Wiki Leaks back into the ring with an attack on corporate espionage.
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Wiki Leaks back into the ring with an attack on corporate espionage.

London : United Kingdom | Dec 01, 2011 at 2:01 PM PST
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"The portal hung on the internet "The Spyfiles", some 287 files on private agencies which, according to the founder of the site Julian Assange, in some cases they sell technology to dictatorships."

After having announced in October that they would filter documents by lack of funds, the founder of Wiki Leaks Julian Assange gave a press conference in London, which brought together researchers and computer experts from various countries, to "launch an attack on the industry of espionage", whose activities exempt from scrutiny "affect not only individuals, but entire countries".

The new project began with the publication of hundreds of documents that, according to Assange, reveal a global industry which offers Governments tools to spy on its citizens. The material comes from offices looted during the recent riots in countries such as Egypt and Libya, and investigations of WikiLeaks and various collaborators.

Among the list of 160 companies from 25 countries who develop technologies to track and monitor people using their mobile phones, accounts of email and internet search history contained the Agnitio Spanish, devoted to "the manipulation and interception of mobile phones, according to the Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi, one of the experts present.

He also cited the French Amesys, which was accused of having sold the regime of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi network technology to intercept Internet by Libyan citizens.

Jean Marc Manach French portal OWNI investigated in depth to Amesys and on Thursday reported that the company sold Libyan dictator between 2006 and 2009 "an interception system mass that would have not been sold in France" and that Gaddafi was used to spy on political opponents.

During the conference, in the auditorium of the City University of London, showed Manach manual published in 2009 by Glint Amesys Eagle system, one of which could be coded pages, to be decoded, e-mails from opponents Libyans, as Atia Lawgali, current Minister of Culture of the Transitional Council (CNT).

Manach complained that these companies engaged "in the massive espionage" can "operate with impunity" by "the lack of regulation" and international agreements in this sector.

Assange, who said to have been the victim of this type of espionage by Governments and States, was of the view, even if legislation is necessary, "is not as well how to win this war". "We must build a free system for users to counter these espionage activities," he said, and announced that this is the project that is currently working for WikiLeaks.

Wiki Leaks founder explained that he had joined forces with the organizations represented to launch "massive attack" against this burgeoning industry, said worldwide can be victim of spies, since these firms offer technology for products such as Google. "Anyone who has an iPhone, a Blackberry or a mail from Gmail is sold," warned the Australian.

Pratap Chaterjee, of the Bureau of investigative journalism based on City University, said that they have marketed today mechanisms that allow monitoring any phone for remote control, even taking a photo of the person in question with the camera of the phone himself.

"Wiki leaks is used to break up some really hidden knowledge to public as it had preiously issued a video of U.S. unprovoked firing on unarmed civi and reporters of rueters in Irak 2007. The special footage is embedded with this news. The same course of event which happend in Pakistan week ago (Video embedded)"

Also present were Gavin Mac Fadyen, Center of British investigative journalism, the American expert in safety Jacob Appelbaum, Eric King, of the Organization Privacy International, and the Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi, who investigated the documents for the "l" Espresso magazine ".

"Systems revealed in these documents show exactly the kind of system that the Stasi had dreamed of building," said Appelbaum, former spokesman of Wiki Leaks and expert computer of the University of Washington. "These systems have been sold by Western companies to countries such as Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt." "Are designed to pursue people and to kill," he said." Western Governments cannot remain idle while this technology is still selling", said Eric King, of Privacy International.

With the publication of these files, which will continue in the coming days, Wiki Leaks returns to activity after announcing on October 24 that cease operations due to lack of funds.

Assange, who gave no details on the economic situation, will meet on Monday if it has admitted his appeal before the Court Supreme of the United Kingdom against his extradition to Sweden, country claiming it for alleged offences of sexual assault. Wiki Leaks founder has been a year living in London.



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Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 onhttp://collateralmurder.com
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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