Could Wikileaks revelations result in less internet freedom?

The Wikileaks website has revealed a diplomatic report setting out a long list of key facilities around the world which the United States describes as vital to its national security.

As cyber attacks on the Wikileaks site mount, could the affair end up limiting the freedom and power of the internet?

The BBC's Lawrence Pollard brought together Loz Kaye from the UK Pirate Party, which campaigns for internet freedom, and Stewart Baker, who used to work in policy for the US Department for Homeland Security.

Monday, 6 December, 2010 (All day)


Disclosure of influence on political decisions

PIRATES call for the disclosure of the influence of interest groups and lobbyists on political decisions to protect the democratic process and to make the basis of decisions transparent.

Whistle-blower Protection Law

PIRATES advocate for general and comprehensive legislation to protect persons who expose issues that are in the public interest, such as cases of corruption, insider trading, or ethics or human rights violations (“whistle-blowers”).

Manning Sentence An Attack On Whistleblowers

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 15:30

Bradley Manning, the whistleblower behind much of Wikileaks' revelations including the 'Collateral Murder' video has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, reduced in rank to E-1 and will be dishonourably discharged. He has been given 1294 days credit for the time he has served in US Military custody, partly under conditions described by United Nations as being "cruel and inhuman". While he was not found guilty of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy he was found guilty of 17 out of the 22 counts against him, and of an amended version of four others.

Snowden and Asylum #EuropeFail

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After some days with an increasing number of rebuffs, it is now reported that Edward Snowden is being offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua. It appears that the bizarre incident with Evo Morales' plane may have in fact had precisely the opposite effect to what the US administration was hoping for by provoking Latin American nations.

As I pointed out on Russia Today a few days back, while Europe fails to act, there are no good options for Edward Snowden. I said that I am not a fan of Venezuela, that is because its human rights record and authoritarian tendencies are very far from what the Pirate Party view is. No doubt if Snowden goes there, this will be used to attack him and the whole basis of the NSA revelations. But wherever he ends up, this does not change the importance of the story.  If European nations are not willing to offer him the protection he needs, the fault is ours, not his.

NSA Whistleblower Steps Forward - Are We Willing To Trade Freedom For Comfort?

Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 21:00

The identity of the whistleblower behind the largest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has been released together with a video interview credited to Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. In the video, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Systems analyst explains his motivations, intentions and the risks he now faces.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

NHS Whistle-blowers: 'We must protect patients"

Monday, 18 February, 2013 - 16:00

Former NHS service manager Gary Walker spoke out to the BBC claiming he was gagged by the NHS from raising concerns about patient safety. He explained that he felt pressured in to signing a "super gag" agreement because he was afraid of losing his house. It was revealed on the Today programme that this gagging order was also extended to his family.

Loz Kaye commented on the situation:

Bradley Manning : 300 Days

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Today sees the depressing milestone that Bradley Manning has been imprisoned for 300 days. I was proud to speak at the rally in support of him on the 20th March outside the US Embassy, like demonstrators across the globe. 

For over seven months he has been held in military arrest in conditions that most of us could not imagine enduring. To be confined in a tiny windowless cell. To be held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. To be forced to stand naked. To be put under intolerable psychological pressure. No wonder that Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, likened the conditions to those in Guantanamo Bay.