December 11, 2010 |
Rafix was set to attack. The target: Visa.com. The weapon: a battery of personal computers ready to jam the site with millions of simultaneous log-in requests. "FIRE AT WILL, gentlemen!" Rafix wrote in an online message. "Enjoy the EPIC battle of GLORY!" Within seconds of the battle cry, the attackers crippled the website of the world's largest credit card company. Unable to weather the massive surge in traffic, Visa's site was out of commission for most of the day. Visa came under fire for its decision to suspend the processing of donations to WikiLeaks, the controversial website that has been publishing confidential U.S. government documents.
May 23, 2013 |
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" may be a documentary, but director Alex Gibney gives the film the feel of a propulsive espionage techno-thriller played out in the real world. The movie is in some sense two films in one. It's partly a study of the well-known Julian Assange, who captured the world's attention when his WikiLeaks website made volumes of sensitive U.S. government material available online, sparking a firestorm of controversy over secrecy and freedom of information in the digital age. But viewers may be less familiar with Bradley Manning, the low-level Army intelligence analyst who provided Assange with his most daring cache of documents and is soon to begin a court-martial stemming from those activities.
July 9, 2012 |
Glenn Greenwald, the ne plus ultra of critics of what he calls the "surveillance state" -- and of the Obama administration's anti-terror tactics -- is accusing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of being hostile to "basic press freedoms. " Greenwald's evidence consists of Feinstein's statement to an Australian newspaper that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. "To see how hostile Feinstein is to basic press freedoms, [Greenwald writes]
December 4, 2010 |
The latest disclosures by the WikiLeaks website have struck a blow against what many experts say was one of the key reforms to emerge from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: the push to widely share sensitive information among the massive intelligence bureaucracy. Repercussions are already being felt. The State Department last week disconnected its cable traffic from the secure network used by the military, depriving military analysts of the best reporting on the political situations in their areas of operations.
September 18, 2011 |
Two recent and seemingly unrelated events, the release of 250,000 unredacted State Department cables written between 1966 and 2011 via WikiLeaks and the pro-Palestinian protests at the Israel Philharmonic concert in London, got us thinking: How closely entwined are politics and classical music in diplomatic circles? A few weeks ago WikiLeaks published cables sent by American diplomats who were reporting back to the government on events and people of interest to the United States.
November 30, 2010 |
It is the historian's dream. It is the diplomat's nightmare. Here, for all to see, are the confidences of friends, allies and rivals, garnished with American diplomats' frank, sometimes coruscating assessments of them. Over the next couple of weeks, newspaper readers around the world will enjoy a multi-course banquet from the history of the present. The historian usually has to wait 20 or 30 years to find such treasures. But here, the most recent dispatches are little more than 30 weeks old. And what a trove this is. It contains more than 250,000 documents.
July 26, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Young, naive and well-intentioned, wanting to save lives in a combat zone, feeling responsible for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens and hoping they all make it home safely - that is the true Bradley Manning, his lawyer asserted Friday as deliberations began on the fate of the 25-year-old private. Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge who is hearing the case without a jury at Manning's request, must decide whether Manning is guilty of espionage and aiding the enemy in providing more than 700,000 confidential records, videos and other material to WikiLeaks.
July 27, 2010 |
The publication this week of classified military reports from Afghanistan has brought home to the nation's capital what Hollywood has seen of late with the raw tapes of Mel Gibson's angry voice: the Internet has fundamentally transformed how secrets are disclosed. No longer can lawyers for the government or a big star rush to court or phone a top news executive to head off a damaging disclosure in a newspaper or on television. Now raw secrets can be posted online for all the world to see or hear.
September 2, 2011 |
Even the reporter who wrote the story didn't want to believe it. Could U.S. troops in central Iraq really have handcuffed and executed an extended family, including four women and five small children? Matthew Schofield of McClatchy Newspapers wrote the story about those allegations more than five years ago, based on reports from Iraqi authorities and a medical examiner in the town of Ishaqi, an incident American forces allegedly tried to cover up with a subsequent airstrike. From March 2006 until today, Schofield had not been able to put the story out of mind.
November 29, 2010 |
Leaked classified U.S. diplomatic documents reveal strong doubts that Pakistan can keep nuclear fuel and expertise out of the hands of terrorists, alarmingly illustrated by a report that Pakistani nuclear workers have been kidnapped by Islamic extremists and not heard from again. Although the U.S. has long expressed wariness about a nuclear weapons program in a country that remains a seedbed for terrorism, in public it has expressed steadfast confidence in the layers of security the Pakistani government and military use to safeguard the country's nuclear facilities.