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The US wants Wikileaks founder Assange….Charges drawn up…

So much for the guy hoping that by leaking ONLY  ‘Hillary Clinton’ stuff he might get over with Trump & Co?

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.
 The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents….
US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election…..

Wikileaks on some Hillary Clinton Goldman Sachs speeches….

For those who care?

There is NOTHING in this that is gonna stop Hillary Clinton from winning on November 8th and most of this is n’t anything Clinton supporters are gonna hold against her….

As in the other emails?

It’s just process stuff in a Presidential campaign….

And some of it is ego stuff FOR Wikileaks confirming their  actions leading to Clinton having to travel around the world  to comment on stuff they leaked…

WikiLeaks’ newest batch of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta appears to include transcripts of three paid speeches Clinton made to Goldman Sachs.

The speeches have long been a stumbling block to Clinton’s presidential campaign and sparked frequent criticism from primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Her GOP rival Donald Trump has also seized on inside information revealed in the leaks, using email messages to paint Clinton as corrupt.

One email, titled “Goldman Sachs paid speeches” and sent on Jan. 23, 2016 from aide Tony Carrk to a handful of other staffers, includes three speech transcripts and notes on potentially problematic areas.

In one transcript, Clinton told Goldman Sachs that she went on a self-described “apology tour” as secretary of State to calm world leaders who felt insulted by State Department information leaks, according to emails published by WikiLeaks…

Clinton said that while the leaks had been “embarrassing,” Snowden’s information had the potential to reveal the process of how the United States collects national security data to foreign powers….



Anyone wanna bet Wikileaks will NOT front us any of Donald Trump’s tax info, or ANYTHING NEGATIVE about Trump?

There is effort to get Edward Snowdon a pardon….

It won’t work….

There is a movie out about the guy by Oliver Stone  that kinda portrays the guy in positive way….

There are those who would argue against that….

……as a campaign gears up on Snowden’s behalf, tied to the long-delayed Oliver Stone biopic “Snowden,” Republicans are working to make sure the whistleblower remains politically toxic. They’re joined by some Democrats, led by members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, who made sure that a letter and report opposing the Snowden clemency talk — released Thursday — was unanimous.

“Snowden has long portrayed himself as a truth-seeking whistleblower whose actions were designed solely to defend privacy, and whose disclosures did no harm to the country’s security,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking Democrat and a sought-after TV commentator, said in a statement accompanying the letter. “The Committee’s Review — a product of two years of extensive research — shows his claims to be self-serving and false, and the damage done to our national security to be profound.”


The NY Daily News takes aim at the NY Times and Edward Snowden…

…from the New York Daily News….

Snowden’s snow job: His New York Times Op-Ed ignores some basic facts

The headline of Edward Snowden’s dispatch to the New York Times from exile in Russia declared “The World Says No to Surveillance.”

The top-secret leaker to end all leakers published the article as something of a victory lap, two years to the day after he disclosed that the U.S. was keeping tabs on telephone metadata.

For a moment, try to get past the flaming hypocrisy of the MOSCOW dateline, given that, in Vladimir Putin’s empire, laws enable total monitoring, without warrants, of any communication.

Does the world really say no to surveillance?

Legal wiretaps routinely take down criminals. Legal Internet snooping catches child predators.

Aggressive CIA and NSA snooping, by satellites and drones and spies, disrupts terror plots, and Americans wouldn’t have it any other way.

London is blanketed with more than 400,000 security cameras. New York City, 6,000. They provide security and comfort.

In a CNN poll, 61% of Americans urged renewal of Patriot Act provisions to continue the needle-in-a-huge-haystack hunt for terrorists….


The Government will continue its Data collection program…

Every 90 days the government bring’s us a confirmation vote on its data collection efforts….

And every 90 days the vote will be the same….

Conformation to continue….

While Edward Snowden sits in Russia , unable to go anywhere else after his dump of classified NSA information….

American and the world moves on….

Worried about the ISIS/ISIL movement , one can hardly think that the NSA is gonna be stopped from listening….

So while the House HAS passed a bill to curtail some of the vacuuming of data from all means….

The Senate has not…leaving things more or less as they where before Snowden’s actions….

“Given that legislation has not yet been enacted, and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities of the Section 215 telephony metadata program, the government has sought a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program,” the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a joint statement, referring to the section of the Patriot Act that authorizes the program.


The NSA continues on its mission….

I have pointed out here that even WITH the media hallucinations , the National Security Agency has and will continue to do what it was created to do….Listen and collect data , a la ‘Big Brother’….

THAT is it’s mission….

And after the lights go out and the media moves on to another story leaving Edward Snowden sitting in Russia , the agency will continue to have the support of the President, Congress and the Courts….

No One wants to stop the agency from listening and have something happen on their watch….

