Google has effectively become an extension of the US State and Defense Departments, promoting Washington s policies under the guise of being a harmless and hip tech company, according to Assange s upcoming work, When Google Met Wikileaks . If true, then this nexus represents the next frontier of foreign policy and would have profound implications for the world and the context in which people consume information.
Edward Snowden has warned that Britain s GCHQ spy agency is a bigger threat to privacy than the NSA, as it uses illegally collected information in criminal prosecutions and, unlike in the US, has relatively few constitutional checks on its activities.
Beijing: Miffed with the US over indictment of five People's Liberation Army officers over commercial cyber espionage charges, China accused the US of hypocrisy and double standards. Chinese Defence Ministry posted a statement on its website, saying, "From 'WikiLeaks' to the 'Snowden' case, US hypocrisy and double standards regarding the issue of cyber-security have long been abundantly clear".
Now that WikiLeaks has started publishing email conversations between Stratfor employees, a private company dedicated to collecting intelligence, Turks have come face-to-face with the reality of how Westerners in the country collect information.
ikileaks has begun publishing millions of emails from global espionage and intelligence contractor Stratfor, dating between 2004 and 2011. "You have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase," CEO George Friedman told Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011 in an email on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala Hugo Chavez.
In any financial center, war zone or mineral-rich backwater, private intelligence staff are easy to stumble across. Conspicuously inconspicuous, they can be found mingling at barbecues or muckraking at parties, trying to glean scraps information that could help or harm their clients in business and government. Few of the sector s biggest players - Aegis, Control Risks, Diligence, Kroll - are household names, but their clients certainly are.
If there ever was a case to be made that the intelligence profession should remain the domain of professionals, it would be bolstered by a read through some of the Stratfor emails released by Wikileaks. The whistleblower website Wikileaks on Monday published more than five million emails written by analysts belonging to the Texas-based intelligence company Stratfor between the dates of July 2004 and December 2011. Stratfor touts itself as a leading provider of geopolitical analysis, and according to reports, provides intelligence to major U.S. corporations and government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Intelligence Agency. One only has to examine the budgets of these organizations to realize that there is a great deal of money to be had by contracting one s services.
Let it be known that the US State department, US military, Central Intelligence Agency, and the New York States University jointly fund and run what is called the Open Source Enterprise on behalf of their country. And American diplomatic missions always deny they are involved in spying, a clandestine work which involves breaking all the rules, if necessary.
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday revealed that President Robert Mugabe had confided in him in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks cables that revealed that Zanu PF members were revealing party secrets to US embassy officials.
A Moscow military court has convicted in absentia former top foreign service agent Alexander Poteyev of betraying 10 "sleeper" spies expelled from the United States last year. Poteyev was convicted of treason and desertion, Russian news agencies reported.
WikiLeaks has reportedly revealed China tried to set up a spy base in Australia's near neighbour, East Timor. Leaked US diplomatic cables show China offered to construct and operate a surveillance radar facility on East Timor's north coast in 2007.
The man behind WikiLeaks says his website's revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. In an exclusive interview with RT, Julian Assange said it is only a matter of time before more damaging information becomes known