IS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT *THIS* SCARED OF WIKILEAKS?

Hope everyone’s having a decent post-Olympics period. Baseball’s coming in a few weeks and the Jays selected Shaun Marcum as the Opening Day starter for the post-Halladay era (get ready for 2010 Jays fans, it’s not going to be pretty). That’s a good reason to be thrilled. Still, not why I’m posting today.

WikiLeaks.org has been an enormous success since it debuted a few years back. It’s broken a few major stories and really pissed off some powerful folks.

Still, this story is definitely sending chills down the spine for an information freedom proponent like me: if it even has a modicum of truth to it, it’s very unsettling (yes, I know, it’s from Gawker so you have to be a bit skeptical, but WikiLeak’s Twitter feed is pretty telling in its revelations about surveillance of the site and its staff).

I don’t know much about the off-site operations of WikiLeaks, although I do know that it is run with a semi-distributed network of secure servers operating in different parts of the world. It’s hard to take it down, in other words. But the fact the U.S. government is this scared of the potential of WikiLeaks speaks volumes. Information always wants to be free, but not if the U.S. government has a say in the matter, apparently.

PIRATE BAY SCORES A BIG WIN!

It’s making headlines around the world today: a major new development has occurred at the trial of The Pirate Bay.

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In a nut shell, half of the charges leveled against the site’s founders have been dropped, including the most serious and potentially damaging charge of “assisting copyright infringement” via the torrent-sharing site.

This is a huge, huge win for The Pirate Bay. They’re not entirely out of the woods yet, though. Check out these links here, here and here for more information. Who knew how big this trial would end up being?

Hopefully soon this trial will be over and WikiLeaks — the controversial Internet Age portal for documents that exposes the truth on governments, corporations and other organizations and also happens to be housed in the same building as The Pirate Bay — will be back up to full operational capacity soon.