A federal privacy watchdog is largely putting its support behind a major pillar of the National Security Agency’s foreign snooping.

A draft version of a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report released late Tuesday said that NSA programs targeting foreigners are effective, legal and show “no trace” of “illegitimate activity,” though some changes should be made to better protect Americans’ privacy.

The conclusion stands in stark contrast to a previous blistering report from the PCLOB, which ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records illegal earlier this year.
Instead, the foreign operations permitted under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act have “proven valuable in the government’s efforts to combat terrorism as well as in other areas of foreign intelligence,” the board said.

“The basic structure of the Section 702 program appropriately focuses on targeting non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located abroad,” it added. “Yet communications of, or concerning, U.S. persons can be collected under Section 702, and certain features of the program implicate privacy concerns.”

Americans are given special protections under the law, and many privacy advocates have worried that the 702 programs targeting foreigners also scoop up information about people in the U.S.

This week, top spy officials revealed that the NSA had used American “selectors” to search for content 198 times this year and to search for metadata about 9,500 times.

The NSA collects information in two main ways under the 702 authority: the PRISM program, which the NSA uses to grab data from major Web companies like Facebook and Google, and “upstream” collection, which taps into “backbone” telecommunications networks such as undersea fiber cables.

The PRISM program is “clearly authorized” by the law, the PCLOB report found. It added that the legal authority also “can permissibly be interpreted” to authorize the “upstream” collection….


On John Kerry….Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg….

Ellsberg: ‘Kerry’s challenge to Snowden’ is ‘either disingenuous or simply ignorant’

by Laurence Lewis @ Daily Kos….

Former Pentagon employee Daniel Ellsberg poses for photographs in central London, November 1, 2004. [Ellsberg, who risked career suicide and a century in prison to blow the whistle on U.S. President Nixon's Vietnam war plans, is visiting Britain to e

attribution: Reuters
Pictured….Daniel Ellsberg

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Edward Snowden should “man up,” come home, and face the legal ramifications of his whistleblowing. And never mind the sexist framing.

“A patriot would not run away,” Mr Kerry said on Wednesday. “If Mr Snowden wants to come back to the United States… we’ll have him on a flight today.”

Of course they will. How generous of them.

Noting that Kerry appeared on NBC, MSNBC, and CBS to invoke the patriotism of his Vietnam era whistleblowing, Daniel Ellsberg thought it might be a good idea to share his own thoughts:

Snowden would come back home to a jail cell – and not just an ordinary cell-block but isolation in solitary confinement, not just for months like Chelsea Manning but for the rest of his sentence, and probably the rest of his life. His legal adviser, Ben Wizner, told me that he estimates Snowden’s chance of being allowed out on bail as zero. (I was out on bond, speaking against the Vietnam war, the whole 23 months I was under indictment.)

More importantly, the current state of whistleblowing prosecutions under the Espionage Act makes a truly fair trial wholly unavailable to an American who has exposed classified wrongdoing. Legal scholars have strongly argued that the US supreme court – which has never yet addressed the constitutionality of applying the Espionage Act to leaks to the American public – should find the use of it overbroad and unconstitutional in the absence of a public interest defense. The Espionage Act, as applied to whistleblowers, violates the First Amendment, is what they’re saying…..



Am I missing something or does this ask if you leak something marked ‘classified ‘ you should covered by the First Amendment?


Edward Snowden and the Russian’s…..

Snowden gave an NBC ‘s Brian Williams an exclusive interview a few days ago….

The latest headline from the sit-down is that Snowden wasn’t working in Washington for his contract company and the National Security Agency…He traveled around checking on NSA internal  security….Of course in those travels he was light fingering stuff….

Now a pice on Vox exams the denial’s from Snowden that he is working with the Russian’s…..

A ‘Relationship’…..

The statement is found wanting…..

Oh, and NSA leaker says he wants to come back to America without spending time in jail….

I do NOT think THAT is gonna happen….

Like Julian Assange….

He’s a wanted man….

In his interview with NBC News’s Brian Williams broadcast Wednesday night from Moscow, Edward Snowden answered concerns about whether he was intentionally or unintentionally helping the Kremlin with a categorical and surprising statement. “I have no relationship with the Russian government at all,” he insisted. “I’ve never met the Russian president. I’m not supported by the Russian government, I’m not taking money from the Russian government.”

Only Snowden and members of the Russian government can know with absolute certainty whether or not they have a relationship. But the amount of circumstantial evidence pointing, in bright neon letters, to some sort of relationship is so abundant, and so unqualified by even the slightest bit of competing evidence beyond Snowden’s word, that it is just very difficult to believe he is telling the truth here.

