Wikileaks ‘Hacked Ahead of Secret U.S. Document Release’

Via BBC News:
Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks says it has come under attack from a computer-hacking operation, ahead of a release of secret US documents.

“We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” it said on its Twitter feed earlier.

It added that several newspapers will go ahead and publish the documents released to them by Wikileaks even if the site goes down.

The US state department has said the release will put many lives at risk.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said the US authorities are afraid of being held to account.

Wikileaks has said the release of classified messages sent by US embassies will be bigger than past releases on Afghanistan and Iraq.

The newspapers set to publish details of the US embassy cables include Spain’s El Pais, France’s Le Monde, Germany’s Spiegel, the UK’s Guardian and the New York Times.

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  • Anonymous

    If these attacks can be shown to be coming from the U.S., that should throw a lot of doubt on the actual motives behind their perpetrators. They U.S. government is almost done adopting the COICA blacklist bill, as well as the even-scarier ACTA treaty worldwide, so perhaps they think that this kind of attack, in combination with massive censorship will actually work one day. A scary thought. Time to build our own Internet…

  • KarmicMishap

    If these attacks can be shown to be coming from the U.S., that should throw a lot of doubt on the actual motives behind their perpetrators. They U.S. government is almost done adopting the COICA blacklist bill, as well as the even-scarier ACTA treaty worldwide, so perhaps they think that this kind of attack, in combination with massive censorship will actually work one day. A scary thought. Time to build our own Internet…

  • emperorreagan

    My favorite part is this: “Mr Koh’s letter adds that the publication of the documents would endanger the lives of “countless” individuals – from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers – and put US military operations at risk.”

    When really, the primary people who will apparently be put at risk are US diplomats – since these documents apparently reveal US diplomats engaging in espionage, acting in poor faith, belittling allies, planning a war against Iran at the behest of other Middle Eastern powers, acknowledging the open secret that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal puts everyone at risk, etc.

  • emperorreagan

    My favorite part is this: “Mr Koh’s letter adds that the publication of the documents would endanger the lives of “countless” individuals – from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers – and put US military operations at risk.”

    When really, the primary people who will apparently be put at risk are US diplomats – since these documents apparently reveal US diplomats engaging in espionage, acting in poor faith, belittling allies, planning a war against Iran at the behest of other Middle Eastern powers, acknowledging the open secret that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal puts everyone at risk, etc.

    • Tuna Ghost

      The fact that releasing confidential military secrets endangers countless people (“countless” not because it is too high a number, but becuase it’s impossible to determine with any real accuracy who would or would not be affected) is not really open to dispute, unfortunately. I very much doubt even the guy behind Wikileaks would argue this. I live near a US army base in South Korea, so intelligence leaks are sort of a touchy subject for me–people treating them as if they’re harmless or, if they hurt anyone, they only hurt military people. This is certainly not true. I doubt US diplomats are in any real danger, except professionally. Embarrassed, sure, but fuck ‘em.

      I guess one has to weigh the benefits of something like Wikileaks against the danger it could cause.

      • emperorreagan

        For the most part, I don’t think what was leaked will make terrorist groups or hostile foreign nations any more or less likely to engage in action against an average, individual American. I primarily think it’s disingenuous to list journalists and human rights workers as examples. The human rights workers I’ve known, in particular, are well aware of the risk they expose themselves to when they’re working in hostile or poorly governed countries. I do think the revelations that US diplomats are engaged in illegal activity does put them & all of the auxiliary personnel at US embassies at greater risk than they were at previously. Granted, the higher ranking people at the embassy travel surrounded by an army of mercenaries, but there are plenty of other people who work at the embassies that just became more desirable targets.

        • Tuna Ghost

          For the most part, I don’t think what was leaked will make terrorist groups or hostile foreign nations any more or less likely to engage in action against an average, individual American.

          I’m not sure what you mean by this. By “average, individual American” do you mean a civilian? Military personnel? State department official? Any american citizen anywhere? And generally no one is targeted individually, so I’m not entirely sure why you threw that in.

          At any rate, it doesn’t matter because you are in absolutely no position to make that claim. Uncontrolled release of classified information puts military personnel at risk, that is not up for debate. As a result, anyone who lives near a military base in a part of the world that has hostile forces nearby is at a higher risk. It’s never just military personnel that gets killed, as the recent attacks on a South Korean military base has demonstrated.

