March 25, 2010
Is the Pentagon ready to “rendition” members of WikiLeaks in order to silence the whistleblower website? “If anything happens to us, you know why,” a recent Tweet issued by a member of the website states.
WikiLeaks has told supporters not to worry. “To those worrying about us – we’re fine, and will issue a suitable riposte shortly,” a Tweet stated.
WikiLeaks, the web portal of forbidden information that won Amnesty International’s new media award last year, is under fire for its plan to make public unencrypted footage of an air strike in Afghanistan on May 7 last year that killed 97 civilians. WikiLeaks has promised to reveal a “Pentagon Murder Cover-up” at the National Press Club in Washington on April 5, according to the Mail Online.
The Pentagon initially planned to make the footage public, but backed off after it turned out to be more incriminating than at first thought. Now they are gunning for WikiLeaks because they plan to release the video.
“WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation,” another Tweet claims. “One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.”
“We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.”
A WikiLeaks editor reported that he was being followed by “State Dep diplomatic cover” in Norway.
WikiLeaks has angered the U.S. government in the past. In 2007, the site posted almost the entire order of battle for American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earlier this month, the site posted a 2008 report from the Army Counterintelligence Center.