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Julian Assange

  1. Things We Saw Today: The Evolution of Guillermo del Toro

    Things We Saw Today

    "The strange, beautiful evolution of Guillermo del Toro," by Jeff Victor, who previously illustrated the evolution of famous actors (and Batman). (via /Film)

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  2. Matthew Crawley—Sorry, Dan Stevens—Might Be In the Benedict Cumberbatch-Starring WikiLeaks Movie

    Today in Awesome

    That WikiLeaks movie just got über-British. Variety reports that Dan Stevens, best known for playing Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, might be taking his acting talents and supernaturally perfect hair to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the yet-unnamed film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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  3. Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Breaks Bail, Seeks Asylum in Ecuador

    After the U.K. Supreme Court ruled against him and blocked an attempt to appeal, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange seems to be running out of options. Facing extradition to Sweden over accusations of rape and sexual molestation, Assange yesterday fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in the U.K. and is seeking political asylum.

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  4. Wikileaks Founder’s Latest Extradition Appeals Unanimously Rejected by U.K. Supreme Court

    When we last checked in on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, his bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden in connection with rape charges had been denied by the U.K. Supreme Court. However, his defense team appealed the decision. The Court responded today with a resounding dismissal, letting their previous ruling stand.

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  5. U.K. Supreme Court Rules Wikileaks Founder May be Extradited to Sweden

    Though Julian Assange has made a name for himself as the founder of Wikileaks and spewing government secrets across this great wide Internet, the computer programmer has been under house arrest since 2010. Facing charges of sexual assault, Assange has been fighting extradition to Sweden for the past two years. Now, the U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that Assange's arrest warrant is legitimate. However, this fight appears far from over.

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  6. Julian Assange To Air WikiLeaks TV Show The World Tomorrow on April 17th

    It seems like everyone gets a TV show nowadays, and Julian Assange is no exception. A recent announcement reveals that on April 17th, he'll be airing his own live-to-tape TV show The World Tomorrow. The show will air on some Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems, and on RT, a Russian news network available in the U.S. with Dish Network. Also, of course, you can watch it on the web. We are talking about the guy behind WikiLeaks after all. Web access is kind of a given.

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  7. WikiLeaks Threatens Visa, MasterCard with Lawsuit

    Aside from Julian Assange's house arrest and sundry legal troubles, his brainchild WikiLeaks has been at the center of a so-called "financial blockade" by payment processing companies for over six months. In response, WikiLeaks has announced that unless the blockade is ended by Thursday, July 7, they will file a lawsuit against the companies involved. At issue are services such as PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard which have refused to process payments supporting WikiLeaks. The companies claim that they cannot support any illegal activity, and have cut off the secret-spilling website from some much needed donation money. WikiLeaks and their payment processor DataCell counter in their suit that the continued blockade constitutes an unfair use of the companies' market dominance.

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  8. Julian Assange Auctions Himself On Ebay

    Julian Assange is worth $1,735. While that isn't his net worth, it is what he's going for these days. Time spent with the founder of the now infamous WikiLeaks is going for $1,735 on Ebay. Embattled in legal struggles related to a Swedish rape case in addition to defending the actions of his controversial company has drained both the company and Assange of funds. So, he is selling himself on the auction website. More specifically, Assange is selling spots at a luncheon with himself, followed by a seat at a Frontline Club conversation with himself and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek where the two will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks on the world and in the future. Currently the seventh of eight spots at the event is going for $1,735 on Ebay in Britain. According to Ebay, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of time with Assange will go to WikiLeaks.

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  9. Hackers Deface PBS Website Following Frontline Report on WikiLeaks