          I do think the revelations that US diplomats are engaged in illegal activity does put them & all of the auxiliary personnel at US embassies at greater risk than they were at previously.

          I can’t imagine why. That was never any great secret anyway, the only big release is the names. So professionally they may be in danger, but I really don’t see why they would be physically in danger.

  • Urza9814

    “Hack”? Hardly. That’s a highly misleading headline. “Attacked” would be better.

    @KarmicMashap: It’s well past time to build our own internet. But that’s OK, because we already have. Or at least have all the tools to build one, depending on how you define internet. Look into FCON, Freenet, and I2P. Those will allow secure communications over any channel. No need for new infrastructure. But if you want to go for infrastructure too…well, there’s D-STAR at least. But a Wifi or WiMax mesh network could probably be established in any major city in under a week if we needed to. The tech is already in place, it’s just a matter of altering the configuration.

  • Urza9814

    “Hack”? Hardly. That’s a highly misleading headline. “Attacked” would be better.

    @KarmicMashap: It’s well past time to build our own internet. But that’s OK, because we already have. Or at least have all the tools to build one, depending on how you define internet. Look into FCON, Freenet, and I2P. Those will allow secure communications over any channel. No need for new infrastructure. But if you want to go for infrastructure too…well, there’s D-STAR at least. But a Wifi or WiMax mesh network could probably be established in any major city in under a week if we needed to. The tech is already in place, it’s just a matter of altering the configuration.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wonder if the US and a few other governments will ever develop intellectually beyond the three year old phase. I swear its like they honestly believe that, as long as plausible deniability is intact, they can do anything…no matter how obvious and painful it is…and no matter how pathetic and stupid the lies afterwards are.

    I’m reminded of the missing math homework from a friends family. The 10 year old had math homework that consistently vanished without explanation. Yes…there was dogs and cats and a 6 year old sister in the mix, but statistically speaking, the odds of the universe conspiring to steal, destroy or hijack his math homework…and ONLY his math homework…every week…pretty freaking thin. Why did he keep trying despite failure and punishment by parents?…plausible deniability…as long as he could cling to that…all was well in his little world. Then he failed and repeated 5th grade.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wonder if the US and a few other governments will ever develop intellectually beyond the three year old phase. I swear its like they honestly believe that, as long as plausible deniability is intact, they can do anything…no matter how obvious and painful it is…and no matter how pathetic and stupid the lies afterwards are.

    I’m reminded of the missing math homework from a friends family. The 10 year old had math homework that consistently vanished without explanation. Yes…there was dogs and cats and a 6 year old sister in the mix, but statistically speaking, the odds of the universe conspiring to steal, destroy or hijack his math homework…and ONLY his math homework…every week…pretty freaking thin. Why did he keep trying despite failure and punishment by parents?…plausible deniability…as long as he could cling to that…all was well in his little world. Then he failed and repeated 5th grade.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wonder if the US and a few other governments will ever develop intellectually beyond the three year old phase. I swear its like they honestly believe that, as long as plausible deniability is intact, they can do anything…no matter how obvious and painful it is…and no matter how pathetic and stupid the lies afterwards are.

    I’m reminded of the missing math homework from a friends family. The 10 year old had math homework that consistently vanished without explanation. Yes…there was dogs and cats and a 6 year old sister in the mix, but statistically speaking, the odds of the universe conspiring to steal, destroy or hijack his math homework…and ONLY his math homework…every week…pretty freaking thin. Why did he keep trying despite failure and punishment by parents?…plausible deniability…as long as he could cling to that…all was well in his little world. Then he failed and repeated 5th grade.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wonder if the US and a few other governments will ever develop intellectually beyond the three year old phase. I swear its like they honestly believe that, as long as plausible deniability is intact, they can do anything…no matter how obvious and painful it is…and no matter how pathetic and stupid the lies afterwards are.

    I’m reminded of the missing math homework from a friends family. The 10 year old had math homework that consistently vanished without explanation. Yes…there was dogs and cats and a 6 year old sister in the mix, but statistically speaking, the odds of the universe conspiring to steal, destroy or hijack his math homework…and ONLY his math homework…every week…pretty freaking thin. Why did he keep trying despite failure and punishment by parents?…plausible deniability…as long as he could cling to that…all was well in his little world. Then he failed and repeated 5th grade.

