Where ‘We Steal Secrets,’ The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short

first_imgbrian s hall Manning’s story demands to take center stage, but unfortunately, the film fails to deliver. Wikileaks was as much a vehicle for Manning as it was the instigator of his deeds. A young man who seemed to have lived his entire life utterly unsure of his identity sought to define himself through a singular stunning act. For good or ill, he succeeded.Sadly, all this is underplayed in We Steal Secrets.Missed OpportunityMeanwhile, the larger implications of Wikileaks and what it has wrought go largely unexplored. The documentary fails to give us the full story – or even a very good story – on Manning, government secrecy, the explosion of personal digitized data, the tension between security and privacy, or what all of that portends. We StealSecrets features war, leaks, terrorism, cover-ups, social media, identity crises, intrigue and an upending of traditional power structures. Yet after a well-paced introduction, it somehow barely manages to holds the viewer’s interest. Just one more sad, inexplicable failing in a saga replete with sad, inexplicable failings.Images courtesy of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Instead, We Steal Secrets devotes an inordinate amount of time to Assange himself – in particular, to the sexual assault allegations lodged against him in Sweden. (Those formed the basis for an extradition warrant that forced Assange to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s now lived for more than a year.) Such charges are, of course, serious in their own right. But in the context of this film, they amount to a distraction from the much bigger issues at stake.People, Not MachinesThe film traces the creation of the Wikileaks site, focusing primarily on Assange’s troubled past and conflicted present. It then quickly touches on several of Wikileaks’ greatest hits – the so-called “collateral murder” video from Iraq, the release of State Department diplomatic cables spanning decades, and leaked documents from the financial industry following the 2008 financial collapse.The prim, arrogant, self-serving Assange, as the film depicts him, was the right person at the right time to seize upon the opportunities presented by a new world, one in which everything is online and therefore accessible. Wikileaks was a audacious, highly visible attempt to encourage the uncovering and exposure of long-guarded secrets inside the halls of established power, both government and corporate. Tags:#film#Government#privacy The high-profile documentaryWe Steal Secrets:The Story of Wikileaks expanded into wider release in theaters and video-on-demand on Friday. Which would seem to be fortuitous timing, given this week’s revelations that the NSA has been rifling through email and personal documents stored by Internet giants like Google and Apple and collecting months of call-related data from Verizon.And yet We Steal Secrets, which sets out to show how the post-9/11 American security state collided with the rise of global connectivity and social media, regrettably fails to probe what it all means. The documentary, directed by the undeniably talented (and Oscar-winning) Alex Gibney, doesn’t even bother to ask – much less answer – the biggest questions raised by the entire Wikileaks saga, such as:When does purportedly protective surveillance overreach, threatening personal privacy and constitutional protections?Is the U.S. safer because of Wikileaks? Or more democratic?Is it even possible to keep state secrets anymore?Where should we draw the line between government transparency and legitimate security? Related Posts Unexpectedly, the long-running U.S. war in Iraq provided Assange with just the opportunity he needed – in particular, when a tormented Army private named Bradley Manning enters the story. Portrayed as a mostly tragic, slightly heroic figure, Manning served unhappily in Iraq, tormented by his objections to the war and his own uncertainty about his sexual identity.He was assigned the job of “intelligence analyst” and given near-unfettered access to shocking amounts of rather shocking military data. Which he then proceeded to hand over to Wikileaks, at least until he was arrested a few months later after an online “buddy” he’d confided in turned him in. (Manning’s espionage trial, by the way, also started this week.) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol said Tuesday that the team will appeal the case of Ibrahim Ouattara, its most recent import who now faces ineligibility allegedly due to the rule on two-year residency.In a text message to the Inquirer, Perasol said that their management group is “bent on elevating this issue to the decision-making Board of Trustees (BOT)” of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Perasol pointed out that “the BMD decision is definitely recommendatory,” noting that it may have based its decision on the case involving Ben Mbala of the De La Salle University Green Archers.A transferee from Cebu, Mbala had to wait for two seasons after his transfer to Manila from Southwestern University before he could play at the UAAP.‘Overturned’ rulesLawyer Ags Uvero, chair of the NowhereToGoButUP Foundation which supports UP sports teams, said prior to Mbala’s case, the residency requirement for transferees “regardless of nationality” was only a year.“The BOT decision on the Mbala case in 2012 has been overturned by the latest rules,” he told Inquirer in a text message. “The recommendation of the Committee on Eligibility has no basis at all.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Along with Ouattara, Cameroonian Steve Akomo of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers also faces the same issue raised by the UAAP Board. Both allegedly do not meet the residency requirement to play for the UAAP Season 80.Cayetano LawFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Perasol said he believes that the Cayetano Law should be followed. Signed in 2015, Republic Act No. 10676, otherwise known as the Student-Athletes Protection Act, regulates the residency requirement in school leagues.An athletic association may impose a maximum yearlong residency for college student-athletes before they could participate in any competition, the law says. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Uvero also said the yearlong residency rule does not make a distinction as to the nationality of the student-athlete.“Our position is that the latest rules as approved by the Board of Trustees in its meeting held on May 24, 2016, in Pico de Loro, Batangas, are very clear and specific with regard to the one-year residency requirement for transferees from non-UAAP universities,” he said.last_img read more

Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple G

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “This is for my country and my people,” Alvarez said. “Simply put, the people wanted this fight.”It won’t be a fight for the faint of heart. Golovkin had a 23-fight knockout streak before going the distance in his last fight, while Alvarez is a masterful counterpuncher who is not afraid to mix it up.Between them they have only one loss in 88 fights. Alvarez suffered it in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he admitted he took too early in his career.By contrast, he may have waited until just the right time to fight Golovkin. Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, were widely criticized for avoiding Golovkin for the last two years, but now Alvarez has grown into a full-fledged middleweight and both fighters seem to be in their prime.There shouldn’t be many surprises. And there will certainly be no excuses.ADVERTISEMENT Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Alvarez showed some potential by stopping Gonzalez in fourth round. Afterward he collected his first real payday.“Eighty pesos,” Alvarez recalled this week. “I think it was like $6.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA dozen years later, the pay has gotten a lot better. On Saturday night Alvarez will make millions as he meets knockout specialist Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown that boxing purists are comparing to some of the division’s great fights of years past .Some 40 million of his countrymen are expected to be watching on television as the fighter who is arguably Mexico’s biggest sports hero takes on the fearsome Golovkin in a fight that could define the career of both fighters. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “I give a slight edge to Triple G because of his sheer punching power with both hands,” Leonard said. “Canelo has to fight the best fight of his life, just like when I fought Hagler. I had to be technically sharp, strategically sharp and smart.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a middleweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez was just Saul Alvarez back then, a red-haired 15-year-old who wanted nothing more than to make some money boxing.He got his chance on a summer night in 2005 in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, where he grew up. His opponent was another teenager named Abraham Gonzalez, but he could have been anyone.ADVERTISEMENT “My mentality is 100 percent to win,” Alvarez said. “Every night before I go to bed I visualize a knockout.”Alvarez has been on the big stage before. He and Mayweather delivered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in their fight, and he has consistently drawn big crowds and big television numbers over the last five years.He’s done beer commercials with Sylvester Stallone, collected multi-million dollar purses, and established himself as the latest in a long succession of aggressive Mexican fighters.If he can beat Golovkin — and he’s a slight underdog — he’ll have a handful of championship belts and a signature win that will resonate throughout the sport. It’s something he thought would happen if he beat Mayweather, but at 23, he wasn’t ready for the defensive master.“Most definitely I was too young and it showed,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I don’t take it today as a defeat but as an experience. I learned a lot from that fight.”In Golovkin, Alvarez will be fighting a boxer who hasn’t lost since the gold medal match in the 2004 Olympics. He’ll also be facing a slugger who has 33 knockouts in 37 fights and is defending his middleweight titles for the 19th time.But Golovkin looked somewhat vulnerable in his last fight, where he went 12 rounds with Danny Jacobs. He won, but the fight that may have convinced De La Hoya to risk his most marketable fighter against Triple G.No one on either side expects it to be easy.“He has a very aggressive style. He comes to search and destroy and he comes in search of a knockout,” Alvarez said. “You know me, I don’t back down. I’m a counter puncher and I like to fight. It has all the ingredients to be one of the best fights ever.”Whether the fight will deliver the classic everyone expects remains to be seen. But it has brought talk of great middleweight fights from the 1980s, including Tommy Hearns versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Hagler against Sugar Ray Leonard.Leonard posted a video on Twitter this week giving his thoughts on the outcome.last_img read more

