Wiki leaks head goes underground after issuance of red warrants
Wikileaks head Julian Assange has gone underground alongwith his accomlices after red warrants have been issued against them. Julian Assange has not appeared in the media for the last one week. It has been said that he has disappeared in the UK. The US government is wants to try him legally for leaking the secret cables of the US foreign office and the diplomatic missions all around the world. Julian Assange is also being threatened from Canada. Wikileaks has been removed from the US servers after which the administration has moved the site to the server of a Sweden.
Wiki Leaks spokesman says does not know source of leaks
WikiLeaks staff do not know if a former US Army intelligence analyst detained by military authorities was the source for the confidential US diplomatic cables released this week, a spokesman said.
Kristinn Hrafnsson said WikiLeaks had contributed to a fund established to pay for the defense of Bradley Manning, 23, who is being held at a Marine base near Washington in connection with the disclosure of US secrets. US officials have declined to say if the cables he is accused of mishandling are the same ones that WikiLeaks has made public this week. “WikiLeaks has contributed to his defense, a substantial amount of money,” Hrafnsson said. “I don’t even know if he is the source of the material.” “If he is the source of the material that he is being accused of leaking, I think he is a hero,” Hrafnsson, a former Icelandic television journalist, told an event in London. WikiLeaks has shaken the diplomatic world by publishing excerpts of more than 250,000 confidential cables in partnership with five Western newspapers, including The New York Times and The Guardian in Britain. The disclosures exposed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, including candid assessments of world leaders. Earlier this year Manning was charged with downloading more than 150,000 State Department documents and leaking some cables while assigned to the intelligence branch of a U.S. Army unit in Iraq. “The basis of the organization is to have a gateway for whistleblowers. We don’t identify our sources and we don’t even know our sources,” Hrafnsson said. Hrafnsson said people had a right to know what officials working on their behalf were doing and dismissed concern that the publication of the cables would damage cooperation between countries. “If global stability is based on deception and lies, maybe it needs a bit of a shaking up,” he told Reuters Television. WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, an Australian-born former computer hacker, leads a nomadic existence and keeps his location a secret for fear of reprisals, but Hrafnsson said he personally had no concerns about his own position. “We are doing a good thing. We are doing this for the general public,” he said. “I think it is perfectly legal. We haven’t heard any justification or reference to any legal code that we are supposed to have broken, so we don’t think we have broken any law.” He said only a few hundred of the thousands of cables had been published and it could take months to disclose them all.
US ambassador regrets over Wiki Leaks revelations
The United States has expressed its regret over the disclosure of confidential cables by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which, among other things has revealed the tensions between the US and Pakistan.
“The United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential… And we condemn it,” The Washington Post quoted US Ambassador Cameron Munter. In the ceremony in about flood victims in US embassy, Munter declined to comment on WikiLeaks and said that Pak-US ties should not be damaged.
He didn’t reply the questions of the reports about the Pakistan Army Chief and nuclear arsenals. He said that Pakistan is a key country to establish stability in the region and the country is key strategic partner of America. He said that Pakistan’s role in reconciliation process in Afghanistan is of utmost importance. He said that US is in contact with Pakistani departments to make the process of aid distribution more transparent.
Karzai admits to sheltering Baloch nationalists: Wiki Leaks
Wiki Leaks has said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had admitted to sheltering Baloch nationalists
In his meeting with Ex US official Richard Boucher, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had said that the Bugtis were not terrorists and represented nobility in Afghanistan, so it would be hard to turn them over to Pakistan. US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher clarified that it was Brahmdagh that the Pakistanis were after for instigating an uprising. Karzai responded that fomenting uprising does not make one a terrorist. The real terrorists were Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Boucher asked Karzai which side should move first and queried whether Afghanistan could take Brahmdagh into custody or strike some political deal. Karzai explained that the Bugtis would blame the US if Afghanistan turned them in.
WikiLeaks exposes Prince Andrew’s undiplomatic remarks
Prince Andrew insulted American intelligence, claimed that the French took kickbacks and launched a scathing attack on fraud investigators, leaked secret diplomatic cables reveal.
The Queen’s second son was last night named as the royal whose “rude” behaviour shocked a US diplomat, amid intense speculation over his identity.
The information was contained in a second batch of 250,000 secret US cables that have been controversially released by the WikiLeaks website.
Since the leaks first began at the weekend they have triggered outrage, and have already revealed that Arab leaders urged the US to bomb Iran, that American diplomats were asked to spy on UN officials and that an unnamed British Labour minister was like a “hound dog” to women.
It is not the first time that Prince Andrew has faced embarrassment. Earlier this year his former wife, Sarah Ferguson, was exposed by a Sunday newspaper attempting to sell access to her ex-husband.
The prince’s comments came two years ago as he was on a trip to former soviet state Kyrgyzstan and were recorded by Washington’s ambassador to the country, Tatiana Gfoeller, who described the royal as speaking “cockily” at the event, with British businessmen.
Interpol issues arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder
Interpol on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations.
The France-based international police organization issued a “red notice” for Assange — the equivalent of putting him on its most-wanted list — after Sweden issued an arrest warrant for him as part of a drawn-out rape investigation.
Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, came to Sweden in August seeking to stay because his website servers are in the country. However, his application was denied in October. During his stay, he was accused of raping and molesting two women.
Assange, a former computer hacker whose whereabouts are unknown, has denied the allegations. He said the allegations are a smear campaign by the Pentagon against him because he released thousands of classified U.S. war reports from Afghanistan and Iraq. Court documents filed by prosecutors allege that Assange is suspected of raping and sexually molesting a woman in the town of Enkoping. He also was suspected of the sexual molestation and unlawful coercion of a second woman in Stockholm. The two women attended a seminar held by Assange and six days later, they both launched the allegations, the court document said. A Stockholm prosecutor immediately started a rape investigation, but the case was dropped the next day. WikiLeaks has recently published an unprecedented 400,000 classified U.S. documents on the Iraq war and posted 77,000 secret U.S. files on the Afghan conflict in July.