    A hacker group trading under the name "lulzsec" was able to gain control of PBS' servers, defaced several websites, and posted an article to the PBS Newshour site claiming that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur was found alive in New Zealand. The group then posted several taunting messages to Twitter before methodically tweeting out PBS website passwords and other information the group gleaned during the attack. As of this morning, PBS was still struggling to contain the attack. The motive behind the attack seems to stem from a May, 24 Frontline report on WikiLeaks called "Wikisecrets," which the group found to not be to their liking. Some of the defaced pages also made reference to the continued incarceration of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking the documents to Wikileaks. The Frontline piece has received some criticism from Manning's supporters and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as being an unfair and hostile portrayal of Manning and the Wikileaks operation. Attacks on Wikileaks, perceived or otherwise, has set off cyber attacks in the past, most notably with the hacker collective Anonymous. However, Lulzsec apparently claims no connection with the group. According to Wired, Lulzsec was responsible for a security breach at Sony and also for an attack on Fox.com which resulted in personal information from X-Factor applications being made publicly available. To read the hacked article in its entirety, and to see other pages defaced by Lulzsec, head over to our sister site Mediaite. (via NYTimes, Wired)

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  10. Julian Assange Loses Case, Faces Extradition to Sweden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his UK extradition hearing, and he has seven days to appeal the court's decision before he is extradited to Sweden. Assange has not actually been formally charged with any crime; rather, he is wanted for questioning in relation to allegations that he sexually assaulted two women while in the country last summer. The judge presiding over the UK trial rebuked Assange's Swedish lawyer, Bjorn Hertig, for misleading the court in a "deliberate" fashion about the efforts of the Swedish prosecutor to contact Assange before he left Sweden; Hertig said that prosecutor Marianne Ny did not make an effort to contact Assange, but later corrected his statement. Assange's lawyers expressed their disappointment with the decision, and questioned the fairness and transparency of the legal process facing Assange in Sweden: Geoffrey Robertson said in a statement that Assange would be "tried in secret behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice," and that he feared that the Swedish prosecutor's efforts were front for an eventual US effort to extradite Assange. Full legal ruling below:

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  11. Geekolinks: 1/23

    Thomas Edison's Predictions for 2011 in 1911 (Paleofuture) 3DS games will cost between $40 and $50 (Kotaku) Cover your iPhone in LEGO brick (Amazon) Bones producer involved with Julian Assange biopic (Variety) Brand New Women in Comics Wiki Needs Wiki-ing (Women in Comics) Pac-Man getting animated, will stop at nothing to be relevant again (AnimeNation) This link is about whale sex (Discover) (Photo via Steotch)

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  12. Julian Assange Signs $1.3 Million Book Deal to Pay for Legal Defense, WikiLeaks

    "I don't want to write this book, but I have to ... I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat." --embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently under house arrest in the UK, has signed a book deal with Random House valued at roughly $1.3 million to write an autobiography; he says the money will be used to pay for his legal defense and to fund the site. (via Breitbart/WSJ; pic via Mediaite)

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  13. Bank of America Buying Up “Hundreds” of Web Domains About How They “Suck” to Prepare for WikiLeaks Fallout

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seemed to imply in a recent interview that Bank of America would be the major bank about which WikiLeaks planned to release a vast amount of potentially damaging information early next year. Forbes security columnist Andy Greenberg has his doubts, but Bank of America, in any event, seems to be taking no chances. According to Domain Name Wire, BoA has been quietly buying up "hundreds" of domain names related to how they or their executives "suck" or "blow."

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  14. TIME Editor: “I think Assange Will Be a Footnote Five Years from Now”

    When TIME Magazine named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg its 2010 Person of the Year, the reaction among many (including myself) was one of puzzlement: Yes, Facebook is a huge phenomenon and has arguably had a bigger impact on the day-to-day lives of many people than many a more 'serious' technology or political movement, but why now? As John Hodgman bitingly put it, "Time Magazine just named its Person of the Year 2007." Of the other five finalists that Zuckerberg beat out, Julian Assange seems like the most deserving candidate: While WikiLeaks has been elevated to media perfect storm over the past few weeks, it's been doing far-reaching if highly controversial work for far longer than that, and it represents such a rare and crucial nexus between politics and technology, open and closed Internet, privacy and transparency: Whether one applauds it or condemns it, WikiLeaks is a thing emblematic of our times. And as Glenn Greenwald points out, "In TIME's Person of the year poll, Assange received 382,000 votes - Mark Zuckerberg received 18,000 - only 20 times less!" At that, TIME did put Assange on the cover two weeks ago. Over the past day, there's been a lot of speculation, debate, and Internet controversy about why TIME picked Zuckerberg over Assange. Yahoo's Michael Calderone cut through the punditry bubble and asked TIME managing editor Richard Stengel point blank why the magazine made the choice that it did. Stengel didn't tread lightly: "I think Assange will be a footnote five years from now," he responded.

