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Julian Assange as Couch Surfer

The notoriously nomadic Julian Assange has never sought refuge on our couches, but if he ever did, we wouldn't be terribly surprised if he acted the way he does in this clip, which is allegedly based on an "absolutely true story." Directed and written by Allison Silverman (the former head writer of 'The Colbert Report'), the short features David Rees in a Warhol-esque wig, playing the WikiLe...

Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Helped Shape Middle East Protests

During a speech at Cambridge University yesterday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange suggested that his whistleblowing organization played a significant role in the recent protests across the Middle East and North Africa. According to Assange, WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables may have convinced Middle Eastern leaders that they wouldn't be able to rely on U.S. assistance if military forces were to su...

WikiLeaks Alternative OpenLeaks Goes Live Following Site Leak

According to Fox News, an unnamed snitch recently leaked details concerning the WikiLeaks alternative OpenLeaks, to yet another whistleblower site called Cryptom. OpenLeaks reportedly just happens to be the brainchild of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who previously operated as the "deputy" to head-man Julian Assange at WikiLeaks. OpenLeaks plans a larger beta launch in the second half of 2011, but it...

Swiss Whistleblower Provides WikiLeaks With Offshore Banking Documents

A Swiss former banker has provided WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with confidential information on hundreds of offshore bank accounts. The whistleblower, Rudolf Elmer, used to work in the Cayman Islands, where he headed the office of Julius Baer, a Swiss bank. He was fired in 2002, but is apparently intent on exposing the abuses of the offshore banking industry to the rest of the world. At a ne...

Man Files $150 Million Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks for Emotional Distress

Julian Assange may not want to face the rest of his legal problems, but there is a suit against him and WikiLeaks being filed in Florida that the self-appointed defender of freedom is almost guaranteed to win. David Pitchford has filed a typo-laden, $150 million lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks, claiming the release of the sensitive data has caused him severe emotional distress. Among his li...

Anonymous Attacks Tunisian Government, in Defense of WikiLeaks

The notorious band of hackers known as Anonymous has taken down the Tunisian government's website, in apparent retaliation for the country's decision to block WikiLeaks. The country's WikiLeaks embargo went into effect in early December, when the government blocked not only the whistle-blowing website, but any other news organization publishing diplomatic cables related to Tunisia. Officials also ...

FBI Investigating Pro-WikiLeaks 'Operation Payback'

It's no secret that the U.S. government is going after WikiLeaks and its elusive founder Julian Assange. According to the Smoking Gun, however, federal authorities have been targeting its supporters, as well. Earlier this month, a group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers known as Anonymous began launching a series of coordinated cyber-attacks against companies that had severed ties with Julian Assange's...

Julian Assange Needs $1.5 Million Book Deal to Pay His Lawyers

Julian Assange isn't writing a memoir for himself. He's doing it for his lawyers. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the WikiLeaks founder said he expects to earn at least $1.5 million in book deals, and confirmed that he would use a lot of it to pay his mounting legal fees. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he explained. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds [$307,400] fo...

Bank of America Buys BrianMoynihanSucks.com Ahead of WikiLeaks Dump

WikiLeaks may be under intense scrutiny, and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges from a number of sources, but damning information waits for no man. There's strong reason to believe that WikiLeaks will be publishing information about Bank of America and its CEO, Brian Moynihan, in the very near future. Assange said in a recent interview that he would be releasing information about...

The Web Weighs In: Mark Zuckerberg as Time's 'Person of the Year'

Time magazine anointed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as its 'Person of the Year' yesterday, much to the surprise of many (but not all). The 26-year-old became the youngest person to take home the honor since the magazine chose Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Zuckerberg beat out runners-up Hamid Karzai, the Tea Party, the Chilean miners, and, most notably, Julian Assange. Time's editors wrote that Zu...

London Judge Grants Bail to Julian Assange, Sweden Files Appeal

A court in London has granted bail to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, just a few days after the elusive Australian turned himself in to the authorities. The 39-year old is facing allegations of rape, molestation and illegal use of force, stemming from separate alleged incidents in Stockholm reported over the summer. Assange came to British police last week in response to a European arrest warra...

Attack on Gawker Spawns Twitter 'Açai Berry' Spam

Yesterday, Gawker announced that its servers had been hacked, and that more than a million of its user account passwords had been compromised. According to the site, all passwords were encrypted, but "simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack." Gawker recommended that all users change their passwords on its platform, and on any other site where they had used the same password. The dama...

Anonymous Explains Pro-Wikileaks Campaign, Unveils Softer Tactics

The group attacking Visa, PayPal and MasterCard want the world to know that it has absolutely no intention of wreaking widespread havoc -- it just wants to defend Wikileaks, that's all. The group, known as Anonymous, issued a press release today, and reassured average consumers that the so-called 'Operation: Payback' definitely won't put their personal data at risk. "We do not want to steal yo...

Wikileaks Releases Iraq War Documents, Detailing Torture, Civilian Deaths

Yesterday, Wikileaks published its long awaited 'Iraq War Logs,' a collection of nearly 400,000 classified military documents covering the controversial war in Iraq. According to the Guardian, the logs consist of verified first-hand accounts from coalition soldiers on the ground, and give a chilling "glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to th...

Sotomayor: Wikileaks' War Diaries Could Lead to Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently spoke at the University of Denver, and suggested that Wikileaks' publication of the so-called Afghan War Diaries could result in a court case over free speech, reports the Guardian. Sotomayor said that the relationship between unfettered speech and national security has been "a constant struggle in this society, between our security needs and our Fir...