I have copied it from the press release by Daniel Ellsberg´s Website. Daniel Ellsberg was the man that leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret government history of the Vietnam War to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. The Vietnam War changed my political life.
If you now also are thinking of the present war going on for making WikiLeaks silent, you are just at the moment of truth.
The links below will give you some of the reactions from people and media around the world standing up for the Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Speech.
Freedom of Expression is a cornerstone of democratic rights and freedoms.
Freedom of expression is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision-making. Citizens cannot exercise their right to vote effectively or take part in public decision-making if they do not have free access to information and ideas and are not able to express their views freely. Freedom of expression is thus not only important for individual dignity but also to participation, accountability and democracy. Violations of freedom of expression often go hand in hand with other violations, in particular the right to freedom of association and assembly.
The right to Freedom of Speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression." Furthermore freedom of speech is recognized in European, inter-American and African regional human rights law.Interesting links:
WikiLeaks live Updates
What is WikiLeaks (BBC)
Operation Payback and Internet activists (Ref Wasp = Lisbeth Salander)
WikiLeaks on Twitter