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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Lalmohan » 04 Apr 2017 20:55

so the cnbc article only mentions naming of americans caught in incidental collection
hannity is... not someone i'm going to waste my time with

nunes has a problem, when he found out who were the names in the incidental collection, he felt obliged to tell his former campaign colleagues first rather than share it with the 'impartial' committee he is chairing...

sorry, nothing different so far

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Postby Austin » 05 Apr 2017 17:31

Lalmohan wrote:so the cnbc article only mentions naming of americans caught in incidental collection
hannity is... not someone i'm going to waste my time with

nunes has a problem, when he found out who were the names in the incidental collection, he felt obliged to tell his former campaign colleagues first rather than share it with the 'impartial' committee he is chairing...

sorry, nothing different so far


She will have to testify to Congress lets see what comes out.

WP reports of another obama official involved in Unmasking besides Rice

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Postby Austin » 05 Apr 2017 17:32

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/849295010768060418

With the war in Syria heading for an uncertain destiny we look back at how it began https://search.wikileaks.org/syria-files/

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Postby Lalmohan » 05 Apr 2017 23:29

so schiff clarified that there is a process for unmasking - which apparently was followed

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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 15 Apr 2017 14:18

US government 'hacked global bank system'

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39606575

A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online.

The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system.

Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.

The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware.

If genuine, it represents perhaps the most significant exposure of NSA files since the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013.

On Twitter, Mr Snowden described it as the "Mother Of All Exploits" - a reference to a bomb recently used by the US military in Afghanistan.

Multiple experts have said this latest "data dump" is credible - though the institutions implicated have dismissed the claims, or refused to comment.


Swift, which is headquartered in Belgium, said: "We have no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorised access to our network or messaging services."

The BBC is not able to verify the authenticity of the files - and the NSA has not commented on the leak.

Swift was successfully targeted by hackers last year when criminals stole $81m from the Bangladeshi central bank.

Watching the Middle East


Swift is a network that allows global banks to move money around the world.

In the Swift network, smaller banks often make use of service bureaus to handle transactions on their behalf. Documents included in the leak suggest at least one major bureau, EastNets, may have been compromised.

"If you hack the service bureau, it means that you also have access to all of their clients, all of the banks," said Matt Suiche, founder of the United Arab Emirates-based cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, speaking to Reuters.


Headquartered in Dubai, EastNets has clients in Kuwait, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Qatar. Spreadsheets published by Shadow Brokers appeared to list banks that had been breached with "implants" - secret data-gathering software.

Cris Thomas, a security researcher with Tenable, said analysis of the leaked files suggested the US government had the capability "to monitor, if not disrupt, financial transactions to terrorists groups".

In a statement on Friday, EastNets strongly denied the claims.

"The reports of an alleged hacker-compromised EastNets Service Bureau network is totally false and unfounded," a spokesperson said.

"The EastNets Network Internal Security Unit has run a complete check of its servers and found no hacker compromise or any vulnerabilities.

"The photos shown on Twitter, claiming compromised information, is about pages that are outdated and obsolete, generated on a low-level internal server that is retired since 2013."

Windows threat


The files contained several "zero day" exploits - vulnerabilities that were previously unknown to the companies that create the software, or the security community at large.

The zero-days targeted Windows machines, though researchers said none in the cache would be effective against the latest version, Windows 10.

That said, multiple experts said the sheer number of zero days released at the same time was unprecedented. One researcher, speaking to Vice, said the exploits would have been worth more than $2m if sold privately.

In January, a Twitter account believed to be run by the group announced an auction of the exploits, but it appears the group did not find any buyers. The NSA is now facing criticism for not sharing details of the exploits with Microsoft once it became clear the tools were in the hands of a hacking group.

Microsoft said in a statement to the BBC that it was "reviewing the report and will take the necessary actions to protect our customers".

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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 15 Apr 2017 14:20

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks 9h9 hours ago

#Shadowbrokers release after Pompeo statement shows NSA hacking the SWIFT banking network and siphoning off its data


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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 15 Apr 2017 14:22

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks 10h10 hours ago

WikiLeaks statement responding to #CIA Director Mike #Pompeo #Vault7

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Postby Austin » 16 Apr 2017 00:23

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/853230354878124032

WikiLeaks Retweeted asli aydintasbas

Turkish prosecutors open probe into CIA support for Turkey's coup


Turkish prosecutors open investigation on Senator Chuck Schumer, Preet Bharara and former CIA director for supporting Gulenists and coup

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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 17 Apr 2017 17:31

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/853666635881865216

How the US stoked sectarian tensions in Syria for years prior to yesterday's massacre of over 100 shiite refugees

WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath

http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepic ... -bloodbath

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Postby Austin » 17 Apr 2017 17:32

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/853649229885186048

#CIA fired more people for a food fight than it did for its bogus reports that led to the Iraq war and ISIS
http://buff.ly/2piDqY9

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Postby Austin » 17 Apr 2017 17:34

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/853247324629475329

U.S. Libertarian candidate: CIA chief Pompeo treats American people as enemies


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Postby Austin » 19 Apr 2017 13:23

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/854419203201404930

CIA has interfered in 81 national elections not including coups


Database Tracks History Of U.S. Meddling In Foreign Elections
http://www.npr.org/2016/12/22/506625913 ... -elections

When the Great Power Gets a Vote: The Effects of Great Power Electoral Interventions on Election Results
https://academic.oup.com/isq/article/60/2/189/1750842/When-the-Great-Power-Gets-a-Vote-The-Effects-of

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Postby Austin » 19 Apr 2017 13:26

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks

Official history of CIA overthrow of Iran's democratically elected government (1953) is now concealed indefinitely

http://bit.ly/2pd7GE9

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Postby Lalmohan » 20 Apr 2017 00:00

Austin - that story has seen a lot of corrections and comments on twitter...

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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 29 Apr 2017 23:44

Ron Paul Interview with Julian Assange


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Postby Philip » 12 May 2017 18:23

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 16826.html

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WIKILEAKS CIA FILES: THE 6 BIGGEST SPYING SECRETS REVEALED BY THE RELEASE OF 'VAULT 7'
US President Donald Trump speaks at the CIA headquarters on January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia / Olivier Doulier - Pool/Getty Images
Julian Assange has claimed the documents are the biggest intelligence release ever

ANDREW GRIFFIN

Tuesday 7 March 2017
WikiLeaks has released a huge set of files that it calls "Year Zero" and which mark the biggest exposure of CIA spying secrets ever.

The massive set of documents – over 8,000 pages in all – include a host of hacking secrets that could embarrass intelligence agencies and the US government, as well as undermining spying efforts across the world.

Here are six of the biggest secrets and pieces of information yet to emerge from the huge dump.

1) The CIA has the ability to break into Android and iPhone handsets, and all kinds of computers

The US intelligence agency has been involved in a concerted effort to write various kinds of malware to spy on just about every piece of electronic equipment that people use. That includes iPhones, Androids and computers running Windows, macOS and Linux.

If that software is as powerful as WikiLeaks claims, it could be used to remotely control those devices and switch them on and off. Once that happened, a vast array of data would be made available – including users' locations, messages they had sent, and potentially everything heard by the microphone or seen by the camera.

2) Doing so would make apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp entirely insecure

Encrypted messaging apps are only as secure as the device they are used on – if an operating system is compromised, then the messages can be read before they encrypted and sent to the other user. WikiLeaks claims that has happened, potentially meaning that messages have been compromised even if all of the usual precautions had been taken.

What is Spyware?
3) The CIA could use smart TVs to listen in on conversations that happened around them

One of the most eye-catching programmes detailed in the documents is "Weeping Angel". That allows intelligence agencies to install special software that allows TVs to be turned into listening devices – so that even when they appear to be switched off, they're actually on.

That's just one of the technologies created by the Embedded Devices Branch, the CIA division at the centre of much of the leaks of new information.

4) The agency explored hacking into cars and crashing them, allowing 'nearly undetectable assassinations'
*(Was this what happened to Diana and MH-17?)

Many of the documents reference tools that appear to have dangerous and unknown uses. One file, for instance, shows that the CIA were looking into ways of remotely controlling cars and vans by hacking into them.

"The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations," WikiLeaks notes, in an unproven piece of speculation.

5) The CIA hid vulnerabilities that could be used by hackers from other countries or governments

WikiLeaks claims that its source handed over the documents in order to provoke a debate about the power of intelligence agencies and how their information should be exposed. Perhaps central to that is the accusation that the CIA was "hoarding" exploits that it had found – rather than handing them over to the companies that could fix them, and so make users safe, as they had promised to do.

Such bugs were found in the biggest consumer electronics in the world, including phones and computers made Apple, Google and Microsoft. But those companies didn't get the chance to fix those exploits because the agency kept them secret in order to keep using them, the documents suggest.

"Serious vulnerabilities not disclosed to the manufacturers places huge swathes of the population and critical infrastructure at risk to foreign intelligence or cyber criminals who independently discover or hear rumors of the vulnerability," a WikiLeaks statement read. "If the CIA can discover such vulnerabilities so can others."

