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 Post subject: Re: WikiLeaks-Light shone on the very dark...transparency...
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:59 pm 
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Google waited six months to tell WikiLeaks it passed employee data to FBI

Tech giant facing renewed questions about user data as WikiLeaks lawyer says ‘The question I have is:
what caused this six-month delay?’


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Google is facing renewed questions about its handling of subscribers’ private information following the revelation that it waited six months after the lifting of a gagging order to alert WikiLeaks that emails and other data belonging to its employees had been passed to the FBI.

It was disclosed last month that Google had cooperated with federal agents after the search giant was served with secret warrants demanding that it hand over all emails and IP addresses relating to three WikiLeaks staffers. The warrants named the British citizen Sarah Harrison; senior WikiLeaks editor Joseph Farrell and the spokesperson for the organisation, Kristinn Hrafnsson.

The three were informed by Google on 23 December that their personal data had been disclosed to the US government. Google said that it had handed over “responsive documents” to detectives, though it did not specify the nature of the data it had divulged or how much.

The initial warrants were issued in March 2012, and Google said the three-year pause before WikiLeaks was notified was explained by a gagging order imposed by a federal judge that prohibited the tech company from discussing the matter with anybody, including the targeted individuals. But new information obtained by the investigative reporter Alexa O’Brien shows that the warrants were in fact unsealed by the US district court in Alexandria, Virginia, on 15 May last year – six months before WikiLeaks was approached.

WikiLeaks has long suspected that Google disclosed the existence of the warrants in the week of Christmas in order to bury uncomfortable material in a slow news cycle.

In a statement, a Google spokesperson said the company’s policy was to “tell people about government requests for their data, except in limited cases, like when we are gagged by a court order, which sadly happens quite frequently”. The spokesperson said that they had challenged many orders relating to WikiLeaks that in turn had led to disclosures to the individuals concerned.

“We’ve also pushed to unseal all the documents related to the investigation. We continue to argue for surveillance reform which would enable us to be more transparent.”

Michael Ratner, WikiLeaks’ US-based lawyer, said that Harrison, Hrafnsson and Farrell should have been given notice of the warrants soon after they were unsealed last May. “The question I have as their attorney is: what caused this six-month delay in notifying our clients of these search warrants?”

A clue to why the warrants were issued in the first place is given by the fact that they came from a court in the eastern district of Virginia – the same jurisdiction in which a grand jury was convened as part of a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks. The investigation, which is believed to be ongoing, related to the leaking of a vast quantity of secret US government documents by the Army soldier Chelsea Manning.

This week it was announced that Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence for the leak in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will write an opinion column for the Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2 ... a-fbi-data

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Oppressed Journalist Barrett Brown Speaks Out From Prison

Published on Mar 9, 2015

David Knight, Joe Biggs and Paul Joseph Watson interview wrongfully imprisoned American journalist Barrett Brown about his trial and the miscarriage of justice that put him in prison.

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Ecuador: Why Did It Take Sweden 1,000 Days to Agree to Question Julian Assange in Our U.K. Embassy?

Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño responds to recent reports Swedish prosecutors will seek to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Assange has never been charged over allegations of sexual assault, yet he has been holed up in the embassy since 2012, fearing that if he steps outside, he will be arrested and extradited to Sweden, which could lead to his extradition to the United States — which is investigating Assange over WikiLeaks publishing classified documents. "We are pleased to see the Swedish prosecutors say that they now want to take the statements from Julian Assange at our embassy," Patiño says. "But at the same time, we are concerned that 1,000 days have gone by, 1,000 days with Julian Assange confined in our embassy, before they say that they are going to do what they should have done from day one."

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/3/20/e ... ake_sweden

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Assange And Sweden Agree: He'll Be Questioned In London

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Julian Assange (left) is happy with a new offer from Sweden, his lawyers say. He's seen here with American linguist and writer Noam Chomsky on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge to avoid extradition.
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ulian Assange's lawyers say the WikiLeaks founder is happy with a plan to have Swedish prosecutors question him in London, after Sweden softened its insistence that he be extradited to answer sexual assault allegations.

Assange has been living in Ecuador's London embassy for nearly three years.

"He is willing to co-operate fully now in conducting this interrogation," Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, tells the BBC World Service. "This is a great victory for him."

From London, NPR's Ari Shapiro reports for our Newscast unit:



"Since 2010, prosecutors had insisted on questioning Assange in Sweden. Now they say they will question him and administer a DNA test in London.

"That's because the charges against Assange will expire in August, under Sweden's statute of limitations. Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said in a statement, 'Time is of the essence.'

"Assange's lawyer Per Samuelson welcomed the move, telling the AP, 'This is something we've demanded for over four years.'

"The sexual assault charges are separate from accusations that Assange broke the law by publishing thousands of secret documents about American and British surveillance programs."


Assange has remained in hiding out of concern that if he is taken into custody, he might eventually be extradited to the United States to face accusations over WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. documents.

The development could begin a process that helps the countries involved move beyond what has has become an expensive international dispute. British police have reportedly spent millions of dollars guarding the embassy to ensure Assange doesn't slip past them.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/201 ... -in-london

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NEW YORK CITY -- For a few hours Monday, a large, illegal statue of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden sat in a Brooklyn park, the work of creative renegades who quietly installed the piece overnight.

