[ATTACH=right]16650[/ATTACH]In the wake of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302388.html"]Wikileaks scandal[/URL], the National Guard has announced new "[URL="http://www.ng.mil/news/archives/2010/08/081110-NGB.aspx"]social media guidelines[/URL]" for the nation's citizen soldiers. While a lot of the guidelines are the same sort of common sense, don't-embarrass-your-family's good name restrictions we might place on our teenagers' use of Facebook and MySpace, there's also this passage in the official press release that would seem to be aimed directly at would be WikiLeakers: [QUOTE]Posting internal documents or information that the National Guard has not officially released to the public is prohibited, including memos, e-mails, meeting notes, message traffic, white papers, public affairs guidance, pre-decisional …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16800[/ATTACH]The Swedish chief prosecutor Eva Finne dismissed a warrant for the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange less than a day after the warrant for charges of rape and molestation was issued. Finne declared, "I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape." She did not address the molestation charge, but presumably regards it as also unlikely. When the warrant, involving two young women Assange had encountered in Stockholm and Enk√∂ping, was first issued, statements from Wikileaks called the charges "without basis" and charged that it was one of a series of "dirty tricks" aimed at …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16604[/ATTACH]The White House administration is asking allied Western governments to consider criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder, Australian-born [URL="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian"]Julian Assange[/URL]. Assange is currently in hiding, due to the furor over WikiLeaks' release last month of the [URL="http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Afghan_War_Diary,_2004-2010"]Afghan War Diary[/URL], thousands of secret documents involving the war in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2009. WikiLeaks has an additional 15,000 documents which it has not released yet, and has said it is reviewing them before releasing them. The Department of Justice is currently investigating the case and considering criminal charges against those involved. It is negotiating through diplomatic channels the possibility of other countries …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16424[/ATTACH]In its daily briefing for reporters today, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell demanded that [URL="http://wikileaks.org"]WikiLeaks[/URL] return over 15,000 documents that the site has not yet published. He also denied reports that WikiLeaks had asked Department of Defense officials for assistance in going through the as yet unpublished documents. [I]"The Defense Department demands that Wikileaks return immediately to the US government all versions of documents obtained directly or indirectly from the Department of Defense databases or records...The only acceptable course is for Wikileaks to take steps immediately to return all versions of all of these documents to the US government and permanently …

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[ATTACH=right]16135[/ATTACH]A day after Wikileaks dropped one of the biggest leaked bombshells on the U.S. government, perhaps since the Pentagon Papers, typing wikileaks.org into a browser is likely to get you nothing more than a blank browser window. The somewhat mysterious collective site released over 91,000 secret reports related to the Afghan War that paint a bleak picture of the war effort. The New York Times, (UK) Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel were given access to the documents a month previous to their going live on Wikileaks. The New York Times released its reporting on the document on Sunday. The posting …

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