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Topic “WikiLeaks”

U.S. Internet activist, former WikiLeaks informant receives 10 years in prison

Jeremy Hammond, a 28-year-old Internet activist and WikiLeaks informant from Chicago, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release on Nov. 15 after pleading guilty to hacking into the servers of the Texas-based private global intelligence company Strategic Forcasting (Stratfor) and leaking the information he gathered to WikiLeaks. Read more »


Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding enemy in WikiLeaks trial, but still faces 130 years in prison

Bradley Manning, the American soldier and former military analyst who leaked over 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was found today to be not guilty on the controversial charge of aiding the enemy for his role in the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history. Read more »


Why does a U.S. journalist and Anonymous activist face 105 years in jail?

When U.S. journalist Barrett Brown was slapped with a potential 105-year jail sentence stemming from his reporting relating to the hacker group Anonymous, it raised eyebrows about how exactly could he be facing such a stiff penalty for his involvement. Read more »


WikiLeaks releases new diplomatic cables database, reveals U.S. involvement with Latin American dictators

"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer," said Kissinger on March 10, 1975, according to one of the cables. Read more »


WikiLeaks trial criticized as opaque and "chilling" to freedom of speech

Pfc. Bradley Manning (pictured above) admitted to releasing roughly 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks in reportedly the largest intelligence leak in history. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more »


U.S. sentences first CIA officer for media leaks; CPJ calls Obama to reset "legacy on whistleblowers"

John C. Kiriakou became the first Central Intelligence Agency officer sentenced to prison for leaking classified information to the media, reported The New York Times on Friday, Jan. 25. According to the Times, Kiriakou will serve 30 months in prison for releasing the name of an undercover CIA agent to a reporter and information about the intelligence agency’s use of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique. Read more »


Ecuadorian government grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Ecuadorian government confirmed that it would grant political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who had sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom on June 19 after being under house arrest since December of 2010 in that country for being accused by the Swedish government of sexually assaulting two women in Stockholm in August 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported. Read more »


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