ONLINE WHISTLEBLOWING SITE Wikileaks has been suffering from a denial of service attack after providing the world with some news on an incredibly slack holiday weekend.
The outfit released shedloads of embarrassing documents on Sunday and was immediately and mysteriously bought down by what it called a huge denial of service attack. The site is now back up and the attack has done nothing to stop the leaked information getting out.
All the data was with news agencies in time for the Sunday deadline so masses of it is being sifted through by newspapers desperate for something that ranks as news while the US is on holiday. Wikileaks' media partners, including the New York Times and The Guardian, had been given the infomation weeks in advance.
It is unlikely to have been spooks that are responsible for the DoS attacks. It is more likely to have been US right-wing script kiddies who believe that they are saving their country from embarrassment. It is a little late for that.
Here is a quick list of what has been announced so far. Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.
American diplomats are now involved in collecting intelligence overseas. Including orders for State Department personnel to gather the credit card and frequent-flier numbers, work schedules and other personal information of foreign dignitaries.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt see Iran as "evil", an "existential threat" and a power that "is going to take us to war".
North Korea is providing nuclear capable missiles to Iran. Apparently Iran has obtained a cache of advanced missiles, based on a Russian design, that are much more powerful than anything Tehran has in its arsenal. So far Iran has 19 of the missiles from North Korea.
Wikileaks documents show that American diplomats are pressing other countries to resettle detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison, which President Barack Obama wants closed.
Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with Obama and the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees. Belgium was told accepting more prisoners would be "a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe".
Another leak shows that the President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, told General David Petraeus that he would continue to take the blame for US missile strikes on suspected al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours," Saleh is quoted as saying in a recent summary of the talk.
Our guess is that leaks will keep coming for the rest of the week, as hacks wade through the rest of the documents. This will happen even while the DoS attack continues. µ
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