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WikiLeaks
Hundreds of thousands of
secret U.S. military documents about
the Iraq War have been made public.
The confidential material was not
released by U.S. officials, rather it was
leaked by the whistleblower
website
WikiLeaks. The site started publishing
classified documents related to U.S.
operations in Iraq in April. Its latest
publishing on the Iraq War put
391,832 files into the public domain
.
It represents one of the biggest leaks
of top-secret files ever. WikiLeaks has
made the information available to
leading world newspapers. Perhaps the most damaging documents relate to reports that
U.S. forces allowed prisoner abuse to take place. Other files document civilian deaths and
executions. WikiLeaks was founded by Chinese dissidents and journalists in 2006. It
“publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate
misconduct”. In 2008, it won Amnesty International’s New Media award. An American Army
intelligence expert named Bradley Manning who served in Iraq was charged with
improperly downloading huge amounts of classified files, including those made public by
WikiLeaks in April. A Pentagon official said of the new leaks: "We strongly condemn the
unauthorized disclosure of classified information." He described the reports as "snapshots
of events, both tragic and mundane that do not bring new understanding to Iraq's past”.
Bradley Manning was caught after a former hacker turned over chat logs where he
admitted to downloading the secret information and passing it along to Julian Assange.
Manning is currently in military prison awaiting trial. He faces up to 52 years in prison,
although some are calling for the death penalty, on the grounds that he should be charged
with treason
. What do you think is a fair sentence for Bradley Manning?
Another large release of classified information was the release in late 2010 of U.S.
State Department Diplomatic Cables. Which cables do you remember reading about?
What do you think about this leak?
In the United States, public polls reveal that 70% of people believe WikiLeaks does
more harm than good. In Germany, this number is only 53%. In the United Kingdom, 42%
of respondents felt that WikiLeaks had the right to publish this information. What do you
think about these numbers? What would you guess the approval percentage would be in
Russia? Would this number be affected if WikiLeaks were published against the Russian
government?
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Whistleblower = [NOUN] - a person who raises a concern about alleged wrongdoing occurring in
a government or governmental entity or a private or public corporation or an organization or
agency that is expected, by the public at large, to be operating within the bounds of the law.
Public domain =
[POSSESSIVE NOUN]
–
Openly available to everyone and not subject to
copyright protection
. Public domain often refers to software
, but it can also refer more generally to
any work of .
Treason
= [NOUN] - 1.
Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the
betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its
enemies.
2.
A betrayal of trust or confidence.
MATCH THE SYNONYMS
Military
Nonconformists
Confidential
In history
Represents
Mistreatment
Ever
Signifies
Abuse
Armed Forces
Dissidents
Dull
Misconduct
Attack
Expert
Top Secret
Condemn
Specialist
Mundane
Wrongdoing
QUOTATIONS ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE
“
Information terrorism, which leads to people getting killed,
is terrorism, and Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism. He
should be treated as an enemy combatant.
” - Newt Gingrich
“
He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.
His past posting of classified documents revealed the
identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban.
Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue
al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?" she added, "Assange is not
a 'journalist', any more than the 'editor' of al-Qaeda's new
English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist'."
- Sarah
Palin
“Public and non-governmental organizations should think of
how to help him.” - Dmitri Medvedev
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QUIZ
Will you pass this week's quiz?
CONVERSATION
Vadim
: I can't wait to hack
into people's VK accounts
and find out the dirt
about
important people in St.
Petersburg!
Viktor
: I hate VK account
hackers!!!!
Varya
: Vadim, you're nothing
but a common criminal. You
should be ashamed of
yourself.
Sergei
: Yeah, stay away
from my VK account, Vadim.
Find your own girlfriends.
Vadim
: Come on guys,
freedom of information!
Besides, look at Julian
Assange – he's a hero. And he's bankin'.
Sergei
: Aha......now we understand your true motives......
Varya
: Vadim, no one is really interested in St. Petersburg socialites.
Viktor
: Yeah, and since we are blessed with the most wonderful governor on the face of the earth,
Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko, you won't be finding an ounce of dirt on the St. Petersburg city
government!
Vadim
: Well, you're right about Valentina Ivanovna – she is always looking out for everyone's best
interests. But maybe I'll uncover a scandal amongst marshrutka drivers!
Viktor
: Do marshrutka drivers have VK accounts? Do they even know how to use a computer?
Varya
: Oh snap!
Viktor
: Just sayin'.
Sergei
: Viktor, we see that your world travels haven't gotten rid of your inappropriate stereotypes.
Viktor
: Seryozha, wasn't it you that wouldn't even give those workers from the Caucasus the time
of day on the street several months ago when they were lost?
Vadim
: Umm, actually that was me.
Viktor
: Oh
Varya
: Yes, Seryozha is too nice to hold grudges and treat people poorly.
Sergei
: Except for old men at Laima Bistro!!
Vadim
: Well anyway, I'm going to continue with my plan......
Varya
: Vadim, how would you like it if someone hacked into your computer and published your
personal correspondence?
Vadim
: Oh Varya, calm down, I'm not going to hack into YOUR account.
Varya
: It's the principle, Vadim!
Viktor
: Yes Varya – it IS the principle......that's why he should do it. Freedom of information!
Sergei
: And what about freedom of privacy?
Varya
: Oh no, not another political discussion! That's it, I'm going home to read Pushkin. Talk to
you guys later!
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Dirt
= [NOUN] HERE: Unpleasant, bad information about someone/something. [What's the dirt on
the new girl? Oh, Sarah? She got pregnant at 16.]
To bank (To be bankin' (banking)
= [VERB – Slang] To make a lot of money. [Did you see
Alexander's new car? He's driving a Porsche! Dude must be bankin' at his new job!] [NOTE: “He's
laughing all the way to the bank” means that even though someone is made fun of, harassed, or
ridiculed for something, nonetheless he or she is making a lot of money doing it.]
Just Speak!
Written by Bunny Designed by Vadim
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