2011年05月10日

ジュリアン・アサンジ、シドニー平和賞を授与される

シドニー平和賞ゴールドメダルを受けるにあたってのアサンジのスピーチの一部が以下の記事中に引用されている。

この中のある一節、特に「客観的であることは中立であることと同じではない objectivity is not the same as neutrality」に強く共感する。対立するふたつの勢力に明らかな力(権力)の差があるとき、両者を同じもののように扱う中立的な態度は、その力の差を考慮しないという点で客観性を欠いている。小学1年の男児と横綱を同じ土俵で戦わせようとはだれも思わないのに、それとおなじような構造の戦いが、両論並記という「中立性を保持する編集の所作」を通して、あたかも横綱どうしの戦いのように扱われている。

ウィキリークスの日本におけるパートナーとなった朝日新聞が、客観的であるように見せかけながら、その実、著しく客観性を欠いた両論並記の悪癖から一日も早く脱却することを望む。



ジュリアン・アサンジ、フロントラインクラブにてシドニー平和賞を受ける
Julian Assange receives Sydney Peace Prize at Frontline


by Ryan Gallagher on May 10, 2011 7:16 PM | posted in the category Politics
http://www.frontlineclub.com/news/2011/05/julian-assange-receives-sydney-peace-prize-at-frontline.html

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice at the Frontline Club this afternoon.

Assange is now one of just four people to have been given the award. Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and a Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda are the only others to have received the medal in its fourteen year history.

The awards ceremony was a fairly low-key, invite-only affair, with a small selection of international media present. It began with an introduction from Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, director of the Sydney Peace Foundation.

“For 14 years we’ve awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, but only on three occasions in 14 years have made an exception to the rule and awarded a gold medal for ‘exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights,'” Rees said. “We make the award for an unusual act that challenges conformity to cultural and political orthodoxy. We don’t seek somebody who’s perfect. Julian – you’ll be very reassured to know that.

“We think that the struggle for peace with justice inevitably involves conflict, inevitably involves controversy. If it was a stumbling towards some kind of consensus nothing would ever happen.

“In that respect we think that you [Julian] and WikiLeaks, have brought about what is a watershed in journalism and in the freedom of information, and potentially in politics. We think you’ve made an enormous contribution to people’s understanding of what democracy might be about in terms of responsibility to hold powerful people accountable, in terms of enthusiasm for freedom of information, and in terms of the presumption of innocence.

“We also think that that commitment to democracy asks many of the rest of us – journalists, lawyers, teachers, academics – to stop being so shy about challenging the establishments; to stop having their thoughts embedded consciously or unconsciously to mainstream points of view.

“Luckily for us there’s been a company of dissenters from Thomas Paine through to Daniel Ellsberg; the independent Australian MP Andrew Wilkie and yourself [Julian], who have told us that the emperor has no clothes, that we shouldn’t be deceived by the false claims of people in government, in corporations or indeed in the military.

“We were also motivated in November to make this award, because we were ashamed of the behaviour of the Australian government. And we wanted in some way to repudiate their cowardice ... we were also appalled by the violent behaviour of major politicians in the United States. You will know that some of them said that WikiLeaks should be defined as an international terrorist organisation and that several politicians – among them Sarah Palin – said that you [Julian] should be hunted down like [Osama] bin Laden. Well, we now know exactly what that means.”

Rees also took a moment to speak about the alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning, who has been in prison for ten months without trial – eight of which were in solitary confinement.

“The bestial behaviour of the US government towards that man is more than appalling,” he said. “They don’t seem to understand that the harshest possible punishment and forms of humiliation teaches no one a lesson ... it certainly makes no contribution to civility.”

Rees then read out two quotes. One was a message from Noam Chomsky to Assange.

Chomsky wrote: “I thank you profusely for the way in which you have excersied your responsibilities as a citizen of free societies, thus enabling citizens to know what their government is doing.”

The other was a 300 year old quote from the English writer Daniel Defoe:

“Extol the justice of the land who punish what they will not understand. Tell them I stand exalted there for speaking what they would not hear.”

*****

Former SBS World News Australia presenter Mary Kostakidis was next to speak.

She said it was a “great privilege” to honour Assange with the medal and described WikiLeaks as an “ingenious and heroic” website that “exposes what governments get up to in our name”.

[WikiLeaks has] contributed to enhancing democracy globally,” she said. “It’s ensured that critical evidence is made available to citizens all over the world in their struggle for justice – by providing a safe and secure way for whistleblowers to upload material anonymously."

Kostakidis added that among recent WikiLeaks revelations were cables that showed the Australian government privately lobbied with the United States to weaken a key international treaty banning cluster bombs.

