Hot on the oh-dear-that-wasn’t-supposed-to-happen heels of the organisation which allowed a password-and-a-half to be broadcast on Polish TV…come the British police.
A uniformed police officer at a recent Assange-oriented press briefing fell under the lens of a Press Association snapper. The officer was carrying a clipboard, and zooming in on the paper under the clip revealed a meaningful snippet of what looks like the hapless copper’s dutifully-taken meeting notes.
Under the pre-printed headings RESTRICTED – DECISIONS is a half-page of handwritten text partly obscured by the officer’s arm; two separate pictures allow the first two sentences to be reconstructed in their entirety, as shown below:
The revelations in the leaked text are hardly surprising: Assange is to be arrested if he leaves the embassy. ARRESTED. Who would have thought?
But the nature of the leak – old-fashioned handwriting captured and disseminated digitally – ought to be a reminder to us all.
In the words of our very own IT Security DOs and DON’Ts guide, which features ten handy poster-sized tips you can print and pin up around the office:
Don't leave printouts containing private information on your desk. Lock them in a drawer or shred them. It's very easy for a visitor to glance down at your desk and see sensitive documents.
Keep your desk tidy and documents locked away. It makes the office look more organized, and reduces the risk of information leaks.
Remember: you don’t need to parade your confidential stuff in front of a press photographer for it to be at risk of getting snapped up. Nokia’s latest mobile phone, for example – and this is a phone, remember! – sports a 41 megapixel camera. (You read that correctly. Forty-one.)
Any documents lying anywhere in your office are an easily-accessible target for visitors, cleaners and passers-by.
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19 comments on “‘Assange to be ARRESTED’ – British police in document dissemination gaffe”
Great article, although there may be a typo. Do you mean a 4<point>1 megapixel camera or a 41 megapixel camera.
Other than that, the article was a very wonderful – and humorous – read. Thank you!
41, as in "four times ten plus one", or "fifty minus nine".
Wow, I didn't even know such high resolution cameras exist. With a baby like that, no onder they captured the notes.
The quality of the lens optics (or lack thereof) are now more of a factor in some cases than resolution. If you had a 10 gigapixel camera with a lousy lens, then all you would get is lots and lots of blurry pixels. Still, the warning is a good one.
Assange can run, and he may be able to hide for a while, but eventually he will be caught and brought to justice.
One man's justice is another man's travesty.
brought to what? 😉
"brought to justice" sounds like new mediums nighttime kangaroo courts – guilty unless otherwise proven guilty. No – no mistake in the sentence.
Whose justice? 🙂
a) British justice,
b) Swedish justice,
c) US justice,
d) (a) + (b),
e) (a) + (b) + (c)?
The governments of the world should be brought to justice since they seem to have difficulty understanding just what that is!
Assange has done nothing wrong with the exception of exposing corrupt governments. As our governments are the ones that get us into wars and cost countless lives, I strongly believe that we as "The People" should always know what our corrupt counter parts are doing. Don't you? People are always hating on Americans and callings us devils and horrible people, but what they don't know is, we are no such thing, we are just misinformed people. We are clueless to what is going on. Just as the "The Banking Cartels" and our governments wants us to be. The reason it shows with us so much, is because we still have some of our freedoms. So when they are taken away and we are aware of it, we fight back and make a big deal about it, hence, the news, etc. Most other countries have nothing more to loose. Their rights and freedoms were taken away a long time ago. I feel bad for those countries. On the flip side though, they are used to it, and they see nothing wrong with it. If that is how they choose to live, that is okay. We as the American people don't want to live like that.
Now the media, as a hired gun, is smearing Assange, and the United States has set forth a fake claim of sexual misconduct in alliance with Sweden in order to capture Assange, so that the U.S. government in alliance with the banking cartels can condemn this man for embarrassing and exposing them! I cannot wait for him to release his "insurance" files. I think we will all be in a world of surprise for that one. Honestly, even if he is deported to the U.S., I believe they will have him killed before he even makes trial. The reason is because of the truth he is exposing and representing, the cartel and government knows the American People will stand up for and respect this man for.
Don't anyone else find it interesting that this alleged sexual misconduct is with a person who has direct ties to the CIA? Never doubt the corruption of people with power inside of governments and the limits they will exceed to keep that power. You can choose to be blind to all the facts and think for yourself, or you can be naive an just believe what a corrupt government tells you.
He is wanted in Sweden for two accusations of Rape, however they could question him in the UK but have so far refused to do so & have refused to explain why.
Those are the very facts that DM Pachtinger, and others with the same opinions, “choose to be blind to”…his words.
if it was "just" a rape case, we wouldn't be here discussing about it, wouldn't we!?
Erm, the Swedes have issues a European Arrest Warrant for him – they believe they've enough evidence to arrest him on the four counts, but need him to be in the country to charge him and question him further, following the principles of Swedish law.
As for extraditing him to the US, three conditions would need to be met:
a) the US requesting his extradition,
b) Sweden agreeing to it, and
c) the UK agreeing to it.
As no extradition request has yet been made, the Swedes are not in a position to state with 100% certainty that he would not be extradited to the US should such a request be made. Until such a request has been made, nobody can predict with absolute certainty what would be in it, what conditions Assange would likely be kept in pending trial, or what the range of sentences he could be charged with would be. Only once that information is available can Sweden and the UK determine whether fulfilling such a request would breach his human rights under the terms of the EHRA.
Strange rape actually seeing as how they were more than willing partners. The crux of the fictitious "rape" allegation came about after they discovered that he had not used a condom on the second or letter acts of sex.
He was also interviewed by police [or prosecutors or whatever] AND had been cleared to leave.
Subsequently, after some considerable time, they demanded he return to the country for further "interrogations" – yet refused to travel to "interview" [sic] him as is the case in many other similar matters of equal gravity of the law.
The absolute hypocrisy of the English in this matter is completely unbelievable, especially taking into account that they refuse to hand over a Nigerian ministerial thief who absconded with millions of dollars of government funds – and let us not forget that the poms had their faces slapped when they abducted Ronnie Biggs from Brazil in a vainglorious attempt to bring him back to rot in a pommie prison – it must have really hurt to have to return him back to Brazil.
As the saying goes – there is something rotten in the state of Denmark – in this case Swedish Sleaze and British [In]Justice – I would like to call them a pack of bastards – but that would surely lower the standards of all those poor illegitimates – who at least did have parents!
So now we know UK police will certainly organize something against a diplomatic vehicle to arrest Assange. Strange but not surprising practice. Can someone remember me what are the rules about diplomatic vehicles and freedom of expression?
diplomatic vehicle is part of the embassy and foreign soil as far as any laws about searching and arresting people — they even do not have to follow no parking rules and pay parking meters and any city that tows a diplomatic vehicle gets in trouble for seizing foreign soil
Unfortunately, its a matter of grab him if we can and let the dogooders try and get him freed once he hits US soil.
I think the real travesty is that countries pander to the US in extraditing "criminals" who have committed no offence in their own country whilst the US consistently REFUSES to extradite any US citizen to another country.
My bat and ball, my rules….