The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump has discussed firing Atkinson because the intelligence official found a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky credible and took action to advance it.
Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Citing federal documents, Sperry reported that the whistleblower is allegedly a 33-year-old “registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia ‘collusion’ investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” The whistleblower reportedly “left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media” and “has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”
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.
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.
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.
As president, Bernie Sanders would end the practice of using the controversial Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers, the Vermont senator told The Intercept in an interview on Saturday ahead of a major rally in New York.
The century-old law had largely gone out of fashion until it was deployed heavily by the Obama administration, which prosecuted eight people accused of leaking to the media under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidents combined.
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson took part in the panel to review the testimony and documents from the OPCW whistleblower. He says: “The panel was presented with evidence that casts doubt on the integrity of the OPCW. Although the whistleblower was not ready to step forward and/or present documents to the public, WikiLeaks believes it is now of utmost interest for the public to see everything that was collected by the Fact Finding Mission on Douma and all scientific reports written in relation to the investigation.
We call out to people within the OPCW to leak these documents securely to us via wikileaks.org/#submit” One of the Panel members was Dr José Bustani, the first Director-General of the OPCW, who concluded that: “The convincing evidence of irregular behaviour in the OPCW investigation of the alleged Douma chemical attack confirms doubts and suspicions I already had. I could make no sense of what I was reading in the international press. Even official reports of investigations seemed incoherent at best. The picture is certainly clearer now, although very disturbing”
Since Assange has been held in Belmarsh there have been reports that he experienced psychological torture. Just last week, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer and two medical professionals told reporters, “We came to the conclusion that he had been exposed to psychological torture for a prolonged period of time. That’s a medical assessment.”
The second thing that interests me is the officer’s hiring of Mark Zaid to represent him, rather than one of more than a dozen A-list national security attorneys at three or four major law firms in Washington. Zaid is literally the worst possible choice for any whistleblower in national security.
Another administrative hearing will take place on 11 October and a case management hearing on 21 October, the court heard. The final extradition hearing is expected in February.
On March 1, the U.K. Observer threw a grenade into this extraordinarily fraught situation: a leaked January 31 email from a National Security Agency manager. The NSA manager was demanding a full court espionage press on the members of the Security Council — “minus US and GBR of course,” the manager jocularly said — as well as non-Security Council countries who might be producing useful chatter.
Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is known for being in “period pieces” such as “Pride and Prejudice,” so her playing the lead in the new film “Official Secrets,” scheduled to be released in the U.S. on Friday, may seem odd at first. That is until one considers that the time span being depicted — the early 2003 run-up to the invasion of Iraq — is one of the most dramatic and consequential periods of modern human history.
Die WSWS wird eine Kritik der zweiteiligen Sendung „Four Corners“ veröffentlichen, sobald nächsten Montagabend der zweite Beitrag gezeigt wurde. Doch Hollanders Äußerungen sind bereits jetzt ein schwerer Schlag gegen die Trump-Regierung, die eine Auslieferung Assanges wegen Verstößen gegen den Espionage Act herbeiführen will. Wegen der bisher eingereichten Anklagepunkte droht Assange schon jetzt eine Haftstrafe von 175 Jahren.
Die Whistleblowerin hatte sich zuvor erneut geweigert, zum Fall von WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange auszusagen.
Sam Adams award ceremony of Dec. 8, 2018 honoring Karen Kwiatkowski. Includes Col. Larry Wilkerson’s keynote, the presentation of the Sam Adams ‘Oscar’ by John Kiriakou, Karen’s acceptance speech, and Q&A. The award ceremony itself was preceded by a showing of the Rob Reiner film “Shock and Awe,” which depicts Karen’s courage in trying to expose Pentagon dishonesty before the 2003 attack on Iraq.
Ein Geheim-Büro im Pentagon schrieb Horrormeldungen über das irakische Waffenarsenal zusammen. Sie landeten direkt beim Präsidenten. Die CIA steuerte politisch maßgeschneiderte Analysen bei. Zum ersten Mal berichten Zeugen
A grand jury indictment said Hale met the reporter at an April 29, 2013 book tour event in Washington, which started several months of conversations between them, in person and through an encrypted messaging app.
The FBI said while working as a contractor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Hale printed out 11 secret or top-secret documents describing U.S. counterterrorism operations overseas under the administration of President Barack Obama.
