Via Catallaxy articles and comments this week I’ve learnt that hyperlinking, in a blog article such as this, to one of the sites on the governments secret list can cost you $11000 per day in fines. I wish they would publish the list so I could avoid making that mistake. Although when Wikileaks did publish the list (presumably to help out law abiding citizens such as myself) we then learnt that linking to the Wikileaks leaked copy of the list can cost you 10 years in jail. Ouch.
Caution means I’m too scared to link to the wikileaks site. However the URL begins with wikileaks, ends in org, and there’s nothing in the middle. Shhh, don’t tell anybody, it’s a very dangereous website. And try and keep your voice down because “they” might be reading this site.
In other news Wikileaks put out this press release;
WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE (for immediate release)
Thu Mar 19 23:07:20 EDT 2009
“Wikileaks to Conroy: Go after our source and we will go after you.”
The Stockholm based publisher of Wikileaks today issued a warning to the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Steven Conroy, who is responsible for Australian internet censorship.
Senator Conroy issued an official media release yesterday in response to Wikileaks’ release of last year’s confidential Australian internet censorship blacklist. The Senator said that his department, “is investigating this matter and is considering a range of possible actions it may take including referral to the Australian Federal Police. Any Australian involved in making this content publicly available would be at serious risk of criminal prosecution.”
The Senator is perhaps unware of the legal and diplomatic risks associated with the statement.
Sunshine Press Legal Adviser Jay Lim stated:
“Under the Swedish Constitution’s Press Freedom Act, the right of a confidential press source to anonymity is protected, and criminal penalties apply to anyone acting to breach that right.
Wikileaks source documents are received in Sweden and published from Sweden so as to derive maximum benefit from this legal protection. Should the Senator or anyone else attempt to discover our source we will refer the matter to the Constitutional Police for prosecution, and, if necessary, ask that the Senator and anyone else involved be extradited to face justice for breaching fundamental rights.”
Senator Conroy may wish to consider the position of the South African Competition Commission, which decided to cancel its own high profile leak investigation in January after being advised of the legal ramifications of interfering with Sunshine Press sources.
Please don’t tell anybody I told you about this.