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Fighting Back Against Attacks on WikiLeaks

Let's do a WikiLeaks support campaign: one which WikiLeaks itself may not support but which is good for us all.

My Co-Director at MF/PL Jamie McClelland offers this powerful suggestion: if you have your own domain, build a subdomain pointer for Wikileaks.

Jamie says: "For example: wikileaks.mayfirst.org. Just create an A record that points to the IP address 88.80.13.160." Right? wikileaks.yourdomain and do the pointer. It's simple and powerful.

Then you advertise it. :-)

A bit of backgrounding and ranting.

By now most have heard that some of the self-protective companies that run much of our Internet have colluded in a horribly transparent attempt to crush WikiLeaks: the people who provide you access to the government documents that are kept hidden from you...the ones that detail the government actions that profoundly affect your life.

Anyway, as Jamie points out in his most recent blog the strategy now being employed against WikiLeaks is to harass it to death and that strategy exploits the weakest links in the Internet communications chain: providers and DNS registrars.

It's a scandal and it's arrogantly, brazenly displayed. Amazon's explanation for its slam-dung of Wikileaks is a joke: they capitulated, essentially, because Senator Joe Lieberman (the guy who chairs the Senate's Homeland Security Committee and actually proposed the Department of Homeland Security) sent a letter to Amazon telling it to take WikiLeaks off for what are essentially political reasons. A Senator of the United States encourages a service provider to remove a website because he said its information was "dangerous to the United States". That's all it took! No trial, no inquiry, no discussion...nothing.

It's a lie and Amazon, whose officials know very well who WikiLeaks is, are both cowards and liars.

Nothing WikiLeaks has published has endangered anybody's life. Nothing. Not one life lost. Almost everyone, except politicians, admits that not one life has been lost as a result of WikiLeaks' leaks. That's because most governments know everything that is in those documents; the only people who don't know that information are the people of the countries affected, like us. And we don't kill people; governments do that.

Anyway, if Joe Lieberman calls you to do something, you aren't going to do it because he's an enemy of freedom, free speech and transparency.

But this is good because it shows everyone how this government, which is always flying the flag of law and trials and due process, doesn't believe in any of that. The people of this country and the world have a right to know what WikiLeaks is showing us and, if someone doesn't believe we have that right, we have the right to litigate it, debate it and try to come to consensus on it.

Yes, even I (and you know what that means) fully admit that there is information that could hurt people doing intelligence work overseas. I also make clear that they should not be doing that work and that they should not be overseas because there shouldn't be such a thing as "intelligence" except the kind in our collective heads. In fact, I would say that in the U.S. the word "intelligence" defines activities designed to avoid most of us from having just that.

The reality, when really examined carefully, is that these documents don't harm anybody or anything except the reputation of the idiots that are guiding our policies and lives. And harming their rep is a good thing.

So we are doing what Jamie suggests and I think everyone who can should as well. I'm not entirely sure WikiLeaks is going to cheer. Reason is that, if they have to change providers again, that IP link is going to need to change but I think that's a small problem when compared with the payoff: mobilizing the world to protect the most precious principle we have -- the right to know and the right to tell.