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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of Wikileaks. Crikey’s Wikileaks coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Understanding surveillance as an information economy

The problems of a surveillance state become more obvious when you understand information as a resource that governments exploit.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

It is quite understandable that Kevin Rudd wants to be seen doing something about the New South Wales branch of his Labor Party.

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Film review: We Steal Secrets — WikiLeaks doco poses more questions than answers

In director Alex Gibney’s WikiLeaks documentary, Julian Assange is presented as a complex soul. The film raises more questions than it answers, writes James Rose.

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Remember the NSA? Snooping is the real story

Everyone now has an easy-to-follow narrative chasing Edward Snowden around the world. But we’ve lost sight of the fundamental issues: the NSA’s vast surveillance program

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Good God, where in the world is Ed Snowden?

Edward Snowden sent a plane-load of journalists on a wild goose chase, as the debate in the United States over spying and the pursuit of leakers got sillier and sillier.

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Lowy results underline the need for foreign policy experts

Australians are not all that keen on democracy — just as well, as they don’t seem to be really sure what democracy is. The Lowy report into our attitudes contains some troubling trends.

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Media briefs: The Oz job cuts … diamonds in rough … casino wars …

MMP is giving a way a diamond ring, but it promises this has absolutely nothing to do with its diamond-encrusted legal action against rival News Ltd.

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From nuts to Bolt (lovers), the small parties seeking your vote

WikiLeaks. Bullet trains. Marijuana. Aboriginal sovereignty. Who said this is a two-party system? Freelance writer David Donaldson takes a look at some of the smaller parties vying for your vote.

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Rundle: Manning, Assange and the end of the age of innocence

Don’t be fooled, we live in a total surveillance age. The US government is definitely spying on its citizens. And Bradley Manning is probably going to jail for the rest of his life.

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WikiLeaks v the world: filmmaker charts the rise and fall

The response to Alex Gibney’s new WikiLeaks documentary may say more about the current state of the organisation than anything in his film. Luke Buckmaster talks to the Oscar-winning director.

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Reporters as ‘co-conspirators’ in Obama’s war on journalism

The Obama administration is engaged in a war on investigative journalism, backed by national security laws. The internet may free up information, but it also aids government surveillance.

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Cyberhysteria: Obama criminalises research project (and Crikey?)

The Obama administration’s campaign against the press has extended to criminalising attempts to accurately cover the cybersecurity industry.

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Essential: Turnbull strikes out on broadband as Gillard stagnates

Labor’s primary vote is starting to recover, but the PM’s personal ratings are not. However, voters aren’t enthused with Malcolm Turnbull’s broadband proposal.

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Leaked cables: US predicts Timor invasion, ‘keep us out of it’

The cables are an awkward footnote to the now surprising closeness of relations between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

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ABC host: I quit the journos’ union because of Assange embrace

Is Julian Assange a journalist? ABC radio host Steve Austin says no. He’s so passionate about the issue he quit the journalists’ union.

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Keating in the Kissinger cables — and the Maoists versus Omega

Defence matters vexed relations between Labor politicians and the US Government, the Kissinger cables reveal, even as Labor MPs vented their fury over the Dismissal to diplomats.

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WikiLeaks PlusD dump: Timor, Whitlam and Fraser’s refugee support

The latest cache of cables from WikiLeaks is a window on a turbulent time in Australian domestic and foreign policy. Writer and historian Luke Miller reports on the missives from the US and Australia.

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Bradley Manning, succumbing to human frailty, pleads guilty

Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to the illegal possession and communication of government documents, and he is facing a sentence of 20 years. New revelations paint a sadder picture.

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A thousand days in jail, and Bradley Manning still waits for trial

The US soldier charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks has been caught up in vindictive pretrial punishment, writes freelancer Stella Gray. Now he finally faces trial.

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Khan shuns Assange, joining other celeb turncoats

Former Julian Assange supporter Jemima Kahn has written a piece accusing WikiLeaks of the same misinformation as those it sought to expose. It’s a sign of a renewed open-season on Assange in London.

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Farewell to McClelland, a ministerial cipher for the security state

Robert McClelland’s time as attorney-general were lost years representing how Labor has been co-opted by the security establishment. Farewell.

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Tips and rumours

Who’s shutting down Sweden’s transparency sites? … what your electricity bill should really say … Qld floods campaign gutted of funding …

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Win or lose, Assange’s Senate tilt will cause a stir

Assuming Julian Assange can overcome the difficulties involved in registering a party and nominating as a Senate candidate, he could significantly affect the next parliament.

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When sharing a URL is a criminal offence, as the internet chills

The indictment of an activist merely for sharing a URL shows the lengths governments will go to fight information activism.

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Gillard received WikiLeaks cable tip-off: Assange book

The Australian government was warned about embarrassing cables before WikiLeaks published them, according to an updated book on Julian Assange by ABC journalist Andrew Fowler.

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