A small group carried the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park just before dawn and fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers, according to ANIMALNewYork.com.

The idea for the Snowden tribute was conceived about a year ago by two New York City-based artists with a history of pulling off notable public interventions, according to the site, which posts stories about arts, culture and news.


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vid here from the creators of the bust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7rAhEpft5g#t=36

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John Oliver lands Edward Snowden interview from Russia
By Brian Stelter @brianstelter

HBO comedian John Oliver scored his biggest coup yet: an in-depth interview in Russia with whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The comedian surprised viewers on Sunday night by revealing that he visited Russia last week and met with Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents about the American government's mass surveillance programs to journalists in 2013.

The result was a half humorous, half serious R-rated conversation about surveillance, centering around one specific possibility: Can the government secretly access Americans' naked selfies?

Snowden's answer was: yes.

"If you have your email somewhere like Gmail, hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or [if it] at anytime crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database."

He added, "Even if you send it to somebody within the United States, your wholly domestic communication between you and your wife can go from New York to London and back and get caught up in the database."

Oliver's show "Last Week Tonight" has become known for its lengthy examinations of under-covered but critically important topics. The Snowden interview is another example of what some have called "investigative comedy."

read the rest of the story and view a short segment of the interview here:

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/06/media/edward-snowden-john-oliver-interview/index.html?source=yahoo_quote

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that's great news for Julian, but how is he going to get from one Embassy to the other, without getting arrested :lol:

you just gotta love these guys ... for how unique they are... they could be LTO members, working on the inside (as James suggested some are) the Hierarcies, because that is where they would have the most impact and influence ... or they could be double agents haha because I doubt that we'll ever get to read ALL the information that they have gathered ... or claimed to have gathered and are holding as ransom for their freedom ...

personally, I haven't read any of the "secrets" that they are sharing, but I have read what others who did read them, said, because I am not interested in the details of our Nations dirty laundry, its enough to witness it on a daily basis, I really don't want to examine it closely because it stinks... and makes me ashamed ... they should make a bust for Julian too ... in London, or Oz 8)

I really don't care what they did, I'm more interested in who they are, and what motivates them to risk their sovereignty to share knowledge ... their Findings ... with the world.

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If I were Assange I would wait until August when the charges from Sweden run out because of its Statute of Limitations. And I wouldn't give DNA either I feel there is something fishy about that aspect of it, unless Assange is aware of some other dirty dealings Sweden, Britain, and the US have up there sleeve and that is why he's going for it now. Neither Sweden nor the US can be trusted. Assange is smart enough to know that they have to come to the Ecuadorian
embassy while this is unresolved and he is threatened with arrest if he sets foot out of the embassy. There is no LTO working through any of the Swedish or US authorities who want to extradite Assange to the US for a kangaroo court trial and torture. These people place no value on heart intelligence its all self serving Annunaki programming (more than most) which constantly diverts and distracts from the practise of any heart virtues let alone acknowledging that there is any value in such.

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Western ISIS adventurism, Israel behind Hamas - new Assange revelations

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Julian Assange has given an interview to an Argentinian paper from his Ecuadorian embassy asylum where he spent more than 1,000 days. He spoke about why US meddling in Ukraine led to civil war, how the West helped ISIS and Israel supported Hamas.

US has long wanted to bring Ukraine to West

The United States has spent “a lot of time trying to bring Ukraine to the West," the WikiLeaks founder said in an interview to Pagina/12, Argentinian newspaper on Monday.

“If it cannot be with a NATO membership, at least it becomes independent from Moscow's sphere of influence, to reduce Russian industrial-military complex and its naval bases in Crimea.”

Kiev first step closer to NATO was in December 2014, when President Petro Poroshenko signed a law canceling the Ukraine’ non-bloc status and promised to hold a national referendum on NATO accession in the next five to six years.

In January, Kiev authorities announced that the Ukrainian army would take part in 11 international military drills in 2015 to bolster NATO standards in troops.

One more attempt of US and Europe to ‘bring Ukraine closer to the West’ was spending “billions of dollars on the creation of NGOs,” said Assange , adding that “through these institutions, the West promised to end corruption in Ukraine.”

ISIS result of Western adventurism

Meddling of Western countries in the Middle East led to creation of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), an Islamist group that is currently gaining a massive following across the wider Middle East and Africa, Assange said.

“The IS is a direct result of the adventurism of the West,” Assange said.

He says the “adventurism” of Western countries has already destroyed the Libyan and Syrian society and now is “destroying Iraq for oil and other geopolitical reasons.”

Many people know that arms are being transported to Syria, that there are attempts to reduce Iranian influence in postwar Iraq by supporting the Sunnis, he said. But “what we don’t know is that in recent years in recent years Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have increased their power and managed to gain certain independence form the US.”

As a result, Washington ceased to be “the only geopolitical actor” pushing developments in the Middle East, believes Assange.

Israel supported Hamas in its infancy

The WikiLeaks founder accused Israeli authorities of supporting Hamas group at its early stages in order to divide the Palestinian resistance.

