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Wikileaks on trial

How far can investigative journalism go? In publishing secret US cables Wikileaks has sparked a debate on the freedom of opinion and the right to information.

Postimees - Estonia | Tuesday, 21. August 2012

Assange paranoid about conspiracy

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange acts like he is the victim of a conspiracy, fighting a lonely battle against the high and mighty of the world, columnist Ahto Lobjakas writes in the conservative daily Postimees: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 22. August 2012

Assange must stay in the embassy

Extraditing Julian Assange to the US would be exposing him to serious danger, so Ecuador's decision to grant the Wikileaks founder asylum in its London embassy is well founded, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 20. August 2012

Assange not a political refugee

The diplomatic conflict over the extradition of Julian Assange is escalating. The Wikilieaks founder complained on Sunday in London that he was the victim of a "witch-hunt" orchestrated by the US government. But he is still no political refugee, the Christian-social daily Trouw comments: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 17. August 2012

Sweden's judiciary hard done by

Ecuador has granted asylum to wanted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, justifying its decision with fears that after extradition to Sweden Assage would be handed over to the US, where he would not be given a fair trial. This should also give the Swedish authorities and politicians pause for thought, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 17. August 2012

Governments must avoid escalation

The UK has not ruled out the option of arresting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. London has the right to do this, writes the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad, but calls for a diplomatic solution to the conflict: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 16. August 2012

Unprecedented violation of international law

British diplomats explained on Wednesday that under British law Wikileaks founder Julian Assage can be arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy where he has taken refuge since June. But storming the building would represent an unprecedented move, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 17. August 2012

Assange and Ecuador a good match

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would fit in perfectly in authoritarian Ecuador, writes the liberal conservative daily Die Presse, because he is less interested in campaigning for freedom of opinion than in fighting the American superpower: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 31. May 2012

Assange: UK trusts Sweden

The British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden where he faces charges of rape. The ruling shows that EU countries are beginning to trust each other, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Thursday, 3. November 2011

Assange not yet indicted

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Monday lost his appeal in a London court against his extradition to Sweden from the UK. The Swedish public prosecutors have charged him with raping two women. But it is by no means certain that he will be found guilty, writes the online edition of news magazine Polityka: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 16. December 2010

Wikileaks boss under the protection of the public sphere

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was released on bail in London on Thursday. Although he has told journalists that he is afraid of being extradited to the US, he at least enjoys the protection of the public sphere, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Jornal de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 16. December 2010

Wikileaks unmasks Western power elites

Seldom has the precarious stability of Western democracies been as manifest as it is after the Wikileaks revelations, writes Tiago Azevedo Fernandes in the daily Jornal de Notícias: » more

Rue89 - France | Wednesday, 15. December 2010

Zuckerberg beats bothersome Assange

The founder of the social online network Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has been named Person of the Year 2010 by the US magazine Time, beating Wikileaks ... » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 15. December 2010

Wikileaks reveals the whole iceberg

The publishing of the US embassy cables by Wikileaks and several media sheds light on an area of politics that usually remains hidden from citizens' eyes. The platform is a boon for journalism and must be protected, urges Lluís Bassets in his Blog Del Alfiler al Elefante: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 10. December 2010

Joaquín Navarro-Valls on appearance and reality in the age of Wikileaks

Commenting on the current Wikileaks debate ex-Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls defends the moral importance of the transparency created by the whistle-blowing platform's revelations: » more

Gândul - Romania | Thursday, 9. December 2010

Cynical Internet attacks for Wikileaks

The websites of several credit institutions were attacked and partially paralysed by hackers on Wednesday because they have blocked the financing channels of whistle-blowing Internet platform Wikileaks. The daily Gandul says the attacks are very worrying: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 8. December 2010

New kind of guerilla warfare

The arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London is the latest escalation in a new brand of guerrilla war between the US and the whistle-blowing platform, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more

Público - Spain | Wednesday, 8. December 2010

Washington is behind arrest

Although the arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was issued on the basis of accusations of rape in Sweden, the leftist daily Público suspects the real reason is pressure from the US to ensure he is punished for publishing the embassy cables: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 8. December 2010

US betrays founding principle

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has declared himself happy about the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The US now seeks Assange's extradition for the publication of secret documents. But that will do more damage to the US than all of the publications to date, writes the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 8. December 2010

Assange must face trial

The arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has nothing to do with restricting the freedom of opinion and everything to do with the rule of law, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 7. December 2010

Wikileaks revelations are irresponsible

As part of the ongoing revelations of around 250,000 US cables, Wikileaks has published a list of sites that the US considers vital to its security. Making such a list public is irresponsible, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Monday, 6. December 2010

