Happy Snowden Day… Again!

“The military ordered and paid for the Internet, and now they want it back. No need to be so surprised about it.” (http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/sigint-2013-sie-haben-uns-doch-gewarnt-a-909705.html)

Ok, this Snowden kid is driving me batty. I simply can’t keep up with the flood of interesting news!

But I’ll try and summarize anyway, even if it means I have to break for a moment from my traditional format. Leading off, there’s a GREAT opportunity for everyone to practice their people-reading skills.

Greenwald et al released a new “chapter” of the Snowden Interviews just now, where the guy goes into what he expects the reaction will be and talks a little about what the biggest points of the leaks are. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jul/08/edward-snowden-video-interview

As it happens, Snowden is obviously stressed about this subject and his reactions are body-language CLASSICS. As you watch the video (and you should), keep this chart handy in a browser window: http://learnnlptechniques.org/learn-nlp-techniques-eye-accessing-cues/

I will note one thing. His reactions are solidly consistent with telling the truth.

BUT, before you use this stuff to make important decisions in your own life, keep in mind that I’ve covered a number of ways of faking that.

(In a nutshell, certain people can believe lies when they tell them, and Estabrooks-style personality work — which was invented in the ’20s — can compartmentalize knowledge so the outward-facing side of a person knows only what they’re supposed to in that moment… thus effectively faking these reactions.

Estabrooks claimed this was undetectable, but there’s anecdotal evidence that suggests people with experience and training managed to do just that in WWII.)

Another interview came out too…

Der Spiegel published a joint Jake Appelbaum/Laura Poitras interview with Snowden. It’s already made front-page news in all sorts of German papers for its accusations that the German foreign intelligence service is “under the sheets” with the NSA. Quoted at length below, but here’s the key money quote for everyone: “Normally you’d be specifically selected for targeting based on, for example, your Facebook or webmail content.”

There is one thing that puzzles me about the interview, though. Snowden claims that “For example, we tip [foreign agencies] off when someone we want is flying through their airports (that we for example, have learned from the cell phone of a suspected hacker’s girlfriend in a totally unrelated third country — and they hand them over to us.”

For a data-gobbling, world-spanning surveillance apparatus, I would expect them to have a direct line into airline reservations — not to need to hope someone blabs about a target’s movements over a cell phone.

If the Appelbaum interview is making waves in Europe, Brazil is doing some major splashing about.

More leaks, revealing massive spying on the Brazilians, have got Brazil’s president up in arms and demanding explanations. The Brazilian government seems to think going to the UN will solve their problems and stop the spying — it’ll be interesting to see their Plan B when that fails. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/world/americas/brazil-voices-deep-concern-over-gathering-of-data-by-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Oh, and remember the Ecuador-backing-away bit?

Well, it seems a lot of that saga was based on quotes taken out of context… and that’s putting it lightly. Not only did Correa never say it was a “mistake,” he never even invalidated the safe-conduct pass issued by the London embassy! (And rather than backing away from Mr. Assange, Correa stated the man “continues to enjoy our total respect.”) http://professorsblogg.com/2013/07/08/correa_assangesnowden/

Sadly my ability to understand spoken Spanish is even worse than my demaciado mal ability to read it… and I don’t really have time to watch a 30 minute video interview anyway. Hopefully we’ll see a transcript, and an English translation.

Snowden is even making his way into media theory.

There’s now a “Snowden effect.” Who else has noticed the /flood/ of new investigative reporting into government spying? All of a sudden it seems people are a lot more willing to talk about their privacy violations. Perhaps it’s a basic psychological thing: “Snowden mostly got away with it, so it’s cool for me to do it too.” Or perhaps this is the end-stage of a globe-girdling conspiracy to unveil a massive surveillance apparatus before a fear-struck public as your authority figures of choice flip the big switch and get in a really good, satisfying, gut-shaking maniacal laugh.

Anyway, people are calling this follow-on leaking the “Snowden effect.” http://pressthink.org/2013/07/the-snowden-effect-definition-and-examples/

All ur fiber is belong to “them,” too.

The Brits may have turned domestic fiber-tapping into an art, but being across the pond means you’re no more safe. Private firms have long given all sorts of acronyms all the access they want. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/agreements-with-private-companies-protect-us-access-to-cables-data-for-surveillance/2013/07/06/aa5d017a-df77-11e2-b2d4-ea6d8f477a01_story.html


“The military ordered and paid for the Internet, and now they want it back. No need to be so surprised about it.”


” Interviewer: What is the mission of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) — and how is the job it does compatible with the rule of law?

Snowden: They’re tasked to know everything of importance that happens outside of the United States. That’s a significant challenge. When it is made to appear as though not knowing everything about everyone is an existential crisis, then you feel that bending the rules is okay. Once people hate you for bending those rules, breaking them becomes a matter of survival.

Interviewer: Are German authorities or German politicians involved in the NSA surveillance system?

Snowden: Yes, of course. We’re 1 in bed together with the Germans the same as with most other Western countries. For example, we 2 tip them off when someone we want is flying through their airports (that we for example, have learned from the cell phone of a suspected hacker’s girlfriend in a totally unrelated third country — and they hand them over to us. They 3 don’t ask to justify how we know something, and vice versa, to insulate their political leaders from the backlash of knowing how grievously they’re violating global privacy.

Interviewer: But if details about this system are now exposed, who will be charged?

Snowden: In front of US courts? I’m not sure if you’re serious. An investigation found the specific people who authorized the warrantless wiretapping of millions and millions of communications, which per count would have resulted in the longest sentences in world history, and our highest official simply demanded the investigation be halted. Who “can” be brought up on charges is immaterial when the rule of law is not respected. Laws are meant for you, not for them. […]

Interviewer: Did the NSA help to create Stuxnet? (Stuxnet is the computer worm that was deployed against the Iranian nuclear program.)

Snowden: NSA and Israel co-wrote it.

Interviewer: What are some of the big surveillance programs that are active today and how do international partners aid the NSA?

Snowden: In some cases, the so-called Five Eye Partners 4 go beyond what NSA itself does. For instance, the UK’s General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has a system called TEMPORA. TEMPORA is the signals intelligence community’s first “full-take” Internet buffer that doesn’t care about content type and pays only marginal attention to the Human Rights Act. It snarfs everything, in a rolling buffer to allow retroactive investigation without missing a single bit. Right now the buffer can hold three days of traffic, but that’s being improved. Three days may not sound like much, but remember that that’s not metadata. “Full-take” means it doesn’t miss anything, and ingests the entirety of each circuit’s capacity. If you send a single ICMP packet 5 and it routes through the UK, we get it. If you download something and the CDN (Content Delivery Network) happens to serve from the UK, we get it. If your sick daughter’s medical records get processed at a London call center … well, you get the idea.

Interviewer: Is there a way of circumventing that?

Snowden: As a general rule, so long as you have any choice at all, you should never route through or peer with the UK under any circumstances. Their fibers are radioactive, and even the Queen’s selfies to the pool boy get logged.[…]

Interviewer: What websites should a person avoid if they don’t want to get targeted by the NSA?

Snowden: Normally you’d be specifically selected for targeting based on, for example, your Facebook or webmail content. The only one I personally know of that might get you hit untargeted are jihadi forums.

Interviewer: What happens after the NSA targets a user?

Snowden: They’re just owned. An analyst will get a daily (or scheduled based on exfiltration summary) report on what changed on the system, PCAPS 9 of leftover data that wasn’t understood by the automated dissectors, and so forth. It’s up to the analyst to do whatever they want at that point — the target’s machine doesn’t belong to them anymore, it belongs to the US government.”

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