Stories categorized “Wikileaks”:

Chains that bind the ‘free’ press

Published January 2015.

Published by New Internationalist magazine
January 1 2015
The British press was born free but it is everywhere in chains.
Some of those chains are financial. As the Internet takes away our readers and advertisers, news organisations struggle to find the money to pay for basic news gathering and even more so for long, complicated investigations. Instead, they [...]

Assange supporters who recycle misinformation

Published December 2010.

Published by Huffington Post
December 30 2010
Bianca Jagger last week launched a fierce attack on the Guardian for carrying my story about the evidence collected by Swedish police who have been investigating the claims of sexual assault by the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.
At the heart of her attack is a repeated claim that we failed [...]

Ten days in Stockholm

Published December 2010.

Published by the Guardian
December 18 2010
Documents seen by the Guardian reveal for the first time the full details of the allegations of rape and sexual assault that have led to extradition hearings against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
The case against Assange, which has been the subject of intense speculation and dispute in mainstream media and [...]

US turns a blind eye to torture and murder in Iraq

Published October 2010.

Unedited version of story published by the Guardian
October 23 2010
American authorities in Iraq have failed to investigate hundreds of reports of detainees being abused, tortured, raped and even murdered by soldiers and police working with coalition forces.
The leaked Iraqi war logs disclose hundreds of grim reports, often supported by medical evidence, describing prisoners who are [...]

War logs disclose systemic torture in Iraq

Published October 2010.

The Guardian
October 23 2010
A prisoner was kneeling on the ground, blindfolded and handcuffed, when an Iraqi soldier walked over to him and kicked him in the neck. A US marine sergeant was watching and reported the incident, which was duly recorded and judged to be valid. The outcome: “No investigation required.”
That was a relatively minor [...]

Assange and the sex charges – the missing facts

Published August 2010.

The Guardian
August 24 2010
with Marie Louise Sjolie
Swedish prosecutors say they hope to announce today  whether they will pursue two cases of alleged sexual assault involving Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
Prosecutors say they are considering a complaint of sexual molestation from Ms A, who has previously been an active supporter of Assange. They say they [...]

Leaked – the Afghan War Logs

Published August 2010.

The Guardian
July 26 2010
A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency.
The disclosures come from more than 90,000 records [...]

Secret unit that kills for a living

Published August 2010.

The Guardian
July 26 2010
Behind a screen of misinformation, the Nato coalition in Afghanistan have been using an undisclosed ‘black’ unit of special forces, Task Force 373, to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al Qaeda are held on a ‘kill or [...]

How the Afghan war logs came to be published

Published August 2010.

The Guardian
July 26 2010
The Americans have known for weeks that they have suffered a haemorrhage of secret information on a scale which makes even the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war look small by comparison.
The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,000 internal records of actions by [...]

Assange profile

Published July 2010.

Published by the Guardian
July 26 2010
Julian Assange is self-consciously an individual. He thinks in his own way, primarily as a physicist, having studied pure maths and physics at university in Australia where he grew up.
So, for example, explaining his decision to found Wikileaks, he starts with his interest in the physics of a small [...]

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