Amazon jeopardises cloud computing

The leak platform Wikileaks is on the defensive after several of its servers run by the US company Amazon were shut down, presumably at the request of the US government. That shows how problematic it is to transmit data by means of so-called cloud computing, writes the liberal daily Financial Times Deutschland: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Thursday, 2. December 2010

US criticism of Wikileaks is scandalous

The US's criticism of the Wikileaks revelations highlights the country's desire to restrict freedom of information, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik concludes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 1. December 2010

Creating a global public sphere

Wikileaks is publishing new content from the leaked US classified cables each day on the Internet. This method of publication restores some freedom to readers and creates a global public sphere, writes the leftist tageszeitung approvingly: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 1. December 2010

A challenge for the media

The press faces the challenge of handling the Wikileaks revelations responsibly, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, 1. December 2010

A greater sense of responsibility called for

Wikileaks is irresponsible with data and can never replace the traditional media, writes the right-wing liberal daily Jyllands-Posten: » more

Iltalehti - Finland | Wednesday, 1. December 2010

People need leaks

The documents published through Wikileaks so far have no doubt answered people's need for information, writes the tabloid Iltalehti: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 30. November 2010

Wikileaks makes the world more transparent

The publishing of confidential documents from US embassies by the whistle-blowing online platform Wikileaks serves the cause of transparency, writes the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 29. November 2010

Protecting secrets not the job of the press

It is not the task of the press to protect governments from embarrassment, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes in defence of its publishing of Wikileaks documents: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Monday, 29. November 2010

Turning point for diplomats and journalists

The Wikileaks revelations will mark a historical turning point in diplomacy and politics, the daily De Standaard writes, calling for a responsible approach to this new transparency: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 29. November 2010

Obama as target

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could have received help from anti-US forces with the website's most recent publishing of incendiary documents, the liberal daily La Stampa speculates: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 29. November 2010

Wikileaks weakens dipolmacy

The new revelations by the Internet platform Wikileaks are unhelpful and weaken diplomacy, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 3. November 2010

Francesc-Marc Álvaro on Wikileaks and transparency

Ever since the Spanish daily El País published an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange the Spanish media has been immersed in a discussion about the role of the website, which sees itself also as a media critic. Francesc-Marc Álvaro considers Wikileaks to be a vital element in the modern democratic information structure and writes the following in the liberal daily La Vanguardia: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 27. October 2010

Wikileaks must be more transparent

The left-liberal daily El País published an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last Sunday. It conveyed the impression that the boss of this powerful institution is authoritarian, which prompts Lluís Bassets to demand more transparency from the whistle-blowing website in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 25. October 2010

An aid to democracy

Is it acceptable for an Internet organisation called Wikileaks which lacks any kind of legitimation to post hundreds of thousands of confidential documents from the Pentagon on the web, asks the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung, and reaches an unequivocal conclusion: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 25. October 2010

Dangerous disclosures

The publication of the documents on Iraq by Wikileaks could do more harm than good, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 25. October 2010

Propaganda war against the US

The liberal daily Sme is less than enthusiastic about Wikileak's latest revelations on the Iraq war: » more

The Independent on Sunday - United Kingdom | Monday, 25. October 2010

Protocols shameful for the US

Shifting the blame to Wikileaks for publishing secret documents is nothing short of hypocrisy on the part of the US government and military, writes the Independent on Sunday: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 29. July 2010

Wikileaks good for the open society

The founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has rejected criticisms that publishing secret US documents has endangered Afghan informants. The conservative Jyllands-Posten daily agrees ... » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 27. July 2010

Wikileaks ruins investigative journalism

Wikileaks has made a scoop with its documents on the Afghan war yet the renowned papers researched and published the same facts years ago, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 26. July 2010

Chaos reigns in Afghanistan

The Internet service Wikileaks has uncovered secret documents about the Afghanistan war which the daily The Guardian publishes in cooperation with the New York Times and German magazine Der Spiegel. The Guardian comments: » more

The Observer - United Kingdom | Sunday, 11. April 2010

Iceland promotes freedom of information

In view of a video published by the information platform Wikileads that shows a US attack on civilians in Iraq the Sunday paper The Observer praises Iceland's efforts to guarantee freedom of expression and information: » more

Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 7. April 2010

Iraq death video triggers outrage too late

A video showing the violent death of civilians, including two Reuters journalists, in Iraq on July 12, 2007 that was published recently on the Website Wikileaks has sparked a global debate on the war tactics of the US army. Once more images are setting off a belated wave of indignation at facts that have long been public knowledge, writes the daily Kurier: » more


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