If Snowden had told Williams, “Look, I had to deal with the Russians to get asylum because the US cancelled my passport and I had no other choice, but I don’t help them and I’ve been a vocal critic of Russian abuses,” then there would be no story here. That would be a defensible answer consistent with both the evidence and Snowden’s stated principles. The fact that Snowden made the strange and categorical insistence that they have no relationship at all, despite the abundance of evidence that they do, raises questions about why he would assert something so implausible, and what this means for how we should take his many other claims.

The indications of some sort of relationship began pretty quickly after Snowden’s arrival in Russia. The Russian government prohibited him from leaving the country — something the Hong Kong government had done just a couple of weeks earlier — but did allow him to remain for weeks somewhere in the Moscow airport under protection from security guards. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed his presence on state media and the terms by which he might stay or go.

To be fair, at that point, the evidence only demonstrated that the Russian government was actively involved in Snowden’s case; Snowden could still plausibly claim to be just a passive recipient of Russian government guidance.

That changed when he got his lawyer…..


NBC Brian Williams sits-down with NSA leaker Edward Snowden ….

NBC has a licensing agreement with Snowden’s pal Greenwald, who has rode the story for the past year…


NBC News anchor Brian Williams traveled to Russia this week for an interview with perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time and the award-winning journalist who reported on his disclosures.

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported Thursday that Williams talked to both journalist Glenn Greenwald and his source Edward Snowden for what will be a three-part interview on NBC. According to Wemple, the majority of the broadcast will stem from the several hours Williams spends with Snowden, who has been living in Moscow after receiving asylum from the Russian government.

Williams will also interview Greenwald individually, while the third part will involve both Greenwald and Snowden together.

NBC confirmed the interview on Twitter, revealing that it will air on the network Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. It will be Snowden’s first interview to air on American television. The tweet included an arresting photo of Williams and Snowden together…..


The Fed’s cut a deal on one leaker….Is there a message somewhere?

I’m posting this for the same reason I mage that Politico posted it….

Edward Snowden…..

In this case which did NOT involve high-stakes leaks in the media everyone involved on the government side has agreed to a light sentence for someone who leaked confidential information…

Could this be a way to Edward Snowden to come in from the cold?

(He would be dealing with much more time, no doubt)


Arguing that the move will prevent further damage to national security, prosecutors are urging a federal judge to approve a 13-month sentence for a former State Department contractor who has admitted leaking the contents of a highly-classified report on North Korea to Fox News.

In a filing Monday, the Justice Department urged U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to accept the sentence the prosecution and lawyer for defendant Stephen Kim agreed on prior tohis surprise guilty plea last month to a felony charge of disclosing closely-held national security information. Prosecutors also said the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies “concurred” in the plea deal and proposed 13-month sentence.

“The agreement reflects a fair resolution of the defendant’s criminal culpability especially when balanced against the further harm to the national security that would likely result from a trial,” prosecutors wrote in a 13-page memo (posted here).

“The United States must balance the need for prosecution with the damage that further disclosure of classified information at trial might cause. Over eight months ago, the prosecution advised the Court and the defense that proving the government’s case at trial would require the United States to declassify a substantial amount of TOP SECRET//SCI information. While the United States would have done so had the defendant not agreed to plead guilty, the plea agreement affords the United States a substantial benefit in protecting from disclosure that still-classified information,” the prosecution team added…..


How much did Snowden steal?

The question SHOULD be….

HTF could this guy ACCESS and download so much shit marked ‘Secret’?

This whole thing can’t be ALL on Snowden….

The internal security system HAD to be wanting…..

U.S. officials might not know for years whether former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden divulged war plans to China and Russia, intelligence experts say.

Snowden has denied passing on U.S. secrets to either country and last month said American officials would “notice the changes” if rivals had been given his document trove.

But while former intelligence officials agreed that some tactical shifts might be apparent right away, they said it could be years before the full extent of Snowden’s deception is known.

“We may see some things immediately that might indicate that they have things, but it will create a great deal of uncertainty for years,” said Mark Lowenthal, president of the Intelligence and Security Academy and former CIA assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production.

U.S. officials say Snowden’s leaks to the press about NSA surveillance have already begun to influence the behavior of adversaries, particularly terrorists looking to escape detection when building bombs.

American officials have also noticed some intelligence sources drying up.

But the fallout from Snowden’s leaks could be far wider. Only 2 percent of the documents that Snowden took dealt with NSA surveillance, officials say. The rest covered military capabilities and plans — documents of particular interest to Russia, the country now harboring Snowden, and China, his first destination after leaving the United States.

The stolen material could include everything from defense budget data to information about weapons capabilities to documents about covert actions, former intelligence officials say.

“This includes anything that was being moved out over their communications systems, not just about the collection of intelligence,” said Gary Berntsen, a former CIA official from 1982-2005.


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