Northbound ECSAEurope Trade Turning the Corner

first_imgzoom The northbound East Coast South America – Europe trade is finally on the mend heading into the Brazilian fruit export season, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Europe-East Coast South America trade shows that the southbound market continues to strengthen, while the long-time downwards trend for the northbound trade has bottomed out and starting to turn the corner.Southbound container volumes from Europe have performed very well, registering year-on-year gains in 13 consecutive months, with seven of those months rising by at least 10%, including the last two months, Drewry cited data from Datamar.After nine months in 2017, the southbound trade was up by 12% compared to the same period last year and is on course to match the 2014 annual total after a couple of lean years. This will be the first year since 2013 with any type of annual growth.“The demand outlook for the northbound trade is much brighter, which will support further spot rate increases during the fruit export season,” the shipping consultancy said.Split by region of export, growth from the smaller Mediterranean market was strongest, rising by 17% to 181,000 TEU after nine months. North Europe exports to ECSA increased by 10% to 442,000 TEU over the same timeframe.Shipments in the more reefer-oriented northbound trade have fared less well and outbound ECSA traffic was down by 3% after three quarters. However, trade has improved markedly since the second quarter. Northbound volumes increased by 1.8% year-on-year in the third quarter, following three consecutive negative quarters.By year-end, simply in terms of overall TEU, the ECSA-Europe inbound and outbound trades may very well end up closely matched, according to Drewry.A variety of service changes have occurred recently in this route, which are expected to add an extra 30,000 TEU per month to the southbound market on average during the final quarter, and 20,000 TEU each month northbound.“The additional capacity in the market has not done much to change southbound spot rates, which have stubbornly refused to budge from about USD 1,000 per 40ft container all year,” Drewry said, adding that stronger ship utilisation in recent months has supported gains of about USD 100 per 40ft in the more volatile northbound sector.last_img read more

Like father like son for Ohio State wrestlings Tom and Jake Ryan

OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State coach Tom Ryan has a special relationship with all of his wrestlers, but he might be forgiven for admitting he has a closer bond than usual with redshirt freshman Jake Ryan.The two share more than a last name. They also share blood ties, being father and son.Jake Ryan joined the team last season after coming to OSU by way of Olentangy Liberty High School, where he was a star wrestler.Tom Ryan has been the wrestling coach at OSU since 2006, having come from Hofstra University, where he spent 11 years at the helm. Before that, he was an assistant at Indiana and a standout wrestler at Iowa.It’s no wonder his son picked up the sport.“He definitely introduced me to it, but he never forced me and never made me do anything,” Jake Ryan said. “It is a big factor as to why I fell in love with the sport. When you’re pushed really hard like that from a father’s aspect, it makes the sport less fun.”He started wrestling at age 6 while the family was living in New York.Tom Ryan developed a sharp eye for skill through his years of coaching, and even when his son was in elementary school, he recognized that Jake had talent.“He was strong and stayed in good position,” the coach said. “You hope that at some point he loves it enough to continue to do it at this level. There is only one way to continue at this level. You have to have some sort of love for it.”Jake Ryan was Olentangy Liberty’s first two-time state placer, and despite being recruited by universities like Duke, he said he had no doubt he would wear scarlet and gray.Being in such close proximity to his family was a huge factor in his decision to come to OSU. They are never far away whenever he wants a home-cooked meal or to visit his siblings.OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOf the four children in the Ryan family, only Jake has taken up competitive wrestling at the collegiate level. His younger brother, Teague, died at the age of 5 of a congenital heart condition, which is shared by his older brother, Jordan. The family also has a daughter, Mackenzie, who is 15.The youngest Ryan son showed great promise in the eyes of his father before he died.“Not only do I have a son on the team, but I have another son who wrestled, as well, that had equally, if not more, talent as a young kid that never got the opportunity to do this,” the coach said. “It puts both (himself and Jake) in a very unique scenario.”Tom Ryan said he thinks his family’s situation — losing an athletically gifted son, yet still having another one able to wrestle collegiately —  transpired in an unlikely manner.“It makes the scenario almost one in a million,” the coach said. Even through tragedy, both Jake and Tom Ryan have persevered to earn their way to this point. The coach led the Buckeyes to their first team title last season, and his son has wrestled his way into the top 25 in the nation at the 157-pound class with a 13-2 record this season.Both of the Ryans said they feel fortunate to have this chance before them.“We are both extremely grateful,” the coach said. read more

Ocean Beach Pier repairs progressing

first_img Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For the first time since it was closed by a massive storm, there appear to be signs of progress on the iconic Ocean Beach Pier.“It’s easy to criticize, but it should have been fixed a lot quicker. I understand there are some hidden issues,” says O.B. Native Craig Stevens.It’s true. Some of the damage is visible and some is not. But today, real signs of recovery, at least on the superficial damage. “I see they have a lot of wood that’s going out to the end of the pier and it’s going to be used for the railing. That’s really good and hopefully it will be open soon”. says Stevens.But don’t make dinner reservations at the Walking on Water restaurant any time soon. Some of the damage you can’t see, could take a while to repair. Remember, those 12-foot crashing waves also ripped out plumbing and electric lines. Currently the electricity is run by generator.“I was just looking at all the damage. I understand there it’s more complicated than I originally thought”, says O.B. local Michelle Siscon. “But now that I see there are moving ahead and they are fixing the railings, I’m stoked”.As for an “actual” time frame. The City either doesn’t know or isn’t saying, at this point. This could be tricky. City Engineers have seen the extent of the damage, now they need to lay it out for all to see.Until then, small signs of progress are welcome. Posted: February 26, 2019center_img Updated: 5:49 PM Ocean Beach Pier repairs progressing February 26, 2019last_img read more

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