“If we don’t support whistleblowers and their publishers, we will get the society we deserve,” she said. “Many of us have come to journalism because of its core purpose to scrutinise the decisions and actions of those in authority because of the impact of those decisions and actions on the lives of many people ... [We need to guard against] arrogance, contempt for truth, contempt for justice, contempt for other people’s lives.”

Kostakidis then presented Assange with his medal. “This award is made infrequently and for extraordinary achievement,” she said.

*****

Julian Assange began his acceptance speech with a “status update”.

The Australian government, Assange explained, this year found that WikiLeaks has breached no laws. It has now halted its inquiry into the organisation. “That is not due to the Australian government,” he said. “It is not due to the sense of the people it was working with in Washington; it is entirely due to the Australian people and the people who fight for us ... you’re actions have made a difference.”

But WikiLeaks is still under threat from the US government, Assange said, adding: “The Pentagon publicly declared an 120 man operation into us, working 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

The fact that a CIA task squad has also been assembled to look in to WikiLeaks – and also failed to confirm or deny whether they were plotting to assassinate Assange – has serious implications, he said, for him and for WikiLeaks' staff and volunteers.

He continued: “The real value of this award is that it makes explicit the link between peace and justice. It does not take the safe feel good option by uttering platitudes. [...]

“With WikiLeaks there is no doubt that we are all engaged in a struggle – a generational struggle for the proposition that is no more radical than that citizens have a right – indeed a duty – to scrutinise the state and to scrutinise states."

Quoting the words of the poet Mae Sarton, Assange said, “you have to think like a hero in order to act like a decent human being.”

He went on: “And that has always been our promise to whistleblowers and sources – that if you have the courage to act like a hero, then we will have the courage to act like merely decent human beings as publishers. That is why we have never unpublished anything that we have published, no matter what kind of threats have been levelled against us.

We are objective but we are not neutral. We are on the side of justice – objectivity is not the same as neutrality. We are objective about the facts, when it comes to recording and not distorting facts, but we are not neutral about what kind of world we would like to see. We would like to see a more just world and this means giving people access to the information that is the power behind justice. Without this free flow of information, an organised minority will always dominate the disorganised majority. That means most people cannot participate in power and until people can participate in power we will not have a just world.

“Our work at wikileaks has surprised many people, including some journalists, who have reacted in a hostile manner. And I would argue in a manner hostile to the basic ethics of journalism, which is to hold power to account.”

Paraphrasing journalist John Pilger, Assange said: “it is not WikiLeaks the United States government is afraid of, it is not Julian Assange that they are afraid of. What does it matter what I know, what does it matter what WikiLeaks knows? It matters not at all – what matters is what you know. These organisations are scared of what you know, and they are scared of what the general population knows. They want to put a stop to us because they want to put a stop to you knowing.”

Assange thanked the Sydney Peace Foundation for giving him the award. “Not because it is merely an accolade,” he said. “But because it is a certification to attract the support of people ... who are committed to bringing peace with justice.

“It is a sign that we are doing what journalists ought to be doing every day: afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted as Chicago writer Finlay Peter Dunne once put it.

“WikiLeaks will always strive to be an intelligence agency of the people. And will always, as long as whistleblowers are willing to act like heroes, act merely like decent people.”

There was then a Q & A section. A full report of this will appear tomorrow. And full audio & video will soon follow.

タグ:J Assange
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2011年05月08日

ウィキリークス、日本の原発の暗い歴史を大量放出

ウィキリークスの公電ページに日本発の公電14通が一挙に出た。

WikiLeaks releases cables on Japan's history with nuclear power
ウィキリークス、日本の原発の歴史に関わる公電を放出


http://www.wikileaks.ch/reldate/2011-05-07_0.html

06TOKYO442 JAPAN CONDUCTS NUCLEAR TERRORISM DRILL AT PLANT ON
2006-01-27 2011-05-07 SECRET Embassy Tokyo

06FUKUOKA9 NUCLEAR ENERGY POLITICS IN WESTERN JAPAN: KYUSHU ELECTRIC'S
2006-02-09 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED Consulate Fukuoka

06TOKYO1592 LOCAL COURT ORDERS SHUTDOWN OF NUCLEAR REACTOR
2006-03-27 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tokyo

06TOKYO6346 CIVIL PROTECTION DRILL IN IBARAKI PREFECTURE
2006-11-02 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tokyo

06TOKYO6730 VISIT TO JAPAN,S KASHIWAZAKI-KARIWA NUCLEAR POWER
2006-11-27 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo

