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2 Jul 2015

NSA Leak: “Washington Is Negotiating With Every Nation That Borders China… So As To ‘Confront’ Beijing”

Another "Wikileak" of a confidential NSA intercept, and yet another crucial insight into the vision not only behind the Obama administration's desperate push for the Trans Pacific Partnership, but the strategic thinking - if one may call it so - when it comes to the entire US approach to global trade and commerce. Which may well explain why global trade has been imploding in recent years, masked first by just US QE and then by QE from all "developed" central banks.
Another "Wikileak" of a confidential NSA intercept, and yet another crucial insight into the vision not only behind the...
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1 Jul 2015

Trade in Services Agreement

Today, 1500 CEST Wednesday, 1 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for the largest 'trade deal' in history, the TiSA (Trade In Services Agreement), whose 52 nations together comprise two-thirds of global GDP. The negotiating parties are the United States, the 28 members of the European Union and 23 other countries, including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.
Today, 1500 CEST Wednesday, 1 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for...
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29 Jun 2015

NSA targeting phone numbers of top German ministers and public officials

The United States National Security Agency has been massively targeting phone numbers of top German ministers and public officials responsible for commerce, finances, economics and agriculture including even Angela Merkel's personal assistant. WikiLeaks publishes today, 1 July 2015, a list of 69 German government telephone numbers from a high-priority NSA target interception list demonstrating economic and political espionage against Germany for almost two decades. WikiLeaks is also publishing classified interception reports resulting from the surveillance, showing the US and UK spying on German officials discussing their positions and disagreements on the solution to the Greek financial crisis.
The United States National Security Agency has been massively targeting phone numbers of top German ministers and public...

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14 Jun 2015

The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst – and Filled with Falsehoods

The whole article does literally nothing other than quote anonymous British officials. It gives voice to banal but inflammatory accusations that are made about every whistleblower from Daniel Ellsberg to Chelsea Manning. It offers zero evidence or confirmation for any of its claims. The "journalists" who wrote it neither questioned any of the official assertions nor even quoted anyone who denies them. It s pure stenography of the worst kind: some government officials whispered these inflammatory claims in our ears and told us to print them, but not reveal who they are, and we re obeying. Breaking!
The whole article does literally nothing other than quote anonymous British officials. It gives voice to banal but...

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14 Jun 2015

Wikileaks Continues to Release Incredible Bombshells About Obama’s TPP

One of the most influential trade deals in American history is currently being rammed down the throats of the American congress by President Obama. Republicans are on Obama s side this time while the majority of Democrats are trying to stop it every chance they get. If it wasn t for the likes of Wikileaks, we would know nothing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) or its ramifications.
One of the most influential trade deals in American history is currently being rammed down the throats of the American...

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6 Jun 2015

Argentina’s President Becomes First Head of State to Meet With Edward Snowden

According to Romero, the president visited Snowden - who has been granted a three-year residency permit by the Kremlim (sic) after revealing US surveillance in 2013 - when she travelled to Russia during the last days of April. "President Fern ndez de Kirchner was the first head of state to meet with Snowden. They talked for about an hour," he added. Romero did not specify the exact date of the encounter and did not make reference to the topics the two discussed.
According to Romero, the president visited Snowden - who has been granted a three-year residency permit by the Kremlim...

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5 Jun 2015

Argentina’s President Becomes First Head of State to Meet With Edward Snowden

According to Romero, the president visited Snowden - who has been granted a three-year residency permit by the Kremlim (sic) after revealing US surveillance in 2013 - when she travelled to Russia during the last days of April. "President Fern ndez de Kirchner was the first head of state to meet with Snowden. They talked for about an hour," he added. Romero did not specify the exact date of the encounter and did not make reference to the topics the two discussed.
According to Romero, the president visited Snowden - who has been granted a three-year residency permit by the Kremlim...

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4 Jun 2015

WikiLeaks Releases ‘Largest Leak of Trade Negotiations in History’

WikiLeaks has posted 17 documents about the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a giant, controversial global trade deal being negotiated among the U.S. and 23 other countries. TISA is a lesser-known relative of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a deal that President Barack Obama has been actively campaigning for in Washington.
WikiLeaks has posted 17 documents about the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a giant, controversial global trade deal...

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4 Jun 2015

The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody’s Talking About Just Suffered a Big Leak

Here is what the countries negotiating TiSA want. First, they want to limit regulation on service sectors, whether at the national, provincial or local level. The agreement has "standstill" clauses to freeze regulations in place and prevent future rulemaking for professional licensing and qualifications or technical standards. And a companion "ratchet" clause would make any broken trade barrier irreversible. t may make sense to some to open service sectors up to competition. But under the agreement, governments may not be able to regulate staff to patient ratios in hospitals, or ban fracking, or tighten safety controls on airlines, or refuse accreditation to schools and universities. Foreign corporations must receive the same "national treatment" as domestic ones, and could argue that such regulations violate their ability to provide the service.
Here is what the countries negotiating TiSA want. First, they want to limit regulation on service sectors, whether at...
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29 Apr 2015

NSA Whistleblower: ‘We Are No Longer Afraid Of The Police State Happening. It’s Here’

First Bill Binney - the high-level NSA executive who created the agency s mass surveillance program for digital information, the 32-year NSA veteran widely who was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees - told Washington s Blog that America has already become a police state.
First Bill Binney - the high-level NSA executive who created the agency s mass surveillance program for digital...

