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[News] Wikileaks Forces Radical Transparency in Government

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Wikileaks Publishes $1B Worth of Congressional Reports

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| Wikileaks.org, the online clearinghouse for leaked documents, has published a 
| complete database of Congressional Research Service reports, which are 
| private research documents written for members of Congress and their 
| staffers.   
| The 6,780 reports date back to 1990 and comprise all of the digitized reports 
| accessible by congressional offices, said Wikileaks, which estimated their 
| value at US$1 billion. They do not contain classified material, but they do 
| cover politically sensitive topics such as social policy, defense and foreign 
| affairs.    



Extreme Openness: the Rise of Wikileaks

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| There is a long journalistic tradition of looking back at
| the end of the year over the major events of the preceding
| 12 months - one that I have no intention of following. But
| I would like to point out an important development in the
| world of openness that has occurred over that time-span:
| the rise and rise of Wikileaks.
| The site was actually founded two years ago, but most
| people (including myself) didn't really become aware of it
| until this year. Now Wikileaks is frequently to be found in
| the eye of the storm. Indeed, it seems consciously to be
| raising its sights ever higher: recently, it has published
| documents that are acutely embarrassing to the German and
| British governments.
| This is all good stuff, but I do worry that at some point
| the goading will get too much, and the needling too
| successful, until repressive governments like the one
| currently running the UK will fight back hard - citing the
| tired old tropes about "terrorism" or "child pornography"
| or maybe just "leaves on the track" - by ordering ISPs to
| block Wikileaks and any mirrors that pop up.


Breaking: Wikileaks Missing



Wikileaks Shutdown: Censorship Is Censorship

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| If Wikileaks were a print publication, the injunction that has shut down the 
| site would be unthinkable. Back in 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 
| Minnesota law that allowed the closing of any "malicious, scandalous and 
| defamatory" periodical. This court, by contrast, has not only barred future 
| publication of the documents at issue but elected to put Wikileaks out of 
| business.     


Free Speech Advocates Mount Legal Battle to Unchain Wikileaks

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| In Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks, et al, the plaintiff claims that 
| the posting of certain documents to the Wikileaks site violated Swiss and 
| Cayman Island bank secrecy laws.  
| Judge Jeffrey White ordered domain registrar Dynadot to disable Wikileaks.org 
| in response to Julius Baer & Co.'s complaint. The groups behind the request 
| to lift the injunction claim that it violates the First Amendment.  


WikiLeaks Under Fire

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| The transparency group WikiLeaks.org currently seems to be under heavy fire. 
| The main WikiLeaks.org DNS entry is unavailable, reportedly due to a 
| restraining order relating to a series of articles and documents released by 
| WikiLeaks about off-shore trust structures in the Cayman Islands. The 
| WikiLeaks whistle blower, allegedly former vice president of the Cayman 
| Islands branch of swiss bank Julius Baer, states in the WikiLeaks documents 
| that the bank supported tax evasion and money laundering by its clients from 
| around the world       

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