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Wikileaks Brings Back Its Anonymous Submission System

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2015

That darned Wikileaks just refuses to go away:

On Friday, the secret-spilling group announced that it has finally relaunched a beta version of its leak submission system, a file-upload site that runs on the anonymity software Tor to allow uploaders to share documents and tips while protecting their identity from any network eavesdropper, and even from WikiLeaks itself. The relaunch of that page—which in the past served as the core of WikiLeaks’ transparency mission—comes four and a half years after WikiLeaks’ last submission system went down amid infighting between WikiLeaks’ leaders and several of its disenchanted staffers.

And here it is: https://wikileaks.org/index.en.html#submit

Why the delay? The legal battle that sent Julian Assange into sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London did play a part, as it has proved to be a huge distraction for the Wikileaks team. But there was also this:

The group, and Assange in particular, has also become more focused on the modern surveillance challenges to any truly anonymous leaking system. That, too, has delayed WikiLeaks’ willingness to create a new target for intelligence agencies trying to intercept leaks. “If you ask if the submission from five years ago was insecure, well, it would be today,” says Hrafnsson. “We’ve had to rethink this and rework it, and put a lot of expertise into updating and upgrading it.”

And even if Wikileaks were to vanish into the ether, groups it inspired are out there:

In the years since WikiLeaks ceased to offer its own Tor-based submission system, others have sought to fill the gap. Projects like GlobaLeaks and SecureDrop now offer open-source systems that have replicated and improved on WikiLeaks’ model of using Dark Web servers to enable anonymous uploads. SecureDrop in particular has been adopted by mainstream news sites such as the New Yorker, Gawker, Forbes, the Guardian, the Intercept and the Washington Post.

The Wired piece does engage in some silly and ironic razzing on Wikileaks for “finally” getting a new submission system set up.

Why “ironic”? Well, I remember how four years ago, the Wikileaks defectors Wired favorably mentions but doesn’t name, but whose leader (and, I’m guessing, the unnamed defector quoted) is still probably Daniel Domscheit-Berg, promised they were going to a) be more “responsible” than Assange and b) have a superior leak site set up called “OpenLeaks”, because they were so much smarter and more technically competent than the remaining Wikileaks crew.

Well, after four years, there’s no “OpenLeaks” site, and the only thing of note that the defectors have done is not to safeguard their stolen chunk of the original Wikileaks trove, but destroy much of it — much to Bank of America’s delight.

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Let’s Thank WikiLeaks With Some Cash (Or Bitcoins)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 8, 2013

Once again, WikiLeaks has performed a signal service to those seeking to expose the soft underbelly of neoliberalism, with their release of the Kissinger cables.

Let’s help them out, shall we?

http://shop.wikileaks.org/donate

You know what to do.

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We Tweak Russia Over Pussy Riot, Russia Tweaks Us Over Julian Assange

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 18, 2012

Tit-for-tat, anyone?

This will never make it into the establishment US media’s radar screens, but even as we tweak Russia over Pussy Riot, Russia is tweaking our ally, Britain (and by extension, us) about Assange:

AFP- Russia on Friday warned Britain against violating fundamental diplomatic principles after London suggested it could arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s embassy.

“What is happening gives grounds to contemplate the observance of the spirit and the letter of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and in particular the Article 22 spelling out the inviolability of diplomatic premises,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

And, in what in addition to a chastisement for harboring Boris Berezovsky and other fugitives from Putin’s dubious justice was probably also a shot at the UK for harboring Augusto Pinochet, he who ordered the raping of women via trained dogs, the Russians added this:

At the same time, Moscow warned Britain against interpreting the law selectively, stressing that London has given refuge to “dozens of people suspected of committing grave crimes” who are wanted in other countries.

“What to do with a right to refuge for Julian Assange when London turns the observance of this right for this category of people into an absolute principle?” the Russian foreign ministry asked, referring to a number of high-profile figures granted asylum in Britain.

Heh.

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US Media Character Assassination: This Time It’s Against Ecuador

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 22, 2012

Want to be tarred as History’s Greatest Monster by the US Establishment Press? Defend Julian Assange from extradition to the US.

Kevin Gosztola has the details:

The coverage from media in the US, UK and Australia has been nothing but dismissive or outright sneering. Rather than admitting Assange is within his legal right to seek and apply for asylum from any country like Ecuador, media have focused on tangential issues. They’ve reported supporters that donated money to Assange’s bail fund could lose the money—£240,000 ($370,000)—because he violated his terms of bail when he failed to report to his “registered bail address near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, after 10pm on Monday.” They’ve suggested Ecuador is “anti-press” and so it is quite ironic that Assange would want asylum from the country’s government. They’ve said Ecuador President Rafael Correa and Julian Assange to deserve each other because they are “anti-American.” And they’ve rehashed a smear that he is doing this for attention and to create drama, which the public has heard in some variation since WikiLeaks began to publish the major caches of documents like the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs and the US State Embassy cables in 2010.