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20 Mar 2015

U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany...

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20 Mar 2015

UK Police deem Snowden investigation a state secret

British police claim a criminal investigation they launched into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from Edward Snowden has to be kept a secret due to a possibility of increased threat of terrorist activity. Following Snowden's disclosures from the National Security Agency in 2013, London s Metropolitan Police and a lawyer for the United Kingdom government separately confirmed a criminal probe had been opened into the leaks.
British police claim a criminal investigation they launched into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from...

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12 Feb 2015

NSA Claims Iran Learned from Western Cyberattacks

The U.S. Government often warns of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks from adversaries, but it may have actually contributed to those capabilities in the case of Iran. A top secret National Security Agency document from April 2013 reveals that the U.S. intelligence community is worried that the West s campaign of aggressive and sophisticated cyberattacks enabled Iran to improve its own capabilities by studying and then replicating those tactics.
The U.S. Government often warns of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks from adversaries, but it may have actually...
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9 Feb 2015

Anonymous “Hacktivists” Strike a Blow Against ISIS

Anonymous has just struck a massive blow against ISIS recruiting efforts. Hacktivists recently took control of dozens of Twitter and Facebook accounts that had been openly used by ISIS to expand their influence and recruit new members.
Anonymous has just struck a massive blow against ISIS recruiting efforts. Hacktivists recently took control of dozens of...
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7 Feb 2015

Why the secret criminal investigation of WikiLeaks is troubling for journalists

Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, argued in 2013 that "virtually every move made by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks has now also been deployed on mainstream US journalists." For example, the Department of Justice tried to secretly subpoena information from the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks staffers more than two years before the Associated Press found the same thing had been done to its phone records.
Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, argued in 2013 that "virtually every move made by the...

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3 Feb 2015

FBI put Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond on a secret terrorist watchlist

The Federal Bureau of Investigation put Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond on a secret terrorist watchlist, according to confidential records obtained by the Daily Dot. The records further reveal how the FBI treats cybercrimes and shines a rare light on the expanding definitions of terrorism used by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation put Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond on a secret terrorist watchlist, according to...

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3 Jan 2015

Julian Assange on “When Google Met WikiLeaks” While He was Under House Arrest

Julian Assange talks about his book and when he met Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google, and says that Hillary Clinton's back channel was Lisa Shields, Eric Schmidt's girl friend. He basically describes why he thinks that Google and State Department are working closely with each other.
Julian Assange talks about his book and when he met Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google, and says that Hillary Clinton's back...

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27 Dec 2014

NSA Drops Christmas Eve Surprise

The National Security Agency on Christmas Eve day released twelve years of internal oversight reports documenting abusive and improper practices by agency employees. The heavily redacted reports to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board found that NSA employees repeatedly engaged in unauthorized surveillance of communications by American citizens, failed to follow legal guidelines regarding the retention of private information, and shared data with unauthorized recipients
The National Security Agency on Christmas Eve day released twelve years of internal oversight reports documenting...

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24 Dec 2014

How the CIA Sold Obama on Counterinsurgency by Drone Assassination

Last week, WikiLeaks released a June 2009 CIA report on Best Practices in Counterinsurgency: Making High-Value Targeting Operations an Effective Counterinsurgency Tool. The report is classified secret and labeled NoForn, designating that it should not be distributed to non US nationals. The Washington Post, ABC News, and other news outlets stress the report s findings that targeted assassinations had limited impacts on Taliban targets. While this leaked report does criticize the effectiveness of some High-Value Target (HVT) assassination operations, such characterizations mistake the CIA s argument that not all counterinsurgency problems can be solved with targeted assassinations as an argument against such operations. Far from dismissing HVT operations, the report advocates them in select conditions.
Last week, WikiLeaks released a June 2009 CIA report on Best Practices in Counterinsurgency: Making High-Value Targeting...
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21 Dec 2014

Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders. The document urges such strikes, but is amazingly frank about the drawbacks. it says: Potential negative effects of HVT ope rations include increasing the level of insurgent support, causing a government to neglect other aspects of its counterinsurgency strategy, altering in surgent strategy or organization in ways that favor the insurgents, strengthening an armed group s bond with the population, radicalizing an insurgent group s remaining leaders, creating a vacuum into which more radical groups can enter, and escalating or deescalating a conflict in ways that favor the insurgents.
Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders. The document urges...

