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WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby surfaceskimmer » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:14 am

WikiLeaks Indicating Their Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance
March 25th, 2010

There is a WikiLeaks tweet related to a, “Pentagon murder-coverup” that isn’t appearing in their feed, however, it does show up as an individual tweet via the permalink. It states:

# WikiLeaks to reveal Pentagon murder-coverup at US National Press Club, Apr 5, 9am; contact press-club@sunshinepress.org

It was posted at 6:43 AM Mar 22nd.

The other recent tweets are below.

Via: Twitter:

# To those worrying about us–we’re fine, and will issue a suitable riposte shortly. about 6 hours ago via bit.ly

# We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.

# We have been shown secret photos of our production meetings and been asked specific questions during detention related to the airstrike.

# If you know more about the operations against us, contact https://secure.wikileaks.org/

# One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.That’s http://www.skup.no

# Two under State Dep diplomatic cover followed our editor from Iceland to http://skup.no on Thursday.

# If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.

# WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining.

Thanks, From the Morgue.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby Simulist » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:26 am

The Surveillance State is more ubiquitous than most sane minds might care to imagine.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby norton ash » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:27 am

No worries about putting this up in GD, Skimmer... this is "breaking" news at Gawker and Cryptogon too.

What I'm interested in is what they've got on the Pentagon. Most peculiar, mama.
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Postby jingofever » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:09 am

norton ash wrote:What I'm interested in is what they've got on the Pentagon. Most peculiar, mama.

According to some guy who isn't a kook because he writes for Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer:

Wikileaks is planning on releasing segments or at least stills from the video in question on April 5th. Apparently, it is a decrypted video displaying some sort of “massacre.”

To clarify, Wikileaks has previously claimed that the video in question shows the deliberate murder of journalists and civilians, and that the video comes from some branch of the U.S. military. Obviously, there a number of conclusions one could draw from this regarding specifics and thus the full extent of the potential scandal; I’m trying to get in touch with those close to the matter before speculating further.

Based on all available information, I would guess that the video clip depicts a Predator strike gone wrong – one that inadvertently killed a few journalists – and that certain officials took steps to minimize knowledge of the incident, to put it cutely. Again, this is simply an estimation.

Here is what Wikileaks twerted on February 20:

Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs.

That will get you noticed by some nasty people. I don't see how the not-a-kook gets a Predator strike from that. Sounds like they were shot with guns.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby StarmanSkye » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:49 am

VERY interesting how tweeter is being used as an anti-fascist counter-espionage tool. Since the PTB goons need darkness as cover for their foul deeds, whistleblowers are innoculating themselves by widely spreading the light of truth. Turning the tables on those who create a self-propogating rationale for lies and violence. Coopting the Police State's own surveillance technology, reclaiming the authority of justice in service to the public one cover-up scandal at a time.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby Joe Hillshoist » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:06 am

Its quick,and puts the info out quickly.

Thats why it, and all moblie technologies are so powerful for the underpowered.

Mind you they have their drawbacks too. But they are powerful tools in some situations.

"That will get you noticed by some nasty people."

True jingo, but its also on the record now.

I remember reading something back in the 90s in one of those glossy techporn mags, 21C I think, someone saying that ultimately an open society and an end to privacy is a good thing. It'll end all corruption when surveillance tech is so ubiquitous that everyone will be using it on everyone else all the time.

I guess we'll see about that.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby elfismiles » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:42 am

surfaceskimmer wrote:WikiLeaks Indicating Their Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance
March 25th, 2010

There is a WikiLeaks tweet related to a, “Pentagon murder-coverup” that isn’t appearing in their feed, however, it does show up as an individual tweet via the permalink. It states:

# WikiLeaks to reveal Pentagon murder-coverup at US National Press Club, Apr 5, 9am; contact press-club@sunshinepress.org

It was posted at 6:43 AM Mar 22nd.


LINKS please...

Here it is:

WikiLeaks to reveal Pentagon murder-coverup at US National Press Club, Apr 5, 9am; contact press-club@sunshinepress.org
http://twitter.com/wikileaks/statuses/10860504725
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby elfismiles » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:33 pm

jingofever wrote:
norton ash wrote:What I'm interested in is what they've got on the Pentagon. Most peculiar, mama.

According to some guy who isn't a kook because he writes for Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer


Thanks for that link JF.

Scott Horton is winding down his interview with that guy right now.

Podcast archive should be up in a day or two at www.AntiWar.com/radio/
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby Uncle $cam » Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:05 am

Wikileaks Editor detained...

Wikileaks Releases Statement After U.S. Intel Detains Editor

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/3/26 ... ins-Editor

Then there's this...

Court: Agency Tried to Release Too Much Info

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/category/secrecy
Most criticism of the Freedom of Information Act centers on agency refusals to disclose requested records in a timely manner. But a federal appeals court said this week that a Defense Department agency was “arbitrary and capricious” in its decision to release documents to a Freedom of Information Act requester.

