Western Governments Spy on Wikileaks — Film at 11

The US & British government spy on Wikileaks.

There is/was a multi-government movement to “severely limit” Assange’s “nomadic travels across international borders” and focus “the legal element of national power” on “the human network that supports Wikileaks.”

Everyone who visited Wikileaks.org got themselves added to a murky government watchlist.

Anyone surprised?

Didn’t think so.

What makes this story interesting to me is a couple of meta-aspects.

1) It was published by the Omidyar/Greenwald/etc outlet The Intercept.

Wikileaks’ Twitter feed has been extraordinarily skeptical of The Intercept, highlighting — multiple times — the piss-poor OPSEC of “swapping SIM cards” mentioned in an earlier Intercept article. In the last few days, they’ve also been none too happy about The Intercept’s not publishing full documents.

No doubt this story will go a long way to get The Intercept in Assange’s good graces. He just told Democracy Now, “Finally we have proof we can present to the public.” [1]

2) There was something odd going on internally in the NSA about designating Wikileaks as a “malicious foreign actor,” for the purposes of targeting them for surveillance with no holds barred.

Asked if this was OK, the higher-ups responded, “Let us get back to you.”

Targeting Anonymous members (outside the US) on the otherhand was considered A-OK.

[1] https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/435764004297121792

http://wikileaks.org/nsa-gchq-spying

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/18/snowden-docs-reveal-covert-surveillance-and-pressure-tactics-aimed-at-wikileaks-and-its-supporters/

“”the Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit his nomadic travels across international borders.” […]

“exemplifies the start of an international effort to focus the legal element of national power upon non-state actor Assange, and the human network that supports WikiLeaks.”[…]

When NSA officials are asked in the document if WikiLeaks or Pirate Bay could be designated as “malicious foreign actors,” the reply is inconclusive: “Let us get back to you.” There is no indication of whether either group was ever designated or targeted in such a way.”

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