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Justice minister caught in WikiLeaks 'net wars'

TT/AFP/The Local · 9 Dec 2010, 12:34

Published: 09 Dec 2010 10:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Dec 2010 12:34 GMT+01:00

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Web users who visit the site "beatricask.se" will instead find themselves visiting the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

The minister's spokesperson, Martin Valfridsson, told AFP that Ask had not previously used that domain name.

Hackers also forced the Swedish government's website offline for several hours on Thursday as cyber attacks in support of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange gathered pace.

The Aftonbladet daily said the government's official website, www.regeringen.se, was offline for a few hours overnight to Thursday, publishing a screen shot which showed the server could not be reached.

The site was working normally again later in the day.

It remains unclear who is behind the Beatrice Ask website and the attack on the government website, both of which come online the day after hackers attacked websites for the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten) and the law offices of Claes Borgström, the attorney representing the two women who allege they were sexually molested by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange back in August.

A group of internet activists operating under the name "Operation Payback" has claimed credit for the attacks on the Borgström and the Prosecution Authority.

The two attacks were part of a wider effort, "Operation Avenge Assange," directed at organisations deemed by the group to be opposed to WikiLeaks.

Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard as well as online payment service PayPal were also targeted by the group for the companies' decisions to stop processing payments to WikiLeaks.

"It's the wild west out on the internet right now," IT expert Joakim von Braun told the newspaper.

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Government spokeswoman Mari Ternbo told AFP the government did not comment security matters and could not confirm the cyber attack had taken place.

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, is being detained in London pending a hearing on extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape allegations.

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11:38 December 9, 2010 by unseen
this hacking and hijacking governmental websites is just insanity. it must be stopped immediately.

i am afraid of the fact that these acts may lead the governments to take some radical decisions, censoring the internet, as a result.
12:09 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
@Unseen, the government is already taken control of the internet- The Swedish law now allows Swedish state to monitor all traffic accross Sweden. So what more can they do, bring a webcam to my bed room?

As for the editors of the local, you miss a letter "E" in your spelling of beatrice. Here is the correct spelling: http://beatriceask.se/
12:34 December 9, 2010 by Nemesis
This is starting to turn into pure entertainment.

All wikileaks needs now is a reality based TV show broadcasting live on the internet and they will get the highest ratings ever. They could selling advertising space on there program and make a fortune.
12:35 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
As for the editors of the local, you miss a letter "E" in your spelling of beatrice. Here is the correct spelling: http://beatriceask.se/
13:06 December 9, 2010 by miss79
i just love the "online! movies
13:35 December 9, 2010 by actuary
Maybe a webcam in the bedroom is the next step - after all, how else can they really know if you had sex with your wife whilst she was asleep?
14:20 December 9, 2010 by Frobobbles
I think Beatrice does not look too healthy. See photo above.
14:22 December 9, 2010 by expatjourno
If these attacks go on, the Swedish Government is going to try to censor the internet or even prosecute some whistleblowers on trumped up sex charges!
14:39 December 9, 2010 by don willer
I'm hoping that someone inside the prosecutor's office leaks documents that undoubtedly exist with respect to the Assange case. I am also interested to see an interview video of the two accusers. I suspect Anon will expose the two shortly. 7 steps to legal revenge can be turned on them, in that fight I'll put money on Anon, apparently activists are looking forward to meeting them in person, plane tickets are cheap to Sweden.
14:46 December 9, 2010 by Rishonim
@Frobobbles, thats the best she has ever looked. That picture was taken at the local Pig N Whistle while she was waiting for another shot of whiskey. Notice in her right hand how far she smoked down that cigar? :)
15:18 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
This case also exposes the flaws in Swedish Judicial systems that uses the 3 man panel of jury that mainly comes from political parties in Sweden and then a Judge. The Judge have 60 percent of vote in the decission made by the court and 3 person jury (from different political parties) has 40%. With this type of Judicial system in place, it is very easy to manipulate the Judicial system by just one phone call to Judge or assuming if the Judge wants to be bias with the case. Sweden should consider switching to the Jury system as in the UK and USA were a group of 20 or more juries selected randomly from all works of life can listen to a case in court and decide. THis way we can see more real justice in Swedish society.
16:25 December 9, 2010 by Swedish123
Well, if we look more deep we will find more crap.

Continue Wikileaks.
16:28 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
Please read this about the women who accused J. Assange of rape:

17:23 December 9, 2010 by eslaporte
Three cheers for the hackers!!!
18:27 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
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18:30 December 9, 2010 by VOLVOisSWEDISH
Oh no! If they find him guilty of rape in Sweden he could face up to 3 hours in prison or a fine of 150 kroner...or worse, community service of sweeping a sidewalk.

don't forget, swedes are TOUGH on rapists, NOT.
18:34 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
This whole Assange love triangle thing would best be resolved on Jerry Springer, not in some kangaroo court in Sweden where Reinfeldt wants to make points with Obama by handing him Assange's head on a plate.
18:46 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
Meet Wikileaks Founder's Alleged Sex Victim


Google: Sofia Wilen to read about the other lady CIA implant. Long live the free World!!!
19:10 December 9, 2010 by babychuma
Ha ha, the CIA is behind the allegations against JA? what a joke. That seems to be the default excuse for paranoids everywhere. Why would they do that? wouldn't have been easier and more dicrediting to plant drugs or explosives in his luggage or hotel room or something? Why if the CIA was going to go after him didn't they do it before or after the much more damming War leaks?

