DECEMBER 7, 2010 by Bill Abbott
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has turned himself in to Scotland Yard on two charges of sexual assault in Sweden. Assange is waiting to hear if he will be extradited to Sweden via Swedish Interpol. Assange was denied bail, as his “nomadic lifestyle” assures he may try to flee the country and go into hiding if he is released from prison.
In addition, British celebrities have come forward to offer Assange bail money, and been denied by the courts. This is only the latest in a rash of very public political and corporate moves against Assange. In the last week, WikiLeaks lost their donation accounts with Paypal and Amazon, and can now only accept donations via bank cable, credit cable with a Swiss bank, or postal mail. It is not known how many, if any, US citizens, including a Houston Jones Act lawyer, have donated to WikiLeaks.
While Assange is in jail, the security cables obtained by WikiLeaks will continue to be posted on a regular schedule, notes a Houston maritime lawyer. Despite many service providers denying service to WikiLeaks or shutting down the site, WikiLeaks has managed to engage users to set up many mirrors all over the world. This means that no matter how many ISPs are shut down due to its content, WikiLeaks information will continue to remain available to users all over the world.
Additionally, WikiLeaks has made what it calls an “insurance” file available to hundreds of thousands of users, although no files have been downloaded by a Jones Act attorney in Houston. In the event that anything catastrophic should happen to Assage or to WikiLeaks itself, a key to decrypt the file will be made public. The files are said to have some seriously incriminating information related to incidents such as the BP oil spill. The contents of these files will no doubt go viral after they are viewed by the file holders. The “Doomsday” file, as it’s now being called, could be a huge source of trouble for the governments it implicates.
While Assange awaits a hearing next week, WikiLeaks continues to make front page news, notes a Houston Jones Act attorney. While Mastercard is joining the list of companies that will not support donations to WikiLeaks, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter refuse to remove WikiLeaks from their networks. Facebook publicly stated that WikiLeaks has not violated its Terms of Service Policies, and WikiLeaks is welcome on the network as long as it continues to comply. Twitter had no immediate comment as to the future of WikiLeaks on its network, but as of today, WikiLeaks continues to operate on Twitter.
WikiLeaks plans to leak more cables on schedule. Assange will surely continue to make world news front pages.