Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

As the Espionage Act turns 100, we condemn threats against WikiLeaks

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Greene

“[T]he Espionage Act remains the most common grounds upon which leakers of U.S. governmental information are prosecuted. Indeed, the recent charges against the alleged source of the NSA Russian Election Systems Phishing documents are based on the Espionage Act. To date, however, the United States has never sought to prosecute a journalistic entity under the Espionage Act for either receiving secret government documents from a source or further disseminating the documents themselves or information from them in the course of reporting. There is nothing in the language of the law that prevents its use against a news organization, but it has been unofficially accepted that it should not apply to the press. So it is alarming that the Justice Department is reportedly taking a serious look at bringing criminal charges against Wikileaks and Julian Assange for disclosing classified information. In so doing, the Trump administration is threatening to step over a never-crossed line — applying the secret documents provisions of the Espionage Act to journalistic practices.” (06/14/17)


WikiLeaks reveals CIA tool for spreading malware in latest Vault 7 release

Source: Ars Technica

“WikiLeaks just published details of a purported CIA operation that turns Windows file servers into covert attack machines that surreptitiously infect computers of interest inside a targeted network. ‘Pandemic,’ as the implant is codenamed, turns file servers into a secret carrier of whatever malware CIA operatives want to install, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. When targeted computers attempt to access a file on the compromised server, Pandemic uses a clever bait-and-switch tactic to surreptitiously deliver malicious version of the requested file. The Trojan is then executed by the targeted computers.” (06/01/17)


A fair trial for Julian Assange

Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

“Policymakers at the Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI, and the White House clearly have not thought this through. It’s one thing to criticize journalists who publish stories that contain ‘classified’ information. It’s an entirely different thing to try to punish those journalists under the Espionage Act. And it’s unprecedented in American history.” (05/31/17)


The meaning of Assange’s persecution

Source: OpEdNews
by Marjorie Cohn

“In the U.S. government’s continued legal pursuit of WikiLeaks, there is much more at stake than what happens to Julian Assange. There are principles of press freedoms and the public’s right to know. By publishing documents revealing evidence of U.S. war crimes, emails relevant to the U.S. presidential election and proof of CIA malfeasance, Assange did what journalists are supposed to do — inform the people about newsworthy topics and reveal abuses that powerful forces want concealed.” (05/29/17)


A call for a complete and transparent investigation into Seth Rich’s death

Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“The mysterious death of DNC staffer Seth Rich in Washington DC last July had received scant attention from the mainstream media, until the mantle of an investigation had been taken up by several top Republicans, most recently by former House Speaker and key Trump associate Newt Gingrich, as well as Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity. Indeed, it is time for a complete and transparent investigation into the Seth Rich murder, now that it seems possible that Rich was, indeed, a key source for wikileaks, presumably because he was angry over the DNC’s favoritism to Clinton over Bernie Sanders.” (05/25/17)


Fox News retracts story on Seth Rich murder investigation

Source: CBS News

“Fox News on Tuesday retracted a May 16 story on an investigation into the murder of Democratic National Convention staffer Seth Rich, who was killed near his home last summer. ‘The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed,’ the company said in a statement Tuesday. … The original Fox story — posted on FoxNews.com and the network’s Washington affiliate, WTTG-TV — claimed that a ‘federal source’ said Rich was communicating with WikiLeaks before he was murdered, potentially leaking thousands of DNC emails to the website. It also suggested that the local police department had been told to back down from the investigation.” (05/23/17)


Getting Assange: The untold story

Source: OpEdNews
by John Pilger

“Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and ‘rendition.’ Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure. This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. ‘It’s a laughing stock,’ said James Catlin, one of Assange’s Australian lawyers. ‘It is as if they make it up as they go along.’ It may have seemed that way, but there was always serious purpose. In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the ‘Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch’ foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally.” (05/20/17)


Seth Rich, Craig Murray and the sinister stewards of the national security state

Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“Why is it a ‘conspiracy theory’ to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia? Why? Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign government hacked DNC computers for some still-unknown reason?
That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? … We don’t know who killed Seth Rich and we’re not going to speculate on the matter here. But we find it very strange that neither the media nor the FBI have pursued leads in the case that challenge the prevailing narrative on the Russia hacking issue.” (05/19/17)


Statement concerning Laura Poitras’s film “Risk”

Source: Newsweek
by Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Demorah Hrbek, Ranata Avila & Melinda Taylor

“We are lawyers for WikiLeaks. We are speaking out because we believe that Laura Poitras’s film Risk, released in U.S. theaters on May 5 this year, places our clients in legal jeopardy. The film serves to undermine WikiLeaks just as the Trump administration has announced that it intends to prosecute its journalists, editors and associates. Our first issue with Risk is that the film was edited in New York, where the raw footage can more easily be seized by the U.S. government. By moving the editing location from Berlin to the U.S., Poitras has endangered our clients and reneged on written agreements with WikiLeaks that explicitly forbid her from editing the footage in the United States. …Poitras has also violated her unambiguous promise to the subjects of the film that they would have an opportunity to review the film in advance and request changes, and that they could decline to appear if they or their lawyers felt that the movie put them at risk.” (05/17/17)


Did Seth Rich contact WikiLeaks?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“I’ve said from the beginning that 1) There is no convincing evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC, or fooled John Podesta into giving out his email account password, and 2) It was most likely an inside job. While it may be an overstatement to say that this latest story confirms it, it certainly calls the Russian conspiracy theory into serious question. Yet both the House and the Senate have launched investigations designed to prove ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — to say nothing of the FBI probe. Will the same attention be paid to the Rich-MacFayden correspondence? Of course not. The Rich family is denying that there’s any evidence their son was in contact with WikiLeaks: but their official spokesman — yes, they have one — is one Brad Bauman, a self-described ‘crisis consultant’ for the Democrats. Which is very appropriate, since these new revelations do indeed constitute a crisis for the Democrats, who have based their entire post-election strategy on a flimsy conspiracy theory that has been debunked by cyber-security experts (the ones who aren’t in the pay of the DNC, that is).” (05/17/17)