"Our cables reveal that Israel supported Hamas in its infancy, that Hamas was used as an instrument to divide the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] and the Palestinian resistance," Assange told the paper.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London while awaiting safe passage to the Central American country, where he has been granted asylum. Staking out the building, in case the Australian should leave the premises, has already cost British taxpayers a hefty £10 million, according to govwaste.co.uk.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but is wanted for questioning in Sweden regarding allegations of sexual misconduct brought against him in 2010.

An arrest warrant was issued for Assange in 2010 in the of wake sexual assault allegations leveled against him by two Swedish women. He denied the allegations of sexual misconduct and rape and managed to avoid extradition to Sweden by seeking refuge in the embassy in 2012.

He repeatedly announced that he is ready to answer all questions concerning his sexual assault allegations within the sanctity of the embassy. However, Swedish prosecutors were reluctant to do so until March this year.

“If Assange gives his consent, the prosecutor will promptly submit a request for legal assistance to the British authorities to further continue the investigation,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement.

Assange’s Swedish lawyer welcomed the Swedish prosecutors’ request to interview Assange in London, but added that the whole process of questioning could take time.

"We welcome [this] and see it also as a big victory ... for Julian Assange that what we have demanded is finally going to happen," Per Samuelson said.

Assange supporters fear that if he is deported to Sweden he will likely face espionage charges in America over his role in publishing sensitive, classified US government documents.

But even if Sweden drops the case, he faces arrest by UK police for jumping the bail granted while the British courts considered a European arrest warrant issued by Stockholm.

In June 2014, 56 international human rights and free media organizations signed a letter addressed to US Attorney General Eric Holder calling upon the US government to end all criminal investigations into Assange’s actions as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, and to cease harassing the organization for publishing materials in the public interest.

http://rt.com/news/243445-assange-west-islamists-us/



This obviously is not a simple case for Assange. The US is arrogant in assuming that they are the world's greatest power and are blinded by it as it loses all of its allies. At least the ones who won't be threatened with blackmail or if they are call them on it. These are very interesting times we are living in. ;?)

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'They’ll try to shut you down': Meeting Assange & the non-stop 'War on RT'

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Last week, while in London, I went to see Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. We talked off the record of course, so I won’t divulge too much, but will post only what Julian insisted on making public. Before it’s too late.

Assange shared an enlightening story about a Kurdish TV station that had been shut down in Denmark. The story, like so many others – from diplomatic cables with undiplomatic comments to hundreds of uninvestigated war crimes in Iraq – came to his attention through a leaked cryptogram.

Once upon a time there was a Kurdish TV network in Denmark. It would just as happily 'be' anywhere else, but more fitting markets were off limits to the channel. The station, Roj TV, was aimed at Turkish Kurds, and that made the Turkish authorities very angry.

Turkish officials pressed their NATO ally Denmark to shut down the TV channel under some plausible pretext. But Denmark was reluctant, saying that multiple inspections didn’t find any propaganda of terrorism and there were no grounds to close it down. Such things weren’t done there; Denmark, after all, is a democracy.

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.(Reuters / Virginia Mayo)

'Democracy' did not prevail for long. Only until the point when the Prince of Denmark Prime Minister Rasmussen decided to become NATO’s secretary-general. But Turkey up and blocked his candidacy! Yup, over Kurdish TV that Denmark was being so stubborn about. So the big shots came together and agreed that the channel that was a beacon for an entire nation wasn’t a high price to pay for such an important position at such an important organization. And they tried to dig up some extremism, democracy be damned. They still couldn’t find any evidence of such, but coughed up some other unpleasantries. WikiLeaks has a wire in which US President Barack Obama himself urges his allies to think to resolve the Kurdish TV issue "creatively," so that the civilized nations are not accused of suppressing freedom of speech. And so they did.

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“The same is in store for you,” Julian told me. Unfortunately, I have little doubt that he’s right. I had barely returned from London when the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution that, among other things, calls on US officials in Europe to “evaluate the political, economic, and cultural influence of Russia and Russian state-sponsored media and to coordinate with host governments on appropriate responses.”

In other words, the US would pressure Europe to kick us out of there. And that’s already happening. Over the last year we’ve been witnessing a number of less than pleasant trends.

1. Pressuring of our employees.

The executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty writes that “young journalists are already finding that a spell at RT is a handicap in getting jobs elsewhere.” And he is not alone in his opinion. Sometimes the stories are noisy (see Liz Wahl and TruthDig), at other times the pressure makes people resign quietly. Fortunately, often still, it stirs up outrage and desire to fight back and work even harder to defend your truth.

Neocon Con? US right stage media attack on alternative news

vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1ZwDjzga2k

2. Hordes of Western media outlets attempting to discredit our work.

In the course of just a couple of weeks, the Guardian alone published half a dozen articles about RT that could all be summed up as ‘why the hell is Putin’s propaganda poisoning the unwitting minds of the great British land?’ I can’t recall a single well-known Western news outlet that hasn’t published a self-righteous sermon directed at RT. I doubt anyone else could either.

Christian Amanpour – arguably CNN’s most famous anchor / wife of former US Assistant Sec. State James Rubin – invited our correspondent Anissa Naouai “to talk about Ukraine”. Of course there was little talk about Ukraine itself; rather it was all about RT being horrible, disgusting propaganda trash.

