Tag Archives: Wikileaks

Trump regime prosecutors consider vexatious/malicious prosecution of WikiLeaks heroes

Source: Washington Post

"Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, according to people familiar with the case. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama had decided not to charge WikiLeaks for revealing some of the government’s most sensitive secrets — concluding that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information. Justice Department leadership under President Trump, though, has indicated to prosecutors that it is open to taking another look at the case, which the Obama administration did not formally close." (04/20/17)


CIA, FBI launch manhunt for heroic leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

Source: CBS News

"CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor [sic] inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst [sic] security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken [sic] or how it was stolen [sic]." [editor's note: The leaker is a hero, not a traitor, and the material was not "taken" or "stolen" — it was copied and revealed (by WikiLeaks) to the people who both pay for, and are affected by, it – TLK] (04/20/17)


Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/19/17

Source: The Intercept

"This week on Intercepted: We spend the entire show talking with [Julian] Assange from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since June 2012. In the wide-ranging interview, Assange discusses the allegations that WikiLeaks was abetted by Russian intelligence in its publication of DNC emails and the new-found admiration for him by FOX News, Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Also, why Assange believes he and Hillary Clinton may get along if they ever met in person. And we premiere an unreleased song by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame." [various formats] (04/19/17)


Ecuador: Assange hints at running for UK parliament

Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

"WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has hinted he may run for the UK parliament in June's snap election…. On Twitter on Wednesday he asked his followers what they thought of the idea of his running, adding 'the government has detained me without charge for seven years.' His followers strongly approved. … British MPs are not obliged to attend parliament in person. However if elected Assange would be unable to cast a vote unless he could somehow make it to Westminster without being arrested. Assange is holed up in London's Ecuador embassy, where he sought asylum in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face [questioning over] rape allegations[, likely to be followed by rendition the US for political prosecution]." (04/19/17)


What Julian Assange is really doing

Source: Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

"Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks — that they publish secret information — but they don’t know the why. And that’s a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating. The first thing to understand is that WikiLeaks, like Bitcoin, came from the cypherpunks. In particular, WikiLeaks was spawned by a cypherpunk group that formed (spontaneously) in Melbourne, Australia. In other words, WikiLeaks is the creation of some smart guys who were inspired by Timothy C. May, Eric Hughes, Murray Rothbard, and a few others. Assange was part of this group and an intriguing thinker in his own right." (04/18/17)


Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It's no contest

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"If I have to choose between believing WikiLeaks or believing Mike Pompeo, I’ll believe WikiLeaks six days a week and twice on Sunday. Over the course of more than a decade, WikiLeaks has built a sterling reputation for delivering the real goods on various governments (including Russia’s). The next document it releases which is shown to be fake will be the first. WikiLeaks has earned the trust of the public — and moreover, it has shown that it trusts the public with information about what our governments are doing in our names and with our money. The US intelligence community, on the other hand, spies on us, lies to us about it, and expects us to pick up the check even after decades of irrefutable evidence of its dishonesty and incompetence." (04/18/17)


Pompeo, targeting WikiLeaks, explicitly threatens speech and press freedoms

Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

"In February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the 'enemy of the people,' the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. What made Pompeo’s overt threats of repression so palatable to many was that they were not directed at CNN, the New York Times or other beloved-in-D.C. outlets, but rather at WikiLeaks, more marginalized publishers of information, and various leakers and whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden." (04/14/17)


WikiLeaks has the same mission as The Post and the Times

Source: Washington Post
by Julian Assange

"The truths we publish are inconvenient for those who seek to avoid one of the magnificent hallmarks of American life — public debate. Governments assert that WikiLeaks'[s] reporting harms security. Some claim that publishing facts about military and national security malfeasance is a greater problem than the malfeasance itself. Yet, as Eisenhower emphasized, 'Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.' Quite simply, our motive is identical to that claimed by the New York Times and The Post — to publish newsworthy content." (04/11/17)


CIA tools exposed by Wikileaks linked to hacking across 16 countries

Source: ZDNet

"Security researchers have confirmed that the CIA hacking tools exposed by Wikileaks have been used against targets in at least 16 different countries. Last month WikiLeaks published a over 8,000 documents — apparently internal CIA files — detailing the intelligence agency's hacking programmes. And now security company Symantec said it has tied the documents to the activities of a sophisticated cyberespionage operation it has been tracking for some time, which it dubs 'Longhorn.' … Longhorn has been active since at least 2011, using a variety of backdoor Trojans and zero-day vulnerabilities to infiltrate governments and international organisations, as well as targets in the financial, telecoms, energy, aerospace, information technology, education, and natural resources sectors." (04/10/17)


Fresh WikiLeaks dump shows CIA was hacking iPhones a year after launch

Source: Forbes

"A new Wikileaks release called DarkMatter was released today, affirming that the Central Intelligence Agency has long targeted Apple Macs, creating malware designed to evade the tech giant's security mechanisms. The leak also revealed the CIA had been targeting the iPhone since 2008, a year after the landmark device was released. That slice of info was included in a small dump of information Wednesday, that included manuals for a handful of implants and rootkits — malware that can hide at the lowest level of Apple systems, the kernel and the firmware of the device. … As of this week, after some delay, Wikileaks was in touch with Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies about the leaks, the aim being to help them release patches. But as reported by Vice Motherboard, Wikileaks issued a list of demands before handing over information, such as a promise to fix the bugs within 90 days." (03/23/17)