  • Anonymous

    I find it hard to read anything from established press about Wikileaks. If they were doing their jobs, sites like WL wouldn’t be necessary.

  • dumbsaint

    I often find it hard to read anything from established press about Wikileaks, they’re always quick to tow the line about how dangerous the site is. If they were doing their jobs, sites like WL wouldn’t be necessary.

  • Tuna Ghost

    The fact that releasing confidential military secrets endangers countless people (“countless” not because it is too high a number, but becuase it’s impossible to determine with any real accuracy who would or would not be affected) is not really open to dispute, unfortunately. I very much doubt even the guy behind Wikileaks would argue this. I live near a US army base in South Korea, so intelligence leaks are sort of a touchy subject for me–people treating them as if they’re harmless or, if they hurt anyone, they only hurt military people. This is certainly not true. I doubt US diplomats are in any real danger, except professionally. Embarrassed, sure, but fuck ‘em.

    I guess one has to weigh the benefits of something like Wikileaks against the danger it could cause.

  • emperorreagan

    For the most part, I don’t think what was leaked will make terrorist groups or hostile foreign nations any more or less likely to engage in action against individual Americans. I primarily think it’s disingenuous to list journalists and human rights workers as examples. The human rights workers I’ve known, in particular, are well aware of the risk they expose themselves to when they’re working in hostile or poorly governed countries.

    I think the revelations that US diplomats are engaged in illegal activity does put them & all of the auxiliary personnel at US embassies at greater risk than they were at previously. Granted, the higher ranking people at the embassy travel surrounded by an army of mercenaries, but there are plenty of other people who work at the embassies that just became more desirable targets.

  • Tuna Ghost

    For the most part, I don’t think what was leaked will make terrorist groups or hostile foreign nations any more or less likely to engage in action against an average, individual American.

    I’m not sure what you mean by this. By “average, individual American” do you mean a civilian? Military personnel? State department official? Any american citizen anywhere? And generally no one is targeted individually, so I’m not entirely sure why you threw that in.

    At any rate, it doesn’t matter because you are in absolutely no position to make that claim. Uncontrolled release of classified information puts military personnel at risk, that is not up for debate. As a result, anyone who lives near a military base in a part of the world that has hostile forces nearby is at a higher risk. It’s never just military personnel that gets killed, as the recent attacks on a South Korean military base has demonstrated.

    I do think the revelations that US diplomats are engaged in illegal activity does put them & all of the auxiliary personnel at US embassies at greater risk than they were at previously.

    I can’t imagine why. That was never any great secret anyway, the only big release is the names. So professionally they may be in danger, but I really don’t see why they would be physically in danger.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FS2P3FNPGCMZWTBOVAVPQWYRIU Sparky

    What has to be released is the secret documents that NASA and the Government has on those massive towers that are on the moon, for decades NASA has been hiding those photos of the towers by airbrushing them over so they look like blurs, these are 5 mile high towers along with ruins of buildings, why is NASA hiding these structures from us the tax paying public ? our taxes pay for these lunar projects and these photos must be made public without hiding them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FS2P3FNPGCMZWTBOVAVPQWYRIU Sparky

    What has to be released is the secret documents that NASA and the Government has on those massive towers that are on the moon, for decades NASA has been hiding those photos of the towers by airbrushing them over so they look like blurs, these are 5 mile high towers along with ruins of buildings, why is NASA hiding these structures from us the tax paying public ? our taxes pay for these lunar projects and these photos must be made public without hiding them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FS2P3FNPGCMZWTBOVAVPQWYRIU Sparky

    The secret document’s that must be released are those from NASA why photos from the moon showing 5 mile high alien towers along with ruins of buildings have been hidden by airbrushing for decades, these unretouched photos must be made public as we the taxpayers pay for all space program projects, these photos must be made public, NASA and the Government has lied long enough about these alien structures long enough the time for the truth is now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FS2P3FNPGCMZWTBOVAVPQWYRIU Sparky

    The secret document’s that must be released are those from NASA why photos from the moon showing 5 mile high alien towers along with ruins of buildings have been hidden by airbrushing for decades, these unretouched photos must be made public as we the taxpayers pay for all space program projects, these photos must be made public, NASA and the Government has lied long enough about these alien structures long enough the time for the truth is now.

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