Archiv: leaks


24.11.2019 - 14:08 [ Wikileaks ]

Internal OPCW E-Mail: OPCW management accused of doctoring Syrian chemical weapons report

Wikileaks today publishes an e-mail, sent by a member of an OPCW fact-finding mission to Syria to his superiors, in which he expresses his gravest concern over intentional bias introduced to a redacted version of the report he co-authored.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent a team of experts to investigate allegations that a chemical attack took place in the Syrian city of Douma on the 7th of April 2018. The author of the e-mail was a member of that team and claims the redacted preliminary version of the report, misrepresents the facts he and his colleagues discovered on the ground. The e-mail is dated 22nd of June. It is addressed to Robert Fairweather, Chief of Cabinet, and forwarded to his deputy Aamir Shouket and members of the fact-finding mission to Douma.

He says this misrepresentation was achieved by selective omission, introducing a bias which undermines the credibility of the report. Further it is claimed that crucial facts, that have remained in the redacted version:

“…have morphed into something quite different to what was originally drafted.”

03.11.2019 - 13:23 [ Joe Klein / Washington Post ]

When anonymity outlives its usefulness

(30.10.2019)

There are two other factors at play: The whistleblower may be a covert officer in the intelligence community; revealing his or her identity might compromise national security. And finally, and sadly, the lives of the whistleblower and family might be in danger, given the level of crazy abroad in the land. In the end, outing the identity of this public servant only serves the interests of “deep state” conspiracy theorists, who will try to “prove” that the whistleblower is a Never Trumper.

03.11.2019 - 13:20 [ Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid / Washington Post ]

We represent the whistleblower. Their identity is no longer relevant.

(25.10.2019)

What it would do, however, is put that individual and their family at risk of harm. Perhaps more important, it would deter future whistleblowers from coming forward in subsequent administrations, Democratic or Republican. And if the lawful whistleblower system fails, that would encourage other individuals to illegally leak classified information to journalists to hide their identities and guard themselves from political attacks.

03.11.2019 - 12:09 [ Consortium News ]

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

(20.09.2017)

How can we be so confident? Because NSA alumni now active in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) are intimately familiar with NSA’s capabilities and practice with respect to bulk capture and storage of fiber-optic communications. Two of us actually devised the systems still in use, and Edward Snowden’s revelations filled in remaining gaps. Today’s NSA is in position to clear up any and all questions about intrusions into the DNC.

(…)

The FBI could still redeem itself by doing what it should have done as soon as the DNC claimed to have been “hacked.” For reasons best known to former FBI Director James Comey, the Bureau failed to get whatever warrant was needed to confiscate the DNC servers and computers to properly examine them.

03.11.2019 - 11:25 [ Ray McGovern / Consortium News ]

RAY McGOVERN: A Non-Hack That Raised Hillary’s Hackles

(22.07.2019)

Independent forensic investigations demonstrated two years ago that the DNC emails were not hacked over the Internet, but had been copied onto an external storage device — probably a thumb drive. Additional work over recent months has yielded more evidence that the intrusion into the DNC computers was a copy, not a hack, and that it took place on May 23 and 25, 2016.

The DNC almost certainly knew what had happened — not only that someone with physical access to DNC computers had copied thousands of emails, but also which ones they had copied, and thus how prejudicial to the Clinton campaign they would be when they saw the light of day.

And so, candidate Clinton, the DNC, and the mainstream media (forever quoting anonymous “current and former intelligence officials”) appear to have colluded, deciding the best defense would be a good offense.

03.11.2019 - 10:03 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I’ve attended several hours of the secret depositions as a member of @GOPoversight cmte. Unfortunately, most of my colleagues and all of the media must rely on leaks to form their opinions. I’m urging @SpeakerPelosi to release the transcripts of the depositions immediately.

03.11.2019 - 09:40 [ Observer.com ]

Scariest Takeaways on the Current State of Smartphone Surveillance From Edward Snowden

(28.10.2019)

Snowden’s point: you better not have done anything you’ve regretted in your digital past; you better not have put an unsavory term in a Google Search bar—because there will be a permanent record of that, which can be found and used against you if need be.

Snowden also pointed out that the term for this is “bulk collection,” a euphemism the government uses for mass surveillance work.

“They simply collect it all in advance and hope that one day it will become useful,” he said.