MEMORANDUM FOR: The governments and people of the United Kingdom and the United States
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPs)
SUBJECT: Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All
On April 11, London police forcibly removed WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from the embassy of Ecuador after that country’s president, Lenin Moreno, abruptly revoked his predecessor’s grant of asylum. The United States government immediately requested Assange’s extradition for prosecution under a charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Former U.S. Government officials promptly appeared in popular media offering soothing assurances that Assange’s arrest threatens neither constitutional rights nor the practice of journalism, and major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post fell into line.
The great American writer Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It takes two to speak the truth–one to speak and one to hear.” Today, it takes three to speak the truth–one to speak, one to hear, and one to defend the first two in court. If the US Government has its way, there will be no defense, no truth.
For the Steering Groups of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence:
William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
Richard H. Black, Senator of Virginia, 13th District; Colonel US Army (ret.); Former Chief, Criminal Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Pentagon (associate VIPS)
Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer & former Division Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (ret.)
Thomas Drake, former Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and NSA whistleblower
Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPs)
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
Katherine Gun, former linguist and Iraq War whistleblower in UK’s GCHQ (affiliate VIPs)
James George Jatras, former US diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate leadership (Associate VIPs)
Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)
John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003
Clement J. Laniewski, LTC, US Army (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
Annie Machon, former intelligence officer in the UK’s MI5 domestic security service (affiliate VIPs)
Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)
Craig Murray, former British diplomat and Ambassador to Uzbekistan, human rights activist and historian (affiliate VIPs)
Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)
Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
Coleen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)
Peter Van Buren, US Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
J. Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA (ret.)
Larry Wilkerson, Colonel, US Army (ret.), former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State; Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary
Sarah Wilton, Commander, US Naval Reserve (ret.) and Defense Intelligence Agency (ret.)
Robert Wing, former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer (Associate VIPs)
Ann Wright, US Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former US Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War
An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration’s request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador’s London embassy and arrest by the British police last Thursday.
The affidavit was made by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) special agent Megan Brown on December 21, 2017, in support of two charges which had been secretly filed against Assange, under her name.
April: WikiLeaks releases Collateral Murder, a classified US military video showing a helicopter gunship slaying eighteen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and their rescuers, thus documenting a war crime.
July: WikiLeaks publishes the Afghan War Logs, a collection of over 75,000 documents, revealing information on unreported killings of hundreds of civilians by coalition forces, increased Taliban attacks, and involvement by Pakistan and Iran in the insurgency.
August: during his visit to Sweden, Julian becomes the subject of sexual assault allegations. The case was investigated and the most serious allegation was immediately found to be baseless. However, the case was later re-opened by another prosecutor.
October: WikiLeaks publishes the Iraq War Logs, exposing numerous cases of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by Iraqi police and soldiers, as well as proof of the US government’s involvement in the deaths and maiming of more than 200,000 people in Iraq. The War Logs showed the true number of civilian deaths in Iraq and is the most detailed record of war to date.
November: Wikileaks begins to publish Cablegate, now the Public Library of US Diplomacy, a growing collection of 3,326,538 diplomatic cables from 274 consulates and embassies from 1966 to 2010. PLUSD documents 50 years of US diplomatic relations across the globe, its activities, its component corporations, its allies and its enemies.
December: Following the release of the first batch of US diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are denounced as “terrorists” by several politicians and media commentators. Former US vice-president Joe Biden branded Julian a “high-tech terrorist” while prominent Republican Sarah Palin called him “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands”, urging his immediate capture by any means necessary. Fox News commentators called WikiLeaks a terrorist organisation, asking the US government to move immediately and aggressively against it. In an interview with CBC, Professor Tom Flanagan suggested President Obama have WikiLeaks director Julian Assange assassinated, saying, “Obama should put out a contract and use a drone, or something…”
December: Julian is arrested at a London police station on 7 December 2010, following a European arrest warrant from Sweden relating to sexual allegations. He appears in court the same day, saying he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden in order to avoid extradition to the US where he would be prosecuted. Julian is denied bail and remains in custody until 14 December, when he is released on house arrest.
I assumed a role in which people are called “targets”, and those people who really interest us are in no sense terrorists, but rather generally normative people – who interest us because of their roles, so that we can obtain more intelligence and achieve greater access. We take advantage of the capabilities that we have over these people in order to put ourselves at ease. We take advantage of the impact that we have on their lives. Sometimes it involves truly harming a person’s life, or their soul. I mean extortion whereby they must hide things from people around them. It can really screw up their lives. It made me feel omnipotent.