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13 Dec 2014

In advance of sentencing, government blocks the public’s right to know

Barrett Brown is an imprisoned American journalist and activist, founder of Project PM. Ahead of the sentencing of Barrett Brown, which is due to happen next Tuesday, December 16th, the DOJ is opposing the public s right to know about a case with extraordinary implications for the public and for the practice of journalists.
Barrett Brown is an imprisoned American journalist and activist, founder of Project PM. Ahead of the sentencing of...

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24 Oct 2014

Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model “Same as the NSA’s”

That phrase, evil empire, was introduced by Reagan in the 1980s to describe the Soviet empire. But of course encoded within that is that the other empire is not an evil empire. The U.S. empire is a "don't be evil" empire. And that phrase of "don't be evil" was adopted by Google and promoted by Google in terms of how it was going to do things. And it was used quite effectively to lull people into a false sense that Google was a different type of company
That phrase, evil empire, was introduced by Reagan in the 1980s to describe the Soviet empire. But of course encoded...

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22 Oct 2014

Galloway Launches Legal Case against the government over Snowden spying revelations

Legal proceedings against the government have been started by Bradford West MP George Galloway, following claims that communications are being intercepted by the intelligence agency GCHQ. This, he claims, is in breach of the Wilson Doctrine which is supposed to guarantee that MPs communications are not spied on.
Legal proceedings against the government have been started by Bradford West MP George Galloway, following claims that...

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17 Oct 2014

Top NSA Official Has a Lucrative Side-Business

Last month a Buzzfeed s Aram Roston published a story documenting potential self-dealing by the head NSA s Signals Intelligence Directorate, Teresa O'Shea. O'Shea happens to be married to the Vice President of DRS Signal Solutions - a company which circumstantial evidence suggests was the beneficiary of significant contracting work from the agency.
Last month a Buzzfeed s Aram Roston published a story documenting potential self-dealing by the head NSA s Signals...
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16 Oct 2014

New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents

Agents from New Zealand s national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist earlier this month who was collaborating with The Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden
Agents from New Zealand s national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist earlier this...

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15 Oct 2014

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

The United Nations top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the Special Rapporteur ) issued a formal report to the U.N. General Assembly today that condemns mass electronic surveillance as a clear violation of core privacy rights guaranteed by multiple treaties and conventions. The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether, the report concluded.
The United Nations top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the Special Rapporteur ) issued a...

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10 Oct 2014

Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Moved to Moscow to Live with Him

CITIZENFOUR, the new film by Intercept co-founding editor Laura Poitras, premiered this evening at the New York Film Festival, and will be in theaters around the country beginning October 24. Using all first-hand, real-time footage, it chronicles the extraordinary odyssey of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong while he worked with journalists, as well the aftermath of the disclosures for the NSA whistleblower himself and for countries and governments around the world.
CITIZENFOUR, the new film by Intercept co-founding editor Laura Poitras, premiered this evening at the New York Film...
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3 Oct 2014

Documents Reveal NSA and GCHQ Efforts to Destroy Assange And Track Wikileaks Supporters

The NSA documents reveal that there was a broad effort by the United States government, but through the NSA--these are NSA documents; there's probably a lot more from the CIA, FBI, and other places--but a broad effort to destroy WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and to really surveil and begin to know all of the people who are their supporters. That was a--it's a very significant set of documents this week.
The NSA documents reveal that there was a broad effort by the United States government, but through the NSA--these are...

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2 Oct 2014

The NSA and me by James bamford

James Bamford is an NSA whistleblower that wrote his first book on NSA - The Puzzle Palace - back in 1981. He says, "More than three decades later, the NSA, like a mom-and-pop operation that has exploded into a global industry, now employs sweeping powers of surveillance that Frank Church could scarcely have imagined in the days of wired phones and clunky typewriters. At the same time, the Senate intelligence committee he once chaired has done an about face, protecting the agencies from the public rather than the public from the agencies."
James Bamford is an NSA whistleblower that wrote his first book on NSA - The Puzzle Palace - back in 1981. He says,...

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17 Sep 2014

Chelsea Manning: “Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated by Bombs and Bullets”

I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by the operational and tactical successes of European and American military force that would be - and have been - used to defeat them. I believe that Isis strategically feeds off the mistakes and vulnerabilities of the very democratic western states they decry. The Islamic State s center of gravity is, in many ways, the United States, the United Kingdom and those aligned with them in the region Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades.
I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by the operational and tactical successes of European and American military...
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8 Sep 2014

Wikileaks Quito Cables show how us worked against Correa

Rather than supporting one particular candidate, then-US ambassador Linda Jewell said the embassy only wanted to help facilitate "a fair and transparent electoral process". However, diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show that behind the rhetoric of "democracy promotion", the embassy sought to stop the election of "dark horse populist, anti-American candidate Rafael Correa". Correa s support for a Citizens Revolution did not accord with the US s vision for Ecuador. The US Embassy in Quito had worked to undermine Correa during his brief term as finance minister in 2005.
Rather than supporting one particular candidate, then-US ambassador Linda Jewell said the embassy only wanted to help...

