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quote: Unless it's done by a politician or major news provider. Then it's okay.Cough Al Gore.
quote: Good points but didn't his fictional character contract the virus and cure himself with Prosithia or whatever the drug was called?
quote: I think we would all be surprised to learn how much "reality" is altered by big media. Don't you find it a tad alarming/intriguing that these big media guys can "predict" who wins primaries/elections with remarkable accuracy from "exit polls" of 2,000 - 3,000 out of several hundred thousand voters? I've seen doctored tea party photos from Fox News and doctored Occupy Wall Street photos from other places. It happens all over the place.
quote: The media did a great job of making Assange the villain instead of the US but in my opinion neither are innocent. Assange went too far but the information he released incriminated the US in some things that general citizens should have found to be appalling.
quote: Assange went too far but the information he released incriminated the US in some things that general citizens should have found to be appalling.
quote: Having said that some of the documents he leaked needed to be leaked. The citizens of the United States need to know what the government is up to. The media did a great job of making Assange the villain instead of the US but in my opinion neither are innocent. Assange went too far but the information he released incriminated the US in some things that general citizens should have found to be appalling.
quote: If you are in the business of releasing those documents you probably already have a "burn the house down" mentality so for him there was no gray area.
quote: Back at the start of Aug. 2011, contemplating the possibility that tflow could be a turncoat, I wrote: <...> That statement proved fortuitous.
quote: BACKGROUND:1. Wikileaks has a multi-million dollar budget. Assange estimated the site costs $31M USD a year to run.2. Most of its hosting comes from volunteers.3. Wikileaks has less than 10 paid employees.4. The site has received a great deal of free legal representation.5. The site does not publish even high level details of its finances!6. Where is the money going?
quote: 7. Over 95 percent of the leaks on the site pertain to the U.S., despite most of the admins being non-U.S. residents.
quote: 8. The U.S. only spends 43 percent of the world's military expenditures.9. The U.S. has less than a fifth the world's GDP.10. Statistics show Wikileaks clearly to be targeting the U.S. -- why?
quote: 11. Despite its controversial objectives, the site offers no assurance that it does not accept money from nation states in exchange for engaging in for-profit espionage.
quote: 12. Assange has actively opposed other transparency sites.13. Assange has threatened to sue sites that "steal" and publish his stolen data.
quote: Now on to the publication:COLLATERAL MURDER:1. The full tape shows militants armed with RPGs and AK-47s.
quote: 2. At least one of the RPGs spotted was allegedly traced to an attack from a week before that wounded U.S. soldiers.
quote: 3. The chopper pilots surveyed the armed insurgents.4. The soldier opened fire on the armed combatants.5. A soldier cried "break" during the firefight.
quote: Wikileaks:1. Full video in hand, Assange edits out the scenes that show the RPGs and AK-47s and in its press releases and interviews says that the U.S. killed "unarmed combatants".
quote: 2. His spliced video made it look like the decision to open fire was a split second one.
quote: 3. He subtitled the soldier's cry "break" to read "prick" as if the soldier was swearing at the people he was attacking.
quote: 4. Wikileaks initially refused to release the unedited footage.
quote: Now with that in mind my questions for anyone who still supports the site:1. How can you construe this as anything BUT misinformation?
quote: 2. Do you realize Wikileaks profited off this misinformation?
quote: 3. Do you realize the impact that this work of altered reality had on the U.S.'s reptutation in the Middle East?
quote: 4. Do you realize that the medieval mindset of some in the Middle East encourages them to kill if they feel threatened?
quote: 5. Do you thus realize that Wikileaks' clear misinformation will likely lead to deaths and or injuries?
quote: Russia is still heavily engaged, and China is in just about everyones business, doing all sorts of sketchy things in African countries and municipalities that are probably not sophisticated enough to resist their pressure. Why not shine the light there?
quote: And a telephoto lense or an RPG? WTF? Have you ever seen the two? There's quite a massive difference in size and shape, and it also suggests you think the soldier involved would open fire on a journalist, which perhaps really betrays your misguided anti-Americanism?
quote: For example: A video shows John punches Bob in the face, he goes down nose bleeding. See, proof of assault has taken place, John is bad - must go to jail.But what about the 1-2 minutes before that. John walks in, minding his own business. Bob starts calling John names, pushing him, punching him. Laughing... he takes John's wallet. John gets up, punches Bob in the face, etc.
quote: Anyone with half a brain when they learn what he did should feel sickened, particularly when you think that he's alleged bragged about the lives of U.S. allies it might cost.
quote: Now who's going to uncover all the gross misconduct and corruption in the world, and point out massive security breaches?
quote: And some of them are unemployed welfare leeches that steal peoples' credit card numbers from their shiny new iMac (AKA: Sabu)
quote: At the end of the day LulzSec's actions appeared (from the outside at least) like spoiled children playing Mafia (and spoiled 20-somethings behaving like children). None of the members seemed to have jobs, a college education, or be doing anything productive with their lives... they just wasted their intellect creating chaos.
quote: I found it particularly laughable that they tried to associate their Sony work with more principled hackers like George "GeoHot" Hotz. I'm sorry, you guys are nothing like "GeoHot". He's going to college and has a successful job at a top software company, and is contributing to the hacker movement in a productive way. Sellout? How about "adult".
quote: Good riddance. Some people need to grow up.
quote: Hopefully young hackers in Anonymous will heed this as a lesson of the folly of pride and brazen glory-seeking, and lend their talents to doing some good for the world.
quote: Nicely written article Jason, enjoyed reading it very much. I thought the wikileaks plug was a bit much, considering how much you've already devoted on that subject and nothing new was added. Nor does sabu's arrest really have anything to do with the website.
quote: Wether that's actually "professional journalism" i can't be the judge of but i'll take it over CNN rehashed drivel any day :p good job.
quote: It's slightly old news, but I've been incorporating it into my commentary as appropriate, as I'm shocked this didn't receive broader coverage.
quote: Sabu disappeared right around the time of the claimed arrest on twitter.If I noticed this so did many other anonymous members.The claimed recent arrests are partly old arrests so that media hacks can make a big deal out of nothing.
quote: Supporting Wikileaks does not automatically make you support Assagne.
quote: Being part of the media yourself, and thus probably have the government hand shoved up your arse, it's understandable you don't like Wikileaks.
quote: But please don't insult the ingelligence of your readers that because they agree with the principle of wikileaks, that they automatically agree with all the negative traits and flaws of it's previous CEO (for want of a better word)
quote: GTFO, if that's a bit over your head.