Anissa is never one to be caught off-guard, and, an American herself, enjoyed verbal sparring with her compatriot. Unsurprisingly Mr. Rubin’s freedom-loving wife edited out Anissa’s most cogent and reasonable responses.

CNN heavily redacts RT host's interview

vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhOfwGN11oY

Our public financing makes us ‘government propaganda’; yet other state-funded media such as Deutsche Welle, France 24 and even Al Jazeera, are freely broadcasting in ‘free Europe’ without constant finger-wagging or accusatory rants in their direction written with such frequency and regurgitation of the same talking points as if a copy machine has gone mad.

3. Flogging the ‘cash cow’

What has by now become a trope in the so-called liberal press, Russian and foreign alike, about RT being ineffectual despite gobbling up huge amounts of cash. Most of the time, they grossly exaggerate the numbers (The Guardian went so far as to quote noted Russian media experts Pussy Riot, who more than tripled our budget overnight), and by the time we direct the journalists to the facts that are a matter of public record, it’s too little, too late: the word is out. And the printed word… these days, it gets away from you faster than a supersonic jet. Then these falsehoods go viral thanks to tireless efforts of opposition activists creating distracting and destructive noise around RT:‘look at them, taking billions from the people, God knows for what. Who needs them anyway?’

4. Explicit threats to revoke our broadcasting license.

In recent past we’ve received nine warnings from Ofcom, the British media regulator. They are unhappy with everything about us. I’d understand it if they found explicit lies, factual errors, or any other specific fault with is. But they haven’t. And they don’t need to. All it takes is for them to think us biased, like when we had a report on Ukraine without interviewing a member of the interim government in Kiev, or when we reported on Libya without featuring NATO’s arguments.

5. Pressuring independent experts who appear on RT.

My friend Stephen Cohen, a truly smart and educated American scholar and a preeminent expert on Russia (and whose friend Mikhail Gorbachev was cleaning a dried bream fish at his birthday party last year in front of my very eyes) told me that he hadn’t experienced this kind of pressure even during the Cold War. Whenever he speaks on RT, or just says something different from the choir of mainstream accusations in our direction, he is immediately attacked by other media. And we are seeing these kinds of external pressure attempts all the time.

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Dear fellow Westminster bods, can we all agree not to appear on @RTTV_UK? There's no upside in helping the Kremlin spread its propaganda.

— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) October 30, 2014


Does all of this affect us? Of course it does. I believe many RT employees have grown tired of constantly fighting with someone or other. It is exhausting to repeatedly answer questions like “how often does Putin call you”, or to give interviews just to have your words be taken out of context, distorted and used against RT.

As far as I am concerned, I hate fighting, be it a neighborly row or an international media confrontation. And no, fighting doesn’t excite me, it doesn’t motivate me, it doesn’t make me any stronger. All it does is get on my nerves and distract me from doing the real thing. Very often I want to step aside and just live my life: raising my two lovely little kids, writing happy blog posts about love and summertime, baking cakes. But then suddenly something happens to remind me why I’m doing this – like it did last week, as I was leaving the Ecuadorean embassy after talking to Julian Assange.

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You aren’t allowed to carry your cellphone into the embassy, so I left mine with the guard. This guard, a curious and cheerful man, was sitting behind a desk next to the door. On my way out, he told me, flirtatiously, that he would only give me my phone back if I smiled at him. So I did. He handed me the phone and asked what I did – surely it’s fun to know who Assange’s visitors are.

“Do you watch RT? I am the channel’s editor-in-chief,” I answered.

I saw his face change in an instant. He rose to his feet and looked as if he were going to salute me: “Is that really so? Do you mean it? No way! That can’t be true!”

I gave him my card and he asked me to sign it, “to show this as proof to my family that I’ve spoken to RT’s chief”. He told me his whole family watched RT, because “otherwise we wouldn’t know what is going on in the world, just like all those dupes who watch nothing but the BBC.”

Why am I telling you all of this? So that you know that the efforts to tear us down are in vain. Never going to happen.


http://rt.com/op-edge/212587-assange-de ... ass-media/

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Nasrallah Episode 1 with Julian Assange


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NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests

Today, 23 February 2016 at 00:00 GMT [updated 12:20 GMT], WikiLeaks publishes highly classified documents showing that the US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; singled out the Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone; singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception; stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu; intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US "extort[ing]" them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed); explicitly targetted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers; explicitly targetted the phones of Italy's ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to "pop like a cork".

Some of the intercepts are classified TOP-SECRET COMINT-GAMMA and are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organization.

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange said "Today we proved the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies. Back in 2010 we revealed that the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered her diplomats to steal the UN leadership's biometric data and other information. The US government has signed agreements with the UN that it will not engage in such conduct. It will be interesting to see the UN's reaction, because if the United Nations Secretary General, whose communications and person have legal inviolability, can be repeatedly attacked without consequence then everyone is at risk."