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28 Aug 2014

Haiti: Wikileaks Reveals Obama Administration’s Role in Stifling Haitian Minimum Wage

Strike another one for Wikileaks. The ever-controversial leaker of the world s best-kept secrets has published a wire on The Nation that reveals the Obama Administration fought to keep the Haitian minimum wage to 31 cents an hour.
Strike another one for Wikileaks. The ever-controversial leaker of the world s best-kept secrets has published a wire on...

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26 Aug 2014

Julian Assange’s Life Was in ‘Mortal Danger’ Rafael Correa

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that he decided to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 2012 because his life was in risk. During his weekly report, Correa said that Assange didn t have the basic guarantees for a fair trial. His life was in danger. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19th, when he was granted political asylum in the embassy. Assange's political asylum caused a diplomatic crisis between the UK and Ecuador.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that he decided to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder...

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19 Aug 2014

Bloggers: Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents show U.S., Israel created Islamic State

So it s no surprise to see Snowden s name attached to the increasingly popular idea that America and Israel created ISIS. On July 16, Bahrain s Gulf Daily News reported that "Edward Snowden has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad (Israel s intelligence agency) worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)."
So it s no surprise to see Snowden s name attached to the increasingly popular idea that America and Israel created...
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13 Aug 2014

Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

If the NSA still doesn t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it s not because of Edward Snowden s attempts to cover his tracks. On the contrary, the NSA s most prolific whistleblower now claims he purposefully left a trail of digital bread crumbs designed to lead the agency directly to the files he d copied.
If the NSA still doesn t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it s not because of Edward...
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13 Aug 2014

The Most Wanted Man in The World

But in all my work, I've never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower. Physically, very few people have seen him since he disappeared into Moscow's airport complex last June. But he has nevertheless maintained a presence on the world stage not only as a man without a country but as a man without a body. When being interviewed at the South by Southwest conference or receiving humanitarian awards, his disembodied image smiles down from jumbotron screens.
But in all my work, I've never run across anyone quite like Snowden. He is a uniquely postmodern breed of...
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31 Jul 2014

WikiLeaks Says Russia May Trade Snowden for Better Relations with U.S.

Despite speculation by WikiLeaks the former NSA employee will be traded for better relations with the United States as the crisis in Ukraine escalates by the day, Bloomberg reports the extension is expected to be approved because, according Vladimir Volokh, the head of advisory council of migration service, Snowden is "still in danger."
Despite speculation by WikiLeaks the former NSA employee will be traded for better relations with the United States as...
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30 May 2014

Mr. Kerry: Here’s Why Snowden Can’t ‘Make His Case’ in ‘Our System of Justice’

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should "return home and come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case." Kerry seems to have a high opinion of the Department of Justice and the U.S. courts when it comes to national security issues. I can t imagine for the life of me why. Kerry is either amazingly ignorant or being disingenuous when he suggests that Snowden would be allowed to "make his case" if he returned to the U.S. No one outside the penal justice system would ever see him again, the moment he set foot here, assuming he was not given a prior deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should "return home and come back here and stand in our system of...

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27 May 2014

Schneier: Snowden’s Leaks Have Actually Made It Easier To Crack Terrorists’ Encrypted Messages

Snowden has made it easier to break the encrypted communications of terrorists and this will help US intelligence efforts. Cryptography is hard, and the odds that a home-brew encryption product is better than a well-studied open-source tool is slight. Last fall, Matt Blaze said to me that he thought that the Snowden documents will usher in a new dark age of cryptography, as people abandon good algorithms and software for snake oil of their own devising. My guess is that this an example of that.
Snowden has made it easier to break the encrypted communications of terrorists and this will help US intelligence...

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23 May 2014

Julian Assange Goes Where Glenn Greenwald Wouldn’t

Though they're often lumped together as crusaders against state secrets, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and journalist Glenn Greenwald don t always see eye to eye. Their differences spilled into public view this week, when the WikiLeaks Twitter account took Greenwald and his site, The Intercept, to task for redacting the name of a country where the United States government is recording every phone call.
Though they're often lumped together as crusaders against state secrets, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and journalist...

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23 May 2014

Why Did Wikileaks Name “Country X” When Glenn Greenwald Wouldn’t?

Documents show that the NSA has been generating intelligence reports from MYSTIC surveillance in the Bahamas, Mexico, Kenya, the Philippines, and one other country, which The Intercept is not naming in response to specific, credible concerns that doing so could lead to increased violence. The more expansive full-take recording capability has been deployed in both the Bahamas and the unnamed country.
Documents show that the NSA has been generating intelligence reports from MYSTIC surveillance in the Bahamas, Mexico,...

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5 May 2014

Glenn Greenwald debates former NSA director Michael Hayden on state surveillance

Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Hayden joined with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz to argue that the ongoing surveillance programs first revealed in June last year by Edward Snowden are necessary to prevent terrorism. Arguing that national security is merely an excuse for an "insatiable appetite for data" was Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Glenn Greenwald one of the few journalists working with Snowden who now works at The Intercept, a magazine on FirstLook.org.
Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Hayden joined with Harvard law professor...

