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WikiLeaks flashmob: San Francisco stands up for online free speech
by mark
Friday Dec 17th, 2010 2:38 AM
On Thursday, Dec. 16th, protesters rallied in downtown San Francisco during the evening rush hour to call for freedom for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange as well as accused whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of US diplomatic cables, following on the heels of war logs and combat videos from the US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, has lead to Assange being labeled the "most wanted" man on the planet, for publishing leaks that expose some of the inner workings of US war-making and foreign policy.
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Rainey Reitman is a staff activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization based in San Francisco, which has argued that government and corporate attacks on WikiLeaks' ability to publish the truth are attacks on Internet freedom and basic constitutional rights to free speech and a free press.
§Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
by mark Friday Dec 17th, 2010 3:26 AM
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Jeff Paterson, a US Marine objector to the 1991 Gulf War, is a project director at Courage to Resist, an Oakland-based war resister support organization.

Most recently, Courage to Resist has led a campaign to provide legal support to Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking combat video and other documents to WikiLeaks. Manning has been locked up in the brig in Quantico, Virginia, in solitary confinement for six months with little or no access to visitors, letters, news, exercise, even pens or pencils. He is expected to remain in the brig for at least six more months before his military trial even begins.

Read more about their campaign to free Bradley Manning, including how to send him a holiday card, at and
§Martin MacKerel
by mark Friday Dec 17th, 2010 4:09 AM
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Martin MacKerel is a San Francisco organizer; his blog has some more links and info on how to join the fight for free speech on the Internet. MacKerel is also involved in opposing the recently passed Sit/Law ordinance that criminalizes sitting on the sidewalk in San Francisco (tomorrow is Sidewalks Are for People Day).

For the latest WikiLeaks news, check out WL Central.

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by ...jj....
Friday Dec 17th, 2010 2:15 PM
Wondering what and where the flashmob were. Hoping the author will post video of that.
by mark
Friday Dec 17th, 2010 2:56 PM
I asked passers by to help mirror WikiLeaks and handed out fresh hot WikiLeaks cables (don't worry, Joe Lieberman, totally legal as they were printed on legal-sized paper). Not sure what other "unusual and pointless acts" happened, according to the Wikipedia definition of flashmob...
by Grow Up and Fight
Friday Dec 17th, 2010 7:23 PM
This helps us all
by mb
Sunday Dec 19th, 2010 1:51 AM
loses credibility when a demo is called a flashmob, just sayin'

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