31.08.2019 - 10:04 [ Daily Mail ]

Dominic Cummings reads SPADs the riot act: Furious Brexit mastermind scolds aides for ‚leaking bulls***‘ and tells them they can ‚f*** off‘ if they don’t like him after advisor was sacked for ‚lying about contact with Remainers‘

– Maverick Brexit chief sent the stark warning at a gathering of advisers tonight
– Showed no regret for dramatic axing of Sonia Khan who he accused of leaks
– Told advisers if they didn’t agree with his decision, they knew where door was

31.08.2019 - 10:01 [ The Independent ‏/ Twitter ]

Sajid Javid’s media adviser ‚escorted from Downing Street‘ after being sacked by No 10 strategist Dominic Cummings

18.08.2019 - 22:43 [ Daily Mail ]

Die-hard Remainer Philip Hammond’s camp is blamed for leaking Project Fear 2.0 dossier as its predictions of No Deal Brexit chaos on October 31 are dismissed as ’not believable‘ and ’scaremongering‘

Former Tory former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson claimed the leak of documents on ‚Operation Yellowhammer‘ was an example of the ‚establishment‘ plot to ’sow fear in people’s minds‘.

In a joint statement, they said: ‚This Operation Yellowhammer leak is the version of what the contingency executive put together. We remember attending a briefing on privy council terms which they said was not worst case but reasonable worst case. Theresa May had asked for this to be done. It was obviously Project Fear dressed up.

18.08.2019 - 11:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Project Fear 2.0? ANOTHER leaked No Deal Brexit dossier predicts fuel, food and medicine shortages, port chaos and Irish border disruption on Oct 31 as Boris Johnson vows to crash out the EU if necessary

– A secret Whitehall dossier outlines possible pandemonium in a No Deal Brexit
– Operation Yellowhammer casts a dark shadow over proposed October 31 exit
– Hard border in Ireland, fuel, medicine and food shortages are anticipated
– News comes as Boris Johnson prepares to meet EU leaders at the G7 this week

18.08.2019 - 11:49 [ Daily Mail ]

Cripes! Boris’s Brexit script is left in a pub by a ‘drunk’ official revealing the PM is primed to tackle ‘tricky’ topics of Northern Ireland, citizens’ rights and no deal

And thanks to a boozy civil servant leaving a stash of Brexit papers in a Westminster pub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full extent of Mr Johnson’s rigid new regime.

An eight-page document entitled ‘Core Brexit Brief’ and prepared specifically for Mr Johnson by Whitehall spin doctors and policy advisers was found abandoned in The Feathers public house, in the heart of Westminster.

16.08.2019 - 15:29 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Germany expects No Deal and will not renegotiate, says leaked briefing

The paper was prepared by civil servants for the German finance minister, Olaf Scholz, ahead of face-to-face talks with the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, in Berlin on Friday.

25.07.2019 - 12:31 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Außengebiet Puerto Rico: Gouverneur kündigt Rücktritt an

In den vergangenen Wochen waren in San Juan immer mehr Menschen auf die Straße gegangen, um Rossellós Rücktritt zu fordern. Die bislang größte Demonstration gab es am Montag mit geschätzt etwa 500.000 Teilnehmern.

Auslöser der Proteste war die Veröffentlichung von Nachrichten einer privaten Chat-Gruppe zwischen Rosselló und elf Vertrauten, in denen sie sich abschätzig über mehrere Personen äußerten.

21.07.2019 - 14:28 [ LA Times ]

‘Chatgate’ scandal throws Puerto Rico’s governor into crisis

(16.07.2019)

Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.

But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers.

21.07.2019 - 14:21 [ CNN ]

An entire nation just got hacked

(21.07.2019)

Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office.
In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected.

21.07.2019 - 14:15 [ New York Times ]

Tear Gas Fired at Puerto Rico Protesters Amid Calls for Governor’s Resignation

(15.07.2019)

“The chat was the final straw,” said Norma Jean Colberg, 58, one of the protesters.

21.07.2019 - 14:13 [ CNN ]

These are some of the leaked chat messages at the center of Puerto Rico’s political crisis

(17.07.2019)

The governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media, celebrities and others in a scandal many are calling „RickyLeaks.“

21.07.2019 - 14:00 [ fastcompany.com ]

A Telegram chat may (rightfully) bring down Puerto Rico’s governor

(16.07.2019)

Calls for the governor to resign have grown after nearly 900 pages of a chat on the private messaging app Telegram were leaked by a source to Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, which published them in their entirety on Saturday.

