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Anonymous and Tunisia: A New Cyber Warfare?

Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' ignited on December 17th, when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a local police station. The demonstration struck a chord within millions of Tunisians -- many of whom, like Bouazizi, had fallen on hard times, due to the country's stagnant labor market, skyrocketing food prices and high-level political corruption. Within days,...

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...

U.S. Has No Evidence Linking Bradley Manning to Julian Assange, Sources Say

NBC News is reporting that federal investigators have been unable to find any evidence connecting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Army Pfc. Bradley Manning -- the man widely accused of handing over classified military documents to the whistleblowing organization. Pentagon sources say the government has proof that Manning downloaded thousands of files from his computer, and gave them to an...

WikiLeaks Movie Coming to Theaters -- Who Should Play Julian Assange?

It was really only a matter of time, but it looks like a movie about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is officially in the works. According to Variety, the suspenseful "thriller" will be based on Andrew Fowler's forthcoming biography of Assange, 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World.' Michelle Krumm will produce the biopic, alongside Barry Josephson, whose production credits include TV's 'Bones.'...

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...

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...

Thoughts on 10 Years of Wikipedia, Comparing WikiLeaks to 'The Dark Knight'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It's a useful analogy: isn't Julian Assange, WikiLeaks's organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan's...

Julian Assange Never Got Along Well With the Guardian, Report Shows

To all appearances, WikiLeaks' relationship with its select group of media partners has seemed relatively straightforward. Most reports on the partnerships generally followed the same story arc: that founder Julian Assange had handed over his organization's top-secret documents to the New York Times, the Guardian and El Pais, among others, and they, in turn, published them. But, according to...

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]...

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...

Julian Assange: FOX News Is Closer to Terrorism Than WikiLeaks

Say what you will about Julian Assange, but the guy's smart as a whip. In an interview with MSNBC yesterday, the WIkiLeaks captain eloquently and vehemently defended his First Amendment rights, while decrying the U.S. media's "digital McCarthyism," entailing a call for his assassination. As he sat in the English manor home where he is under house arrest, Assange looked cool under fire, dismissive...

Norwegian Newspaper Say it Has All of WikiLeaks' Diplomatic Cables

A Norwegian newspaper claims it has obtained roughly 250,000 of WikiLeak's classified diplomatic cables, although it's not exactly clear how it gained access to the documents. Ole Erik Almlid, managing editor of the Oslo-based daily Aftenposten, confirmed to CNN that his publication had indeed gotten hold of the entire file, but would not say how it had done so, or, more importantly, whether or...

CIA Dubs WikiLeaks Task Force 'WTF,' Our Thoughts Exactly

The CIA has created a task force dedicated to investigating the impact of WikiLeaks, whose publication of diplomatic cables has resulted in an international controversy. The WikiLeaks Task Force, or W.T.F. (no, seriously, that's what it's called), is working to determine what effect, if any, the publication of secret documents has had on the agency's ability to recruit informants, and on the...