The NSA data for this release: UN Sec Gen & Merkel intercept, UNHCR & WTO target selectors and assignments, Netanyahu-Berlusconi-Sarkozy-Merkel intercepts, EU-Japan WTO/Doha trade talks strategy intercept, EU & Belgium MFA target selectors and assignments and Italy target selectors and assignments.

https://wikileaks.org/nsa-201602/

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Hillary Clinton Email Archive

On March 16, 2016 WikiLeaks launched a searchable archive for 30,322 emails & email attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was Secretary of State. The 50,547 pages of documents span from 30 June 2010 to 12 August 2014. 7,570 of the documents were sent by Hillary Clinton. The emails were made available in the form of thousands of PDFs by the US State Department as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request. The final PDFs were made available on February 29, 2016.

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Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters

Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution.

The efforts – detailed in documents provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – included a broad campaign of international pressure aimed not only at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but at what the U.S. government calls “the human network that supports WikiLeaks.” The documents also contain internal discussions about targeting the file-sharing site Pirate Bay and hacktivist collectives such as Anonymous.

One classified document from Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s top spy agency, shows that GCHQ used its surveillance system to secretly monitor visitors to a WikiLeaks site. By exploiting its ability to tap into the fiber-optic cables that make up the backbone of the Internet, the agency confided to allies in 2012, it was able to collect the IP addresses of visitors in real time, as well as the search terms that visitors used to reach the site from search engines like Google.

Another classified document from the U.S. intelligence community, dated August 2010, recounts how the Obama administration urged foreign allies to file criminal charges against Assange over the group’s publication of the Afghanistan war logs.

A third document, from July 2011, contains a summary of an internal discussion in which officials from two NSA offices – including the agency’s general counsel and an arm of its Threat Operations Center – considered designating WikiLeaks as “a ‘malicious foreign actor’ for the purpose of targeting.” Such a designation would have allowed the group to be targeted with extensive electronic surveillance – without the need to exclude U.S. persons from the surveillance searches.

In 2008, not long after WikiLeaks was formed, the U.S. Army prepared a report that identified the organization as an enemy, and plotted how it could be destroyed. The new documents provide a window into how the U.S. and British governments appear to have shared the view that WikiLeaks represented a serious threat, and reveal the controversial measures they were willing to take to combat it.

In a statement to The Intercept, Assange condemned what he called “the reckless and unlawful behavior of the National Security Agency” and GCHQ’s “extensive hostile monitoring of a popular publisher’s website and its readers.”

“News that the NSA planned these operations at the level of its Office of the General Counsel is especially troubling,” Assange said. “Today, we call on the White House to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the extent of the NSA’s criminal activity against the media, including WikiLeaks, its staff, its associates and its supporters.”

Illustrating how far afield the NSA deviates from its self-proclaimed focus on terrorism and national security, the documents reveal that the agency considered using its sweeping surveillance system against Pirate Bay, which has been accused of facilitating copyright violations. The agency also approved surveillance of the foreign “branches” of hacktivist groups, mentioning Anonymous by name.

The documents call into question the Obama administration’s repeated insistence that U.S. citizens are not being caught up in the sweeping surveillance dragnet being cast by the NSA. Under the broad rationale considered by the agency, for example, any communication with a group designated as a “malicious foreign actor,” such as WikiLeaks and Anonymous, would be considered fair game for surveillance.

Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in surveillance issues, says the revelations shed a disturbing light on the NSA’s willingness to sweep up American citizens in its surveillance net.

“All the reassurances Americans heard that the broad authorities of the FISA Amendments Act could only be used to ‘target’ foreigners seem a bit more hollow,” Sanchez says, “when you realize that the ‘foreign target’ can be an entire Web site or online forum used by thousands if not millions of Americans.”

GCHQ Spies on WikiLeaks Visitors

The system used by GCHQ to monitor the WikiLeaks website – codenamed ANTICRISIS GIRL – is described in a classified PowerPoint presentation prepared by the British agency and distributed at the 2012 “SIGDEV Conference.” At the annual gathering, each member of the “Five Eyes” alliance – the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – describes the prior year’s surveillance successes and challenges.

In a top-secret presentation at the conference, two GCHQ spies outlined how ANTICRISIS GIRL was used to enable “targeted website monitoring” of WikiLeaks (See slides 33 and 34). The agency logged data showing hundreds of users from around the world, including the United States, as they were visiting a WikiLeaks site –contradicting claims by American officials that a deal between the U.K. and the U.S. prevents each country from spying on the other’s citizens.

The IP addresses collected by GCHQ are used to identify individual computers that connect to the Internet, and can be traced back to specific people if the IP address has not been masked using an anonymity service. If WikiLeaks or other news organizations were receiving submissions from sources through a public dropbox on their website, a system like ANTICRISIS GIRL could potentially be used to help track them down. (WikiLeaks has not operated a public dropbox since 2010, when it shut down its system in part due to security concerns over surveillance.)

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Julian Asange is FREE !!!!! He appealed to the UN and they (after five years) have ruled in his favor .
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Julian Asange is FREE !!!!! He appealed to the UN and they (after five years) have ruled in his favor .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJsiCw8ZNhY


Britain does not recognize the ruling of the UN and Assange doesn't dare leave the embassy...yet...

However, you may find this interesting...

