Justice Department Confirms WikiLeaks Investigation Continues as Google Claims It Fought Gag Orders

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 11:00 am

The spokesperson for Eastern District of Virginia has confirmed that the United States Justice Department’s investigation into WikiLeaks continues. The confirmation came when asked to comment on search warrants that were served against Google for data associated with three of the media organization’s staff members. And, in an interview for The Washington Post, a lawyer for Google explained that the company had fought the gag orders, which prohibited them from informing WikiLeaks staff about the search warrants.

 

Search Warrants Against WikiLeaks Staff: Justice Department, Google & US Media Silence Threaten Press Freedom

By: Monday January 26, 2015 8:00 am

The United States government served search warrants on Google in March 2012 and demanded that the company hand over data from WikiLeaks staff members for the purpose of an investigation into violations of the Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a larceny statute and a “conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States” statute.

Barrett Brown Went to Jail for My Sins

By: Friday January 23, 2015 9:02 am

Peter Van Buren writes about the Barrett Brown case, arguing this was a test case for a US government seeking to find ways to deal with sites like WikiLeaks that publish classified information.

Let’s All Do Something Useful Today: Write to Manning and Kiriakou

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:57 am

Let’s all do something useful today. Call it a New Year’s Resolution. Prison sucks. Being in prison because you blew the whistle on our government sucks harder. Getting a letter makes it suck less. So if you want to do something good today, write a short letter to one of these guys. It need not [...]

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Manual Advising Undercover Agents on Travel & Avoiding ‘Secondary Screenings’

By: Sunday December 21, 2014 4:00 pm

The CIA is an integral part of the United States’ global security state, which collectively has contributed to the proliferation in airport security screening measures since the September 11th attacks. Yet, this may not exactly serve the agents who have to travel under cover. A secret CIA manual publishedby WikiLeaks and titled, “Surviving Secondary,” details [...]

To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 2:02 pm

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial powers that have failed to suppress revolutions and also demonstrates that relying on lethal strikes to combat insurgencies has often failed to succeed.

Assange Details Google’s Collaboration With US Government, EU Parliament Votes To Break-up Google

By: Friday November 28, 2014 6:35 am

Search monopoly Google is facing new scrutiny as Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange has accused the company of essentially being a tool for the US government. In his new book Assange reportedly claims that, contrary to public proclamations of a commitment to privacy, Google gives the FBI and CIA open access to Google users’ information with no opposition whatsoever. Assange also recounts a meeting with Google executives where most of the participants ended up being US State Department officials.

While accusations that Google does not respect user privacy rights and happily collaborates with the government are nothing new, one new development could pose a serious problem.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 12:25 pm

A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This has been a persistent American myth since the 2003 invasion, one that is impossible realize and thus a single point of failure for Obama’s war.

Movie Review: CitizenFour, Snowden for Lovers and Haters

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 am

Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras’ new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden’s early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let’s have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else.

Looking for Firedoglake

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 1:19 pm

Firedoglake and I spent several years looking for each other.

In my final months at the State Department, just before getting pushed out because of my whistleblowing, Firedoglake was one of the web sites firewalled from our desktop computers because of its Wikileaks content. Despite sites like FDL being available everywhere (it is called the world wide web after all), State pretended the Chelsea Manning-disclosed material was still protected and thus while I could see it on my government classified computer without turning into a pumpkin, I could not view it on sites like FDL. Odd.

I was looking for Firedoglake without knowing it. I do not get paid for my work here, just as you do not pay to read the site. But if we both want this resource to keep on going, we need to step up. I’ll keep on writing at no cost to FDL. Won’t you consider a small donation to keep us online? This stuff really matters, never more than now.

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