Summary: Volatile servers and threats against Wikileaks’ sympathisers motivate the adherence to local copies of selected Cablegate cables
SOME Wikileaks-associated Web sites are currently not available. Some came under DDOS attacks, whereas others cannot cope with legitimate requests/server load. Wikileaks is trying to expand its network of mirrors (minutes ago it announced a new mirror in Europe), but it’s an uphill battle as the more available these become, the higher the demand for them gets. In some places in Europe, hosts were forced to put down Wikileaks mirrors, so nothing should be taken for granted. This is why we decided that — given that the cables are already out there on thousands of servers — to republish selected cable in full. Several of us are now combing through them in an attempt to find relevant cables that need explanation and context. Our hope is to establish a somewhat comprehensive coverage of the cables that intersect with our topics of interest. There might not be more than 1,000 such cables, but that too would be an impressive number. A lot of these cables may be quite old, but this does not change the fact the new findings are contained in them. We are hoping to learn more about how software patents lobbying, OOXML corruption, crackdowns against GNU/Linux etc. are being done so that in the future we can be better prepared and properly equipped to effectively intervene.
In other news, our team is working on a theme banner for all the cables we’ll publish in the future. Next week will be fun. It’s nice to get a pat on the back every now and then. If you can help us with Cablegate, then please joins us in IRC. █