2010-06-17

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help

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by Neil Godfrey

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This is from David Heath of 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

See also the Bradley Manning website: http://www.bradleymanning.org/

Scroll to the bottom for one of the videos that he had the courage to release.

I liked the following apt comment by “Cuthulan” appears on the ICH site beneath Julian’s appeal:

The last thing the military industrial government complex wants is a free uncencord sourse of information ! I mean the mass public might actually find out what is really going on , and they may even come to THIER OWN DESCISIONS!!! They may even want answers from THIER public SERVANTS!!!! They may even want them jailed OR HELD RESPONSIBLE!!!! I mean what would the world come too?!?! Politions and big business might actually have to be honest!!!!!! We are ALL subject to the rule of law and this includes our public servants ,if you have done nothing illegal or wrong what you got to worry about?.This manhunt for Julian Assange has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with public control!! Good luck Julian and Bradley, modern day heroes .Freedom takes vigilance ,support wikileaks!!


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5 Comments

  • 2010-06-18 11:43:17 GMT+0000 - 11:43 | Permalink

    I have just donated to this myself. The video from Bradley Manning that they published is exactly the sort of information that people need to be aware of to cut through the lying propaganda they are fed through the mouthpieces of mainstream media. Back in the 1970s the media went all out to get the facts and expose the lies to inform the public of the facts. Today the media has been coopted and persecutes – or at best ignores (and thus silences) – the modern day Ellsbergs, Bernsteins and Woodwards. Wikileaks is another sign of the growing gulf between the public and corporate power.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeGaJMR80-g&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_GB&feature=player_detailpage&fs=1]

  • 2010-06-19 07:05:31 GMT+0000 - 07:05 | Permalink

    lot’s of these groups are falling on hard times.

  • 2010-06-20 09:30:32 GMT+0000 - 09:30 | Permalink

    There’s an interview with the soldier in this video who was carrying the injured child to safety. More from Wikileaks: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25759.htm

  • mikelioso
    2010-11-30 14:49:20 GMT+0000 - 14:49 | Permalink

    Bradly is like what, 20 something? And he is going to spend the rest of his life in a military prison for Julian Assange’s 15 minuets of fame. What a dope.

  • itstolateman
    2010-11-30 10:56:34 GMT+0000 - 10:56 | Permalink

    Just want to say thank you for exposing the murderous
    killers in the u.s. government and all the other sleaze
    bag governments standing with the u.s.. If possible
    make web site specifically centered on the u.s.government
    use of nuclear weapons (depleted uranium weapons)documents
    from their secret files or should I say public accessible
    files now. Wikileaks and all connected to this site are
    my heroes forever. I hope I live long enough to see those
    corrupted dirt bags get punished hopefully executed for
    what they have done to planet earth and its peoples.

    our government irradiated
    our planet earth forever
    itstolateman

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