Inside The One-Man Intelligence Unit That Exposed The Secrets And Atrocities Of Syria's War
He had no formal intelligence training or security clearance that gave him access to classified documents. He could not speak or read Arabic. He had never set foot in the Middle East, unless you count the time he changed planes in Dubai en route to Manila, or his trip to visit his in-laws in Turkey.
Yet in the 18 months since Higgins had begun blogging about Syria, his barebones site, Brown Moses [previously], had become the foremost source of information on the weapons used in Syria's deadly war. Using nothing more sophisticated than an Asus laptop, he had uncovered evidence of weapons imported into Syria from Iran. He had been the first person to identify widely-banned cluster bombs deployed by Syrian forces. By The New York Times' own admission, his findings had offered a key tip that helped the newspaper prove that Saudi Arabia had funneled arms to opposition fighters in Syria. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Mar 9, 2014 -
"In a lengthy, nuanced essay
for the London Review of Books, a version of which he delivered in a lecture in London on Friday, O'Hagan
describes working with a mercurial character who was, by turns, passionate, funny, lazy, courageous, vain, paranoid, moral and manipulative. The book deal ultimately collapsed, O'Hagan writes, because 'the man who put himself in charge of disclosing the world's secrets simply couldn't bear his own. The story of his life mortified him and sent him scurrying for excuses. He didn't want to do the book. He hadn't from the beginning.'" (via)
posted by FrauMaschine
on Feb 22, 2014 -
Freedom of Information
. The New Yorker
looks behind the scenes at The Guardian
under current editor Alan Rusbridger, including the investigation of the News of the World
phone hacking scandal (previously
), overseeing the release of US diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks (previously
), and the continuing reporting on NSA material obtained by Edward Snowden (previously
posted by figurant
on Oct 10, 2013 -
On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. We provide here a verbatim transcript of the majority of the meeting; a close reading, particularly of the latter half, is revealing. [more inside]
posted by palbo
on Apr 25, 2013 -
US calls Assange 'enemy of state'.
The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.
Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.
posted by jaduncan
on Sep 26, 2012 -
Julian Assange has breached his bail conditions in London and is currently petitioning for asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy
. It is uncertain whether asylum will be granted, though Assange has a personal friendship with Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador. If his asylum bid is successful however, it is unclear how he would get from the safe haven of the six room embassy office to Ecuador without being arrested by British authorities. Such stalemates have happened before. Cardinal József Mindszenty
was unable to leave the US Embassy building in Budapest for fifteen years after being granted asylum. The Siberian Seven
were a group of seven political refugees who lived in a twelve foot by twenty foot room in the basement of the US embassy in Moscow for five years after being granted asylum in 1978. And in 1989, Chinese scientist and political activist Fang Lizhi
was granted asylum at the US embassy in Beijing following the Tiananmen Square Massacre. He lived in the office for thirteen months before being allowed safe passage to Britain. [more inside]
posted by 256
on Jun 20, 2012 -
has come into focus
as a platform where leakers submit material specifying participating media organizations to receive early access as well as a later date for a full non-exclusive release. In principle, OpenLeaks cannot access the leaked documents themselves until this later release date. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on May 20, 2012 -
In 1984, Congress passed a law called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
, in the wake of some high profile incidents of hacking
. Designed to prosecute hackers, the law is written vaguely enough that it has, in recent years, been used (with varying degrees of success) to prosecute people violating terms of an employer's computer usage policies
, or in the infamous case of Lori Drew
, a Terms of Service agreement.
But today, the 9th circuit court of appeals ruled that employees can not be prosecuted under the CFAA for violating an employer's computer use policies, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s Justice Department, which is trying to use the same theory to prosecute alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning
posted by to sir with millipedes
on Apr 10, 2012 -
Wikileaks has alleged that Guardian editor David Leigh
negligently leaked the encryption passphrase to the unredacted 'Cablegate' archive in an upcoming book. The Guardian
denies the charges, but states that "[a] Twitter user has now published a link to the full, unredacted database of embassy cables"
, potentially putting informants at risk.
posted by p3on
on Aug 31, 2011 -
Massive leak reveals secret dossiers on 759 captives
The Guantanamo Files New York Times
() For all the sensitive types that can't read actual wikileak files with out having tanks on your lawn or SWAT teams down your chimney, please rest assured that none of my links here or inside lead directly to *sekrets*
) [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Apr 25, 2011 -