QOTD: But Who Would They Cast as the Sock Puppet?

Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”

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Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

A military judge acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious accusation against him — that he aided U.S. enemies — but found him guilty Tuesday on most other charges related to his disclosure of documents to the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks.

The New Yorker Launches Strongbox, an Open-Source Anonymous Tip Tool Built by Aaron Swartz

The timely idea: Let journalists and their sources connect in confidence. The Associated Press might have liked one of these.
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Oliver Stone’s Untold History of WikiLeaks

I don’t think most people in the US realize how important Wikileaks is and why Julian’s case needs support. @wikileaks

— Oliver Stone, via Twitter , criticizing upcoming films based on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning on WikiLeaks

I first became vaguely aware of the WLO during my AIT at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, although I did not fully pay attention until the WLO released purported Short Messaging System or SMS messages from 11 September 2001 on 25 November 2009. At that time references to the release and the WLO website showed up in my daily Google news open source search for information related to US foreign policy.

Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court statement from his pretrial hearing in Fort Meade, Md., on how he first became aware of WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks Alleges Relationship With Web Activist Aaron Swartz

The whistle-blowing organization surfaces new claims of ties to the late Web activist.
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WikiLeaks Under Threat

If Bradley Manning really did as he is accused, he is a hero, an example to us all and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.

Julian Assange, speaking at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

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Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday, setting the stage for a tense standoff between the Andean nation and the United Kingdom, which has vowed to extradite Mr. Assange to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault investigation.

WikiLeaks Prank Targets New York Times

That Bill Keller op-ed defending WikiLeaks was fake, says Bill Keller.
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An Attack on WikiLeaks Is an Implicit Attack on Media

You don’t have to embrace Julian Assange as a kindred spirit to believe that what he did in publishing those cables falls under the protection of the First Amendment.

— Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, in an email to GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram in response to a post by Ingram entitled “First they came for WikiLeaks, then the New York Times”