Home Business IT Security WikiLeaks targets the Afghanistan conflict; would the Filter block this?

Following the earlier release of the video "Collateral Murder," WikiLeaks has again raised the ire of the US authorities by making available around 90,000 communications related to the war in Afghanistan.

Collateral Murder put WikiLeaks "on the map."  This video, apparently leaked by Intelligence Analyst Bradley Manning who is currently under arrest in Kuwait facing up to 50 years jail, shows a US Apache helicopter gunship attack on a number of civilians, including journalists, killing many of them.

For some time earlier this year, the WikiLeaks site had been off-the-air while they sought additional operating funding and the release of the Collateral Murder material was amongst the first items they'd publish in 2010.

Since that time, there have been rumours circulating of a cache of 260,000 diplomatic cables that Manning also provided to WikiLeaks, a fact denied by founder Julian Assange, although whether his denials hinge on the fact that there were 259,999 instead of 260,000 (for instance) remains to be seen.

Yesterday's release of approximately 90,000 militarily-derived messages, dubbed The Afghan War Diary 2004 - 2010 paints a very different picture of the progress of the conflict that the authorities would liked us to have believed and will dramatically raise the level of tension between US authorities and Assange.

It has not yet been determined whether these 90,000 messages are part of Manning's 260,000; perhaps we will never know, although Assange has said many times that the WikiLeaks site has regularly been receiving far more leaked information that could practically be published on the site.

Julian Assange, defended publication of the material in the face of US anger; "If journalism is good, it is controversial by its nature."

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David Heath has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, specializing particularly in customer support, security and computer networking. Heath has worked previously as head of IT for The Television Shopping Network, as the network and desktop manager for Armstrong Jones (a major funds management organization) and has consulted into various Australian federal government agencies (including the Department of Immigration and the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence). He has also served on various state, national and international committees for Novell Users International; he was also the organising chairman for the 1994 Novell Users' Conference in Brisbane. Heath is currently employed as an Instructional Designer, building technical training courses for industrial process control systems.

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