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    Don't see how the USA can use a Drone to kill Snowden in HK ? HK is so populated and using a Drone to kill him there would also kill MANY MANY Hong Kong residents as well.

    No drones in HK. That's crazeee!
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    The Obama regime has been caught lying to the American public and the rest of the world, and Ed Snowden exposed them. He is a hero, a true American patriot, and should not be viewed as a traitor.
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    USA have yet again been publically humiliated by Snowden exposing their ways.
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    US leaker Snowden both boon and burden for China

    For China, Edward Snowden's sudden arrival in Hong Kong and his explosive revelations about the extent of US cyber-spying activities around the world are both a boon and a burden, a potential propaganda and intelligence gift, but also a diplomatic dilemma.

    Beijing has in recent months come in for sustained criticism over its own cyber-spying activities.

    The US government and private US internet security firms have criticised China for state-sponsored cyber-attacks, targeting everything from US military contractors to corporations in America.

    Evidence has been produced that purports to show Chinese hackers operating from military facilities targeting US media firms and private companies.

    US President Barack Obama was sitting down to tell Chinese leader Xi Jinping that US patience had run out and China had to rein in its cyber-spies, just as Edward Snowden's claims that America 's National Security Agency had been collecting vast amounts of information about internet users around the world were gaining attention.

    What's more, Mr Snowden now says the US was hacking hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and China, including private individuals, academics and students too.

    China has long said it is a victim of hacking. Here was a contractor for American intelligence who had fled to Hong Kong saying he wanted to expose US "hypocrisy"; China's claims, he said, were true.

    Treacherous waters
    So it is unsurprising that China's state-controlled media has leapt on the opportunity.

    The China Daily on Thursday said "the massive US global surveillance programme... is certain to stain Washington's overseas image and test developing Sino-US ties".

    It quoted Li Haidong, a researcher at the China Foreign Affairs University, who said that "for months Washington has been accusing China of cyber-espionage, but it turns out that the biggest threat to the pursuit of individual freedom and privacy in the US is the unbridled power of the government".

    The Global Times, which is produced by the Communist Party's People's Daily group, added, "in the last year or two, the US has kept posing as a victim to accuse China of hacker infiltration. Many people speculate that this is the US' cover for its own cyber-warfare. [Edward] Snowden's whistle-blowing has confirmed this speculation."

    Tao Duanfang writing in the Beijing News says "this is also probably just the tip of the iceberg. In other words, who can guarantee that the privacy of government, legislative and judicial organs has not also been spied on quietly by the eyes of intelligence agencies?

    "Since the US government and intelligence agencies reject transparency, how can one guarantee that they have not transgressed boundaries?"

    But Beijing's schadenfreude only goes so far, because these are treacherous waters for China to tread in.

    China's own controls on the internet, the activities of its own cyber-police, spying on China's own citizens - these practices are the most intrusive and extensive in the world. Pointing out US hypocrisy is a risky move for China.

    In Hong Kong itself, the Beijing-backed Ta Kung Pao paper used the opportunity to gloat that "the 'Prism programme' leaked by US renegade spy Snowden has torn off the US' glorious mantle as a world-class 'human rights defender', and once again let the international community witness its other ugly face...

    "It is hoped that the US government will no longer avoid differentiating between home and abroad, making peremptory calls on others to do things that even it is unwilling to do."

    Fly in the ointment

    But others have pointed out how hazardous the whole issue is for China and the armies of paid internet opinion pundits, known as the 50 Cent Party, who have been praising Edward Snowden on Chinese websites.

    In an editorial, Hong Kong's independent Apple Daily wrote that "no matter how China's cyber-50 Cent Party praises Snowden for betraying the Central Intelligence Agency and how they drag the US down with mud-slinging tactics, it can neither change the fact that China is abusing cyber-monitoring to violate human rights and serve a one-party dictatorship, nor build up theoretical grounds for China to continue to abuse cyber-monitoring without any checks and balances whatsoever...

    "Snowden will always be a hero who China's 50 Cent Party cannot afford to love. If the 50 Cent Party hails Snowden as a hero, they will be calling for the birth of Snowden-style heroes in China."

    And the same dilemma applies to China's own government. Edward Snowden's sudden arrival in Hong Kong, and the fact he will probably now seek to prevent any deportation to the US through Hong Kong's courts may look like an opportunity to Beijing, but it really is a headache that China's leaders did not want right now.