The ruling comes shortly after the release of several new evaluations of government compliance with the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive, the Associated Press, and Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington. Each of these independent efforts found that FOIA performance in the first year of the Obama Administration in one way or another had fallen short of the Administration’s proclaimed standard of “unprecedented openness.” Each report identified questionable patterns in some agencies’ handling of FOIA requests, mostly involving the frequency of denials, the persistence of backlogs of unanswered requests, and haphazard implementation of new Obama FOIA policies.


Tangentially related? One would think.
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby surfaceskimmer » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:31 pm

WikiLeaks Statement on Recent Events
March 26th, 2010

Via: WikiLeaks:

EDITORIAL:U.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks

Fri Mar 26 08:44:46 UTC 2010

Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations. In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack on my compound there in 2007 is still unattributed) to an unsuccessful mass attack by Chinese computers on our servers in Stockholm, after we published photos of murders in Tibet. In the West this has ranged from the overt, the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, threatening to prosecute us unless we removed a report on CIA activity in Kosovo, to the covert, to an ambush by a “James Bond” character in a Luxembourg car park, an event that ended with a mere “we think it would be in your interest to…”.

Developing world violence aside, we’ve become used to the level of security service interest in us and have established procedures to ignore that interest.

But the increase in surveillance activities this last month, in a time when we are barely publishing due to fundraising, are excessive. Some of the new interest is related to a film exposing a U.S. massacre we will release at the U.S. National Press Club on April 5.

The spying includes attempted covert following, photographng, filming and the overt detention & questioning of a WikiLeaks’ volunteer in Iceland on Monday night.

I, and others were in Iceland to advise Icelandic parliamentarians on the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a new package of laws designed to protect investigative journalists and internet services from spying and censorship. As such, the spying has an extra poignancy.

The possible triggers:

* our ongoing work on a classified film revealing civilian casualties occurring under the command of the U.S, general, David Petraeus.
* our release of a classified 32 page US intelligence report on how to fatally marginalize WikiLeaks (expose our sources, destroy our reputation for integrity, hack us).
* our release of a classified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik reporting on contact between the U.S. and the U.K. over billions of euros in claimed loan guarantees.
* pending releases related to the collapse of the Icelandic banks and Icelandic “oligarchs”.

We have discovered half a dozen attempts at covert surveillance in Reykjavik both by native English speakers and Icelanders. On the occasions where these individuals were approached, they ran away. One had marked police equipment and the license plates for another suspicious vehicle track back to the Icelandic private VIP bodyguard firm Terr. What does that mean? We don’t know. But as you will see, other events are clear.

U.S. sources told Icelandic state media’s deputy head of news, that the State Department was aggressively investigating a leak from the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik. I was seen at a private U.S Embassy party at the Ambassador’s residence, late last year and it is known I had contact with Embassay staff, after.

On Thursday March 18, 2010, I took the 2.15 PM flight out of Reykjavik to Copenhagen–on the way to speak at the SKUP investigative journalism conference in Norway. After receiving a tip, we obtained airline records for the flght concerned. Two individuals, recorded as brandishing diplomatic credentials checked in for my flight at 12:03 and 12:06 under the name of “US State Department”. The two are not recorded as having any luggage.

Iceland doesn’t have a separate security service. It folds its intelligence function into its police forces, leading to an uneasy overlap of policing and intelligence functions and values.

On Monday 22, March, at approximately 8.30pm, a WikiLeaks volunteer, a minor, was detained by Icelandic police on a wholly insignificant matter. Police then took the opportunity to hold the youth over night, without charge–a highly unusual act in Iceland. The next day, during the course of interrogation, the volunteer was shown covert photos of me outside the Reykjavik restaurant “Icelandic Fish & Chips”, where a WikiLeaks production meeting took place on Wednesday March 17–the day before individuals operating under the name of the U.S. State Department boarded my flight to Copenhagen.

Our production meeting used a discreet, closed, backroom, because we were working on the analysis of a classified U.S. military video showing civilian kills by U.S. pilots. During the interrogation, a specific reference was made by police to the video—which could not have been understood from that day’s exterior surveillance alone. Another specific reference was made to “important”, but unnamed Icelandic figures. References were also made to the names of two senior journalists at the production meeting.

Who are the Icelandic security services loyal to in their values? The new government of April 2009, the old pro-Iraq war government of the Independence party, or perhaps to their personal relationships with peers from another country who have them on a permanment intelligence information drip?

Only a few years ago, Icelandic airspace was used for CIA rendition flights. Why did the CIA think that this was acceptable? In a classified U.S. profile on the former Icelandic Ambassador to the United States, obtained by WikiLeaks, the Ambassador is praised for helping to quell publicity of the CIA’s activities.