07TOKYO19 VISIT TO JAPAN'S SHIMANE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT,
2007-01-05 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo

07TOKYO805 NUCLEAR TERRORISM CONVENTION: ""NUDGE"" COULD HELP
2007-02-26 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo

07TOKYO3263 JAPAN: NUCLEAR POWER: EARTHQUAKE CAUSES FIRE AND
2007-07-17 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tokyo

07TOKYO3296 JAPAN: NUCLEAR POWER: ADDITIONAL MISHAPS AT
2007-07-18 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tokyo

07TOKYO4442 U.S./JAPAN DISCUSSIONS ON PHYSICAL PROTECTION AND
2007-09-25 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo

08TOKYO498 PHYSICAL PROTECTION: MOFA SUPPORT FOR US/JAPAN
2008-02-26 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tokyo

09SAPPORO30 TOMARI: JAPAN'S NORTHERNMOST NUCLEAR COMMUNITY
2009-07-29 2011-05-07 UNCLASSIFIED Consulate Sapporo

09TOKYO2718 MOFA DG UMEMOTO ON SECRET AGREEMENT INVESTIGATION
2009-11-27 2011-05-07 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tokyo

10TOKYO228 U.S.-JAPAN SECURITY SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING
2010-02-04 2011-05-07 SECRET Embassy Tokyo
タグ:日本
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2011年05月07日

WSJ紙設立のWL型告発サイト「セーフハウス」は信用に足りず

ウィキリークスに対抗してウォールストリート・ジャーナル紙が設立した内部告発サイト「セーフハウス」が、公開後わずか1日で、利用者に匿名性を保証できない失敗サイトの烙印を捺されたようです。

Wall Street Journal faces backlash over WikiLeaks rival
SafeHouse criticised as a 'total anonymity failure'
by web security and privacy experts


Josh Halliday

guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 May 2011 14.21 BST
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/06/wall-street-journal-wikileaks-safehouse


The Wall Street Journal is facing a backlash from web security and privacy experts over its WikiLeaks-inspired whistleblowers' site, SafeHouse.

SafeHouse, which launched on Thursday to allow anyone to upload documents to the Journal, has been described by one encryption analyst as a "total anonymity failure" that could compromise the security of whistleblowers.

Other researchers have told the Guardian that SafeHouse needs "basic improvements" and that – in its current state – should not have been launched.

"These are technical issues that only technical experts will notice," said Rik Ferguson, a security analyst at Trend Micro. "But given the kind of data that the Journal will hope to get from this, if I [was a whistleblower] there would absolutely be enough for me not to choose that site to upload to.

"There are certainly some relatively basic improvements that could and should have been made before the site went live."

Jacob Appelbaum, a security researcher and senior developer on the Tor online anonymity network, was also critical of SafeHouse: "They're negligent and this is the wrong project to beta-test on an open internet," he said.

Within hours of SafeHouse being launched, security experts pointed out that the site has an insecure way of redirecting whistleblowers who visit the unencrypted version of the site. "This leaves any potential whistleblower open to the chance of getting their traffic – and any documents they're uploading – intercepted by someone on the same network," said Ferguson.

SafeHouse's terms and conditions includes a disclaimer that it "cannot ensure complete anonymity" of whistleblowers who opt to use the most secure form of uploading to the site – and recommends using "cloaking" tools such as Tor, which hide the online identities of web users.

However, uploading from Tor did not work on Thursday or Friday when tested by security researchers. "This is quite worrying and makes you think that it's quite risky if you're going to put information on there," Paul Mutton, a web security tester, told the Guardian.

Mutton added it was also "surprising" the Journal had not opted for an independently-verified SSL certificate – as used by PayPal and other companies which transmit sensitive information – which notifies site visitors of its enhanced protection with a green address bar.

"Not only would this instil more confidence in submitters, but it would also be more difficult for someone else to impersonate the site," Mutton said.

SafeHouse is also facing criticism for its terms and conditions, which state the Journal "reserve[s] the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process [...]".

The Journal confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that it would shortly update SafeHouse in an attempt to eliminate some potential vulnerabilities.

Ashley Hutson, a spokeswoman for the Journal, said: "We take these issues very seriously. Development for eliminating the Flash dependency, which is required for Tor compatibility, is complete, and we expect to implement the update within 48 hours.

"In addition, our system has been updated to limit the types of less secure connections it will accept. As is standard procedure, we will continue to assess new specifications and analyse any potential situation that may impact the privacy of our users.

"Our priority is to ensure that SafeHouse fulfils its mission as a secure location that provides sources with access to highly skilled, experienced journalists."

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