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16 Mar 2014

The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won t return to her home country of England because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government. Harrison s fear comes straight out of the language of the U.K. Terrorism Act of 2000. Writing in The Guardian, Harrison reports the act defines terrorism as the use or threat of action [...] designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or which is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause or is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system. Elsewhere the act defines government as the government of any country, including the United States.
Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won t return to her...

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13 Mar 2014

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally in the negotiations, continue to push for strict copyright provisions, to be enforced by internet service providers (ISPs). If US and Australian negotiators have their way, ISPs will be responsible for copyright infringement, when material that violates copyright privileges appears on a site they host or a communication they transmit. This is like making the postal service responsible for plagiarized material included in a letter delivered by a mail carrier. If we were to do that, of course, the postal service officials would have to read and restrict every piece of mail carried.
At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally...

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11 Feb 2014

The Edward Snowden Interview that was Blacked-Out by the U.S. Media and Banned by YouTube

One week ago, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed on the German television network ARD. What many Americans may be unaware of is that the Edward Snowden interview was intentionally blocked from the US public with none of the major new outlets covering the interview or its contents. YouTube has even taken steps to remove the post as soon as it is reposted.
One week ago, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed on the German television network...

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27 Jan 2014

Snowden is in cahoots with evil space aliens, or maybe orcs and trolls, or maybe even … Satan!

Once again powers that be - in order to distract attention from Snowden's actual revelations, from President Obama's ineffectual response to those revelations, or the possibility that if those revelations forced even the president of the United States to go through the motions of reviewing them, assessing them and responding to them by at least pretending to change the policies revealed by those revelations, then maybe the person who brought the revelations to the public isn't a treasonous traitor, after all.
Once again powers that be - in order to distract attention from Snowden's actual revelations, from President Obama's...

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27 Dec 2013

Did Manning Help Avert War in Iran

From U.S. embassy cables leaked by Pvt. Bradley Manning, you can easily imagine how the propaganda game might have played out, how Americans could have been panicked into supporting another unnecessary war in the Middle East, this time against Iran. Except that Manning s release of the documents spoiled the trick.
From U.S. embassy cables leaked by Pvt. Bradley Manning, you can easily imagine how the propaganda game might have...

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29 Nov 2013

Assange Statement on Anakata Extradition

Statement by WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange concerning Sweden's extradition of WikiLeaks consultant Gottfrid "Anakata" Svartholm Warg: "It is time someone says it like it is: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is a political prisoner and Sweden has fallen off the map of decent nations in its treatment of him. Gottfrid has always been ideologically driven to inform the world; he worked tirelessly to help WikiLeaks expose the slaughter of civilians in Iraq by a US helicopter gunship and was responsible for an important part of our infrastructure."
Statement by WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange concerning Sweden's extradition of WikiLeaks consultant Gottfrid...

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28 Oct 2013

WikiLeaks launches site for Edward Snowden’s legal defense

Wikileaks has set up a new website, Free Snowden, to collect money to defend National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The site allows for donations by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, WePay payment, and virtual currencies Bitcoin and Litecoin. It features background information and news stories about the former government contractor. It has raised $21,660 and 116 bitcoins (about $22,950 at today's market price) for the whistleblower's "legal defense and its associated public campaign."
Wikileaks has set up a new website, Free Snowden, to collect money to defend National Security Agency whistleblower...

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11 Oct 2013

Remove Wikileaks from ‘Enemies of the State’ List

President Obama: Wikileaks is a journalistic organization dedicated to creating transparency in government. They have never released information that puts lives at risk, and they have never committed slander or libel. According to the U.S. government, however, Wikileaks is considered an "enemy of the state," a list that also includes the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. To consider a journalistic organization in the same category as terrorism is absurd and undemocratic.
President Obama: Wikileaks is a journalistic organization dedicated to creating transparency in government. They have...

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8 Jul 2013

Why MSNBC Defends NSA Surveillance

President Obama seems more willing to alienate his base of young supporters who object to the growing Surveillance State than to offend the national security apparatchiks who run it. But Obama s crackdown on leakers also has found apologists among MSNBC s liberal talkers, as Jeff Cohen reports.
President Obama seems more willing to alienate his base of young supporters who object to the growing Surveillance State...

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5 Jun 2013

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning excelled at his job, court told

On day three of Manning s court-martial, it became clear the prosecution will seek to prove that he was trained in how to handle classified information before he deployed to Iraq and knew the dangers of it falling into enemy hands. Such an argument signaled the US government s determination to push ahead with the charge that Manning, 25, knowingly aided the enemy, chiefly Al-Qaeda, by transmitting hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to the anti-secrecy website headed by Julian Assange.
On day three of Manning s court-martial, it became clear the prosecution will seek to prove that he was trained in how...