And yes, Fred Hiatt’s Washington Post leads the pack.

Why the US is determined to torch relations with the last non-right-wing non-dictatorship/narcostate in Latin America that will even speak to it — especially as the US is already in trouble with the Ecuadorians for being suspected of trying to do to them what was done to Honduras — is beyond my comprehension. Unless having its crimes revealed for all to see is apparently worth alienating yet another of America’s rapidly-shrinking circle of friends.

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WikiLeaks Still Alive, Publishing Stratfor E-Mails

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2012

Remember how, when Daniel Domscheit-Berg left the WikiLeaks group a little over a year ago, it was allegedly permanently crippled and unable to do any more work once Dumbshit — erm, Domscheit-Berg — defected and took WikiLeaks’ coding platform and data archive with him? (Being that, according to him, he was the real coder in the group and nobody left in WikiLeaks was much more than a script kiddie.)

Remember how DDB was going to set up an “ethical whistleblower” organization called “OpenLeaks”, except that a year later it’s not much than a website and Domscheit-Berg’s hot air? In fact, as was pointed out in August of 2011 by Der Spiegel’s Marcel Rosenbach, Domscheit-Berg actually said in the German weekly Der Freitag “I took no documents from WikiLeaks with me”, which is not what he’d told German hacker club spokesman Andy Müller-Maguhn at the time: “He told me last Thursday evening that he had to look at each document before handing them over. It doesn’t match up.”

With all this in mind, it’s not surprising to see that WikiLeaks is alive and functioning and still getting document submissions, like these recent ones:

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said it would begin publishing more than five million emails on Monday from a US-based global security think tank, apparently obtained by hackers.

In its latest high-profile disclosure, WikiLeaks said in a statement it had acquired access to a vast haul of internal and external correspondence of Strategic Forecasting Inc (Stratfor), based in Austin Texas.

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WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange told Reuters: “Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants from the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations, and journalists.”

“What is of grave concern is that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organisations fighting for a just cause.”

And since it’s now Monday, the e-mail releases have started:

LONDON—Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example :

“[Y]ou 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 to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala, Hugo Chavez.

The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States. Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money. The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world.

The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients. For example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online activities of Bhopal activists, including the “Yes Men”, for the US chemical giant Dow Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.

Go over to WikiLeaks and see for yourself.
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Charles butts in: Kevin Gosztola at FDL is on it. Some interesting points: corporate monitoring of Bhopal victims (Dow) and PETA (Coca Cola). Also, according to the correspondent for L’Expresso, Stratfor had sources inside the anti-Osama operation, which goes to show how dangerous to national security loose cannons like Stratfor can be. And the Spanish correspondent (Publico.es, I think) points out that the government is also paying Stratfor to spy on it. Oh, and Stratfor is investing money based on the intelligence it collects!

Joanne Leon at DK has a series of links, including this link from Beirut’s Al-Akhbar newspaper describing Stratfor’s founders and machers.

MSNBC denies the claim that Stratfor’s boss, George Friedman, has resigned.

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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 2, 2011

Keith Olbermann’s back and he’s got a blog! Go get ’em, KO!

— The latest attack on WikiLeaks: Unsupported accusations of anti-semitism leveled at Julian Assange. Yup, if they can’t try him in the courts or (as Paul Craig Roberts discussed) assassinate him, they’ll work to make him a pariah by slapping the anti-semite tag on him.

— Speaking of slapping folks with undeserved anti-semite tags, Pete Seeger just got one for his joining the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaign intended to persuade Israel to turn away from the path of racism and eliminationism. He shares this distinction with Dov Yermiya, a former IDF officer and whistleblower who is heartsick over what people like Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have done.

— With the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s start this year, Sarah Anderson (via Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie) reminds us that the safety net which Koch Bircher Tea Party Republicans are so intent on slashing is what kept America together in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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Security Theater, Quantico Version

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 24, 2011

Here’s what the MPs at Quantico do when they’ve been told by their brass — who are watching them like hawks — to detain visitors just long enough to keep them from seeing someone before visiting hours end:

Jane Hamsher January 23rd, 2011 at 8:16 pm 182

In response to yellowsnapdragon @ 172
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Was there ever an answer to that question? And who made the decision?

No there was never an answer. Every time we asked to leave, they wanted something else.

Can we leave?

We need your registration again, Ma’am.

Again?

Yes, Ma’am. Please step over here while we look at it.

(20 min)

Mr. House, we need your Social Security number again.

Why are we being detained here?

We need your Social Security number again, sir.

That went on and on.

