Flash News: Latest from Wikileaks and Assange
10.05am: Anonymous has conducted a revenge attack on the Dutch authorities following the arrest yesterday of a 16-year-old boy suspected of hacking MasterCard and Visa.
A translation of the Dutch paper NRC Handlesbland suggests that the group hacked the Dutch police site.
9.32am: Anonymous seems to be changing tactics. Operation: Payback could be morphing into Operation:Leakspin. The idea is to highlight the best and and least exposed cables.
9.05am: First Russia, and now China suggests nominating Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The China Media Project reports:
It was an editorial in Beijing Daily, the official Party mouthpiece of the Beijing city leadership, criticizing the Nobel Peace Prize as a “tool of Western values and ideology,” and snidely suggesting that this year’s prize be given instead to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
8.53am: The UN’s top human rights official has spoken out against the “pressure exerted” on private firms to cut ties and funding to WikiLeaks.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva Navi Pillay this was “potentially violating WikiLeaks’ right to freedom of expression”.
7.31am: Big business as well as nation states are now facing damaging headlines from the leak of classified US embassy cables.
Yesterday it was Shell’s turn in the spotlight, today it is the world biggest pharmaceutical company Pfizer. And once again, Nigeria is at the centre of the allegations.
The latest cables shows Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to persuade him to drop legal action over a drug trial for children with meningitis.
The cable reports a meeting between Pfizer’s country manager, Enrico Liggeri, and US officials at the Abuja embassy on 9 April 2009. It states: “According to Liggeri, Pfizer had hired investigators to uncover corruption links to federal attorney general Michael Aondoakaa to expose him and put pressure on him to drop the federal cases. He said Pfizer’s investigators were passing this information to local media.”
Meanwhile, there were lots more interesting WikiLeaks-related developments overnight.