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6 May 2013

The Death of Truth

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and then-Sen. Christopher S. Bond, a Republican, said in a joint letter to the U.S. attorney general calling for Assange s prosecution: "If Mr. Assange and his possible accomplices cannot be charged under the Espionage Act (or any other applicable statute), please know that we stand ready and willing to support your efforts to close those gaps in the law, as you also mentioned."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and then-Sen. Christopher S. Bond, a Republican, said in a joint letter to the U.S....

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4 Feb 2013

An endorsed WikiLeaks resource

On 3 February 2013 at a private dinner at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, attended by more than 150 guests, Julian Assange will receive the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts 2013 for his WikiLeaks work including, amongst other releases, Collateral Murder. This award is given to people who have displayed extraordinary courage and who through their artistry have changed the world.
On 3 February 2013 at a private dinner at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, attended by more than 150...

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1 Feb 2013

Julian Assange speech that was censored by the Oxford Union

In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers.
In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder...

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9 Dec 2012

Jailer: Bradley Manning needed to tell me he wanted out of solitary

An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could have gotten his tight pretrial confinement conditions reduced by clearly explaining why he wasn t a suicide risk, the former commander of a Marine Corps brig testified Friday.
An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could have...

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1 Dec 2012

The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

The pre-trial hearing on Pvt. Bradley Manning s court martial for leaking classified documents about U.S. government wrongdoing has turned up evidence that even Manning s Marine jailers were worried about the controversy over his degrading treatment in their custody, reports ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
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30 Nov 2012

Quantico psychiatrist: Bradley Manning treated worse than death row inmates

Yesterday at Bradley Manning's Article 13 hearing, professional military psychiatrist Captain Kevin Moore testified that Bradley Manning's pretrial confinement conditions at Quantico military brig were worse than that of any other long-term pretrial prisoner he'd observed. He added that Bradley's restrictive conditions, including being held in a 6x8 foot cell, having access to only 20 minutes of sunshine and exercise per day, and being deprived of basic items such as clothing and toilet paper for periods of time, were most comparable to yet still more severe than conditions of prisoners he'd observed on death row.
Yesterday at Bradley Manning's Article 13 hearing, professional military psychiatrist Captain Kevin Moore testified that...

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28 Nov 2012

European Commission enabling blockade of WikiLeaks by US hard-right Lieberman King, contrary to European Parliament’s wishes

European Commission documents released today by WikiLeaks show that hard-right U.S. politicians were directly behind the extrajudicial banking blockade against WikiLeaks. In the heavily redacted documents, MasterCard Europe admits that Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Peter T. King both "had conversations" with MasterCard in the United States. Lieberman, the chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, boasted of instigating Amazon's cutting of service to WikiLeaks - an action condemned by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers on 7 December 2011.
European Commission documents released today by WikiLeaks show that hard-right U.S. politicians were directly behind the...

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28 Nov 2012

Assange to give keynote speech at Hanover Internet conference

The internet and the digital revolution have initiated a fundamental change in our society. The established institutions have already been struggling for a long time for their retention of power in being the opinion and interpretation leaders. So far, nobody has challenged these institutions as much as WikliLeaks and in person Julian Assange. Who else could be more suitable for speaking about our key issue of ... 'real change' far away from Twitter, Facebook, etc.? We are interested in his vision of the future society. And we believe that with his ... views he will ... make the 1,500 attendees step out of the comfort zone of their own thoughts."
The internet and the digital revolution have initiated a fundamental change in our society. The established institutions...

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6 Oct 2012

WikiLeaks launches 2012 presidential election intervention

"Government agencies and corporations know that knowledge is power. That is why they spend literally billions to keep their plans and actions secret from all of us," adds WikiLeaks. "They know that together we can force them to act differently." They cite the leaked WikiLeaks documents as the catalyst for the U.S. leaving Iraq, not any real decision on the part of the Obama administration.
"Government agencies and corporations know that knowledge is power. That is why they spend literally billions to keep...

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28 Sep 2012

How two Bulgarian journalists created a copycat site that actually worked.

In December 2010, BalkanLeaks had come online, with a slogan across its masthead: "The Balkans aren t keeping secrets anymore."When I checked out the site, I saw that it used the well-tested anonymity software called Tor for submissions, a rare sign of security smarts among the new crop of copycats. But otherwise it resembled all the other obscure and leakless WikiLeaks wannabes from Brussels to Jakarta.
In December 2010, BalkanLeaks had come online, with a slogan across its masthead: "The Balkans aren t keeping secrets...

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28 Sep 2012

Bradley Manning Claims Speedy Trial Violation In WikiLeaks Case

An Army private charged with sending reams of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks claims lengthy delays have violated his right to a speedy trial. Pfc. Bradley Manning is seeking dismissal of all charges in a motion his lawyer posted on his website Thursday. It's been two years and four months since Manning was detained in Iraq and accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. His trial is set to begin in February.
An Army private charged with sending reams of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks claims lengthy delays have violated his right to...