    Xi Jinping's summit with Barack Obama in California was meant to set the tone for the coming years.

    Substantive issues - from North Korea to the territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, from cyber-spying to trade, technology and investment frictions - were all up for discussion.

    There was talk of a new, co-operative relationship. Edward Snowden is a new fly in the ointment.

    David Zweig, a professor the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, says: "I think the big issue for China in his being here is it's a big pain in the butt. I think that the last thing they really wanted is for him to come here. They have just spent a lot of time and energy trying to improve Sino-American relations.

    "So I don't see that they get much from getting the Americans angry at them by protecting him if the Americans want him to go back. I don't see anything positive in that."

    Intelligence value?
    With his intimate knowledge of America's spying capabilities and the work of the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden could have some intelligence value for China, says Mr Zweig, but it is limited.

    "The only thing that could be useful is that if the Hong Kong police arrest him, then his computer might fall into their hands and then that intelligence could then fall to China. But I don't think that China really wants him. He doesn't bring much."

    So, on balance, David Zweig says, there are far more serious issues at stake for China.

    "Xi Jinping, the leader of China, is much more interested in improving relations and resolving key practical problems that exist between the United States and China, not in having to deal with some guy falling down from heaven, jumping into Chinese territory and saying: 'Save me, save me from the wicked United States'."

    China's leaders then would rather wash their hands of the whole issue.

    That may be why Regina Ip, a former member of Hong Kong's government, whose opinions are often thought to reflect those of Beijing, has suggested Mr Snowden would do best to leave Hong Kong of his own accord.

    Unfortunately, from China's point of view, it seems he is intent on staying and fighting his case through Hong Kong's courts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22893958
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    US leaker Snowden under criminal investigation



    WASHINGTON: The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking "all necessary steps" to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programs, the FBI director said.

    Robert Mueller, who is to step down soon after more than a decade leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, defended the Internet and phone sweeps as vital tools that could have prevented the attacks of September 11, 2001.

    Snowden's disclosures "have caused significant harm to our nation and to our safety", Mueller told lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

    As to Snowden, "he is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation," Mueller said. "We are taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these disclosures."

    Mueller's comments confirm that the US government is pursuing Snowden, the 29-year-old American IT specialist who has admitted to leaking information about far-reaching surveillance programs.

    Snowden, who worked as a subcontractor handling computer networks for the National Security Agency (NSA), is in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, where he has vowed to contest any possible extradition in court.

    Mueller defended the collection of US phone records and Internet data related to foreign targets, which officials maintain are legal programs approved by federal judges and in accordance with the Constitution.

    "The program is set up for a very limited purpose and a limited objective, and that is to identify individuals in the United States who are using a telephone for terrorist activities and to draw that network," he said.

    Mueller told lawmakers that one of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar, had called a known Al Qaeda safe house in Yemen from the US city of San Diego.

    "If we had had this program in place at the time, we would have been able to identify that particular telephone number in San Diego," Mueller said.

    "If we had the telephone number from Yemen we would have matched up to that telephone number in San Diego, got further legal process, identified al-Mihdhar."

    Many lawmakers remained skeptical. "It's my fear we are on the verge of becoming a surveillance state," Democrat John Conyers said, alarmed at the scale and secrecy of the surveillance programs.

    General Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency, told lawmakers on Wednesday that "dozens" of terror attacks had been thwarted by programs, and that the leaks had caused "great harm" to national security.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, said that the NSA on Monday will release the specific number of attacks prevented.

    Some lawmakers opposed to the domestic surveillance techniques have demanded proof that the data collection yields results.

    Snowden, a technician working for a private contractor and assigned to an NSA base in Hawaii, surfaced over the weekend in Hong Kong to give media interviews.

    In addition to disclosing the NSA's acquisition of phone logs and data from nine Internet giants — including Google, Microsoft and Facebook — Snowden also described secret global hacking operations.

    On Friday, the South China Morning Post reported that Snowden has classified US documents showing the machines the NSA has targeted in China and Hong Kong.

    Snowden showed the newspaper a small sample of the records, which detailed the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of targets and dates of cyber attacks.

    IP addresses are unique numbers assigned to individual computers and other devices attached to the Internet. The SCMP did not publish the addresses or identify individuals who might have been targeted, or was able to confirm the authenticity of the information.