16.07.2019 - 10:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Kim Darroch: Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

“It cannot conceivably be right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material face prosecution,” he added.

“In my view there is no threat to national security implied in the release of this material. It is embarrassing, but it is not a threat to national security. It is the duty of media organisations to bring new and interesting facts into the public domain. That is what they are there for.”

13.07.2019 - 08:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Terror cops probe leak of Darroch emails about Trump: Scotland Yard is accused of ‚police state‘ tactics with threat to prosecute publishers who print more secrets

– Police are investigating alleged leaking of ambassador Sir Kim Darroch’s emails
– Scotland Yard say its counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation
– Met Police say ‚there has been damage caused to UK international relations‘
– They said there is clear public interest in bringing person responsible to justice

10.07.2019 - 19:58 [ theGuardian.com ]

Johnson under fire as Kim Darroch quits as UK ambassador to US

After the ambassador submitted his resignation, explaining that he felt that speculation over his future was “making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like”, Johnson faced sharp criticism over his role in the affair, with one minister accusing him of throwing the ambassador “under the bus”.

And in language that will be viewed as an implicit criticism of Johnson’s failure to back Darroch, Theresa May told MPs: “I hope the house will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles, particularly when they are under pressure.”

10.07.2019 - 19:54 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Public Split on Kim Darroch Resignation

YouGov have conducted some remarkably speedy polling of the public’s attitude towards the Kim Darroch affair, although the fieldwork was conducted before his resignation.

10.07.2019 - 19:41 [ ITV.com ]

UK could join US military action against Iran, Jeremy Hunt says

(24.06.2019)

Mr Hunt, who is battling to become the next prime minister, earlier said he has been speaking to counterparts “regularly” about the Iran crisis which he called “extremely serious”.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was seeking to build a “global coalition” against Iran, branding Tehran “the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”.

10.07.2019 - 19:37 [ Jeremy Hunt, Außenminister von Großbritannien / Twitter ]

Deeply saddened to hear of the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch. Standing up for Britain means standing up for the finest diplomats on the world. It should never have come to this.

10.07.2019 - 19:23 [ Times of Israel ]

Trump hits back after UK’s top envoy calls his Iran policy ‘incoherent’

He allegedly said the president’s assertion that he called off retaliatory missile strikes against the Iranian regime after a US drone was shot down because it risked killing 150 Iranians, “doesn’t stand up.”

“It’s more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020,” Darroch reportedly stated, referring to the next presidential election.

10.07.2019 - 19:11 [ BBC ]

Sir Kim Darroch: UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row

The US president had branded him „a very stupid guy“ after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration „clumsy and inept“.

In a letter to the Foreign Office, Sir Kim said he wanted to end speculation about his position: „The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.

08.07.2019 - 16:00 [ Wikipedia ]

UKUSA-Vereinbarung

Als Kooperationspartner („tertiärer Partner“) kamen später auch Deutschland, Frankreich, Israel (Deckname Ruffle), Schweden (Deckname Sardine), Italien, Japan, Norwegen, Südkorea und die Türkei hinzu (sogen. Nine Eyes bzw. Fourteen Eyes).Deutschland schloss sich 1955 an und betreibt unter der sogenannten Fernmeldeverkehrstelle des Bundesnachrichtendiensts die Bad Aibling Abhörstation weiter.(Siehe auch: Zusammenarbeit von Bundesnachrichtendienst und NSA)

21.06.2019 - 02:05 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Intercept-Leaks in Brasilien: Morddrohungen und neue Enthüllungen

Die jüngsten Enthüllungen blieben auch der deutschen Bundesregierung nicht verborgen. Doch auch nach Kenntnisnahme der Berichterstattung bleibe „die Position Deutschlands gegenüber Brasilien unverändert“, teilte das Auswärtige Amt auf Anfrage von amerika21 mit. Die Bundesregierung argumentiert, dass es „der brasilianischen Justiz obliegt, über die Rechtmäßigkeit des Verfahrens gegen den ehemaligen Staatspräsidenten Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva zu befinden.“

16.06.2019 - 13:47 [ Express.co.uk ]

Tensions erupt as US launch cyber attack on Russia but officials don’t tell Trump

The New York Times, the US has increased the number of cyber attacks on Russia’s grid. Moreover, two administration officials had told the newspaper that Donald Trump had not been briefed on the attacks.
Pentagon officials have also described the “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details of the operations against Russia.