Snowden, WikiLeaks & 15yrs since 9/11

We talk to WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison who took fugitive NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden to Moscow, CIA whistle-blower John Kiriakou on the legacy of NATO’s mass slaughter, torture, and population displacement in the wake of 9/11, and a former police superintendent about what he thinks of our bobbies on the beat packing heat.

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-undergro ... -cia-nato/

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Julian Assange special: Do Wikileaks have the email that will put Hillary Clinton in prison? (E376)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with Julian Assange. We talk to the founder of Wikileaks about how the recent DNC leaks have no connection to Russia. Plus what are Hillary Clinton's connections to Islamic State, Saudi Arabia and Russia?

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-undergro ... ks-russia/

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I leave it to others to post the information most revealing of the clintoon's escapades that they find in Wikileaks - ... it seems Julian has a personal vendetta, to settle with the Hildabeast - he all but said she murdered one of his DNC informants ... sigh. Trump has said some harsh things about Snowden - and by association, I don't think Julian likes him very much either - so wiki-leaks is not politically motivated

yes, it seems that he is still being confined to the Embassy - at great unnecessary expense for UK and Sweden
from strictly an observer's POV, this has been Politics extraordinaire but it looks like this Heirarchy is done milking the cash cow (for now) ... all proceeds to go to the Klinten Foundation, care of the US taxpayers(members and contributors and perpetuators of politics )... in all my daze, never seen the likes of it

It's was reported on nbc that Hillary died (after showing that clip of her collapsing into the black van) on 9/11 out side of the WTC memorial - the internet has gone postal with theories, none of which include Putin like the MSN is saying - especially when her "double" showed up (several times now) ... and if you don't thing glp is a creditable "news" source, consider the fact that "the Donald" is a member now - and answers our questions, and surprise, surprise, none of them were about Hilda, he makes jokes, and uses words like bullshit ... and some of the questions are intelligent (as well as ignorant) - and he responds to them the openly - he said that he and his staff have been lurking glp for years - and said he would validate his "association" with glp, on twitter today ... what wonderous times we are living in, when you can chat with one of the presidential candidate on a conspiracy forum :mrgreen:

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Oh ya, what an honor it is to talk to the programmed android Donald Duck on the mis and disinfo Godlike Production Forum, or oops! Donald Trump with all his CIA friends in that faction since they are divided into factions pitted against each other and everyone else. Unity or love of mankind is not a word associated with that forum. Just like 'The Donald's' take on Muslims, Mexicans and his misogyny about women. His divisive prejudices and biasness is against well over half of the human race. But Republicans love him don't you. :lol: Quite frankly while viewing a few clips of Hilliary and realizing how grueling being on the campaign trail is and maybe her programming breaking down, this compassion came over me for her despite everything said about her, her past or whatever. It was so pure, no opinion necessary and no judgment. Trump is no less a puppet than how she appears to be or any corrupt politician for that matter. As to Assange your opinion about him is noted but you fail to remember what he reveals about anyone is revealing the truth. He can back it all up and doesn't flipflop or a better word, lie, like The Donald continuously does. Few are willing to risk their lives because of their passion for the truth or be trapped in a foreign embassy under threat of torture for revealing the truth.

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Yep I love love Assange. Here's a most recent interview with him and to dispel all the "fake news" written about him by Ben Jacobs of the Guardian who happens to be a fanboy of Hiliary Clinton. :shock:

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Julian Assange: "Donald? It's a change anyway"

Julian Assange, cofondatore di WikiLeaks
The interview. The Wikileaks cofounder: "Our source Chelsea Manning tortured in Usa"

di STEFANIA MAURIZI

LONDON - When they appeared on the scene for the first time in 2006, few noticed them. And when four years later they hit worldwide media headlines with their publication of over 700,000 secret US government documents, many assumed that Julian Assange and his organisation, WikiLeaks, would be annihilated very shortly.

Since 2010 Assange has lived first under house arrest and then confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum by Ecuador. The country's officials judged his concerns of being extradited to Sweden and then to the US to be put on trial for the WikiLeaks' revelations well-grounded.

Repubblica met Julian Assange in the embassy, nicely decorated for the Christmas season. These last ten years have been intense ones for his organisation, but the last two months have been truly hectic: WikiLeaks' publication of Hillary Clinton's and US Democrats' emails hit headlines around the world. The US government hit back, accusing WikiLeaks of having received these materials from Russian cybercriminals with the political agenda of influencing the US elections, a claim some experts question. In the midst of these publications, Ecuador even cut off Julian Assange's internet connection. Finally, in November, Swedish prosecutors travelled to London to question the WikiLeaks' founder after six years of judicial paralysis. In a matter of a few weeks, they will be deciding whether to charge or absolve him once and for all. Next February, Ecuador will be holding political elections. If Julian Assange loses asylum, will he be extradited to Sweden and then to the US?

How did it all start? Back in 2006, why did you think a new media organisation was necessary?

"I had watched the Iraq War closely, and in the aftermath of the Iraq War a number of individuals from the security services, including the Australian [ones], came out saying how they had attempted to reveal information before the war began and had been thwarted. People who wanted to be whistleblowers before the Iraq war had not found a channel to get the information out. I felt that this was a general problem and set about to construct the system which could solve this problem in general".