Whatever factoids conspiracy theorists have the first question you always need to ask is "is it logical" in this case it isn't.
19:19 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
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19:23 December 9, 2010 by kingdavid
What people don't seem to understand is a rational stream of logic. If you want to allow the leaking of diplomatic information make an international law making it legal. Right now it is against the law. People get caught up on the merits of the leaks and whether we should have the right to see the so called "harmless" info. Fine have that conversation. But right now it is against the norms and protocol to have sensitive diplomatic cables available to anyone with a computer including terrorists (the ones that kill people). Hackers going after crtiics of wikileaks are committing illegal acts (no analysis necessary) we have laws we have to follow, and they should be arrested. Also Assange extorting the world with his "secret file" is totally unacceptable. No one elected Assange as the leader of the internet, or of any intelligence agency or of anything. Our world has rules we follow. Anyone cannot just do anything he wants-don't you see that? Dictators are people that take power regardless of what the people want and do what they want without regard to the law, and no I'm not calling Assange a dictator, I'm just making an analogy. If he is so into freedom of information why does he have a problem going to Sweden and clearing his name? Oh the world has the right to be privy to whatever Assange sees fit, without regard to world consequence, but he can't give Sweden a detailed account of his own sexual escapades in Swedish court. There is a hypocrite if I've ever seen one. He can make the call on who gets to see thousands of classified documents that get into everyone else's personal business, based on his whims, but how dare you question him and his personal life? Can you people really not see how you are being played into his hands?
20:13 December 9, 2010 by creamy
When u r as ful of heroin as the C.I.A is u have a tendency to do things ass backwards.
20:33 December 9, 2010 by don willer
20:45 December 9, 2010 by eppie

don't be ignorant. Would you rather have this and other info was directly sold to China or Russia without us knowing it?

Because that is what happened, happens and will happen.....and in the other direction as well.

This time the world can see what is going on....but I guess indeed if you don't like freedom, if you are a communist or a christian extremist this might be hard to swallow.
21:20 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
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21:35 December 9, 2010 by kingdavid
eppie you are off point. What I want is of little consequence. I want to date princess madeleine, travel the world, spend all my cash, race formula one, go to rock shows and follow the Argentinian national futbol team-thats what I want. I am not a communist or a christian extremist (my father is Jewish for Christ's sake). I am conservative on defense, economy, and foreign policy and a progressive on social issues (I wrote a book about it). I don't want sensitive information in the hands of terrorists, would I rather it being sold to China or Russia (two countries I don't conisder terror states)? Well yes I would. My primary objective is and always has been to destroy terrorists and I am against any information that can remotely help them, such as this. The point of my piece was to follow the laws and for Assange not be a hypocrite. He is Mr. Freedom of Information for everyone and anything unless it involves him and possible damage to him (jail time). Thats what we call hypocritical straight up punk beoytches where I am from. Man up go to Sweden and face your charges. Freedom needs to be protected and this affects future diplomacy, diplomacy stops wars. Simple cause and effect. More diplomacy less wars, less diplomacy more wars. The less you can trust diplomacy the less valuable of a tool it becomes and the more wars you will see. Like the U.S. you are afflicted with short term vision-you don't understand how this will affect the security of the world in five, ten, twenty years. Your analysis is as if this is an isolated incident. This is just the first step. Watch out what world you wish for, you just may get it-trust me. BTW I fight for freedom every day of my life, you know nothing about what I do.
21:37 December 9, 2010 by KaelThas
Dear Swedish friends, just so you know, from this day on I'm boycotting any products originating from your country.

There will be a campaign for that too.

Hope that is not as illegal as DDoS attacks.

