WikiLeaks memos show Saudis using media to manipulate students and 'enlighten' consumers

A stash of 61,000 leaked Saudi diplomatic documents, which were disclosed by WikiLeaks, reveals "secret Saudi Arabian influence in Arabic media and Islamic religious groups" and covert monitoring of Saudi students in Australia. They appear to include directives from the government to its embassy in Canberra. Those refer to payments to be made to big Arabic newspapers and other … Read More

Assange at SXSW: “exodus of national security reporters"

National security reporters from the U.S. are a “new type of refugee,” according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who addressed South by Southwest attendees via video conference Saturday. “Glenn Greenwald, originally from New York, where is he now?” he asked. (Answer: Brazil.) “Laura Poitras ... where is she now?” (Answer: Germany.) Assange himself has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. His point: Feeling increasingly threatened by their own governments since last year's NSA leaks keeps some journalists from reporting on government surveillance issues — especially those on the receiving end of classified documents — in the first place, and it forces some of those who do into "effective exile." Read More
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