In a famous interview, you declared that at the beginning you thought that your biggest role would be in China and in some of the former Soviet states and North Africa. Quite the opposite, most of WikiLeaks' biggest revelations concern the US military-industrial complex, its wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq and its serious human rights violations in the war on terror. These abuses have had a heavy impact in an open and democratic society like the United States and produced 'dissidents' like Chelsea Manning willing to expose them. Why aren't human rights abuses producing the same effects in regimes like China or Russia, and what can be done to democratise information in those countries?

"In Russia, there are many vibrant publications, online blogs, and Kremlin critics such as [Alexey] Navalny are part of that spectrum. There are also newspapers like "Novaya Gazeta", in which different parts of society in Moscow are permitted to critique each other and it is tolerated, generally, because it isn't a big TV channel that might have a mass popular effect, its audience is educated people in Moscow. So my interpretation is that in Russia there are competitors to WikiLeaks, and no WikiLeaks staff speak Russian, so for a strong culture which has its own language, you have to be seen as a local player. WikiLeaks is a predominantly English-speaking organisation with a website predominantly in English. We have published more than 800,000 documents about or referencing Russia and president Putin, so we do have quite a bit of coverage, but the majority of our publications come from Western sources, though not always. For example, we have published more than 2 million documents from Syria, including Bashar al-Assad personally. Sometimes we make a publication about a country and they will see WikiLeaks as a player within that country, like with Timor East and Kenya. The real determinant is how distant that culture is from English. Chinese culture is quite far away".

What can be done there?

"We have published some things in Chinese. It is necessary to be seen as a local player and to adapt the language to the local culture".

There is strict control of the web in China...
"China banned us in 2007, we have worked around that censorship at various times, publishers there were too scared to publish [our documents]. The feeling is mixed within China: they of course like to see the Western critique that a number of our publications enable. China is not a militaristic society, they don't see they have a comparative advantage in making warfare, so they presumably like general critiques of war, but it is a society that is authority-structured, which is terrified of dissidents, whereas if you compare it to Russia, it too is an increasingly authoritarian society, but one that has a cultural tradition of lionising dissidents".

Why aren't the US and UK intelligence agencies leaking to WikiLeaks about their enemies, like Russia or China? They could do it using NGOs or even activists as a cover and they could expose WikiLeaks, if your organisation didn't publish their documents...

"We publish full information, pristine archives, verifiable. That often makes it inconvenient for propaganda purposes, because for many organisations you see the good and the bad, and that makes the facts revealed harder to spin. If we go back to the Iraq War in 2003, let's imagine US intelligence tried to leak us some of their internal reports on Iraq. Now we know from US intelligence reports that subsequently came out that there was internal doubt and scepticism about the claim that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Even though there was intense pressure on the intelligence services at the political level to create reports that supported the rush towards the war, internally their analysts were hedging. The White House, Downing Street, the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN stripped off those doubts. If WikiLeaks had published those reports, these doubts would have been expressed and the war possibly adverted".

WikiLeaks published documents on Hillary Clinton and the US Democrats. How do you reply to those who accuse you of having helped to elect Mr. Trump?

"What is the allegation here exactly? We published what the Democratic National Committee, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, and Hillary Clinton herself were saying about their own campaign, which the American people read and were very interested to read, and assessed the elements and characters, and then they made a decision. That decision was based on Hillary Clinton's own words, her campaign manager's own words. That's democracy".

Do you agree with those who say that it was a hit job, because you hit Hillary Clinton when she was most vulnerable, during the final weeks of her campaign?

"No, we have been publishing about Hillary Clinton for many years, because of her position as Secretary of State. We have been publishing her cables since 2010 and her emails also. We are domain experts on Clinton and her post 2008 role in government. This is why it is natural for sources who have information on Hillary Clinton to come to us. They know we will understand its significance".

So Clinton is gone, has WikiLeaks won?

"We were pleased to see how much of the American public interacted with the material we published. That interaction was on both sides of politics, including those to the left of Hillary Clinton those who supported Bernie Sanders, who were able to see the structure of power within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and how the Clintons had placed Debbie Wasserman Schultz to head up the DNC and as a result the DNC had tilted the scales of the process against Bernie Sanders".

What about Donald Trump? What is going to happen?

"If the question is how I personally feel about the situation, I am mixed: Hillary Clinton and the network around her imprisoned one of our alleged sources for 35 years, Chelsea Manning, tortured her according to the United Nations, in order to implicate me personally. According to our publications Hillary Clinton was the chief proponent and the architect of the war against Libya. It is clear that she pursued this war as a staging effort for her Presidential bid. It wasn't even a war for an ideological purpose. This war ended up producing the refugee crisis in Europe, changing the political colour of Europe, killing more than 40,000 people within a year in Libya, while the arms from Libya went to Mali and other places, boosting or causing civil wars, including the Syrian catastrophe. If someone and their network behave like that, then there are consequences. Internal and external opponents are generated. Now there is a separate question on what Donald Trump means".

What do you think he means?

