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Wikimedia Calls For Volunteers

Posted: February 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Wikimedia Calls For Volunteers

Wikimedia Foundations Sue GardnerOur MOST favourite – and we mean MOST – internet presence, Wikipedia, is facing a serious shortage of volunteers. The shortage is so severe it threatens the sites future growth.

The not-for-profit Wikimedia Foundation – the organisation behind Wikipedia – says its group of web pages is the fifth most visited in the world, accessed by more than 500 million people a year, including us.

Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001, by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. Sanger coined the name Wikipedia, which is a portmanteau of wiki  – a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning quick – and pedia, as in encyclopaedia.

According to the groups current head, Sue Gardner, the not-for-profit has about $AU8 million in small change sitting in the kitty, but a serious shortage of volunteer contributors and editors :: Read the full article »»»»


Julian Assange Confirms New Australian WikiLeaks Political Party

Posted: December 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Julian Assange Confirms New Australian WikiLeaks Political Party

Julian AssangeJulian Assange says he intends to run for a Senate seat in the next election, with plans for an Australian WikiLeaks party “significantly advanced”. The Australian has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sexual assault allegations.

Mr Assange is concerned that if he goes to Sweden, authorities will allow him to be extradited to the United States to be questioned over WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

Mr Assange has told Fairfax Media he intends to push ahead with previously-announced plans to run for the Australian Senate. He said he had not yet registered to vote, but told Fairfax he believes he will be able to register in either New South Wales or Victoria as an overseas voter.

Mr Assange said a “strategic decision” would determine which state he would run to represent. He also said “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed interest in standing for a yet-to-be registered Australian WikiLeaks party :: Read the full article »»»»


Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails!

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Julian Assange, News, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails!

WikiLeaks - The Syria FilesWikiLeaks – the behemoth that would be our galactic Yoda –  has begun publishing more than 2 million emails from Syrian political figures that it says will shed light on the regime’s crackdown on dissent and embarrass Syria’s opponents. The emails date back to 2006 but also cover the past 16 months, in which thousands have been killed in a bloody crackdown by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The whistleblowing website says the files will give an insight into how the Assad government operates, and also reveal Western countries and businesses which continue to support Syria. WikiLeaks says the emails came from Syrian ministries including foreign affairs, finance and presidential affairs.

In a statement on the website, Wikileaks says: “Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. Over the next two months, ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (US), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain). Other publications will announce themselves closer to their publishing date“.

Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the material is embarrassing to Syria, as well as to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts,” Mr Assange said in a statement. “It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Wikileaks: Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Kiss My . . ., Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Wikileaks: Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Wikileaks Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeUS soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl are known to be on the list of a total of 231 nominees up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With 188 individuals and 43 organisations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.

“As always, there are the usual nominees and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said.

Thousands of people are eligible to submit nominations – including members of parliaments and governments worldwide, university professors, past laureates and members of several international institutes – who had until February 1 to propose candidates. The Nobel Institute keeps the names of nominees secret for 50 years, but those who are entitled to nominate are allowed to reveal the name of the person or organisation they have proposed :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE: Bradley Manning – WikiLeaks Suspect Formally Charged

Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Julian Assange, News, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE: Bradley Manning – WikiLeaks Suspect Formally Charged

Bradley Manning - WikiLeaks Suspect Formally ChargedUPDATE: WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning has been formally charged ahead of a court martial that could see the United States soldier sentenced to life in prison.

Manning was charged with 22 counts, the most serious of which is “aiding the enemy”, for allegedly turning over a trove of classified US documents to WikiLeaks in one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history.

The 24-year-old is accused of passing hundreds of thousands of military field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks between November 2009 and May 2010, when he was serving in Iraq.

The leak of the military documents shed light on civilian deaths, while the diplomatic cables sparked a firestorm by disclosing the private remarks of heads of state and candid observations by senior US officials.

The US government slammed the disclosure of the documents by WikiLeaks, saying it threatened national security and the lives of foreigners working with the military and US embassies.

WikiLeaks supporters view the site as a whistleblower that exposed US wrongdoing and see Manning as a political prisoner.

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WikiLeaks: Three Years On, Manning and Assange Both Await Court

Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on WikiLeaks: Three Years On, Manning and Assange Both Await Court

Julian AssangeUPDATED: Overnight the UK Supreme Court granted Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange permission to appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex offences.

“The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said a statement from the Supreme Court, the highest court in England.

The decision means Assange will spend a second Christmas at the country mansion of a wealthy supporter in Norfolk, eastern England, as his legal battle stretches into a second year. The 40-year-old Australian was arrested last December on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden after two women made allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the sex with the women was consensual. Assange believes the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables. Read the full article »»»»