Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

Ass = Assange

Oh dear, Slutwalk London. On Saturday you’re marshalling crowds of women in fishnets and bras to chant “my dress is not a yes” and promoting petitions insisting that the Home Office should prosecute rapists. Come Tuesday, you’re taking to Twitter to issue statements objecting to the extradition of Julian Assange to face rape allegations in […]

Mendacks

Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It cited fears that Mr Assange’s human rights might be violated. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country. But […]

With friends like these…

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal. The fact that the Americans used […]

Spycatcher and Wikileaks: history repeats

[To be cross-posted at the Fortnightly Review in the coming week or so] Who enjoys reading spy fiction, or watching spy movies? I do. There’s something interesting about espionage. Perhaps it’s the secrecy which makes it so fascinating. People love to know secrets: it reflects the broader idea that if something is scarce, it must […]

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Sexting and the St Kilda football team

Sorry I haven’t been about much. It’s been nuts, literally. But I thought I’d write about the furore which has arisen in Melbourne after a 17-year-old girl posted photos of nude AFL players from St Kilda football club in retaliation for alleged ill treatment at the hands of various players. The Age reported yesterday: St […]

Bare Faced Liar

Gerry Adams has denied claims on WikiLeaks that he was an IRA leader and had advance knowledge of the infamous Northern Bank raid. According to the latest US diplomatic cable leaks, the Irish government had “rock solid evidence” on the allegations. But Mr Adams said the claims were not new, that he had denied them […]

Comparative Law 101: Roman law v Common law and Julian Assange.

I wrote a long comment on a lengthy LP thread concerning the Wikileaks brouhaha earlier. I wrote it because there is a great deal of what seems to be willful misunderstanding of the differences between Roman law and Common law jurisdictions. I have reposted it below. Originally I was going to do a detailed analysis […]

Wikileaks and the brave new world of freedom of information

Having just completed a conference presentation on the history of the law of breach of confidence and control of government information, I am very interested in the recent release of confidential US government cables by media site Wikileaks. Wikileaks’ own website has this to say about their organisation and aims: WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media […]