"Hillary Clinton's election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States. Donald Trump is not a DC insider, he is part of the wealthy ruling elite of the United States, and he is gathering around him a spectrum of other rich people and several idiosyncratic personalities. They do not by themselves form an existing structure, so it is a weak structure which is displacing and destabilising the pre-existing central power network within DC. It is a new patronage structure which will evolve rapidly, but at the moment its looseness means there are opportunities for change in the United States: change for the worse and change for the better".

In these ten years of WikiLeaks, you and your organisation have experienced all sorts of attacks. What have you learned from this warfare?

"Power is mostly the illusion of power. The Pentagon demanded we destroy our publications. We kept publishing. Clinton denounced us and said we were an attack on the entire "international community". We kept publishing. I was put in prison and under house arrest. We kept publishing. We went head to head with the NSA getting Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong, we won and got him asylum. Clinton tried to destroy us and was herself destroyed. Elephants, it seems, can be brought down with string. Perhaps there are no elephants".

You have spent six years under arrest and confinement, the UN established that you are arbitrarily detained, the UK appealed against the UN decision and lost, so this decision is now final. What is going to happen now?

"That's all politics, that's something that people cannot properly understand, unless they been through the legal system themselves in high-profile cases. This decision by the UN in my case is really an historical decision. What is someone to do when they are in a multi-jurisdictional conflict, that is politicised and involves big powers? There is too much pressure for domestic courts to resist, so you need an international court with representation from different countries which are not allied to each other to be able to come to a fair decision. That is what happened in my situation. Sweden and the United Kingdom have refused to implement this decision so far, of course it costs both Sweden and the UK on a diplomatic level and the question is how long they are willing to pay that cost".

After six years, the Swedish prosecutors questioned you in London, as you had requested from the beginning. What happens if you get charged, extradited to Sweden and then to the United States? Will WikiLeaks survive?

"Yes, we have contingency plans that you have seen in action when my Internet was cut off and while I was in prison before. An organisation like WikiLeaks cannot be structured such that a single person can be a point of failure in the organisation, it makes him or her a target".

Is the internet still cut off?

"The internet has been returned".

You've declared on more than one occasion that what you really miss after 6 years of arrest and confinement is your family. Your children gave you a present to make you to feel less alone: a kitten. Have you ever reconsidered your choices?

"Yes, of course. Fortunately I'm too busy to think about these things all the time. I know that my family and my children are proud of me, that they benefit in some ways from having a father who knows some parts of the world and has become very good in a fight, but in other ways they suffer".

One of the first times we met I noticed a book on your table: "The Prince" by Machiavelli. What have you learned about power in 10 years of WikiLeaks?

"My conclusion is that most power structures are deeply incompetent, staffed by people who don't really believe in their institutions and that most power is the projection of the perception of power. And the more secretively it works, the more incompetent it is, because secrecy breeds incompetence, while openness breeds competence, because one can see and can compare actions and see which one is more competent. To keep up these appearances, institutional heads or political heads such as presidents spend most of the time trying to walk in front of the train and pretending that it is following them, but the direction is set by the tracks and by the engine of the train. Understanding that means that small and committed organisations can outmanoeuvre these institutional dinosaurs, like the State Department, the NSA or the CIA".



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Here is the article from The Intercept written by Glen Greenwald that prompted me to post the latest Assange interview above.

The Guardian's Summary of Julian Assange's Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False

"JULIAN ASSANGE IS a deeply polarizing figure. Many admire him and many despise him (into which category one falls in any given year typically depends on one’s feelings about the subject of his most recent publication of leaked documents).

But one’s views of Assange are completely irrelevant to this article, which is not about Assange. This article, instead, is about a report published this week by The Guardian that recklessly attributed to Assange comments that he did not make. This article is about how those false claims — fabrications, really — were spread all over the internet by journalists, causing hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions) to consume false news. The purpose of this article is to underscore, yet again, that those who most flamboyantly denounce Fake News, and want Facebook and other tech giants to suppress content in the name of combating it, are often the most aggressive and self-serving perpetrators of it."

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In these ten years of WikiLeaks, you and your organisation have experienced all sorts of attacks. What have you learned from this warfare?

"Power is mostly the illusion of power. The Pentagon demanded we destroy our publications. We kept publishing. Clinton denounced us and said we were an attack on the entire "international community". We kept publishing. I was put in prison and under house arrest. We kept publishing. We went head to head with the NSA getting Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong, we won and got him asylum. Clinton tried to destroy us and was herself destroyed. Elephants, it seems, can be brought down with string. Perhaps there are no elephants".


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One of the first times we met I noticed a book on your table: "The Prince" by Machiavelli. What have you learned about power in 10 years of WikiLeaks?

"My conclusion is that most power structures are deeply incompetent, staffed by people who don't really believe in their institutions and that most power is the projection of the perception of power. And the more secretively it works, the more incompetent it is, because secrecy breeds incompetence, while openness breeds competence, because one can see and can compare actions and see which one is more competent. To keep up these appearances, institutional heads or political heads such as presidents spend most of the time trying to walk in front of the train and pretending that it is following them, but the direction is set by the tracks and by the engine of the train. Understanding that means that small and committed organisations can outmanoeuvre these institutional dinosaurs, like the State Department, the NSA or the CIA".


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