The termination of the Swedish investigation is, in one sense, good news for Assange. But it is unlikely to change his inability to leave the embassy any time soon. If anything, given the apparent determination of the Trump administration to put him in a U.S. prison cell for the “crime” of publishing documents, his freedom appears further away than it has since 2010, when the Swedish case began.
Fuente: Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy
The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway.
Fuente: NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet
The documents, published Monday in collaboration with Japanese news broadcaster NHK, reveal the complicated relationship the NSA has maintained with Japan over a period of more than six decades. Japan has allowed NSA to maintain at least three bases on its territory and contributed more than half a billion dollars to help finance the NSA’s facilities and operations. In return, NSA has kitted out Japanese spies with powerful surveillance tools and shared intelligence with them. However, there is a duplicitous dimension to the partnership. While the NSA has maintained friendly ties with its Japanese counterparts and benefited from their financial generosity, at the same time it has secretly spied on Japanese officials and institutions.
Fuente: Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance
“This is as big as it gets,” Hickey said. “Nation-state attack tools are now in the hands of anyone who cares to download them…it’s literally a cyberweapon for hacking into computers…people will be using these attacks for years to come.”
Fuente: Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World
“To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for. It ends now.” At no point did Pompeo specify what steps the CIA intended to take to ensure that the “space” to publish secrets “ends now.”
Fuente: Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms
The story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA secrets to the press has been told and retold in books, films, and countless articles. Left unreported has been the quiet role of two journalists who literally had Snowden material mailed to them in a cardboard box.
Fuente: The Strangers Who Got Snowden’s Secrets in the Mail
Yesterday, WikiLeaks released its latest batch of pilfered CIA material, five documents describing malicious software for taking over Apple MacBooks and iPhones, and wrote in an accompanying post that “the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets,” prompting concerned readers to wonder if their iPhone or MacBook had been infected on the factory floor. In a statement, Apple says that is almost certainly not the case.
Fuente: Apple Says It Fixed CIA Vulnerabilities Years Ago
Bajo el nombre “Dark Matter” Wikileaks publicó una nueva tanda de documentos secretos, en los que detalla varios proyectos de la CIA para lograr infectar y “hackear” cualquier iPhone o Mac.
Fuente: Wikileaks filtra nuevos documentos secretos sobre cómo “hackeaba” la CIA cualquier iPhone o Mac – El Mostrador
WikiLeaks founder qualifies his pledge to accept extradition to the US in interview with Australian current affairs programme The Project
Fuente: Julian Assange: ‘Chelsea Manning clemency was bid to make life hard for me’ | Media | The Guardian
WikiLeaks tweeted last week that Assange would agree to US extradition if Obama granted Manning clemency. Asked during a web broadcast on Thursday if he would now leave the embassy, Assange said: “I stand by everything I said, including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted.”
Fuente: Julian Assange confirms he is willing to travel to US after Manning decision | Media | The Guardian
At the time of her revelations, she was the most important whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg. Upon hearing the news today, Ellsberg said this: “Once in a while, someone does what they ought to do. Some go to prison for it, for seven years; some accept exile for life. But sometimes even a president does it. And today, it was Obama.”
Fuente: Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian
Earlier on Wednesday, Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, wrote on Facebook that Snowden’s right to stay had recently been extended “by a couple of years”. Her post came in response to a suggestion from the former acting CIA director Michael Morell that Vladimir Putin might hand over Snowden to the US, despite there being no extradition treaty between the countries.
Fuente: Edward Snowden’s leave to remain in Russia extended for three years | US news | The Guardian
A lawyer for Julian Assange has indicated that the WikiLeaks founder is ready to face extradition to the US after Barack Obama commuted the sentence of US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Fuente: Julian Assange ready for US extradition, one of his lawyers suggests | Media | The Guardian
The White House insisted on Tuesday that Assange’s offer to submit to extradition if Obama “grants Manning clemency” did not influence the president’s action.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama | US news | The Guardian
El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, conmutó la pena de prisión a quien fuera fuente de Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning.Según la información de la Casa Blanca, la exsoldado será liberada el próximo 17 de mayo, aunque se encontraba condenada a una pena de cárcel de 35 años.
