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WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help - mexika - 06-16-2010 04:09 AM

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help

By David Heath

July 15, 2010 "iTWire" -- Following the arrest of the person suspected of leaking the “Collateral Murder” video, WikiLeaks feels that it is under attack and is seeking urgent support.

iTWire received the following message in the past few minutes, it’s meaning is very clear. We ask readers to assist where they can.

WikiLeaks may be under attack.

You were generous enough to write to us, but we have not had the labor resources to respond.

Your support is important to us. Please read all of this email to understand what is going on. We apologize for not getting back to you before. It is not through any lack of interest on our part, but an enforced lack of resources.

One of our alleged sources, a young US intelligence analyst, Bradley Manning, has been detained and shipped to a US military prison in Kuwait, where he is being held without trail. Mr. Manning is alleged to have acted according to his conscious and leaked to us the Collateral Murder video and the video of a massacre that took place in Afghanistan last year at Garani.

The Garani massacre, which we are still working on, killed over 100 people, mostly children.

Mr. Manning allegedly also sent us 260,000 classified US Department cables, reporting on the actions of US Embassy's engaging in abusive actions all over the world. We have denied the allegation, but the US government is acting as if the allegation is true and we do have a lot of other material that exposes human rights abuses by the United States government.

Mr. Manning was allegedly exposed after talking to an unrelated "journalist" who then worked with the US government to detain him.

Some background on the Manning case:

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/06/11/transcript-daniel-ellsberg-says-he-fears-us-might-assasinate-wikileaks-founder/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/leak/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/wikileaks-chat/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/state-department-anxious/
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2010/06/143011.htm

[ note that there are some questions about the Wired reportage, see: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/13/video-wikileaks-foun.html#comment-809677 ]

WikiLeaks a small organization going through enormous growth and operating in an adverserial, high-security environment which can make communication time consuming and the acquisition of new staff and volunteers, also difficult since they require high levels of trust.

To try and deal with our growth and the current difficult situation, we want to get you to work together with our other supporters to set up a "Friends of WikiLeaks" group in your area. We have multiple supporters in most countries and would like to see them be a strong and independent force.

Please write to friends@sunshinepress.org if you are interested in helping with Friends of WikiLeaks in your area. You will receive further instructions.

We also have significant unexpected legal costs (for example flying a legal team to Kuwait, video production. Collateral Murder production costs were $50,000 all up).

Any financial contributions will be of IMMEDIATE assistance.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Special:Support

Please donate and tell the world that you have done so. Encourage all your friends to follow the example you set, after all, courage is contagious.

Julian Assange
Editor in Chief
WIKILEAKS


RE: WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help - h3rm35 - 06-16-2010 04:27 AM

Wikileaks ain't non-profit... it isn't even not-for-profit. It's a media outlet just like others - check out this on the tracker to get a more objective perspective from an ACTUAL non-profit leak site, or you can go here to get info in less time.

If you want to donate, donate to concen (IMO).


RE: WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help - FastTadpole - 06-16-2010 05:39 AM

(06-16-2010 04:27 AM)h3rm35 Wrote:  Wikileaks ain't non-profit... it isn't even not-for-profit. It's a media outlet just like others - check out this on the tracker to get a more objective perspective from an ACTUAL non-profit leak site, or you can go here to get info in less time.

If you want to donate, donate to concen (IMO).

Wikileaks is good at what they do and they are clever in marketing the leak. The timing of the US indiscriminate heli-killers Cryptome is far better in this realm IMO.

Great interview with John Young of Cryptome.org I take a similar stance on the subject. There should be 100s of Wikleaks not a single concentrated branded avenue / source. Too vulnerable to infiltration, control, shut down or bias. Although the Wikleaks track record has proven they are quite adept at what they do, they are a named target and this could be a matter of time. There is also the possibility that they are already being used. John Young hints at this during the interview.

John young of cryptome on the corbett report re: wikileaks & more
http://concen.org/tracker/torrents-details.php?id=17511