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MPs: We Were Told To Do This (Or: ‘Expired Tabs’ My Ass)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

As John Chandley noted in a Tweet earlier this evening, the AP story on the detention of David House and Jane Hamsher at Quantico, which prevented David House from seeing Bradley Manning for yet another week, leaves out a key fact — namely, that the MPs told House and Hamsher that they had been ordered to detain them. As Jane Hamsher tells it:

I am very happy that I went, and could be there to support David, because one of the first things the MPs said to us when we arrived — long before they asked for driver’s license, social security numbers, registration, phone numbers, quizzed us about the addresses on our licenses, etc, etc, was that they had orders to do all of this. Which means they were planning to detain us long before we got there. They were going to use any excuse to keep David from visiting Manning, and try to intimidate him from coming back.

In other words, the “expired tabs” excuse that the Quantico spokesman fed to the AP is beside the point. The MPs had orders to detain House and Hamsher, a detention that magically ended almost exactly when visiting hours did, keeping House from checking up on Manning and his deteriorating mental condition.

Oh, and by the way: I’m not going to post it online because it’s private information, but while Jane’s tabs were indeed a month out of date, she was able to provide proof of insurance, which I have seen.

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The Slow Mental Torture of Bradley Manning

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

Quantico brass have apparently decided they’re going to harrass and deny visitation rights to the only person who they haven’t scared away from visiting Bradley Manning in solitary confinement:

Bradley ManningAt roughly 1:00 pm, upon driving onto the base at Quantico, David House and blogger Jane Hamsher were detained by military guards. House, who is on the Quantico Brig’s visitation list, has been visiting Bradley Manning in confinement since last September.

In December 2010, House came forward with testimony that he witnessed a deterioration in Manning’s physical and mental state due to the conditions of solitary confinement. House traveled to the Quantico brig to check up on Bradley’s well-being after a week in which Manning’s lawyer filed an Article 138 complaint over Manning’s mistreatment at Quantico. House and Hamsher also planned to deliver a 42,000 signature strong petition calling for an end to the inhumane conditions that Manning is being held. Upon arriving at the main entrance at Quantico, House and Hamsher were stopped and detained by military police who provided no explanation of detainment aside from a statement from one MP that his orders to detain had “come from the top.”

Manning is incarcerated because of the word of Adrian Lamo. It’s obvious to everyone who’s looked closely at Lamo’s evidence and actions that he is a grossly unreliable witness who cannot be put on the witness stand; therefore, the DOD’s game plan seems to be to break Bradley Manning in the hope that he’ll tell them what they want to hear. However, breaking people in this fashion doesn’t provide truthful testimony, or even coherent lies. Instead, it just wrecks them in such a way that they can’t be put back together again.

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Speaking Of Incitement To Murder

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 11, 2011

As long as we’re talking about the right wing’s increasingly violent rhetoric, and how it’s seeped into every corner of American life (and even into Democratic campaign ads like Joe Minchin’s), one might want to look at this:

“WikiLeaks: treat incitement seriously or expect more Gabrielle Giffords killing sprees.”

Wikileaks today offered sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Tucson shooting together with best wishes for the recovery of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, a democrat from Arizona’s 8th district, was the target of a shooting spree at a Jan 8 political event in which six others were killed.

Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, leading the investigation into the Gifford shooting, said that “vitriolic rhetoric” intended to “inflame the public on a daily basis … has [an] impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.” Dupnik also observed that officials and media personalities engaging in violent rhetoric “have to consider that they have some responsibility when incidents like this occur and may occur in the future.”

WikiLeaks staff and contributors have also been the target of unprecedented violent rhetoric by US prominent media personalities, including Sarah Palin, who urged the US administration to “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like the Taliban”. Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program last November, and Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, referring to Assange, publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch.” US radio personality Rush Limbaugh has called for pressure to “Give [Fox News President Roger] Ailes the order and [then] there is no Assange, I’ll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.”, while the Washington Times columnist Jeffery T. Kuhner titled his column “Assassinate Assange” captioned with a picture Julian Assange overlayed with a gun site, blood spatters, and “WANTED DEAD or ALIVE” with the alive crossed out.

John Hawkins of Townhall.com has stated “If Julian Assange is shot in the head tomorrow or if his car is blown up when he turns the key, what message do you think that would send about releasing sensitive American data?”

Christian Whiton in a Fox News opinion piece called for violence against WikiLeaks publishers and editors, saying the US should “designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them.”

WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said: “No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement — to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger.”

“WikiLeaks has many young staff, volunteers and supporters in the same geographic vicinity as these the broadcast or circulation of these incitements to kill. We have also seen mentally unstable people travel from the US and other counties to other locations. Consequently we have to engage in extreme security measures.”

“We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

More examples:

http://www.peopleokwithmurderingassange.com/

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