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Welcome Back, Julian! WikiLeaks' Founder Is Back--and Interviews Hezbollah's Nasrallah

Remember Julian Assange, the guy behind WikiLeaks? Well, he’s back.  Despite facing rape charges in his native country of Sweden, he’s started a new internet T.V. show, which Russia Today is hosting online.   RT.com, a Kremlin-controlled station, may be a strange choice for Assange’s new show, given his quasi-anarchic ethos, but stranger still is his first interviewee—Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader.

Israel: 100 Missiles a Day to Tel Aviv in Next Hezbollah War

04/08/2011
JTA

(JTA) -- Israeli officials expect Hezbollah to fire about 500 missiles a day at Israel, including 100 that will reach Tel Aviv, in the next war.

A batch of U.S. diplomatic leaks shared with Israeli newspapers through WikiLeaks were published Friday. Summaries of conversations in 2009 between U.S. officials and Israeli intelligence officials show that Israel expects the next war with Hezbollah to last two months.

Reform Seeks Clarifications in Bradley Manning WikiLeaks Case

03/30/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Reform Movement sought clarifications from the Pentagon on the treatment of the soldier accused in a massive leaks case.

The letter sent Tuesday by Reform's Religious Action Center to Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted "incomplete" reports in the media about the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, who allegedly is behind leaks of classified documents last year to WikiLeaks.

Some of the reports have suggested that Manning is forced to sleep naked and to stand naked outside his cell each morning.

The Week in Anti-Semitism: A Highlight Reel

It must be springtime for Hitler, for this week was chock full of anti-semitic tirades.  By now you've probably heard about the most vile bromide, the one by laureled Christain Dior designer John Galliano.  In case you missed it, a couple dining next to him in a Paris restaurant caught him in a drunken stupor hurling praise for Hilter and his wish that, if the couple was

WikiLeaks: Israel Has Preferred Suleiman in Egypt

02/08/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has long preferred current Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as the successor to President Hosni Mubarak, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

A senior adviser from Israel's Ministry of Defense told U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv in August 2008 that Suleiman was viewed as the most likely interim president if Mubarak died or was incapacitated.

WikiLeaks: Israel Kept Gaza Economy ‘On Brink’

01/05/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel told the United States in 2008 that it planned to keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse," according to a diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

The cable, one of three on the topic from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington, said that "As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."

WikiLeaks: Iran Missiles Can Reach Israel in 12 Minutes

01/02/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Iran has missiles that can reach Israel in 12 minutes, according to cables released by WikiLeaks.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi told a U.S. Congressional delegation in November 2009 that the Islamic Republic has over 300 missiles that can reach the Jewish state in up to 12 minutes, according to the cables released on Sunday.

Wikileaks: New Zealand Severed Ties With Israel Over Arab Trade

12/23/2010

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – New Zealand’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Israel following a botched Mossad operation was an attempt to increase trade with the Arab world, according to leaked diplomatic cables.

In July 2004, two Mossad agents were caught trying to obtain a New Zealand passport fraudulently, triggering the worst diplomatic meltdown between the two countries. They were jailed and later repatriated to Israel. In 2005 Israel apologized for “the incident with the Mossad” and normal diplomatic relations were restored.

AIPAC Viewed U.S. Gov’t as Targeting Pro-Israel Groups During Espionage Probe

12/16/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It was a case that transfixed the pro-Israel community: the arrest in August 2005 on espionage charges of two senior officials at the most influential pro-Israel group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The Ethics of WikiLeaks

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Q. Was the leaking of a trove of private diplomatic communications ethical? And once leaked, is it ethical for news organizations to publish them?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
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