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18 Sep 2012

Julian Assange Talks Between Britain, Ecuador At Impasse

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says talks with Ecuador over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remain deadlocked. Assange, who is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations, has been sheltering inside Ecuador's embassy in London - beyond the reach of British police - since June 19.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says talks with Ecuador over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remain...

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2 Sep 2012

WikiLeaks, Assange And The American Empire

The Wikileaks documents and videos have provided one humiliation after another ... lies exposed, political manipulations revealed, gross hypocrisies, murders in cold blood, ... followed by the torture of Bradley Manning and the persecution of Julian Assange. Washington calls the revelations "threats to national security", but the world can well see it's simply plain old embarrassment. Manning's defense attorneys have asked the military court on several occasions to specify the exact harm done to national security. The court has never given an answer. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, consider an empire embarrassed.
The Wikileaks documents and videos have provided one humiliation after another ... lies exposed, political manipulations...

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1 Sep 2012

Julian Assange on Sweden, Persecution of WikiLeaks and Decay of Rule of Law

Now, in an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having blood on its hands for releasing documents.
Now, in an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Assange...

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18 Aug 2012

Assange and Wikileaks: the basics

The accusation would not amount to rape in Britain, Canada or the US. They best wording I can think of is sexual misconduct . They are also, straight up, he said, she said, and rest entirely on credibility. There are no witnesses to the actual acts other than Assange and the two women (who spoke to each other before going to the police) and no physical evidence. This is not to say that if Assange did what he is accused of he did not do something wrong. If. You don t know if he did, and neither do I. Only 3 people do.
The accusation would not amount to rape in Britain, Canada or the US. They best wording I can think of is sexual...

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12 Aug 2012

Surveillance Cameras Around the Country Are Being Used In a Huge Spy Network Called ‘Trapwire’’

Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza - it is the mother of all leaks, by the way. Trapwire would make something like disclosure of UFO contact or imminent failure of a major U.S. bank fairly boring news by comparison.
Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza - it is the mother of all leaks, by the way....

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11 Aug 2012

Paraguay’s Quasi-Coup Has the Smell of Oil

In the wake of Paraguay's suspicious impeachment of President Fernando Lugo, which observers have likened to a kind of "quasi-coup," some may wonder whether underhanded corporate forces may have played a role in the political crisis. Such suspicions were heightened recently when the new de facto regime led by Federico Franco, Lugo's former conservative vice president, inked a deal with Texas-based PetroVictory/Crescent Global Oil to open up the remote Chaco region to petroleum exploration.
In the wake of Paraguay's suspicious impeachment of President Fernando Lugo, which observers have likened to a kind of...

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11 Aug 2012

Stratfor Emails Hacked by Anonymous Reveal Huge Surveillance Program

WikiLeaks documents reportedly reveal the existence of a secret surveillance program "more accurate than modern facial recognition technology," which is being utilized by a clandestine organization made up of a number of former members of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the Pentagon.
WikiLeaks documents reportedly reveal the existence of a secret surveillance program "more accurate than modern facial...

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31 Jul 2012

The fake “NY Times” article that defends WikiLeaks

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, tweeted Sunday that his name had been hijacked. In the fake NY Times article leaked, Bill Keller defends WikiLeaks and claims that the Obama administration has "gone too far" in targeting the controversial website.
Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, tweeted Sunday that his name had been hijacked. In the fake...
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15 Jul 2012

Why WikiLeaks is a gift to history

WikiLeaks is a gift to history. We now have, for the first time, the ability to write history not only through the eyes of the victors. WikiLeaks has become a leveler between people and government. They have ushered in an age where we, the people, have access to information once deemed for their eyes only.
WikiLeaks is a gift to history. We now have, for the first time, the ability to write history not only through the eyes...
10 Jul 2012

Wikileaks and the Law

With the above statutes in mind, it s clear that the U.S. has a variety of laws in place to prosecute individuals who know- ingly disseminate classified government documents that could threaten American national security. The situation, however, is not so straightforward. Provision 793, which prohibits the communication, transmission, or delivery of secret information, never explicitly bars the publication of such knowledge.
With the above statutes in mind, it s clear that the U.S. has a variety of laws in place to prosecute individuals who...

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10 Jul 2012

Whistleblower says WikiLeaks founder is in danger

Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in danger from certain clandestine elements within the US government. ?? "They are extremely angry [at Assange]. According to press reports, there has been a secret Grand Jury and maybe a secret indictment," Thomas Andrews Drake, a known NSA whistleblower, told Russia Today.??
Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in danger from certain...

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30 May 2012

Julian Assange and detention before trial in Sweden

This note explains what happens next now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Arrest Warrant is valid and that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden. The note explains what will happen to Julian once he is taken to Sweden, the bail system there, possible pre-trial restrictions that he could endure, and whether he is able to review his detention conditions.
This note explains what happens next now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Arrest Warrant is valid and that...
30 May 2012

Assange Loses Extradition Case in High Court: ‘Retribution’ from USA?

