Latest news from Wikileaks and Julian Assange
Netcraft has a table listing the various “outage times” on 27 websites involved in the skirmishes. It’s updated every 15 minutes.
12.56pm: For the last fortnight world leaders have been trying to have it both ways on WikiLeaks. On the one hand they have condemned the leaks as highly damaging; on the other they have claimed they will have no impact on policies and contain nothing new.
12.36pm: Assange’s next court appearance is expected to take place tomorrow at around 2pm, at City of Westminister magistrates. The Independent’s Ben Chu profiles Assange’s new barrister Geoffrey Robertson.
The real significance of Robertson’s involvement only occurred to Chu after he filed, he admits in this blog post.
Robertson might not be able to prevent the WikiLeaks founder being deported, yet it makes a lot of sense for Assange to have him involved. Causes that Robertson supports (and Assange feels that he is being persecuted for championing open government) tend to prevail in the end.
12.16pm: This might excite conspiracy theorists. All the Guardian staff have just been ordered out of the building in a fire drill. But we’re back now. Apologies for the lack of blogging activity. While I was standing in the cold, Downing Street revealed that Whitehall has been briefed on steps to take against hacktivists.
11.09am: After a late surge the term ’WikiLeaks’ has become the most search for word on The Guardian’s site in 2010. It has just pipped ‘immigration’ and ‘Facebook’ to the top slot, writes Martin Belam.
We only saw 283 searches for WikiLeaks in the first three months of the year, compared to nearly 34,000 in the last couple of weeks alone. In fact, it is only in the last couple of days that the total search volume has been enough to push it to the top and narrowly overtake ‘immigration’.