Wikileaks-The Leak That Can’t Be Shut

“There are hundreds of mirrors of WikiLeaks now,” he said. “It’s a test for Internet censorship. Can governments take something off the Net? I think not. There are copies of the website everywhere.”

GENEVA – WikiLeaks’ elusive founder, his options dwindling, has turned to Switzerland’s credit, postal and Internet infrastructure to keep his online trove of U.S. State Department cables afloat.

Supporters say Julian Assange is considering seeking asylum in Switzerland. He told a Spanish newspaper that he faced “hundreds of death threats,” including some targeting his lawyers and children, aside from the pressure he is getting from prosecutors in the U.S. and other countries.

After a number of web companies dropped WikiLeaks, much of the site’s traffic was coming through the wikileaks.ch Web address Sunday. The address is controlled by the Swiss Pirate Party, a group that formed two years ago to campaign for freedom of information. The site’s main server in France went offline but it remained reachable through a Swedish server.

The site showed Assange had begun seeking donations to an account under his name through the Swiss postal system in Bern, the Swiss capital, while also using a Swiss-Icelandic credit card processing center and other accounts in Iceland and Germany. He lost a major source of revenue when the online payment service provider PayPal cut off the WikiLeaks account over the weekend.

Assange has been widely praised and criticized. Supporters view him as a savior of the media and free speech; critics vilify him for brazenly unleashing diplomatic secrets, as well as for earlier leaks involving the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Assange “a high-tech terrorist.” He told NBC’s “Meet the Press” he hopes Assange will be prosecuted for the “enormous damage” the disclosures have done to the country and to its relationship with its allies.

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North Korea Ready For War Provokes U.S.

Nov. 26) — Thunderous booms from North Korean artillery have rattled the remote fishing island at the center of the Koreas’ latest standoff for a second time this week, as Pyongyang warned “trigger-happy” U.S. forces that their upcoming military drills with the South inch the peninsula “closer to the brink of war.”

The sounds of bombardment sent civilians on Yeonpyeong Island running for cover today, but no shells landed on the island, and it appears the booms were part of a North Korean naval drill out at sea. Still, the firing frayed nerves, while the top U.S. military commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the island and surveyed damage from Tuesday’s artillery barrage that killed four people, two South Korean marines and two civilians.

While naval skirmishes have been somewhat frequent along the Koreas’ disputed sea border, Tuesday’s bombardment was the first time since the 1950-53 Korean War that civilians have been targeted. Dozens of homes and huge swaths of forest were incinerated in the hour-long attack.

Sharp’s visit is part of U.S. efforts to bolster its ally Seoul ahead of a four-day joint military exercise between U.S. and South Korean forces that begins Sunday. The USS George Washington, one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, is speeding toward the Yellow Sea in order to take part.

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