The court essentially found the Swedish public prosecutor in this case was indeed a "judicial authority" and so the European arrest warrant (EAW) issued was valid "This is not the final outcome. What we have here is retribution from the US" longtime WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson told Reuters. The biggest fear for Assange supporters is that the U.S. will more easily extradite him from Sweden (see the Justice for Assange site).
The court essentially found the Swedish public prosecutor in this case was indeed a "judicial authority" and so the...

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24 May 2012

In WikiLeaks case, Bradley Manning seeks dismissal of 10 charges

An Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. government secrets to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 counts he faces. Pfc. Bradley Manning's civilian defense lawyer posted the motions on his website Wednesday night. A military judge will hear oral arguments at a pretrial hearing starting June 6 at Fort Meade, Md. Manning contends eight of the counts are unconstitutionally vague. He claims two other charges fail to state a prosecutable offense.
An Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. government secrets to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is seeking...
24 Apr 2012

Assange Still Has What it Takes to Get Media’s Knickers in a Twist

While Julian Assange's interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (1) was hardly the provoking event I'd been merrily anticipating, it seems, nonetheless, to have caused a storm in a teacup for the world's leading authorities on investigative journalism. Journalists from both The Guardian and Der Spiegel - erstwhile Wikileaks partners - have come out to criticize the interview (2). To some extent, their ire is justified:
While Julian Assange's interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (1) was hardly the provoking event I'd...

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23 Apr 2012

Jennifer Robinson Scandal: Was the Wikileaks Lawyer Detained For Political Reasons

An illegitimate immigration incident involving Jennifer Robinson, the Australian lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, occurred at London's Heathrow Airport late on April 18. Jennifer Robinson was informed that she could not board a plane to Australia until she was cleared by the Australian High Commission. Using Twitter, she informed her followers: "Just delayed from checking in at LHR because I'm apparently 'inhibited' - requiring approval from Australia House to travel." Robinson added that an immigration security guard told her: "You must have done something controversial because we have to phone the embassy."
An illegitimate immigration incident involving Jennifer Robinson, the Australian lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian...
23 Apr 2012

Is America a Free Country?

The "war on terrorism" has inaugurated a new era in the American polity, a sea-change that has not only threatened to overturn traditional limits on government power but also corrupted the political culture - and opened the way to the terminal crisis of the Constitution.
The "war on terrorism" has inaugurated a new era in the American polity, a sea-change that has not only threatened to...

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23 Apr 2012

The Making of a Cyber-Libertarian

If you're a graduating senior worrying whether there s life after BU, David House can reassure you on that score. In just the two years since putting the Charles River in his rearview mirror, he has befriended an internationally famous prisoner, talked on TV about their meetings, been interrogated by federal agents, had his laptop seized by the U.S. government, and sued the government over said seizure. Here s the how-to manual for arranging this perils-of-Pauline existence: step one, major in computer science, as did House (CAS'10). Step two, cofound a website and name it the Bradley Manning Support Network.
If you're a graduating senior worrying whether there s life after BU, David House can reassure you on that score. In...

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17 Mar 2012

The Complete Guantánamo Files WikiLeaks and the Prisoners Released in 2007

Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first time, the stories of 776 of the 779 prisoners held at Guant namo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Adding information released by WikiLeaks in April 2011 to the existing documentation about the prisoners, much of which was already covered in Andy s book The Guant namo Files and in the archive of articles on his website, the project will hopefully be completed later this year, although that is contingent on finding new funding.
Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first...

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17 Mar 2012

Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks Suspect, Returns To Court

Attorneys for an Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history won't get to take sworn statements from eight people before his trial. A military judge ruled during a hearing Friday at Fort Meade that attorneys for Pfc. Bradley Manning won't be allowed to take statements from eight individuals who reviewed information Manning is accused of leaking. Defense attorneys may still be able to interview them later.
Attorneys for an Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history won't...

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16 Mar 2012

Federal Wikileaks paranoia block’s judge’s email

The U.S. government doesn t want any federal employees reading Wikileaks, so they ve installed filters that automatically block any emails containing the organization s name. Now that s just plain stupid, and for a whole lot of reasons. But it s even more stupid when you block emails from a judge handling a case about. . .Wikileaks.
The U.S. government doesn t want any federal employees reading Wikileaks, so they ve installed filters that...
12 Mar 2012

The Dirty War on WikiLeaks Is Now Trial by Media in Sweden

War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception are essential for starting an unpopular colonial war. Like the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on Iran and Syria require a steady drip effect on readers' and viewers' consciousness. This is the essence of a propaganda that rarely speaks its name.
War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the...

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11 Mar 2012

How the FBI caught LulzSec hacker Sabu, and what that says about the FBI

We wrote recently about the FBI turning a Anonymous-type LulzSec hacker into a mole, a double agent. This mole then worked with the FBI to (among other things) crack into the email server of a top private security firm, Stratfor, and pass 5 million emails to Anonymous, who gave them to WikiLeaks for release
We wrote recently about the FBI turning a Anonymous-type LulzSec hacker into a mole, a double agent. This mole then...
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