UN Human Rights lawyer backs WikiLeaks

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem (Navi) Pillay has decried the pressure put on commercial organisations to drop WikiLeaks.

Speaking at a press conference in the UN's top human rights official said the "pressure exerted" on the likes of PayPal to cut the financial aid to the whistle-blowing site was "potentially violating WikiLeaks' right to freedom of expression".

She also described the subsequent DDoS attacks mounted on the financial organisations that have shafted WikiLeaks as 'astonishing'.

"It's truly what media would call a cyberwar," she said.

Meanwhile, the revelations from the cables released by WikiLeaks continue to embarrass and surprise. In one, drug outfit and maker of knob-hardening substance Viagra is exposed has having hired investigators in Nigeria in an attempt to stop the attorney general prosecuting the company over dodgy drug trials conducted in the country.

It states: "According to Liggeri, Pfizer had hired investigators to uncover corruption links to federal attorney general Michael Aondoakaa to expose him and put pressure on him to drop the federal cases. He said Pfizer's investigators were passing this information to local media."

A miffed US ambassador to the UK writing in the Guardian has called the Wiki leaks 'deplorable'.

"The WikiLeaks disclosures put innocent lives at risk and damage US national security interests," he whines. "And to what purpose?"

"This is not whistleblowing," he writes. "There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people. There is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends." He fails to state who has been endangered by the links and obviously assumes the rest of the world gives a flying fig about "damage" caused to US natiuonal security interests. He just doesn't get it.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has waded in to the debate. Obviously a bit miffed that the cables suggest Russia is corrupt and undemocratic he wonders whether Western counties really understand the nature of democracy.

"Why was Mr. Assange hidden in prison?" he mused at a press conference. "Is this democracy?"

Also tossing in his twopenn'orth is Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who wonders why there wasn't more uproar over the arrest in London of WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange.

"This WikiLeaks guy was arrested, and I'm not seeing any protest for freedom of expression," he said.

"There is nothing, nothing for freedom of expression and against the imprisonment of this guy who was doing better work than many of the ambassadors."

Student activists in London apparently had better things to moan about.