    The documents however also showed whether a cyber attack was ongoing, and appeared to suggest a hacking success rate of 75 per cent.

    "I don't know what specific information they were looking for on these machines, only that using technical exploits to gain unauthorised access to civilian machines is a violation of law. It's ethically dubious," Snowden told the newspaper.

    Earlier, Snowden told the Morning Post that there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, targeting powerful "network backbones" that can yield access to hundreds of thousands of individual computers.

    The US administration has said that while the NSA did gather large quantities of telephone metadata, it could not mine the logs to target a specific user without authorization from a secret court.

    US officials have also said the Internet monitoring program did not target Americans or even foreigners on US soil.

    China has said little about the case, and foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday dodged questions about whether Washington had sought Snowden's extradition and how China would react if he applied for asylum.

    China's state media has also remained relatively quiet on the case, but the government-owned China Daily said Thursday that news of the US program "is certain to stain Washington's overseas image and test developing Sino-US ties".

    US officials have accused China of state-sponsored hacking targeting the military, infrastructure and corporations, charges denied by Beijing, which insists China is itself the target of considerable foreign cyberattacks.

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    Chinese paper: Snowden could be useful to China
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    BEIJING (AP) — A popular Communist Party-backed newspaper urged China’s leadership to milk a former U.S. contractor for more information rather than send him home, saying his revelations about secret American surveillance programs concern China’s national interest.

    Friday’s Global Times editorial follows Snowden’s allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked 61,000 targets, including hundreds in Hong Kong and mainland China, in an interview published in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

    Snowden revealed last weekend he was the source of a major leak of top-secret information on NSA surveillance, saying he was uncovering wrongdoing. He spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong, a choice that raised questions about whether and how Washington would seek his return for possible prosecution.

    The Global Times said in the editorial, which ran in the paper’s Chinese- and English-language editions, that Snowden could offer intelligence that would help China update its understanding of cyberspace and improve its position in negotiations with Washington.

    ‘‘Snowden took the initiative to expose the U.S. government’s attacks on Hong Kong and the mainland’s Internet networks. This concerns China’s national interest,’’ the commentary said. ‘‘Maybe he has more evidence. The Chinese government should let him speak out and according to whether the information is public, use it as evidence to negotiate with the United States openly or in private.’’

    The paper said that the Chinese government should not only consider Beijing’s relations with the United States but also the opinion of its domestic public, which the paper said would be unhappy if Snowden were sent back.

    ‘‘We have realized the United States’ aggressiveness in cyberspace, we have realized that nine Internet companies have assisted the U.S. government in intelligence outsourcing,’’ said the paper known for a nationalist stance. ‘‘We have realized their hypocrisy in saying one thing and doing another, and we have realized their ruthlessness in doing what they please with no regard for other people.’’

    ‘‘China is a rising power, and it deserves corresponding respect from the United States,’’ it said.

    True public sentiment on the issue in China is hard to gauge given the lack of scientifically conducted opinion polls, but Chinese leaders and senior officials have said that in the Internet age they feel increasingly under pressure from public opinion. By whipping up public sentiment on an issue like this, the paper could be putting Beijing in a bind.

    Some experts have said China is unlikely to use Snowden against the United States given its recent efforts to foster a new, closer working relationship between the countries’ two leaders, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, who met for informal talks in California last weekend.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry has taken a cautious stance in commenting on the surveillance leaks. In a routine briefing on Thursday, spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded to repeated questions about whether American authorities have sought Snowden’s return to the U.S. by saying that China had ‘‘no relevant information to share.’’

    Hua reiterated China’s stance that the country is a victim of cyberattacks and said Beijing remained keen to cooperate with the United States on cybersecurity, though she implied that the U.S. might want to refrain from portraying China as a major perpetrator.

    ‘‘We also think that the adoption of double standards would bring no benefit to the settlement of the relevant issue,’’ Hua said.
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    Snowden has single handily humiliated the USA government. Great to see them being exposed.
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    NSA Informant’s Asylum Request Could Take Years To Process
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/...rs-to-process/

    He’s also talked of seeking asylum from Iceland or Russia. And he suggested the United States might hire Chinese gangs to get him.