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  15. Mark Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year

    As announced by TIME Magazine's managing editor Richard Stengel on the Today Show this morning, the founder of Facebook will be honored with their Person of the Year award. Facebook's 500 million user base benchmark and the general ever expanding scale of online social networking seemed to be the prime motivating factors for his claim to the title. While Mark Zuckerberg certainly isn't the only face of social networks, he's got to be the only one with a movie about him. His competition for the increasingly broadly defined title of "Person" of the Year was Steve Jobs, Hamid Karzai, Julian Assange, The Tea Party, and The Chilean Miners. >>> Full article and video at Mediaite.

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  16. Julian Assange Granted Bail by UK Judge

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly been granted bail by a London judge. When Assange turned himself in last week, he was initially denied bail. Assange's bail has been set at £200,000. However, there are additional conditions: Heather Brooke reports live from the courtroom via Twitter that Assange has to wear an electronic tag, surrender his passport, obey curfews from 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am, and report to the local police station at 6pm every day. (via MSNBC, Heather Brooke)

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  17. MasterCard.com Brought Down by Anonymous in Response to WikiLeaks Account Freeze

    Following MasterCard's controversial decision to pull the plug on WikiLeaks' funding over alleged illegal activity, despite the fact that WikiLeaks or its founder Julian Assange have yet to be found guilty of any crime, some Internet vigilantes affiliated with Anonymous have taken matters into their own hands, bringing down MasterCard.com with a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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  18. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Arrested in the U.K. [Update]

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in the U.K., according to reports by the Associated Press, NPR, and the BBC. While Assange has been in the news for his connection to "Cablegate," WikiLeaks' controversial data dump of close to a thousand leaked U.S. diplomatic cables (WikiLeaks says it has a total of more than 250,000 in its possession), he was arrested in connection with rape charges filed against him in Sweden, which led to an Interpol Red Notice for Assange's arrest. (The details of these charges are themselves a subject of controversy.) NPR reports:

    Assange, who has been in hiding since his controversial website released secret U.S. diplomatic cables, was due at Westminster Magistrate's Court later Tuesday. He is expected to fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden, where prosecutors are seeking to question him about allegations of sexual assault. If Assange challenges extradition, he likely will be remanded into custody or released on bail until another judge rules on whether to extradite him, a spokeswoman for the extradition department said on customary condition of anonymity.
    Update: New info below.

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  19. WikiLeaks Founder Threatens “Poison Pill” Release if Captured or Killed

    Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, for whom the UK has just issued an arrest warrant, says that he has a plan if he's arrested or killed: A so-called "poison pill" file of damaging secrets -- possibly covering BP and Guantanamo Bay, among other subjects -- which his lawyer likened to "a thermo-nuclear device in the information age."

    Daily Mail:

    Julian Assange has distributed to fellow hackers an encrypted 'poison pill' of damaging secrets, thought to include details on BP and Guantanamo Bay.

    He believes the file is his 'insurance' in case he is killed, arrested or the whistleblowing website is removed permanently from the internet.

    ...

    Mr Assange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, warned today that WikiLeaks was holding further secret material which he dubbed a 'thermo-nuclear device' to be released if the organisation needed to protect itself.

    He said many of the papers being retained contained 'material of equal importance to news-gathering' as those already published.

    (Daily Mail via Mediaite)

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  20. Interpol Issues “Red Notice” for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

    Just days after Julian Assange-led whistleblower organization WikiLeaks released an unprecedented number of confidential US embassy cables, causing a geopolitical dustup and charges of treason from the American right, international police group Interpol has issued a so-called "red notice" on Assange in connection with the rape charges brought against him in Sweden, closed, and later reopened earlier this year.

    A red notice is not an international arrest warrant, but rather an order allowing national warrants like those issued by Sweden "to be circulated worldwide with the request that the wanted person be arrested with a view to extradition," in Interpol's words.

    Assange's lawyer alleges that the timing of this seems mighty suspicious:

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