21:41 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
Who is a terrorist? I suppose anyone who does not support the interest of the United States. Well If the World was having this open communication that Wikileaks is leading us to today, there would be no American define terrorist. You see... look at it on a bright side, thousands of worriors both muslims, christhians,jews, Arabs, Americans, Europeans, Asians etc joined together this week to fight a cyber war that took down Visa, MasterCard etc sites. We can always unite for a common goal if the trust and open understanding is there. Long live Freedom for mankind!! Long live Wikileaks!
21:58 December 9, 2010 by kingdavid
Any non-military group that targets civilians to advance political goals is a terrorist group. And now cue the dipshit Texrusso to say, "what about all the collateral damage to civilians in Iraq isn't that terrorism?-doesn't fit my definition so its not". I'm the real muthafucka that makes the rules on the streetz, come to the U.S. better yet come to Chicago and check me out homes I'm waitin. Visa and Mastercard no longer promoted Wikleaks and Wikileaks attacked them. Assange is holding his "secret file" to extort the authorities. You see him as a hero because your own life is so devoid of action or anything real. It is sad when a generation like yours has nothing to really complain about so they join these empty causes to feel part of a movement that no longer exists. The War has been won-but if you want to start another one keep talking. It is about time that the world see my capabilities anyways.
22:52 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
@KingDavid, what are your capabilities? btw am not interested whatever they are. Firstly I have no interest whatsoever to live in the United States even if am offered a green Card. The United States and her western allies have gone too far with this chase and manhunt to shutdown freedom of speech and that is the point. So, don't try to get distraction by "hero and anything real" talk. You probably assume too much and forgot that you don't even know who I am or were I reside nor what kind of life I live. That I believe is very irrelivant to this discussion and let me bring you back to focus on the main point which is fundermental basic human rights and freedom of speech which the western democracies that once critizes the developing World now abuses when it doesn't not suit them. THese actions are hypocritical, don't you think so? Its a double standard indeed. We have seen government taken our rights more and more limiting our space even in the very information highway were "Net Neutrality" should be the key.
23:06 December 9, 2010 by creamy
If you want to catch a tiger first u must tether the goat, Assange is the goat and Google is the tiger working with the C.I.A.....Du lait
23:34 December 9, 2010 by kingdavid
Our freedom of speech doesn't extend to classified documents being leaked to the entire world. As I've written in the past do you not realize that the information puts people's lives on the line? Its not easy to get cia assets in the middle east for example, so some Iraqi guy gives us info or some Afghani does the same and then people read the leaks connect the dots and blow them up and their families. Is that the Freedom for Mankind that you speak of? What you are saying is akin to just saying no country should have any intelligence agencies we should keep all information public and it is up to no one's discretion vis a vis what info. gets published and what doesn't. This may very well lead to some utopian world but the transition period, from what our system is now to that, would be very bloody for years. I don't think that is the proper path. This is the real philosophical idea we are discussing. As far as my prior comment- you are right, I let my emotions get the best of me (one of my weaknesses) and I personally attacked you. I don't know anything about you or your life and these discussions should be on issue, my apologies.
00:13 December 10, 2010 by Texrusso
@Kingdavid: the point am trying to make is this. No body will blow up anyone in the first place if USA will play the game right. There wouldn't be too much damage control necessary if your country has honest diplomacy. There wouldn't be secret if there was transparency. There is lack of trust for USA among friends and foes from day 1 and that is the point. For how long must we fight the war on terror? We should be passed that by now.... Let America minds her business and stay in her back yard and see how the World can be a better place. Have a good day there!
02:28 December 10, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
LOL interessting news not every birds meat can be eaten.
03:26 December 10, 2010 by actuary
The American intelligence agencies may not be as logical as one imagines from watching the movies [e.g moving satellites into position in order to catch a running man etc]. Do you detect anything logical about the various schemes to bring down Castro - exploding cigars: making his beard fall out? So given their less than brilliant record - they failed miserably to notice that 9/11 was going to occur - it may well be that have taking advantage of Sweden's silly sex laws is the best they have to offer in the Assange affair.
06:24 December 10, 2010 by chapora
Freedom of Speech can only be truely free if there are no exceptions to the rule. To have military or otherwise deemed classified information secret is to create by de faco an advantage to a minoritiy of those in the know and a disadvantage to the majority.

So secrets are generally held in order to enable unfair action by a party. A cheeting partner for example maintains a secret to safeguard their unfair activity.

Fairness is actually what the concept of freedom of speech is about. Or rather it enables individuals to communicate freely on all topics thus freeing themselves and all society from the ill effects of concealment whilst enrichening mankind with greater amounts of knowledge.

The point is not actually about Wikileaks it is about whether we as humans wish to build a world in which institutional, spititual, military, commercial or government bodies etc act in a way that degrades our and other living organisims existance.

Freedom of speech is quite simply honesty. Many spiritual paths highlight the importance of honesty as a foundation to right living. It just makes good sense.

So what we perhaps could benefit from looking at is not about whether to wiki or not but what other vehicles can we build that will enable us to share what we know so that fairness and honesty develops in our lives.
09:43 December 10, 2010 by Texrusso
@Chapora, thank you very much! you hit the nail on the right spot. May you live longer. Have a good day!
18:30 December 10, 2010 by Archie1954
If the accusations against Mr. Assange are politically motivated, Ms. Ask would be behind the potential prosecution. Sweden seems to be another American puppy dog, as if the UK wasn't enough. Those Americans are certainly voracious animal lovers. The facts as we have seen them disseminated through the media point to political manipulation. The original accusation was thrown out by the prosecutor's office and only resurrected later (after the US got to them?). One of the women involved has CIA connections, the other crowed about her conquest after the alleged incident. The Swedish government refused to question Mr. Assange in England when he agreed to do so and sent out a red alert for him when he hasn't been charged and is only wanted for questioning. The Swedish government's actions are actually outrageous. They are acting as a procurer for the US. It is time justice be done instead of pandering to America.
19:09 December 10, 2010 by ghostof911
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14:45 December 14, 2010 by munched
As soon as it's revealed that Sweden is not neutral and is in fact in bed with the US CIA, people start exploding in downtown Stockholm. Beatrice Ask, I hold you personally resposible.
19:20 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
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