Fuente: Obama libera a exsoldado que actuó como fuente en caso WikiLeaks
Chelsea Manning, the army soldier who leaked state secrets in 2010 and has been imprisoned longer than any other official leaker in US history, has called on President Obama to show her clemency in the final days of his presidency, saying that this amounts to her last chance for freedom “for a very long time”.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning on Obama’s ‘shortlist’ to commute prison sentence – report | US news | The Guardian
With Barack Obama’s presidency coming to a close, Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian’s defence and intelligence correspondent, helps us explore what mass surveillance in America might look like under Donald Trump
Fuente: State of surveillance: privacy in Donald Trump’s America – tech podcast | Technology | The Guardian
Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and associate of Julian Assange, told the Dailymail.com he flew to Washington, D.C. for emails. He claims he had a clandestine hand-off in a wooded area near American University with one of the email sources. The leakers’ motivation was ‘disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the ’tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders’Murray says: ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks’
Fuente: WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Hillary Clinton emails | Daily Mail Online
One of the very few remaining avenues for learning what the U.S. government is doing — beyond the propaganda that it wants Americans to ingest and thus deliberately disseminates through media outlets — is leaking and whistleblowing. Among the leading U.S. heroes in the war on terror have been the men and women inside various agencies of the U.S. government who discovered serious wrongdoing being carried out in secret, and then risked their own personal welfare to ensure that the public learned of what never should have been hidden in the first place.
Fuente: In the Trump Era, Leaking and Whistleblowing Are More Urgent, and More Noble, Than Ever
What’s the CIA’s brilliant plan for stopping Russian cyber-attacks on the US and their alleged interference with the US election? Apparently, some in the agency want to escalate tensions between the two superpowers even more and possibly do the same thing right back to them.
Fuente: If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian
Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.
Fuente: Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email
Booz Allen Hamilton, the defense contracting giant whose employee was charged Wednesday in connection with the theft of hacking codes used by the National Security Agency, provides a fairly ironic service to the government: spotting rogue employees.
Fuente: NSA Theft Suspect Worked For Contractor That Sells the Government Tech for Spotting Rogue Employees
By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.
Fuente: Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian
Shares183Save for laterThe FBI has arrested a National Security Agency contractor on suspicion of the theft of top secret classified data and documents in an alleged security breach at the same intelligence agency whose spy secrets were exposed by Edward Snowden.
Fuente: NSA contractor arrested for alleged theft of top secret classified information | US news | The Guardian
Finally, Yahoo’s possible betrayal of its users is another example of why whistleblowers and leaks to the press are so important. The US government considers this type of surveillance “legal” even though it shocks the conscience of many ordinary Americans and dozens of civil liberties groups have been attempting to have courts rule it illegal for years.
Fuente: Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian
Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters.The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, said two former employees and a third person who knew about the programme.
Fuente: Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report | Technology | The Guardian
Companies became more resistant to the FBI’s collection of their customers’ information following revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.
Fuente: FBI Says Edward Snowden Is Reason Companies Are Resisting Handing Over Phone Records
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sentenced to 14 days in solitary confinement — punishment the U.N. recognizes as torture — for charges related to her suicide attempt in July, and for possession of an unmarked book in her cell.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt
Apparent error by a regime tech worker gave the world a rare glimpse into the few online sources of information available
Fuente: North Korea only has 28 websites, according to leak of official data | World news | The Guardian
Newspaper criticised for calling for the criminal prosecution of its own source, on ‘whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize’
Fuente: Washington Post says Obama should not pardon whistleblower Ed Snowden | Media | The Guardian
Oliver Stone’s latest film, “Snowden,” bills itself as a dramatized version of the life of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the global extent of U.S. surveillance capabilities.
Fuente: New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose
Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower
Fuente: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian
Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.
Fuente: Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon | US news | The Guardian
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning began a hunger strike in military prison Friday, her attorneys confirmed.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike, Demanding “Dignity and Respect” in Prison
in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base. Originally used to monitor Soviet communications through the Cold War, its focus has since dramatically shifted, and today it is a vital part of the NSA’s sprawling global surveillance network.
Fuente: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing
El Poder Ejecutivo anunció hace algunas semanas que se encuentra negociando un tratado de libre comercio con Chile, cuyo texto final pretende firmar en setiembre u octubre y remitirlo al parlamento para su ratificación. La celeridad y secretismo de la negociación hacen temer que el parlamento tenga que actuar sobre una lógica de hechos consumados, sin discusión previa ni apropiación de la temática por parte de la sociedad.