WikiLeaks noted that those unfixed exploits affected everyone using the equipment, including "the U.S. Cabinet, Congress, top CEOs, system administrators, security officers and engineers".

6) More information is coming


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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Austin » 11 Jun 2017 22:37

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/sta ... 4296448000

Acc to @wikileaks, GCHQ & NSA acquired access to NADRA database to get hold of the ID records of PK citizens

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Postby Austin » 13 Jun 2017 13:38

WikiLeaks Retweeted
Kenneth Roth‏Verified account @KenRoth Jun 9

Yet the Saudis convinced Trump that Qatar is the problem. #SnowJob

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Postby ramana » 14 Jun 2017 19:20

#4 location is very interesting especially Obama had assured many times ISIS is not a threat in US. Not the year is 2015 when he was fully in charge.

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Postby Austin » 25 Aug 2017 13:47

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/900985901534371840

Has the CIA already stolen India's #Aadhaar database?


How CIA Spies Access India’s Biometric Aadhaar Database

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Postby Austin » 04 Sep 2017 15:19

Assange: Trump to Be Deposed If US Stops Trading With China Over N Korea

"90% of North Korea's trade is with China. If Trump blocks $650B of US trade with China he'll be deposed immediately," Assange posted on his Twitter.

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Postby Austin » 13 Sep 2017 23:05

WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/907970125910953984

Public records reveal that the Pentagon is shipping billions of dollars of arms to Syrian insurgents

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WikiLeaks‏Verified account @wikileaks

RELEASE: Spy Files #Russia https://wikileaks.org/spyfiles/russia/ … #SORM #FSB


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https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/955050455490547712

Edward Snowden‏Verified account @Snowden

Rarely do former intel chiefs and I agree, but the head of India's RAW writes #Aadhaar is being abused by banks, telcos, and transport not to police entitlements, but as a proxy for identity–an improper gate to service. Such demands must be criminalized

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Postby Austin » 08 Mar 2018 18:10

What the Saudi leaks tell us: An interview with Julian Assange
Since June 2015 WikiLeaks has been releasing details of leaked cables and other documents from within the Saudi Foreign Office. Julian Assange explains what's inside.

Since June 2015 WikiLeaks has been releasing details of leaked cables and other documents that come from within the Saudi Foreign Office. They provide an insight into the internal workings of the secretive regime, its fears, and its strategies for spreading its influence abroad. More than 230,000 leaked Saudi documents have been published by WikiLeaks; a batch of 60,000 more cables and 50,000 pager messages was released last November.

Here are some things the leaks show us, according to Assange:

1 A paranoid ruling elite


‘What comes across from the cables is a small cloistered, intellectually isolated ruling elite with a paranoid worldview.

‘The cables make it clear that this is a small ruling elite with weak institutions such that a power structure can be taken over by other elements in that elite very quickly and instruments of state can be subordinated according to the will of the leadership.

The Saudi cables are internal conversation of a Saudi ministry at very high levels and mid-levels from which you can distil observations of the internal culture. The observation that I distil is that to keep the coherence of the internal culture you need an external threat, and the one that is most natural for Saudi Arabia to pick is Iran. Yes, there are genuine reasons for rivalry in the region, but they are inflated in the internal culture in order to keep it coherent and unified.’

2 Moves to destabilize
Syria prior to uprising*

‘There is one high-level Saudi cable offering Saudi strategy in relation to Syria. The concluding paragraph says that the Assad regime will never forgive Saudi Arabia for what it has done to Syria. Because the Assad regime is “brutal and belligerent” it will always be after revenge. As a result it is a threat to the national security of Saudi Arabia.

‘One cable from the Saudi foreign ministry speaks about a confidential agreement [in 2012] between Saudi, Qatar and Turkey in relation to intervention [to topple the Syrian government].

‘In a US cable we published from 10 years ago William Roebuck, the US ambassador to Syria, outlines a smörgåsbord of proposals for destroying the Assad government. It included trying to make it paranoid so that it overreacts and believes that its military forces are engaged in a coup against it; trying to make Sunni Syrians paranoid about Iran and Iranian-backed Shi’a wanting to convert Sunnis; and that it [the US] was going to try and work with Saudi and Egypt to increase these sectarian divisions.’

3 Using religion


‘One cable talks about the necessity of having the Saudi supreme religious leader say something to back up the government position. It’s not written as “I wonder if he would do it” but rather: “Tell him to do it”. What comes through the cables is that religion is a tool of the state. It’s clear that Saudi Arabia sees Wahhabi Islam and Sunnis as fertile ground for state interest.

