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Death of Deep Throat?

Wikileaks came up in conversation at the Northern Voice conference earlier this month. Infocult blogger Bryan Alexander mentioned it to me when I asked him what he thought about the Canada Supreme Court's decision the morning of his keynote, declaring that journalists no longer have the right to protect sources' anonymity.

 Alexander said he'd have to read the decision, but, his initial response was that Wikileaks might offer whistle blowers a way around this law.  Well, this morning I learned that Julian Assange, the Australian founder of Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police in Melbourne. 

The UK Times reports that: 

Last year Wikileaks published a confidential list of websites that the Australian government is preparing to ban under a proposed internet filter – which in turn caused the whistle blower site to be placed on that list.

Mr Assange, 37, told The Age newspaper that half an hour after his passport was returned to him an AFP officer searched one of his bags and questioned him about a previous criminal record for computer hacking offences when he was a teenager.

He was then told his passport status was classified as “normal” on the immigration database

In 1991 Mr Assange, described by Wikileaks as “Australia’s most famous ethical computer hacker”, was charged with 30 offenses over the alleged hacking of police, Telco’s and US military computers. He admitted to 24 charges and was fined and placed on a good behaviour bond.

This goes in the very bad news department.  Consider the list of "recent leaks" from Wikileaks and their value and write the government of Australia and tell them to let Assange go.  Secrecy, as Assange, has frequently commented, is the enemy of freedom.    

Wikileaks latest links:

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