Julian Assange’s personal life is not a factor here, and not just because the timing of the Swedish arrest warrant and Interpol red notice are so incredibly coincidental. Wikileaks is just an intermediary, it isn’t leaking anything, it’s just channeling it. It hasn’t broken any laws, and the likes of PayPal’s assertions that Wikileaks “encourage[s], promote[s], facilitate[s] or instruct[s] others to engage in illegal activity” is a blatant cover-up for their own engagement with – probably actually illegal – government pressure.
What’s truly sad about this nonsense is that leakers feel more comfortable sending this info to Wikileaks and not the mainstream media. If the media got their fingers out of their holes – or rather their publishers stopped cutting costs at the expense of their core business – perhaps Wikileaks would be moot, and Assange wouldn’t have to do their job for them.
This is for AJ, and any other Twitter addicts out there. It’s a very cool little webapp that maps your tweets as they get RT’d, developed by Foot.ie user tetsujin1979. Here’s the deets:
Hello, and welcome to ReTweetGraph, a site for displaying the progress of a tweet as it is retweeted by users and their followers.
Login at any time by using the login link on the left
Click Create Graph to begin creating a new graph.
Click Gallery link to see a list of previously created graphs
Click Links to see a list of related sites and a contact form
Yes, I should really have posted this on Twitter, but posts here are forwarded there anyway, and I’ll do anything to avoid actually visiting that goddamned awful website and the vast majority of total fucktards that populate it. Apart from my followers, obviously, salt of the earth donchew know. At least ye’re slightly more intelligent than FourSquare users. A bit.
Long story short: Yay Charleton for deciding in favour of UPC. Boo Charleton for parroting makey-uppey numbers for “piracy”. Boo Charleton for essentially suggesting that Gov.ie enact legislation to allow the labels to skip proper due process. That’s two boos to one yay, you lose Charleton.