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Bradley Manning’s sacrifice

Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning must be the loneliest man in America.

By EDITORIAL  |  September 21, 2012

What WikiLeaks cables reveal about Mitt

Mitt Romney's recent trip overseas left the impression that the putative Republican presidential nominee was even more clueless abroad than at home.
Ugly Americans Dept.
By PAUL IORIO  |  August 10, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012
Bradley Manning appears in court for WikiLeaks-related pretrial hearing; defense alleges bias

Bradley Manning appears in court for WikiLeaks-related pretrial hearing; defense alleges bias

Bradley Manning appeared in court at Fort Meade in Maryland this morning for the start of a pretrial hearing, to determine whether he will face...
By Liz Pelly  |  December 16, 2011

WikiLeaks update: Boston hacker brigade rallies to "Reboot Democracy"

As the WikiLeaks saga marches on, federal investigations creep closer to home. And while the courts still have yet to determine how much whistle blowing...
By Ariel Shearer  |  June 22, 2011

Wikileaks' many cousins

The endless Wikileaks commentary has tended toward acerbic portraits of the organization's founder, Julian Assange, and earnest debates over journalistic ethics.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 20, 2011

Anonymous 'Freedom of Information' Rally

Anonymous unmasked

Anonymous — the amorphous online conglomerate who like to rumble with Scientologists and 11-year-old camwhores — usually live up to their name.
Crazy Like a Fawkes
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 18, 2011

Photos: Anonymous at 'Freedom of Information' Rally

Members of the protest group Anonymous hold a rally for 'Freedom of Information' at the Boston Commons on February 19, 2011.
Anonymous on the Boston Commons | February 19, 2011
By CHRISSY BULAKITES  |  February 25, 2011

Beyond espionage: Four ways the United States can still prosecute WikiLeaks's Julian Assange

Not long after WikiLeaks entered the international lexicon, the question became not whether the United States government would prosecute founder Julian Assange, but how .
Freedom Watch

The year in tech

This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you

Strong-arming the First Amendment

President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2010


Wiki paradoxes

Trust us: It is only a matter of time before Hollywood brings the saga of WikiLeaks impresario Julian Assange to the big screen.
Plus, kudos to Council and DeLeo
By EDITORIAL  |  December 10, 2010
Julian Assange has been reported to the cyberpolice

Julian Assange has been reported to the cyberpolice

Photomeme by ROFLCon co-founder Tim Hwang (h/t Wayne & Wax) In other news, How soon until Wikileaks: The Movie?
By Carly Carioli  |  December 08, 2010

John Kerry's cameo in the Wikileaks State Department cable dump

This afternoon WIKILEAKS released the first batch of an estimated 250,000 State Department cables -- an event that has had official Washington, and the diplomatic...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 28, 2010

MuckRock City

Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler started their Web site,, as a hobby, and they set out to do something woefully esoteric.
How two local new-media junkies cut through the red tape and became First-Amendment superstars
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 19, 2010

The unethical journalism of WikiLeaks

We'll air the juicy bits!
Matt Bors
By MATT BORS  |  August 13, 2010

WikiLeaks, MIT, and Lady Gaga: A Guide to Boston's Role in Yet Another National Security Breach

Cambridge's elite academic institutions enjoy a friendly rivalry, but this is getting ridiculous, no? Sure, that deported Russian spy had a degree from Harvard's Kenedy...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 31, 2010

WikiLeaks: What it means

Only a day after three of the world's most-prominent news organizations — the New York Times , the Guardian , and Der Spiegel — published reports based on the 90,000-plus purloined secret Afghanistan War documents released by WikiLeaks, the US House
Plus, Mitt Romney — right-wing nut
By EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2010

Mind if I play through?

Handicapping the news
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  April 16, 2010