16.06.2019 - 13:36 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

(15.06.2019)

But in a public appearance on Tuesday, President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the United States was now taking a broader view of potential digital targets as part of an effort “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”

Power grids have been a low-intensity battleground for years.

15.06.2019 - 18:11 [ Intercept ]

WATCH: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

The archive we received from our source is vast, and contains many more explosive stories yet to be reported. Just last night, we published another story exposing even more serious improprieties by Judge Moro, widely regarded as the anchor of legitimacy for the Bolsonaro government, that has led for more calls for him to resign. Because of the importance but also complexity of these issues for those outside of Brazil, we created a video explaining what this archive is about, what these revelations mean, and why the consequences of our reporting are so significant not only for Brazil but for the entire democratic world.

13.06.2019 - 06:52 [ teleSUR English / Twitter ]

A lawmaker from Brazil’s Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and LGBT activist, David Miranda, got threats after his partner, #GlennGreenwald, published information on the political persecution against Lula da Silva. #VazaJato #FreeLula

13.06.2019 - 06:22 [ telesur ]

New Leak Shows Top Brazilian Judge Colluded With Car Wash Prosecutors

A new leaked conversation between chief prosecutor of the Car Wash (Lava Jato) task force, Deltan Dallagnol and current Supreme Justice Minister, Sergio Moro, allegedly show that Supreme Federal Court (STF) judge Luiz Fux was also part of the scheme against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The leak was made by The Intercept Brazil’s executive editor, Leandro Demori, during an interview on Wednesday. The messages show that Dallagnol took on at least once the role of interlocutor between Moro and Fux, while the federal judge was acting in tune with the two.

13.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

Exclusive: Leaked Chats Between Brazilian Judge and Prosecutor Who Imprisoned Lula Reveal Prohibited Collaboration and Doubts Over Evidence

(09.06.2019)

In the files, conversations between lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and then-presiding Judge Sergio Moro reveal that Moro offered strategic advice to prosecutors and passed on tips for new avenues of investigation. With these actions, Moro grossly overstepped the ethical lines that define the role of a judge. In Brazil, as in the United States, judges are required to be impartial and neutral, and are barred from secretly collaborating with one side in a case.

Other chats in the archive raise fundamental questions about the quality of the charges that ultimately sent Lula to prison.

13.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

How and Why The Intercept Is Reporting on a Vast Trove of Materials About Brazil’s Operation Car Wash and Justice Minister Sergio Moro

(09.06.2019)

The Intercept’s only role in obtaining these materials was to receive them from our source, who contacted us many weeks ago (long before the recently alleged hacking of Moro’s telephone) and informed us that they had already obtained the full set of materials and was eager to provide them to journalists.

Informing the public of matters in the public interest and exposing wrongdoing was our guiding principle in doing this initial reporting on the archive, and it will continue to be our guiding principle as we report further on the large number of materials we have been provided.

13.06.2019 - 05:27 [ Intercept ]

Hidden Plot – Exclusive: Brazil’s Top Prosecutors Who Indicted Lula Schemed in Secret Messages to Prevent His Party From Winning 2018 Election

(09.06.2019)

An enormous trove of secret documents reveals that Brazil’s most powerful prosecutors, who have spent years insisting they are apolitical, instead plotted to prevent the Workers’ Party, or PT, from winning the 2018 presidential election by blocking or weakening a pre-election interview with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with the explicit purpose of affecting the outcome of the election.

30.05.2019 - 17:25 [ Reporter ohne Grenzen ]

Redaktionsgeheimnis in Gefahr

Reporter ohne Grenzen (ROG) warnt vor Plänen des Bundesinnenministeriums, wonach deutsche Geheimdienste Medien im In- und Ausland künftig digital ausspionieren könnten. Einem Referentenentwurf zufolge sollen deutsche Inlands- und Auslandsgeheimdienste Server, Computer und Smartphones von Verlagen, Rundfunksendern sowie freiberuflichen Journalistinnen und Journalisten hacken dürfen. Sie sollen dabei verschlüsselte Kommunikation abfangen oder verdeckt nach digitalen Daten suchen können.

