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China cites WikiLeaks to mock U.S. human rights record

The United States has no grounds to criticize China’s handing of human rights issues while it struggles to keep its own people in the dark on secrets outlet WikiLeaks, the Chinese government said Monday in a lengthy document released to state-run newspapers. The document was issued as a response to…

US Chamber lobbyists map strategies to discredit progressive critics

Report claims Chamber hired firm hacked by ‘Anonymous’ WASHINGTON – Lobbyists for the US Chamber of Commerce have been working with firms to develop methods to deceive and discredit the Chamber’s most vocal progressive opponents, according to documents obtained by ThinkProgress. Lee Fang of the liberal blog reports that the…

Egypt VP favored by Israel to succeed Mubarak, cables show

Israel has long seen Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s recently appointed vice president, as the successor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, US State Department cables released by secrets outlet WikiLeaks show. One document detailed Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s 2008 meeting with Suleiman, the then-Egyptian spy chief, as recalled by Israel’s Arab…

Confidential documents from Assange rape probe leak onto Internet

The founder of secrets outlet WikiLeaks is now facing his own series of leaks. A 100-page police file detailing rape and sexual molestation charges against Julian Assange has found its way onto the Adobe Acrobat document sharing website. The file contains pretrial discovery materials given last year by Swedish police…

Berlusconi ‘weakened by latest sex scandal’

ROME — Allegations that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hooked up with prostitutes he kept in rent-free luxury apartments have weakened the government and damaged the country’s image abroad, experts say. Italian magistrates on Friday announced an enquiry into the relationship between Berlusconi and an underage girl, known as Ruby, as…

White House’s ‘insider threat’ program targets federal employees for surveillance

In an effort to prevent another Bradley Manning, the Obama administration is urging all federal government agencies to watch its employees for signs they may be leaking classified information. In a memo dated Monday, Jacob J. Lew, the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, directed government…

Michael Moore offers his servers to host Wikileaks docs, posts $20,000 bail

If Amazon.com won’t host leaked diplomatic cables posted by the website WikiLeaks, Michael Moore will. The liberal filmmaker and author announced in a web posting Tuesday that he had donated $20,000 to the cause of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ embattled chief who is being held in the United Kingdom on sexual…

Revealed: US State Dept. republished WikiLeaks document from Feb 2009

Is viewing and republishing documents from WikiLeaks illegal, or isn’t it? Apparently not even the US State Department knows. America’s top diplomatic agency republished a document leaked by the secrets outlet, which the site revealed today via Twitter. “State department republishes Wikileaks’ doc,” they wrote on their Twitter page. “Will…

Feds tracking credit cards, store purchases without warrant: report

Federal law enforcement routinely tracks individuals through their credit cards, cell phones, car rentals and even store customer loyalty programs without obtaining a warrant, an online privacy activist has discovered. According to a document (PDF) obtained from the Department of Justice by online privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, federal agents working…

Iraqi PM personally ran secret army squad: report

Supporters of Nouri al-Maliki say Wikileaks documents are fraudulent Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been running a “detention squad” that exists outside the military command structure and may be cracking down on Sunni Muslims who oppose the Shia Muslim leader, according to an analysis of documents in the WikiLeaks…

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