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This was originally published by Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies

The war on WikiLeaks 

This was originally published by Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies.

  • Year that President Woodrow Wilson called for "open diplomacy" that "shall proceed always frankly and in the public view": 1918

  • Number of secret U.S. diplomatic cables the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks released beginning in November: more than 251,000

  • Number of classified U.S. war files from Iraq that the group leaked in October: 400,000

  • Number of classified war files from Afghanistan it released in July: more than 76,000

  • Date the Justice Department opened an investigation into the leaking of the Afghanistan War documents: July 2010

  • Date when five human rights groups called on WikiLeaks to be more careful about redacting the names of people whose lives could be placed at risk by disclosure: August 2010

  • Date of one diplomatic cable in which the Afghani interior minister urged the State Department to quash a reporter asking about an incident in which Virginia-based war contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghani police recruits that included a traditional form of child prostitution involving young boys: June 24, 2009

  • Number of official U.S. investigations into DynCorp under way as a result of that incident: 0

  • Date WikiLeaks' website began experiencing what appeared to be denial-of-service Internet attacks: Nov. 28, 2010

  • Date Amazon.com forced WikiLeaks off its web servers after U.S. congressional staffers started asking the company about its relationship with the group: Dec. 1, 2010

  • Date on which the Library of Congress acknowledged that it was blocking access to WikiLeaks: Dec. 3, 2010

  • Date that Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Espionage Act to make it easier for prosecutors to pursue a criminal case against WikiLeaks' Australian founder, Julian Assange: Dec. 2, 2010

  • Date that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said that anything less than execution would be "too kind a penalty" for leaking the State Department documents: Nov. 29, 2010

  • Date that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Assange should not be pursued because "in a free society we're supposed to know the truth": Dec. 2, 2010

  • Month that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who's called for hearings into WikiLeaks, is expected to take over the House Judiciary Committee: January 2011

  • Number of offenses Assange has been formally charged with in the U.S. to date: 0

  • Date on which Assange is accused of committing a crime in Sweden by engaging in consensual sex with his host, Anna Ardin, during which a condom reportedly failed: Aug. 13, 2010

  • Date on which Ardin, during a party she threw for Assange, tweeted that she was sitting with "the world's coolest smartest people, it's amazing": Aug. 15, 2010

  • Date on which Assange had sex with another Swedish woman, an aspiring photographer named Sofia Wilen who afterward reportedly sent text messages bragging about the encounter: Aug. 16, 2010

  • Date that Ardin and the other woman filed a complaint with Swedish police that centered around issues involving condom use: Aug. 20, 2010

  • Date on which Swedish authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Assange related to the sex charges: Nov. 20, 2010

  • Number of criminal offenses that Assange has been formally charged with in Sweden: 0

  • Date on which Assange turned himself in to British police while courts consider extradition: Dec. 7, 2010

  • Estimated portion of Internet references to Assange that now refer to rape: about three-quarters

  • Date on which John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the anti-censorship Electronic Frontier Foundation, tweeted a message that said, "The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops": Dec. 3, 2010

  • Number of hours that elapsed between a British judge's decision to deny Assange bail and the mounting of retaliatory attacks by Internet activists on the websites of multinational companies and others deemed hostile to Assange: 12

  • Number of WikiLeaks' Facebook fans to date: more than 1.1 million

  • Number of people who have signed a petition calling for an end to the crackdown on WikiLeaks and its partners: more than 275,000
  • This was originally published by Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies

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