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Canberra on alert for WikiLeaks

By jimstaro - Posted on 25 November 2010

AUSTRALIAN officials are bracing for a massive leak of classified US State Department cables.

November 26, 2010 - These cables could include embarrassing disclosures about Canberra's secret diplomacy on controversial issues, such as the war in Iraq.

The Gillard government was one of several foreign governments put on notice about the leaks, expected to be released within days by whistleblower group WikiLeaks.

So seriously is the issue being taken that several sources told The Australian it was raised during a phone call yesterday morning between Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

It is understood the Department of Foreign Affairs and other agencies in Canberra, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, met to discuss the leaks, which a senior Australian government official said had prompted a "strong measure of concern".

"The whole thing is pretty big," the official said. {read rest}

"WikiLeaks Promises Release 7x the Size of Iraq War Logs Leak"
by Leslie Horn,, Nov. 23rd, 2010

The article has some links, btw.

WikiLeaks is planning to release more than 3 million confidential documents in its biggest release yet, the whistle-blowing site announced Monday via its Twitter feed.

"Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs. Intense pressure over it for months. Keep us strong," the organization tweeted, along with a link to make a donation to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks did not specify what the release would be about, and it has not provided a date or time frame for the leak, though a recent tweet said "the coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined."

This would mark the third time WikiLeaks has leaked a significant amount of secret information. (snip)


Monday's announcement comes after allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced once again for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On Thursday, the Swedish government issued an international warrant for Assange's arrest on charges of rape and molestation. Assange has denied the charges.

Another warrant was issued for Assange in August after Swedish courts indicted Assange on charges of raping two women. However, a judge threw out the charges later that week due to insufficient evidence.

I don't know where I got the link for this report and maybe it was here, but will post the link anyway, just in case.

"Probe into WikiLeaks 'exposure' of Danish troops abusing Iraq prisoners" (2:32)

RussiaToday, Nov. 23rd, 2010

Denmark's defense ministry wants to know if its troops abused prisoners in Iraq. The media and WikLeaks have published some evidence - but they won't give military chiefs all the data in case it puts their sources in danger. Denmark's NATO allies are also staying tight-lipped. And, as Irina Galushko reports, other whistleblowers think there are more sinister motives.

The Danish government also went to another party that's had the Iraq war log documents "for quite some time and not from the same source as Wikileaks". It's a Danish newspaper and the management there also refuses to divulge the source(s), because the source(s) [must] be protected, which is [great] to hear. We see a woman from the management of this newspaper, actually a journalist, very briefly interviewed in the news room and hear this person say that they will protect the source(s), while also stating why. That is a nice "touch" on the part of RT; instead of reporting this in third-party manner, only.

This is based on the Iraq War logs.

"Baathists may use WikiLeaks to sue US over 'illegal occupation'"

Phil Sands,, Nov. 25th, 2010

Damascus // Iraq's Baath party, forcibly removed from power by the US-led invasion of 2003, believes leaked American military documents could help it sue the US government over the war.

Baathist officials are planning to meet with international law experts in March to discuss the possibility of taking legal action against Washington, party members said.

They believe the publication by WikiLeaks of 400,000 papers that the US army had intended to keep secret has bolstered the chances of making a case.


"The [WikiLeaks] documents are very important because they expose the facts of the illegal occupation to the world," Abu Mohammad, the official Baath party spokesman, said in an interview. "Perhaps they will constitute the basis for a future legal case against the criminals involved in the war, and will force them to pay compensation to the victims of the destruction of the state of Iraq."


Membership has been illegal in Iraq since the party was banned in 2003, following decades of highly repressive rule.


"We are arranging a meeting in March with specialist lawyers involved in international law and human rights law and we will discuss if there are steps we can take," Abu Mohammad said. "We may be able to lodge a formal case with the international criminal court or in national courts."

He did not give any further details, and added that, until the legal consultations had taken place, it was impossible to know if a worthwhile case could be built.


Despite maintaining that the current political process in Iraq was illegitimate, Abu Mohammad also confirmed the party had backed Ayad Allawi's Iraqiyya list in national elections. Mr Allawi led his coalition to a narrow victory in the March ballot, but failed to secure a governing majority and was subsequently outmanoeuvred for the post of prime minister by his incumbent rival, Nouri al Maliki.


"As Baathists our target is not to support Ayad Allawi for prime minister, our target is resistance and to end the occupation," Abu Mohammad said.

"We did not participate in the election but we support Ayad Allawi because he wanted to end sectarian politics, unite Iraq and put an end to the Iranian project to infiltrate the country."


The Baathist spokesman did also hint that the group could take a "positive" attitude to the next Iraqi government, if it operates a non-sectarian power-sharing formula advocated by Iraqiyya.

But he said the group was also preparing for a new war against Iranian influence, once US forces withdraw from the country at the end of next year.


That's dreaming. The US is not withdrawing next year.


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