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Hard News: Wikileaks: had things gone differently

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  • Kumara Republic,

    Whistle-blowing has somehow become more dangerous than rape or homicide, in the eyes of the Establishment with a capital letter E. For the simple fact that it's one of the few ways the 99% can throw aside its sense of powerlessness.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • david westcot,

    good on you for covering this ongoing travesty ; the corporatocracy & its US henchmen continue to prevail - still I s`pose thats better thn Hitler . Stalin , Mao or Khomeini at the helm - small consolation .

    dunedin • Since Jun 2012 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to david westcot,

    good on you for covering this ongoing travesty ; the corporatocracy & its US henchmen continue to prevail – still I s`pose thats better thn Hitler . Stalin , Mao or Khomeini at the helm – small consolation .

    In the words of JK Galbraith: under capitalism, man exploits man; under communism, it's the other way round.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    definitely gonna tune in for this one :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just back from the recording. The panel with Nicky and Jon is bloody interesting -- and contains one good piece of local news.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Great show. Would trade again.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    What Gina Rinehart is doing right now is making Rupert Murdoch look like Seymour Hersh.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    What Gina Rinehart is doing right now is making Rupert Murdoch look like Seymour Hersh.

    Breathtaking.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    'tis pity she's 'ore...
    Gina 'Flintheart' Rinehart has no siblings,
    so she can't be the Auntychrist...
    accents aside, what would the
    Aussie equivalent be?
    a Bunyip or Yowie?
    I reckon the Yara-ma-yha-who
    fits the bill...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Gina ‘Flintheart’ Rinehart has no siblings

    that she will acknowledge :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    One woman argument for a press ownership law, really.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Such a pity. There was, and still is, a place for ordinary and not-so-ordinary people to deposit information in the public good.

    I had hopes for it. I even deposited something that needed publication and didn't have an obvious home (it eventually found an international audience, through a mixture of old and new media).

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Ars Technica is running a story along the same lines with more emphasis on the security of whisleblowers.

    . Balkanleaks provides instructions in Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian, and English, and the submission website is only available on its Tor-enabled server.

    “Tor is known and people trust Tor,” he added.

    On its face, what Balkanleaks has done should be easily duplicated anywhere. “It’s not hard,” Tchobanov said. “Who says it’s hard?” Balkanleaks set up a website, required leakers to use Tor, explained how and why to use Tor in local languages, and then received and published leaked documents.

    Another point raised in the story is eerily similar to some of the goings on in our own power industry methinks...

    . It underscored suspicions that the country’s prime minister, Boyko Borisov, had ties to organized crime.

    The biggest reveal was that Borisov was floated in the mid-1990s as a possible informant against his alleged and widely assumed contacts in the world of Bulgarian organized crime. On February 21—just 18 days after the Balkanleaks release—Borisov resigned in the face of widespread corruption allegations and rising energy prices.

    Nah, could never happen here, eh?.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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