Monday, December 6, 2010

The Return

I can't believe it's nearly three weeks since I last posted something here. I guess with the F1 season ending, there's not that much to talk about. The huge amount of snow we've had in Europe didn't really help either, since I haven't gone to the cinema for ages now. With the arrival of winter, my entire being is working towards a total hibernation sequence, as it has been every year. Due to the large quantity of sleep being used, I need to concentrate on the more important things and drop a few others. Sadly, the blog has been a target so far.

So what's been happening then? Wikileaks has published, and is still slowly publishing more, diplomatic cables for the world to see. Unlike other leaks, this one has certainly grabbed the interest of the media. The Iraqi War and Afghanistan stuff didn't seem to quite catch on as everybody thought it would.

I must say though, that the cable leaks have revealed nothing significant. It shows that the diplomatic world thinks Iran's president to be a giant idiot - which we all knew already. The cables indicate that Italian premier Berlusconi has wild parties - we are all fully aware of those "bunga-bunga" sex parties widely reported on the news already. It goes on about how Sarkozy is a short dictator-type, and the North Korean leadership are complete twats. Wow! This stuff is really life changing (warning: massive sarcasm).

After the last "war diary" leak, the head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, came under tremendous fire from all sides. The officials were upset, and the media didn't let go. The Swedish government even used that moment to announce he was to be arrested on entry to the Scandinavian country for rape charges, which he denies. But then, all of a sudden, everyone realised that the people didn't care enough about it. The officials stopped, and the media backed off. Even Sweden decided to recant and claim they made a mistake so they have withdrawn all charges against Assange.

What's changed now is that the media is constantly on this diplomatic cable leak. I think the reason is because diplomacy is not exactly the most transparent industry out there. In fact, it's probably one of the least due to the nature of the job. Finally, the public gets a chance to look at what is happening in that world, but it will fade away soon enough. Sweden, however, has now issued an Interpol arrest warrant for Assange to be extradited to Sweden for trial. So the first time wasn't a mistake after all? Or does the word "conspiracy" come into play in any way?

Wikileaks has been under DDoS attacks since the cables leak and were forced to move servers. At some point they ended up in Amazon's server farm. Then Amazon dropped them in violation of their own charter of some kind. The DNS host for the domain also dropped them causing Wikileaks to change to various other domains such as .ch, .de... etc.

What an enormous saga. And it's something which is really not so significant since nothing revealed has been anything close to news breaking. Stop being stupid guys...

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