Wikileaks gains support from Pirate Party

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Wikileaks gains support from Pirate Party & Operation Payback

WikiLeaks, the non-profit new media organization that has recently gained mainstream press coverage for releasing US State Department diplomatic cables, has found itself blacklisted from the support of corporations which once enabled the group’s web operations. The future of WikiLeaks was beginning to look dim as more organizations cut their ties, however new found support from Pirate Parties in multiple countries as well as from Operation Payback may give the controversial site a much longer life.

After EveryDNS, the nameserver provider for WikiLeaks, cut ties with the organization last week, the Swiss Pirate Party stepped up and allowed them to move onto one of their registered domains. This action prompted additional Pirate Parties from the Czech Republic, Austria, Australia, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to band together and support the efforts to keep WikiLeaks online.

“Pirate Parties from around the world, including the Pirate Party UK, today reaffirmed their commitment to whistleblowing worldwide. Concerned about freedom of information, opinion and press, the Pirate Parties have decided in a joint resolution to make WikiLeaks available on a worldwide mirroring infrastructure,” the UK Pirate Party told TorrentFreak…

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12 thoughts on “Wikileaks gains support from Pirate Party

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Good on the Pirate Party.

    The Center for a Stateless Society is mirroring Wikileaks and sharing our custom software for doing so.

    It’s beyond my technical competence to explain exactly why our software might be “better” than Wikileaks’s own mirroring scheme, but my understanding is that ours leaves more control in the hands of whomever owns the server that’s hosting the mirror (e.g. their software requires you to turn over some access/control to them, ours doesn’t).

  2. Kimberly Wilder

    Has anyone noticed that the US government is not really making any “demand” to Julian Assange?

    We all know that they are mad. But, they have not really articulated a specific request. It is more like: “You are bad! Stop! You are bad!”

    It just makes me even more suspicious that our government wants to be in full control of every journalist and everything, and that our government cares more about silencing critics, than finding any solutions in the situation, or finding any middle ground with Wikileaks.

    I thought awhile back, after the first big splash, that Wikileaks asked for help in going over documents to redact them. I guess that did not happen. I wonder if the government ever entertained the idea of cooperating in a way that would genuinely help national security?

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    Kimberly,

    In both the “Iraq War Diary” and “Cablegate” affairs, Wikileaks actively solicited the assistance of the US government in analyzing the documents and redacting any information that might actually endanger anyone.

    In both cases, Wikileaks ran their releases through major media organizations — the New York Times, Der Spiegel, etc. — and accepted those organizations’ suggestions for redactions.

    In both cases, the Obama regime pouted and shook its head vigorously while holding its breath until its face turned red when Wikileaks offered to address its concerns, then threw itself on the floor and kicked and screamed when Wikileaks went ahead without their cooperation.

    It is not and never has been about “national security” or “saving lives” for the Obama regime (or for its Republican cheerleaders). It’s entirely about hiding their own misdeeds and showing the serfs who’s in charge, and it’s blowing up in their faces in a big way.

    We’re still a long way from not one stone standing atop another inside the Beltway, but this last week has been a definite move in that direction.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    1) I have a theory about a conspiracy;

    2) Information comes out that contradicts my theory; therefore

    3) Whoever brought out the information that contradicts my theory is obviously part of the conspiracy.

  5. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    [UK based new scientist]:

    Info pirates seek an alternative internet

    * 17:23 06 December 2010 by Paul Marks

    After dumping thousands of secret US diplomatic cables in the public domain last week, WikiLeaks ended up losing its web hosting company – twice –

    and its wikileaks.org web domain to boot as providers got cold feet about its content. But a plan being hatched by fellow travellers in the file-sharing community may shield the controversial data dumper from such takedowns in future.

    It all started with a tweet on 28 November: “Hello all ISPs of the world. We’re going to add a new competing root-server since we’re tired of ICANN. Please contact me to help.”

    This missive, complaining about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, was from Peter Sunde, an anti-copyright activist based in Sweden and one of the founders of The Pirate Bay website,

    which tracks the locations of copyrighted movie and music BitTorrent files. It instantly lit a flame among file-sharers. “That small tweet turned into a lot of interest,” Sunde blogged two days later.

    We haven’t organised yet, but are trying to… we want the internet to be uncensored. Having a centralised system that controls our information flow is not acceptable.”
    Taken down on a whim

    What’s their beef? The file-sharers believe that ICANN, which controls the internet’s domain name system (DNS), takes down web domains at the whim of politicians and industry bosses ……..

  6. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

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  7. Ross

    Third Party and Independent Daily is reporting that the NY State Pirate Party is also supporting them.

  8. George Phillies

    7) Thank you for your sensible coverage.

    Meanwhile,t eh Libertarian Party has substantially ignored wikileaks, despite the systematic attacks on the First amendment by its Democratic and Republican opponents.

  9. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    [new scientist, UK]

    Info pirates seek an alternative internet

    * December 2010 by Paul Marks

    After dumping thousands of secret US diplomatic cables in the public domain last week, WikiLeaks ended up losing its web hosting company – twice – and its wikileaks.org web domain to boot as providers got cold feet about its content.

    But a plan being hatched by fellow travellers in the file-sharing community may shield the controversial data dumper from such takedowns in future.

    So activists, led by Sunde, hope to construct an alternative registry: one that will initially work like existing systems,

    but which in the long run will become a decentralised, peer-to-peer (P2P) system in which volunteers each run a portion of a DNS on their own computers.

    By breaking up the internet phone book and hosting it in pieces, they will strip ICANN of its power.

    Any domain it tries to take away will still be accessible on the alternative registry.
    Eminently feasible

    The exercise that Sunde and his colleagues are undertaking – if it ever gets off the ground – is reminiscent of Search Wikia, an attempt to make a distributed ad-free search engine to rival Google.

    Run by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the site aimed to be open and honest about its search algorithm, so that advertisers couldn’t exploit loopholes in it for unfair advantage.

    But with its index spread around a few thousand volunteer servers, it could not reach anything like Google’s scale or speed, and folded its tent in April 2009.

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