Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced this morning to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. Prosecutors had portrayed 25-year-old Manning as "the determined insider," an anarchist hacker and traitor who started working within weeks of his 2009 deployment to provide WikiLeaks wi ... More >>
Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, yet found guilty of espionage and theft, which could land him 100-plus years behind bars. If you feel the need to celebrate all this in a public way, then head down to Powell and Market streets after work t ... More >>
If the widespread derision of WikiLeaks' latest document drop is any indication, the struggling organization might be nearing the end of its useful life. Still, the stolen e-mails it started publishing on Sunday night so far seem more interesting in general than the trove of diplomatic cables it ... More >>
Only you and the government know your passwordsIn a major blow to Internet privacy, a district court judge ruled today that federal investigators were allowed to collect private records of three Twitter users as part of their investigation related to WikiLeaks.According to the Electronic Frontier ... More >>
I way overpay for my monthly Internet service. There are a bunch of reasons: Sonic.net, my ISP, has great customer service. It almost never goes down. The website is simple and user-friendly. It updates it quickly with service info. When you call them, they talk to you like you're a fellow human, ... More >>
How private can you really be on the Internet?Last month, a lower court ruled against the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, which tried to block the U.S. Government from obtaining secret tweets for its WikiLeaks investigation. Now the EFF, which works to protect the people's dig ... More >>
Matt Smith Assange via skype Julian Assange is a paranoid, misguided, smelly bag lady -- not an open government hero. And New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller? Well, he is a cynical dissembler interested more in covering his own ass than telling the truth.A couple hundred journalists, incl ... More >>
When a phone call to your senator doesn't get attentionIf you were passing through downtown San Francisco early this morning your eyes might have wandered over to a group of women staging a protest San Francisco-style -- without their clothes on.What you saw was a handful of women from San Franci ... More >>
If I see you guys make one more mistake, I'm gonna blow my topHenry Norr, an ex-San Francisco Chronicle technology reporter who was fired for his anti-war kibitzing, has turned his energies to sideline critiques of the media.Calling Norr "one persistent listener," NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard sai ... More >>
Gil RiegoRainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation speaks in support of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning Martin MacKerel wanted to make sure no one got confused about the location of a hastily organized rally in favor of Wikileaks and its founder, Jullian Assange. Around 50 demon ... More >>
Where are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks? Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have been the first line of resistance. More to come.
Nils Gilman @ Fort Mason In the 2008 Italian film Gomorrah, tiresome members of a Neapolitan crime syndicate shuffle around in bad shorts, trying to make their business ventures run smoothly between hits. The unglamorous, stomach-churning revelation of Gomorrah, and the book on which it is based, ... More >>
Is 'Mr. Change' listening?San Francisco attorney Jon Eisenberg thinks he's learned a thing or two about Barack Obama over the past 15 months. Eisenberg, who won a landmark decision against the government in Northern California's U.S. District Court Wednesday on a wiretapping case, says that when ... More >>
via flickr by Bernissimo Sunshine actThe FBI finally released hundreds of pages of classified documents related to pop star icon Michael Jackson, who died in August, detailing various investigations, including threats of a terrorist attack against Jackson. And local rabble-rouser Michael ... More >>
Oh, that waterboarding...Oh, for a return to the days when a troupe of miscreants breaking into Democratic Party headquarters was the source of our national angst -- and not nightmarish, government-sanctioned torture techniques. A memo released yesterday by the Director of National Intelligence and ... More >>
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How research for this story was conducted
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