Dec 3 note: More links are being added at the end of this post. The Guardian UK has some excellent coverage, both in reporting on the cables and in followup articles.
Dec 3 note: The Library of Congress has today blocked access to WikiLeaks. So much for freedom of information there. Indeed, the United States is starting to follow the lead of China by setting up firewalls to prevent U.S. citizens from accessing foreign websites that have news and information. Actually, I saw this six years ago when the Abu Gahraib prison torture scandals hit the U.S. military in Iraq. Huffington Post has finally today posted up a link to the WikiLeaks website. We are six days into this. Better late than never. Guess they finally found the courage.
Dec 3 - note: The Guardian UK has an interview today with Julian Assange. Very informative. He says they used the Amazon servers to test Amazon's supposed commitment to free speech. Amazon, of course, quickly deleted the WikiLeaks site when the U.S. government suggested they should. See Guardian link below this article.
Dec 3 note: Wikileaks has opened a new website in Switzerland. wikileaks.ch The ch stands for "Confederation Helvetica," the latin name for Swiss Confederation. The old address of wikileaks.org was bullied off-line by the U.S. Feds over the past couple days. WikiLeaks continues to post new U.S. State Department cables. And inform us of what our government has been up to in foreign affairs these past 20 years. And allow us to learn how our government has really been acting overseas in our name. We as voters need to know so we can vote intelligently.
Now let's see if our U.S. government will follow China, with its great firewall, and block our access to WikiLeaks.
Note 10 pm Dec 2: WikiLeaks has been knocked down by wimp U.S. Internet services - to wit, Tableau and everydns.net. Tableau because Sen. Lieberman asked them to, and everydns because WikiLeaks was under too many attacks. And so for tonight there is no WikiLeaks site. And this is how tyrants destroy freedom. One piece at a time.
Added Dec 2: By the way, I've not heard anything about this on NPR. Has anyone?
Added note - Dec 2: In England, the Guardian - a major London newspaper - has a link to WikiLeaks. It is at the bottom of a page and not obvious, but it does exist. Most interesting is the Guardian - and apparently other European news media - are actually explaining the leaked U.S. cables. Our American media, including Huffington Post and TPM, are just making a circus of the reactions and playing a game of "Where is Julian?" Little substantial coverage of the content of the cables. Sad. Am adding a link below this article to the Guardian.
Another interesting item to note: Most news media you have seen or read have said WikiLeaks released 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. Not true. WikiLeaks has posted about 611 cables - and intends to post all 250,000 over the next six months. Our news media cannot get very much about this story right. WikiLeaks did give all 250k to four European news outfits, on the condition they release them only after WikiLeaks has. But our American media do not report it that way. Meanwhile, our U.S. government, under Obama, is on a huge campaign to shut down all servers aiding WikiLeaks. Remeber when the Soviet Union always tried to block the Voice of America and we felt so good because we lived in the Land of the Free?
Added note - Dec 2: I cannot find a link to WikiLeaks.org on any other website. None at Huffington Post, NY Times, or Washington Post. James Fallows comments in two posts about Wikileaks, but has no link to the site. If anyone knows of news sites with links, could you let us know? Are the Feds pressuring news media to not post links and the news media are not telling us? Just asking.
I support WikiLeaks. I support the release of government documents by WikiLeaks. I believe that in a democracy - in a Democratic Republic - in a Republican form of Democracy - we citizens need to know what our government is doing so we can vote intelligently. I have donated to WikiLeaks via a credit card at the WikiLeaks website. I support the defense fund for Julian Assange. I have posted a link to WikiLeaks in the right side column. I have downloaded and read several of the government documents on WikiLeaks. I am commenting here about it all.
Having posted the above statements, I am now open to prosecution by the U.S. government. If I were a student posting that, I could be barred for life from working for the U.S. government, or even working for a contractor who deals with the government. Even though the New York Times has published this information on its front page and inside pages, any citizen is now at risk for even talking about this. Even visiting the WikiLeaks website.
Want evidence for the above stuff? Check the first link below this article for a post by respected Atlantic columnist James Fallows. The government pressured Amazon to stop hosting WikiLeaks today and Amazon fell all over itself to comply. I will not be buying anything more from Amazon - perhaps ever. I don't like economic boycotts in general, but we are now fighting for democracy.
You know, up till today I was going to ignore this issue on NWCitizen. It was a national issue and enough national voices are weighing in. This website is primarily for local issues. But seeing the dramatic escalation of oppressive steps the Obama administration has taken today, I feel all of us need to stand up and speak out. Our federal government is truly stepping into the zone of activities that the oppressive dictatorships of the 20th century used. Hello.
Some or many readers may strongly disagree with me. Posting this may hurt my hope of getting more advertising on this site. I may go through a hellish experience next time I drive to the Canadian border to visit Vancouver, or fly to visit a friend. They now keep files on all of us. But we need to speak out. What is truly amazing is how strongly many of us supported and voted for Obama, thinking we would then avoid the increasing oppression under the Bush administration. Fooled us. Fooled me.
If you run a blog or website, I urge you to also post on this. If enough citizens speak up and object, maybe we can stop this madness. If only a few of us do then they will make examples of us. I have already been warned by friends I should not do this as I may suffer federal consequences.