    Also ....Shame on you England :

    Edward Snowden 'banned from flying to UK'
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22902098
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hafiz View Post
    NSA Informant’s Asylum Request Could Take Years To Process
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/...rs-to-process/

    He’s also talked of seeking asylum from Iceland or Russia. And he suggested the United States might hire Chinese gangs to get him.


    Also ....Shame on you England :

    Edward Snowden 'banned from flying to UK'
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22902098
    What else would you have expected from the mighty UK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKong View Post
    What else would you have expected from the mighty UK?
    yup. Lapdogs alway side with their Master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hope View Post
    Snowden has single handily humiliated the USA government. Great to see them being exposed.
    Agree this is something they cant sweep under the carpet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felix View Post
    Agree this is something they cant sweep under the carpet
    But they can Brainwash you with diverting attention to another country. For an example they can keep hyping that China is the real big hacker and the US is just a victim.
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    Its becoming who the liar is and the USA now don't have a place to hide their face
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    The Snowden affair is a game changer. Recently USA have been pointing a vigorous finger at China when they were in fact guilty of the same as they were accusing them of. How dumb does this make Obama look? They are going to be fuming
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    Protesters urge Hong Kong to protect Snowden, demand US apology
    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/a...ally-hong-kong



    Activists have called on Hongkongers to rally together to support US whistle-blower Edward Snowden and express concern about reports of US surveillance on Hong Kong and mainland networks. Tweet #Snowdenhk or follow the live coverage from Post reporters and social media here:











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    Snowden is creating a tsunami
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinbad View Post
    Snowden is creating a tsunami
    A Tsunami with Power greater than any US weapon !
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    Snowden approaches Iceland for asylum

    REYKJAVIK -- Iceland has received an informal approach from an intermediary who says Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the US government's secret surveillance programmes, wants to seek asylum there.
    Snowden, the former employee of contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who worked in an NSA facility in Hawaii, made world headlines after providing details of the programme to the Guardian and Washington Post and then fleeing to Hong Kong.
    In a column in Icelandic daily Frettabladid, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson wrote that a middleman had approached him on behalf of Snowden.
    "On 12 June, I received a message from Edward Snowden where he asked me to notify the Icelandic government that he wanted to seek asylum in Iceland," Hrafnsson, who is also an investigative journalist in Iceland, told Reuters.
    The Icelandic government, which has refused to say whether they would grant asylum to Snowden, confirmed it had received the message from Hrafnsson.
    "Kristinn Hrafnsson has contacted two ministries in an informal way but not the ministers. There has been no formal approach in this matter," a government spokesman said.
    Hrafnsson declined to name the go-between to Reuters.
    Snowden has mentioned Iceland as a possible refuge.
    Iceland has a reputation for promoting Internet freedoms, but Snowden has said he did not travel there immediately from the United States as he feared the country of only 320,000 could be pressured by Washington.
    "Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration," Snowden said in an online forum in the Guardian on Monday.
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex crimes, visited Iceland several times in the run-up to some of the website's major releases. Assange denies any wrongdoing.
    WikiLeaks won a ruling this year in Iceland's Supreme Court against MasterCard's local partner. The court upheld a lower court's ruling that the payment card firm had illegally ended its contract with the website. Wikileaks' funding had been squeezed without the ability to accept card payments.

    http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/worl...t_16635568.htm
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    Re: Edward Snowden was NSA Prism leak source - Guardian

    Cisco will probably be kicked out of China soon :


    Cisco's business in China set to suffer from Prism revelations
    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-s...20130618000122

    At a time when nine internet companies are believed to be involved in the US National Security Agency's Prism surveillance, Cisco Systems, one of the nine and the world's biggest IT equipment provider in cloud computing, has been involved in almost all China's major network construction projects, the Shenzhen-based Securities Times reports.

    Edward Snowden, a former technical worker at the CIA and NSA last week sensationally revealed himself as the whistleblower behind leaks that uncovered secret US government surveillance programs. Snowden, an IT administrator for the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, said that the UK intelligence-gathering agency GCHQ may have connections to the Prism program, which is said to give American agencies easy access to nine of the world's top internet companies, as well as the phone records of millions of people.

    According to Snowden, nine companies, including Cisco, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, are involved in spying activities by giving access to their databanks to the US agencies — an accusation all nine companies swiftly denied, the report said.

