikileaks is a repository of leaked documents — “classified, censored or otherwise restricted material of political, diplomatic or ethical significance,” according to their submissions policy — from confidential inside sources, shedding light on the hidden workings (and intentions) of governments, institutions, and the forces that shape the lives of people around the globe. Possibly the ultimate resource for citizen journalists and activists, investigative reporters who focus on repressive actions by governments worldwide, and anyone interested in finding out the truth behind the illusion of official public policy.