‘The Saudi cables show that Wahhabism is a tool of Saudi Arabia as a regional hegemon that it tries to deploy not only in its own region but worldwide. It sees Sunnis as a potential source of converts to Wahhabism, or something close to Wahhabism. It sees Shi’a communities as places where it has no traction, but Iran has.’

4 Terrified of Iran and Shi’a influence


‘The Saudi regime is exquisitely paranoid in relation to Shi’a influence. There are indications that they are terrified of Iran but there’s no evidence of something they should be terrified of.

‘The battle with Iran they perceive to be a fight against Shi’a Islam. The Shi’a population is quite small globally. But Saudi Arabia is trying to check the growth of Shi’a Islam and reduce its influence.’

5 How to bribe foreign media

‘The cables show that Saudi embassies bribe Sunni or Arab media in foreign countries to take control of the discourse in relation to Saudi Arabia and its interests. They do this through direct investment: for example, by buying up a million dollar shares in a Lebanese TV station or establishing relations with journalists; buying up thousands of subscriptions to Arabic language magazines in order to tilt their coverage. It’s a clever trick because they don’t need any existing relationship or any intermediary. The Saudi foreign ministry just buys thousands of subscriptions, up to half the total in some cases. If they like what they write, they buy more; if not, they nose it down a bit to give the right signal.’

6 The Saudi-Israel nexus and the West


‘There has been a Saudi-Israeli nexus in the Middle East for at least 10 years. It comes through [in] the US cables we published and to a lesser extent in the Saudi cables. Saudi considers Syria a mechanism of Iranian influence; Israel is occupying the Golan Heights which is part of Syria.

‘But the US relationship to the Israeli-Saudi nexus is changing. The smart US strategists, including the head of the CIA, are of the view that Saudi and Israel are getting in the way of broader US strategic interests.

‘We published some of CIA director John Brennan’s emails from back in 2008-09, when he was security advisor for Obama. Brennan says that the US should engage with Iran. The US being so adversarial with Iran has reduced its influence in the region; the Israeli-Saudi nexus is cramping its operations.

‘The US has not been as mindful of Saudi wishes as before. That has increased Saudi paranoia; it does not feel it has the unqualified backing of the US in the way it had. Europe takes its cues from US policy.

‘I would not take [this shift away from Saudi] too far: the US and British arms industries are major recipients of Saudi money as are banks, and the British property market.’

7 Dodgy deals for UN votes


‘There is some interesting traffic in relation to deals done for UN votes that reveals that the UK did a vote-swap with Saudi to get Saudi onto the Human Rights Council. The offer to the UK from Saudi included $100,000 to the section of the FCO [Foreign & Commonwealth Office] that deals with who should be elected to the human rights council. It’s there in the cables, for “the campaigning expense that the FCO will need” to make sure that Saudi is elected to the HR council. Saudi ended up with the support of over 100 countries, so between bribes and vote-swapping that’s what it gets. There are a number of cables on how Saudi manages the UN and payments going to officials, dressed up as “assistance to your programme”.’

Julian Assange has been detained in Britain for five years, unable to leave his place of refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy without risk of being arrested and extradited to the US, which wants to try him for espionage. He is also unable to receive the hospital treatment he needs. ‘It’s tough,’ he comments. ‘But a super-max [prison] in the US would also be tough and I would not be able to work there.’ He adds: ‘Saudi has started a high-level criminal investigation into the cable release; it plans to put anyone distributing them in prison for 20 years. So we joke that we are much better off accepting extradition to Saudi Arabia because it’s only 20 years, whereas the US is gunning for over half a century…’

In 2014 Assange and his lawyer filed a case in the UN for unlawful and arbitrary detention, under international law and the covenants Britain has signed up to. In February this year the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled in his favour.

*https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06DAMASCUS5399_a.html

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Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Postby Neshant » 01 Apr 2018 01:43

The powers that be are trying hard to silence him.. and succeeding.

95% of people however are too dumb to realize he is fighting a solo battle for their rights as banksters, corporate crooks in collaboration with govt turns people of society into slaves.

________

Silencing of Assange Sparks Historic Ten-Hour Online Vigil To #ReconnectJulian

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03- ... nectjulian

The Ecuadorian Government’s decision to silence Julian Assange by cutting off his internet access, phone communications and ability to receive visitors represents a saddening turnabout by a country that has long protected the publisher’s human and journalistic rights. The move took place at the behest of Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno, who took office in May last year. Since that time Moreno has continued to provide Assange with asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and his government conferred citizenship and diplomatic immunity on the arbitrarily confined journalist last December.


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