30.05.2019 - 17:22 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Innenministerium will Ausspähen von Journalisten erlauben

In Koalitionskreisen kursiert ein Entwurf für ein „Gesetz zur Harmonisierung des Verfassungsschutzrechts“.
Dieser würde es dem Verfassungsschutz vergleichsweise leicht machen, Redaktionen digital auszuforschen – auch ohne Richtervorbehalt.

10.05.2019 - 18:12 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Are we a sovereign nation, or merely Trump’s poodle?

Huawei was the pretext, but you couldn’t help but think that Iran was the primary motive for Mike Pompeo’s decidedly undiplomatic visit to London this week. The US Secretary of State’s public dressing down was for Britain one of the most humiliating episodes – and there have been plenty of them of late – I’ve seen in a long time, and can only really be excused in the context of the paralysing chaos into which British government has descended these past two years.

05.05.2019 - 23:26 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson urged to force Theresa May to hold judge-led inquiry into sacking over Huawei leak

The former defence secretary is being urged by friends to table a Parliamentary motion demanding a new investigation, which would almost certainly be backed by opposition parties and a number of Tory MPs.

He is also weighing up whether to engineer his own “Geoffrey Howe moment” by making a speech in the Commons that could hasten Theresa May’s downfall, in the same way that the former deputy PM triggered the leadership contest that ended Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

05.05.2019 - 16:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Gavin Williamson calls for investigation into Huawei leak inquiry

He said that police had not been provided with evidence by the Cabinet Office that a crime has been committed and no crime had been alleged by the “owner of the material”.

05.05.2019 - 16:36 [ Sky News ]

Gavin Williamson accuses May of ‚classic smear‘ over diabetes claim

According to various reports citing government sources, Mr Williamson had told fellow Tories Mrs May’s health makes her unfit to be prime minister.

A Downing Street source said the briefings did not come from No 10.

04.05.2019 - 15:32 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Theresa May refuses to release Huawei leak report to sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson

Meanwhile, there will be no criminal investigation into the affair – after the government refused to refer it to the police, despite experts warning of a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

Ms May was asked three times if she would bow to Mr Williamson’s request to be handed a copy of the conclusions reached by Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, but refused to budge.

03.05.2019 - 16:22 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson accuses Whitehall chief of framing him for Huawei secrets leak

As the latest scandal to rock Theresa May’s government engulfed Westminster for a second day;
– Labour chiefs united with some Tory MPs to demand a police probe is mounted to get to the bottom of what happened.
– Mr Williamson said he would personally welcome a criminal investigation as the only was to “clear” his name.

03.05.2019 - 16:20 [ Financial Times / Youtube ]

Gavin Williamson’s exit: the first sacking of its kind in a generation

FT Whitehall correspondent Sebastian Payne on the reasons why Gavin Williamson became the first UK cabinet minister in a generation to be fired following a leak inquiry.

03.05.2019 - 10:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson: Fired defence secretary denied access to copy of Huawei leaks report

Gavin Williamson has been refused a copy of the report of the investigation which claimed he leaked secrets from the National Security Council, The Independent has learnt.

The former defence secretary believes that the release of the report will prove the weakness of the case against him which led to his firing.

03.05.2019 - 10:32 [ Reuters ]

UK investigated Huawei leak because it came from top intel briefing: UK PM spokesman

The British government needed to investigate the disclosure of secret information relating to Chinese telecoms company Huawei because it came from a classified intelligence briefing, the prime minister’s spokesman said on Thursday.

03.05.2019 - 10:25 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Threatens U.K. On Huawei And Intelligence-Sharing

(29.04.2019)

On Monday, the U.S. sent a stark message across the Atlantic: „It is the United States’ position that putting Huawei or any other untrustworthy vendor in any part of the 5G telecommunications network is a risk,” said Robert Strayer, as reported by Reuters. This can hardly come as a surprise to the U.K. Washington has made no secret of its binary view of Huawei’s equipment, and the U.K. is its closest ally, even within the Five Eyes.

03.05.2019 - 10:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to warn Theresa May over Huawei as leak scandal turns to farce

Mike Pompeo will say in a face-to-face meeting next Wednesday that the Chinese technology company poses a risk to British citizens and could breach privacy protections when he meets the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, in London.

The former head of the CIA will make clear that giving Huawei access could throw US-UK technology partnerships into doubt, according to a senior US State Department official, who said spelling out the risks was „imperative“.