Fuente: Tratado de libre comercio con Chile, TPP y propiedad intelectual: retirando la escalera del desarrollo – Creative Commons
As part of an ongoing effort to “exploit medical intelligence,” the National Security Agency teamed up with the military-focused Defense Intelligence Agency to extract “medical SIGINT” from the intercepted communications of nonprofit groups starting in the early 2000s, a top-secret document shows.
Fuente: How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide
Cada cierto tiempo surgen nuevas noticias que dan cuenta de cómo hackers y whistleblowers develan información de interés público, usualmente política. Incluso en algunos países latinoamericanos se han creado plataformas que permiten hacer denuncias anónimas, siguiendo la misma tendencia. Esta actividad ha venido a suplir la falta de canales formales de acceso a la información pública, pero pueden presentar algunos problemas.
Fuente: ¿Cuáles son las responsabilidades que conlleva una filtración? | Derechos Digitales
In an interview with Amnesty International, made exclusive to the Guardian ahead of its publication in the new book Here I Stand, Chelsea Manning describes her feelings of isolation while in the hands of the most powerful government in the world.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning: ‘It is terrifying to face the government alone’ | US news | The Guardian
Una polémica se generó ayer tras filtrarse los correos electrónicos de personas que participaron en los encuentros locales autoconvocados (ELA), como parte del proceso constituyente que impulsa el Gobierno de la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet, y que se realizaron en el país hasta el mes pasado.
Fuente: El Líbero – El indignado reclamo de participantes del proceso constituyente por la filtración de sus correos personales – #NoticiasdelDía
“Now, while Chelsea is suffering the darkest depression she has experienced since her arrest, the government is taking actions to punish her for that pain. It is unconscionable, and we hope that the investigation is immediately ended and that she is given the health care that she needs to recover,” Strangio continued.
Fuente: Chelsea Manning faces solitary confinement and charges after suicide attempt | US news | The Guardian
La base de datos contendría 2.240.000 entradas con categorías como “individuo político”, “corporativo”, “militar”, “Crimen-narcóticos” y “terrorismo”. Estos datos estarían siendo utilizados por más de 300 gobiernos y agencias de inteligencia, nueve de los diez mejores bufetes de abogados o 49 de los 50 bancos más grandes del mundo. En total, se estima que son 6.000 clientes los que la utilizan en 170 países.
Fuente: Filtrada World-Check, la base de datos usada por Gobiernos y bancos con sospechosos de terrorismo
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, until recently the supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, plotted in private to overcome President Barack Obama’s reluctance to escalate military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine in 2014, according to apparently hacked emails from Breedlove’s Gmail account that were posted on a new website called DC Leaks.
Fuente: Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy
“La gestión de los Papeles de Panamá es un ataque a nuestro modelo”, asegura el fundador de Wikileaks, muy crítico con el Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación que ha publicado esta última gran filtración”Los medios establecidos tienen que limitarse constantemente bajo los poderes del establishment, los poderes del Estado al que pertenecen”, dice Assange en esta entrevista con eldiario.es en la Embajada de Ecuador en Londres
Fuente: “El Watergate es una ilusión diseñada por Hollywood”
New release likely to fan controversy and provide further ammunition for Republican presidential rival Donald Trump
Fuente: WikiLeaks to publish more Hillary Clinton emails – Julian Assange
A secret report warned that British spies may have put lives at risk because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, leading them to miss clues to possible security threats.
Fuente: Facing Data Deluge, Secret U.K. Spying Report Warned of Intelligence Failure
Las escuchas telefónicas han convulsionado los cimientos de la política brasileña y han puesto contra las cuerdas a algunos de sus pupilos por la filtración de conversaciones privadas, como la que hoy derivó en la “licencia” del cargo del ministro de Planificación, Romero Jucá.
Fuente: Las escuchas telefónicas ponen en jaque a la política brasileña – El Mostrador
A former Pentagon investigator has spoken on record to the Guardian about major privacy and security lapses within the government’s whistleblower program. John Crane, who for 25 years worked for the Department of Defense inspector general’s office, which helps federal employees expose abuse and corruption, says whistleblowers like Edward Snowden had little choice but to go outside the system. His revelations can now be made public for the first time
Fuente: Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program – video | World news | The Guardian
Accusations that Pentagon retaliated against a whistleblower undermine argument that there were options for Snowden other than leaking to the media
Fuente: Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source
SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.
Fuente: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why