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October 28th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Sharks: from predator to prey

Shark attacks make good headlines… but your odds of getting bit are slim, really slim. Globally sharks are in steep decline. Commercial fishing and a growing demand for their fins is taking millions of sharks out of our oceans. These predators long feared by man now have something to fear from us.

Kaj Larsen comes face to face with sharks and reveals how the threat to them also threatens our environment. "Sharks" is one of four stories in one great hour this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Kaj Larsen • shark
October 24th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

WikiLeaks halts publication to raise money

WikiLeaks announced that it was temporarily stopping publication Monday to "aggressively fundraise" in order to stay afloat.

A financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has destroyed 95% of WikiLeaks' revenue, organization founder Julian Assange said.

"Our scarce resources now must focus entirely on fighting this unlawful banking blockade," Assange said. "If this financial attack stands unchallenged, a dangerous, oppressive and undemocratic precedent will have been set, the implications of which go far beyond WikiLeaks and its work."

Speaking in front of a backdrop that showed upside-down logos of VISA, MasterCard, Bank of America and PayPal, Assange said his organization, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, had been running off cash reserves for 11 months.

Many financial institutions stopped doing business with the site after it published a trove of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables late last year, and donations have been stymied.

U.S. authorities have said disclosing the classified information was illegal and caused risks to individuals and national security.

"WikiLeaks has, however, ignored our requests not to release or disseminate any U.S. documents it may possess and has continued its well-established pattern of irresponsible, reckless, and frankly dangerous actions," U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said last month.

Assange said Monday that WikiLeaks' publications are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and said there were no judgments or charges against his organization.

WikiLeaks said Monday that it had launched an antitrust complaint over the financial blockade with the European Commission. The organization also said it had started "pre-litigation action" against funding blocks in Iceland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States and Australia.

The blockade "arbitrarily singles out an organization that has not committed any illegal act in any country and cuts it off from every country," Assange said.

CNN’s Kaj Larsen examines WikiLeaks and its controversial leader for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange”.

Filed under: Julian Assange • Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
September 6th, 2011
03:54 PM ET

Young future leaders talk social change

The former Google executive who used social media to jump-start social change in Egypt knows the key to leading a grass-roots revolution: Make it leaderless.

"If you want to use the internet to change a problem you are facing or create an opportunity for a lot of people, you have to make sure that everyone is engaged," said Wael Ghonim, speaking at the international One Young World summit - a Zurich, Switzerland, summit for youth leaders.

"There's no 'I'm the leader; I'm the one who tells people what to do,'" he said.

Ghonim played an integral role in Egypt's social change this year as protests broke out in January over the rule of then-president Hosni Mubarak. He fired off a steady stream of messages to Twitter and Facebook about the uprising and worked behind the scenes to galvanize the uprising.

At one juncture, he was detained for 10 days in Egypt and eventually left Google to start his own venture.

Ghonim said "totally empowering the people" was key in Egypt, using their suggestions for photos and videos to post on Facebook and making sure collaboration was decentralized.

CNN’s Kaj Larsen – who served as a moderator – spoke to Ghonim and other young future leaders at the summit.


Filed under: Kaj Larsen • Wael Ghonim
August 31st, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Flood of WikiLeaks cables includes identities of dozens of informants

A torrent of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks has been published in the last few days, with at least 170 of them naming sources whose identity was meant to be protected, according to an analysis of the documents by CNN.

Altogether nearly 143,000 of the cables obtained by WikiLeaks last year had been published by Tuesday, out of a total of 251,000 the group says it possesses.

Academics in China, human rights activists in Syria, bankers in Turkey, a Coca-Cola executive in Nepal and British members of Parliament are among dozens of confidential sources named in the cables, which have appeared unredacted on websites such as

On its website Tuesday, WikiLeaks said it had published 133,877 cables in the past week, but has denied any part in releasing unredacted cables, maintaining that it was "totally false" to suggest it had exposed any sources. On its Twitter feed WikiLeaks said: "The issue relates to a mainstream media partner and a malicious individual."

In this report, Kaj Larsen explores one of WikiLeaks’ most controversial leaks for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange”


Filed under: Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
August 23rd, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Former WikiLeaks spokesman destroys cache of unpublished documents

Former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg says he destroyed a cache of unpublished files obtained during his employment with WikiLeaks.

Domscheit-Berg would not confirm the contents of the data, but downplayed the importance of the material.

“Statistically 80 to 90 percent of the material should be rubbish,” he said Tuesday in a statement to CNN.

The documents in question were obtained by WikiLeaks before Domscheit Berg left the organization in 2010.  

CNN’s Kaj Larsen interviewed Daniel Domscheit-Berg about his work with WikiLeaks for CNN Presents “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange."


Filed under: Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
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