    However, on June 14, Facebook and Microsoft admitted that the US government had asked them to provide information on their users, and they unveiled the partial details in a bid to distance themselves from the Prism revelations as early as possible.

    Meanwhile, Chinese media has turned the focus to the potential threats to China's internet security by these US internet companies, as Snowden revealed that the NSA monitored China's internet and computer operations via Cisco.

    Cisco has reportedly been involved in almost all the construction of major network projects in China related to the government, customs, post offices, finance, railway, aviation, medical, military and police, as well as telecommunication networks. Cisco controls more than 70% of China's two biggest internet operators, China Telecom and China Unicom, which together account for more than 80% of the country's internet traffic.

    Furthermore, Cisco is the key technology and equipment supplier to the US government and its military. Security experts are therefore worried that in the even of war, the US government could use Cisco's products around the world to create an internet war to deal a major blow to adversary countries.

    Cisco has overtaken Hewlett-Packard and IBM to become the world's biggest IT equipment provider in terms of cloud computing, according to market researcher Synergy Research Group.

    Cisco raked in income of more than US$1.6 billion last year in China, representing 30% of its total profits. It is expected that the Prism incident will seriously affect its business in China, while other companies such as Microsoft and Apple will also see their business in mainland China affected, the report said.

    Since last year, security experts already called for the Chinese government to emphasize internet security problems. The Prism incident is a major warning and may well prompt Beijing to enact an internet security act to set clear rules to regulate purchases by the government, military and state-run enterprises.

    Such legislation would inevitably benefit domestic suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE in cloud computing, data processing, IT consulting and information security, the report said. Perhaps a touch ironically, the two Chinese companies have seen their attempts to expand their business in the United States hampered by national security concerns from the US government in precisely the same manner as Cisco may be expected to experience.




    China Unicom replaces Cisco devices over security concerns
    http://www.morningwhistle.com/html/2...26/214830.html

    China Unicom has replaced devices of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ.CSCO) in one of the country’s most important backbone networks, citing security reasons, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.

    The replacement project targets “China169” backbone network’s Cisco router in Wuxi, Jiangsu. Analysts indicated that the product vulnerability and back door problems are the main worries of China Unicom.

    The move came after a congressional report branded Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (002502.SZ) and ZTE Corp. (0763.HK, 000063.SZ) security threats in the United States. China domestic operators began to intensify network security since then, the report said.

    As the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, Cisco takes high market share in China. It accounts over 70 percent share of China telecom’s 163 backbone network and over 80 percent share of China Unicom’s 169 backbone network.

    163 and 169 backbone networks are the most important backbone networks of China, delivering over 80 percent data of the country’s Internet.

    Cisco has ended a longstanding sales partnership with ZTE Corp. early this month.
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    Snowden approaches Iceland for asylum

    REYKJAVIK -- Iceland has received an informal approach from an intermediary who says Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the US government's secret surveillance programmes, wants to seek asylum there.
    Snowden, the former employee of contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who worked in an NSA facility in Hawaii, made world headlines after providing details of the programme to the Guardian and Washington Post and then fleeing to Hong Kong.
    In a column in Icelandic daily Frettabladid, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson wrote that a middleman had approached him on behalf of Snowden.
    "On 12 June, I received a message from Edward Snowden where he asked me to notify the Icelandic government that he wanted to seek asylum in Iceland," Hrafnsson, who is also an investigative journalist in Iceland, told Reuters.
    The Icelandic government, which has refused to say whether they would grant asylum to Snowden, confirmed it had received the message from Hrafnsson.
    "Kristinn Hrafnsson has contacted two ministries in an informal way but not the ministers. There has been no formal approach in this matter," a government spokesman said.
    Hrafnsson declined to name the go-between to Reuters.
    Snowden has mentioned Iceland as a possible refuge.
    Iceland has a reputation for promoting Internet freedoms, but Snowden has said he did not travel there immediately from the United States as he feared the country of only 320,000 could be pressured by Washington.
    "Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration," Snowden said in an online forum in the Guardian on Monday.
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex crimes, visited Iceland several times in the run-up to some of the website's major releases. Assange denies any wrongdoing.
    WikiLeaks won a ruling this year in Iceland's Supreme Court against MasterCard's local partner. The court upheld a lower court's ruling that the payment card firm had illegally ended its contract with the website. Wikileaks' funding had been squeezed without the ability to accept card payments.

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