Often when a bold new government arises, bureaucratic institutions remain loyal to the old regime and it can take time to change the guard. Former regime loyalists must be discovered, dissuaded and removed. But for the security services, that first vital step, discovery, is awry. Congenitally scared of the light, such services hide their activities; if it is not known what security services are doing, then it is surely impossible to know who they are doing it for.

Our plans to release the video on April 5 proceed.

We have asked relevant authorities in the Unites States and Iceland to explain. If these countries are to be treated as legitmate states, they need to start obeying the rule of law. Now.

—Julian Assange (editor@wikileaks.org)

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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:26 pm

Our plans to release the video on April 5 proceed.


It's a video of a drone killing civilians including journalists.

Watch for the psyops related to this date. I'll bet that recent story about 'al-Queda hacking drone videos' was cover for this leak of politically damaging evidence.
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Postby surfaceskimmer » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:07 pm

The list of organizations offering support to WikiLeaks to be of interest.

* Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
* The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
* The Associated Press - world wide news agency, based in New York
* Citizen Media Law Project - Harvard university
* The E.W Scripps Company - newspapers, TV, cable TV etc.
* Gannett Co. Inc - the largest publisher of newspapers in the USA, including USA Today
* The Hearst Corporation - media conglomerate which publishes the San Francisco Chronicle
* The Los Angeles Times
* National Newspaper Association (NNA)
* Newspaper Association of America (NAA)
* The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
* The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
* Public Citizen - founded by Ralph Nader together with the California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC)
* The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
* The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
* The Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

links for the above at the original:

http://wikileaks.org/#cia-afghanistan
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Re: WikiLeaks Personnel Are Under Physical Surveillance

Postby MinM » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:53 pm



WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike | Raw Story
By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, March 27th, 2010 -- 5:18 pm

Whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it's calling a Pentagon "cover-up" of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory.

The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club, the group said.

They also noted their members have recently been tailed by individuals under State Department diplomatic immunity, and that "one related person was detained for 22 hours" while authorities seized computer equipment.

In a video released Friday, a Russia Today broadcast discusses the pending release of the video WikiLeaks first announced in a tweet on Feb. 20, 2010, which read: "Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs."

"Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations," founder Julian Assange writes. "We've become used to the level of security service interest in us and have established procedures to ignore that interest. But the increase in surveillance activities this last month, in a time when we are barely publishing due to fundraising, are excessive."

On Tuesday evening, followers of the WikiLeaks Twitter feed were startled to read, "WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation." This was followed a few minutes later by "If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible." A succeeding message warned, "We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don't think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks."

The site also recently published a document by a CIA think tank that proposes how European public opinion on the Afghan war could be manipulated.

"The need for independent leaks and whistle-blowing exposures is particularly acute now because, at exactly the same time that investigative journalism has collapsed, public and private efforts to manipulate public opinion have proliferated," Glenn Greenwald wrote in a recent piece about how the United States and other governments plot to destroy WikiLeaks. " This is exemplified by the type of public opinion management campaign detailed by the above-referenced CIA Report, the Pentagon's TV propaganda program exposed in 2008, and the ways in which private interests covertly pay and control supposedly "independent political commentators" to participate in our public debates and shape public opinion."
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Postby MinM » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:20 pm

The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters - Glenn Greenwald
A newly leaked CIA report prepared earlier this month (.pdf) analyzes how the U.S. Government can best manipulate public opinion in Germany and France -- in order to ensure that those countries continue to fight in Afghanistan. The Report celebrates the fact that the governments of those two nations continue to fight the war in defiance of overwhelming public opinion which opposes it -- so much for all the recent veneration of "consent of the governed" -- and it notes that this is possible due to lack of interest among their citizenry: "Public Apathy Enables Leaders to Ignore Voters," proclaims the title of one section.

But the Report also cites the "fall of the Dutch Government over its troop commitment to Afghanistan" and worries that -- particularly if the "bloody summer in Afghanistan" that many predict takes place -- what happened to the Dutch will spread as a result of the "fragility of European support" for the war. As the truly creepy Report title puts it, the CIA's concern is: "Why Counting on Apathy May Not Be Enough":

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It's both interesting and revealing that the CIA sees Obama as a valuable asset in putting a pretty face on our wars in the eyes of foreign populations. It is odious -- though, of course, completely unsurprising -- that the CIA plots ways to manipulate public opinion in foreign countries in order to sustain support for our wars. Now that this is a Democratic administration doing this and a Democratic war at issue, I doubt many people will object to any of this. But what is worth noting is how and why this classified Report was made publicly available: because it was leaked to and then posted by WikiLeaks.org, the site run by the non-profit group Sunshine Press, that is devoted to exposing suppressed government and corporate corruption by publicizing many of their most closely guarded secrets...

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn ... index.html

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