Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

“Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative

Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)


Rohrabacher versus the machine

Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“Does Dana Rohrabacher really think he’s tough enough to take on the combined power of the US Intelligence Community, the Washington political establishment and the mainstream media? Good luck with that. The California Congressman stepped into the limelight last week when he called White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to request a meeting with President Donald Trump. Rohrabacher, it seems, has some important information to pass along to the president, mainly that he has come across some hard evidence that the Russia hacking story is, to put it mildly, a crock. … Naturally, the Intelligence honchos are not going to sit quietly and twiddle their thumbs while Rohrabacher blows holes in their fake narrative about Russia espionage and presidential collusion. Oh, no. They’re going to act preemptively and do whatever it takes to discredit Rohrabacher, even if it means making him out to be a Putin puppet or a Kremlin stooge.” (09/19/17)


Taking aim at WikiLeaks

Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“Various scribbles have started to pepper the conversation started by the adventurous Mike Pompeo after he branded WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence agency before the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (This would have generated a wry smile of content from Julian Assange.) The words of the Central Intelligence Agency chief are worth retelling in their mind distorting wonder: ‘It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it is, a non-state hostile intelligence service, often abetted by state actors like Russia.'” (09/11/17)


Vault 7: WikiLeaks exposes CIA “missile control system”

Source: Fossbytes [India]

“We have been seeing Wikileaks dropping CIA-related secret projects almost every weekend. But, this is for the first time that a leak hasn’t exposed any malware used to exploit bugs or perform surveillance. Project Protego is the part of the latest set of secret documents released by Wikileaks. The website says Protego is actually a missile control system installed on a Pratt & Whitney aircraft (PWA). It can be used to command the on-board missile launch system and perform air-to-air and air-to-ground operations.” (09/07/17)


“Ourmine” group uses DNS cache poisoning to pretend it hacked WikiLeaks

Source: Gizmodo

“If you tried visiting WikiLeaks late Wednesday evening, you might’ve gotten the impression that the website was hacked. For now at least, that doesn’t appear to be the case. For some users, wikileaks.org appeared to be defaced. The phrase ‘OURMINE’ was just suddenly there, splashed across a blackground in red and white letters. Above it read, ‘Hacked by OurMine,’ while below the self-described hackers left a message mocking both Julian Assange and Anonymous. But it doesn’t appear that WikiLeaks itself was actually hacked at all — neither the website nor Assange’s servers containing an endless trove of classified US government documents seem to be compromised. … The illusion was accomplished through what’s called DNS hijacking, an attack on the domain name server used to translates a user friendly URL like ‘wikileaks.org‘ into its corresponding IP address.” (08/31/17)


Will Congress and Trump declare war on WikiLeaks?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“By labeling WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’ and thus legitimizing government action against the organization, the Senate Intelligence Authorization Act threatens the ability of whistleblowers to inform the public about government misdeeds. It also sets a precedent that could be used to limit other types of free speech. President Trump should make it clear he will veto any bill giving government new powers to silence organizations like WikiLeaks.” (08/29/17)


WikiLeaks: Hostile is as hostile does

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘It is the sense of Congress,’ according to the annual Intelligence Authorization Act now working its way through the US Senate, ‘that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States.’ US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) was the lone dissenting vote on the bill, which was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in late August. Wyden is on board with Congress’s general anti-Russia/anti-WikiLeaks hatefest, but worries that the bill’s ‘novel’ phraseology might be ‘applied to journalists inquiring about secrets.’ That’s a valid concern as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Simply put the US government’s problem with WikiLeaks — the basis for its claim of hostility — is that WikiLeaks tells the truth about the US government.” (08/26/17)


WikiLeaks Vault 7: The CIA built a fake software update system to spy on intel partners

The Verge

Source: The Verge

“Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009. The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system that the CIA provides to partner agencies. In theory, those partners are agreeing to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data — but on the off-chance those partners are holding out on them, ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing. … WikiLeaks claims the program was primarily used against US agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, although the targets are far less clear from the documents themselves.” (08/24/17)


Pardon me? Representative Rohrabacher’s curious visit with Assange

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“Iconoclastic Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed that he had met Wednesday with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who still remains in his self-imposed five-year exile at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, afraid he will be subject to U.S. arrest if he leaves. The reason for the unusual meeting (Rohrabacher claims he is the first member of congress to meet with Assange), according to Rohrabacher’s office, was to glean information from Assange on the real DNC leaker with an eye toward assisting the president in fending off charges about Russian hacking in Washington, and to help the WikiLeaks founder leave the embassy a free man.” (08/21/17)


Rohrabacher meets with Assange, who denies Russia was involved with DNC leaks

Source: Orange County Register

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Costa Mesa congressman Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday that Russia was not involved with leaking controversial emails from the Democratic National Committee during last year’s presidential campaign. ‘He reaffirmed his aggressive denial that the Russians had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC during the election,’ Rohrabacher said from London. ‘He has given us a lot of information. He said there’s more to come. We don’t have the entire picture yet.’ The emails disrupted Hillary Clinton’s campaign by fueling criticism that the DNC had taken deliberate steps to favor Clinton over opponent Bernie Sanders. Some believe that the criticism that Democrats had rigged the primary contributed to her loss to Donald Trump.” (08/16/17)