Wenn das Scheunentor mit einer Verurteilung geöffnet wird, wird dies zweifellos zu einem großen Schaden für die Meinungsfreiheit und freie Medien führen. Man kann heute die New York Times oder die Washington Post öffnen und eine Reihe von Geschichten lesen, die nicht identifizierten oder vertraulichen Quellen in der Regierung zugeschrieben werden. Wenn Assange verurteilt wird, wäre die Regierung in der Lage, den Präzedenzfall auszunutzen, um im Geheimen auf allen Ebenen zu operieren, während Reporter und die Medien, die sie vertreten, um Geschichten von öffentlichem Interesse zu suchen, Gegenstand rechtlicher Schritte durch das Justizministerium wären. Wenn das geschieht, würde eine freie Presse, so begrenzt sie auch sein mag, wie es derzeit im Mainstream der Fall ist, nicht mehr als eine Erinnerung sein.
If the barn door is opened with a conviction, major damage to freedom of speech and a free media will undoubtedly ensue. One can open The New York Times or Washington Post today and read a number of stories that are attributed to unidentified or confidential sources in the government. If Assange is convicted, the government would be able to exploit the precedent to operate in secret at all levels while reporters and the papers they represent seeking public interest stories would be subject to legal action by the Justice Department. If that happens a free press, even as limited as it currently is in the mainstream, would become nothing more than a memory.
Für manche ist er ein Mann, der gegen Windmühlenflügel kämpft – für andere einer der entschiedensten, aber friedfertigsten Rüstungs- und Atomwaffengegner der Republik: Der 54 Jahre alte Hermann Theisen aus Heidelberg muss sich am Dienstag vor dem Amtsgericht Celle als mutmaßlicher Straftäter verantworten. Das Kuriose daran: Eine andere Behörde, das Zollfahndungsamt in Hamburg, bittet ihn in einem ähnlich gelagerten Fall genau wegen seines Vorgehens um Unterstützung.
(8.6.2017) Zusammenfassung der Taktik „Leak“
Variante 1: Lass den Gegner oder die populäre Presse deine Lügen oder Manipulationen streuen. So erscheinen sie glaubwürdig.
Variante 2: Wenn Du zutreffende, geheime und / oder private Informationen hast bzw sie geraubt hast und ihr Bekanntwerden in Deinem Interesse ist, lass den Gegner oder die populäre Presse diese veröffentlichen. So kannst du sie elegant bekannt werden lassen und Presse und Gegner durch deine eigene Intrige zusätzlich beschädigen.
Variante 3: Lass den Gegner oder die populäre Presse deine Pläne veröffentlichen, warte die Reaktion ab, lass die Erregung abebben, beschwichtige und setze dann einfach um wovon alle wussten, aber nichts dagegen unternahmen.
Variante 4: Lass den Gegner oder die populäre Presse über deine illegalen, kriminellen oder verfassungswidrigen Aktivitäten berichten und eventuell unbedeutende Teile davon (sukzessive) veröffentlichen. Dann warte die Reaktion ab, lass die Immunisierung wirken und das Fieber abebben, beschwichtige, streue Gerüchte, lass die Leute sich daran gewöhnen, kaufe eventuell ein paar Schlüsselfiguren ein oder stelle sie ruhig. Interpretiere. Verdächtige Gegner, die entsprechenden Informationen selbst veröffentlicht zu haben, beschädige diese und spioniere sie aus. Anschließend legalisiere wovon nun alle wissen, aber nichts dagegen unternehmen. Argumentiere, dass es ja alle auch wollen, weil sie nichts dagegen unternehmen. Falls Verfassungsklagen drohen, sorge dafür dass ihre Erhebung ebenso verschleppt wird wie das Verfahren. Wenn alle Fakten geschaffen sind, argumentiere mit deren Unumkehrbarkeit. Dann fang von vorne an.
Weitere Varianten sind beliebig aufzählbar.
The Times report comes just weeks before a visit to the UK by the newly-elected Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno, who has labeled Assange a “hacker”, an “inherited problem” and a “stone in the shoe.”
(8.6.2017) Variante 1: Lass den Gegner oder die populäre Presse deine Lügen oder Manipulationen streuen. So erscheinen sie glaubwürdig.
(7.4.2018) In his testimony last month to the U.K. Parliament, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie threw an Israeli private intelligence firm known as Black Cube under the bus.
Wylie claimed that Cambridge Analytica hired Black Cube to hack Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
Lawmaker David Lammy, said the archive’s destruction, was “no accident.”