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WikiLeaks Moving to International Waters?

WikiLeaks Moving to International Waters?

by P. H. MadoreMarch 27, 2015

According to numerous unnamed sources speaking to Fox News, investors in WikiLeaks are working to purchase a boat so they can move WikiLeaks servers into international waters in order to avoid prosecution and outages. The source did not confirm what part of the world the boat would roam in, but the article at Fox News speculated that the North Sea in England would be a good place for it, given the long-standing independence of Sealand.

A Good Move For WikiLeaks?

Legally, the move is dubious, for a number of reasons. Some experts say that it would make the data liberationists easier to prosecute and get hold of, while others say that it makes no real difference where a server is located. Everyone involved is aware that what they’ve been up to since the end of the 2000s has been a game of prosecution cat and mouse, with the United States deciding in 2010 that Julian Assange was not protected under the Constitution.

This is largely because he is not engaged in receiving the leaks so much as he is engaged in the solicitation of them. By contrast, if a Hacked writer were to receive leaked documents from a source and reported on them, he would not be implicated in the method by which they were acquired. Similarly, he would have the legal right to not divulge who the source had been. For his own good, he would want to vet that the source was legitimate and that the facts were true, to the best of his ability.

Sealand Probably Not the Destination

Since this whole story appears to be a matter of speculation, speculating a little more won’t hurt anything. When WikiLeaks, which has become increasingly secretive in recent times due to “assassination attempts,” makes a statement on the matter, we will report that.

Meantime, it would seem that moving anywhere near the British Isles would be a bad idea. The group would have to acquire sustenance somehow, and Britain is an incredibly close ally of the United States, the country who wants WikiLeaks members the worst, in connection with high-level breaches of military documents in 2009. Most famously, a video of an Apache crew killing a reporter and making jokes while so doing was an incredibly damning bit for the US.

No, if WikiLeaks were to take on such an operation at all, it would most likely be in the Caribbean, perhaps near the Island of Antigua, which has a long history of ignoring US hegemony of any sort. A haven for online gambling, the chances of them co-operating with international demands for co-operation or information about an aquatic data center seem slim to none.

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  • Cnaeus

    Sad to say, but this article is incredibly uninformed for the parts concerning Sweden. Unless it actually means Iceland? Pretty much everything said about Assange & Sweden is fundamentally wrong:


* “the country has a long history of promoting internet freedom” The country has a strong and constitutionally protected freedom of speech tradition, yes, and this is what initially lead Assange to go to that fatal trip to Sweden which ended up in…well bed… However, it does not have a history of promoting internet freedom, on the contrary it is one of the few countries that refuse to withdraw the data storage directive, it is one of the countries in the EU most active in cooperation with the US and has even been repeatedly criticised by the rest of the EU for it’s anti-privacy pro-surveilance policies and practice.

* Sweden is currently ruled by the Social Democrats, with the Greens as a junior coalition partner in a weak centre-left coalition. The Social Democrats of Sweden are one of the most traditionalist statist parties of the Western world, and would never ever do anything to support an 
anti-authority organization such as Wikileaks. The party has also always been closely cooperating with the US. Their coalition partners the Greens have a more anti-authoritarian tradition, however since for the first time coming into a government, and being the far junior partner, are basically giving up most of these ideals for being allowed to sit in government.

* The centre-right opposition is lead by the “Moderate Party”, a “centre-conservative” party that has adopted most of the traditional Social Democrat statist stance, and although they are sometimes incorrectly called “neoliberal” they are in all effect a very traditional pro-big-government conservative national security oriented party.

As for the Pirate Party, I don’t know what you are getting the information about them gaining ground from. They had an election succeess in 2009 European Parliament, but got utterly eradicated in last year’s EU parliament elections, and they have never even remotely been 
close to qualify for the National Parliament. They are currently polling below 1%.

    * There is ZERO percent chance that Assange (or Snowden) would be granted citizenship with a Social Democrat government OR a Moderates lead government. ZERO. If anything Sweden is one of the closest allies of the 5-eyes anglo-saxon coalition (US-UK-CA-AU-NZ) when it comes to security and surveillance.

    The Pirate Party of ICELAND, a completely different country in the Atlantic quite far from 
Sweden, have been making huge strides lately. There has been talks about Snowden eventually possibly perhaps having a shot at citizenship there. But this article is about Assange, not Snowden, so I don’t know what this article is really saying.

    Regarding the rape charges against Assange, they are also not correctly described in the article, but that is a less important matter here and I CBA to go through them.

    • SiMoebus

      Some facts, some misinformation, and some outright misunderstanding. With the information you provide Julian Assange has no reason to fear going to Sweden.

    • P. H. Madore

      Okay, I’ll just delete the whole portion about Sweden for now.

    • P. H. Madore

      Thank you for taking the time to correct me. I think there’s a good amount of research I should have done about Sweden before writing that part of the article. Perhaps one day soon I will write a researched article, taking your lead, about Sweden’s history on internet freedom.