Feeds

WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

Assange-aligned party 'Shining a light on injustice' by taking tea with dictator

Mobile application security vulnerability report

The WikiLeaks Party, the Australian political arm of WikiLeaks, has sent a delegation to Syria and met with the nation's leader Bashar al-Assad.

The United Nations has accused of al-Assad, and rival Syrian factions, of perpetrating war crimes in the nation's civil war

The WikiLeaks Party, for which Julian Assange ran as a candidate at Australia’s September 2013 elections, writes on its about page that it stands for “stands for unswerving commitment to the core principles of civic courage nourished by understanding and truthfulness and the free flow of information” and “will practise in politics what WikiLeaks has done in the field of information by standing up to the powerful and shining a light on injustice and corruption”.

“The Constitution of the WikiLeaks Party lists its objectives,” the page continues, “which include the protection of human rights and freedoms; transparency of governmental and corporate action, policy and information”.

The Party's Facebook page says it promotes “Transparency, Accountability, Justice”.

The Party has posted a notice explaining why it has made the visit, offering the following three aims for the trip:

  1. To show solidarity with the Syrian people and their nation
  2. To deepen our understandings of the social processes in Syria – the conflict, the humanitarian situation, conflict resolution, the political reform process
  3. To have face to face meetings with a range of Syrians and to observe the country

The visit was publicised by the Assad regime in the following Tweet:

(Tr. "Assad receives a delegation of solidarity Australia featuring academics, researchers and activists, headed by Professor Tim Anderson.")

The Australian, Rupert Murdoch's antipodean daily broadsheet newspaper, got wind of that Tweet. Australian government figures, from Prime Minister Tony Abbott down, have since described the visit as “foolish” or worse.

At the time of writing, the WikiLeaks Party has not responded to The Register's inquiry about how meeting al-Assad furthers it goals, but has Tweeted that its delegation will report on the visit as soon as is practical.

WikiLeaks has distanced itself from the visit, which it says it had no knowledge of.

The visit is the second major mis-step by the WikiLeaks Party, which last year used Australia's preferential voting system to offer support to right-wing groups.

For reasons too tedious to detail (TLDR version: 1,000 ballot papers went missing during Australia's 2013 election), 2014 will likely see Australia conduct an election for the federal Senate in just one State. Assange has indicated he'll happily put himself forward as a candidate for that poll. Whether he remains content to do so now that the party prosecuting his cause – and hopes for an exit from the Ecuadorean embassy – has supped with a dictator remains to be seen.

Assange, for what it is worth, has grown some ... interesting ... facial hair, and now tweets regularly in support of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know
What do you mean, we've ditched Redmond in favour of IBM?!
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'
Scrutiny committee bods probe derailed database project
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves
Big Content could get the right to order ISPs to stop traffic
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.