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Margaret MacMillan and Clay Shirky discuss the impact of Wikileaks with the CIC

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June 9, 2011
CIC: Will Wikileaks revelations require revising the historical record? Will historians have to revisit their work? MacMillan: Historians are always revising the historical record. New material comes out—someone discovers a diary or letters in an attic or new boxes turn up in archives. When the Soviet Union and its empire collapsed it suddenly became possible to see records that had been kept secret. Equally important we ask different questions and bring different sorts of evidence into our discussions of the ...

Diplomacy and Duplicity

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July 11, 2012
"An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." That's supposedly what British diplomat Sir Henry Wotton said about his profession in 1604. And many people would still agree with the sentiment today. Internationally brokered ceasefires go unheeded. Countries fight wars without ever declaring them. And just because you ratify a multinational agreement doesn't always mean you follow through on your commitments. Is it willful belligerence? Unrealistic expectations for the international ...

An Unsettling Verdict

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July 31, 2013
There is something for almost everyone in the judgement delivered yesterday against Bradley Manning, the army private who single-handedly conveyed hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic documents and military battlefield reports to the so-called whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks. This is the largest unauthorized transfer of government-origin classified information ever recorded. Manning’s detractors - those who see him as a criminal and a traitor - will look with satisfaction upon his conviction on charges of espionage, computer fraud , possession of restricted documents and ...

The Snowden Affair: Winners and Losers

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July 19, 2013
Ed Snowden, the U.S. citizen and cyber-surveillance whistle-blower, has been somewhere in the transit area of Moscow’s labyrinthine Sheremetyevo International Airport for almost one month. His disclosure of documents detailing mass telephone and internet monitoring by U.S., U.K., N.Z., Australian, and French intelligence agencies, often with active private sector collusion, has resulted in him being proclaimed a hero in some quarters, and a traitor in others. The U.S. government has charged him with the theft of ...

Assange and Russia

This New York Times investigation by Jo Becker, Steven Erlanger and Eric Schmitt examines the activities of WikiLeaks during founder Julian Assange's years holed up in London's Ecuadorean embassy, and comes to the conclusion that "WikiLeaks’ document releases, along with many of Mr. Assange’s statements, have often benefited Russia, at the expense of the West." 

The Democratic National Convention, in 10 key moments

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July 29, 2016
Over four days this week, hundreds of speeches bellowed through the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Politicians, thought leaders, and a random mix of liberal-leaning celebrities took the stage, many calling for unity against a backdrop of hyperpolarization that has come to define this election cycle. The media swarmed and activists chanted; the air inside and out was charged with an intoxicating flurry of patriotism and worry. A scandal rocked the convention even ...

Brian Knappenberger on Anonymous, Scientology, and Freedom

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May 4, 2012
There was Ghandi. Now there is Anonymous. OpenCanada talked to Brian Knappenberger, director of We are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists, about why the group that pranked the Church of Scientology  is "the civil disobedience group of our time." What drew you to a group without a name? The first time I ever heard of Anonymous was when they attacked the Church of Scientology back in 2008. I was mesmerized by that. Here you had a church that was created by ...

Doing justice to the Snowden case

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November 17, 2014
Laura Poitras's documentary Citizenfour reveals itself to be as much about what causes an individual to risk everything as it is about the dystopian revelations the world has been reading about since the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald first published findings provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room in June 2013. The films main themes however centre on the global issues exposed by Snowden’s revelations — whistleblowing, extradition, Internet censorship, international espionage, the politics ...

UK loses a ‘set’ in its match with Assange

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August 18, 2012
In an Op Ed in today’s Ottawa Citizen, I’ve commented on the Catch 22 situation the UK government now finds itself in with respect to Julian Assange. Earlier this week, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, announced his government’s decision to provide ‘diplomatic asylum’ to the founder of the Wikileaks website, who took up residence in the embassy in mid June to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning related to alleged sexual offenses.  In one sense, nothing has ...

Renata Ávila

Director, Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation)