Lieberman Strikes Again Against Wikileaks' Web Nancy Scola | December 2, 2010 - 3:52pm
Tableau, the Seattle-based data visualization company that had been hosting Wikileaks charts showing different visualizations of the State Department cables , is saying this afternoon that it took down the charts at Senator Joe Lieberman's request:
Wednesday afternoon, Tableau Software removed data visualizations published by WikiLeaks to Tableau Public. We understand this is a sensitive issue and want to assure the public and our users that this was not an easy decision, nor one that we took lightly.
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Our decision to remove the data from our servers came in response to a public request by Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, when he called for organizations hosting WikiLeaks to terminate their relationship with the website.
This will inevitably be met with mixed reaction. However, our terms of service were created to ensure responsible use of data.
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Tableau's company history explains that the firm spun out of a U.S. Defense Department data viz project.
7. WikiLeaks cables visualisation pulled after pressure from Joe Lieberman
Source: The Guardian UK
The company that provided visualisations of the contents of the leaked US embassy cables has admitted it removed them from the net at the request of Senator Joe Lieberman, the chair of the Senate homeland committee who has made angry denunciations of the leaks.
The removal of the visualisation came as the US Social Security Agency warned its workers that looking at the leaked cables could constitute a criminal offence.
14. Please. This is Obamaadmin scaring citizens out of exercising their First Amendment rights, not an
Edited on Fri Dec-03-10 07:47 AM by No Elephants
employer remind employees not to use the bosses' stuff for personal reasons.
Getting threatened with firing for misue of company property is one thing. Getting lied to about the potential for criminsl charges (espionage) re: viewing stolen governemnt "secrets" that now could not possibly be more public is something entirely different.
And viewing stolen info was supposedly the offense. That is not limited to use of company property. If it really were a crime, it would be a crime if you viewed it on your own equipment, in your home and on your own time.
We still do have a First Amendment. Okay, maybe only on paper nowadays, much like the Fourth, but no one's done what's necessary legally to formally repeal it.
Seriously, when you're willing to equate government violations of the Bill of Bill of Rights as garden variety, nothing to see here employment law bc Obama's in the Oval Office now instead of Dummya/Dick, please consider pausing and taking a breath.
What I've seen of the cables so far is that they have pretty good information in them, and diplomats were reporting quite candidly on what they were hearing.
If the cables really were written by idiots, then I doubt very much that the world media would be dominated by these leaks for the better part of week already, and there is much more still to come out.
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