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WikiLeaks in Argentina: interview with Santiago O’Donnell

Santiago O’Donnell is editor of the International section of the Argentine newspaper Página/12 and has reported extensively on WikiLeaks material in Argentina. He is author of ArgenLeaks: Los cables de Wikileaks sobre la Argentina, de la A a la Z, and more recently, Politileaks: Todo lo que la política argentina quiso esconder. Sus secretos de la A a la Z (both in Spanish). Santiago O’Donnell blogs regularly on international issues. Connect...

 
 

NSA Signals Intelligence – industrial and diplomatic espionage

Former NSA station in Teufelsberg, Germany.

In a recent keynote speech at the annual Blackhat Security conference aiming to address concerns over recently revealed NSA surveillance programs, NSA director General Alexander assured his audience that the NSA’s main mission is protect the US and save lives. “What we’re doing is for foreign intelligence purposes,” he said, and that included counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, and cyber attacks.

 
 

Settlements, cell phones, and red tape: challenges to Palestine’s mobile market

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In recent years, the Palestinian Authority has sought to improve mobile services, but progress has been slow. Segregation inherent in the establishment of settlements has created a wide spectrum of consequences, and the problems arising with mobile service illustrate how the system is rigged up with so much red tape…

 
 

Assange to receive Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award

On 3 February, 2013, Julian Assange will receive the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in absentia. Each year, Yoko Ono chooses recipients to honor their work as an expression of courage. Last year, Ono decided to honor courage in the Arts. I realized that an artist seeking to tell the truth in her art takes great courage, too. A musician who sticks to his form of music, no matter how...

 
 

FOIA-requested FBI documents reveal OWS surveillance

In December 2012, The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund obtained a trove of FBI documents revealing, from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests. The documents were heavily redacted, but contained reports showing for example, that Jacksonville,...

 
 

Assange wins Grand Prize for essay in Russian Pioneer magazine

Julian Assange was awarded Grand Prize by the Russian magazine Russian Pioneer for his essay “Washington vs. Mankind,” which was also published in the same magazine in September. The essay related his recent experiences under house arrest and extreme surveillance, travels around the world, and WikiLeaks work. Read more (Russian) …