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Tag: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks Journalists Face Serious Charges After Google Hands Over Information

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three WikiLeaks journalists are facing charges of espionage and conspiracy after Google turned over their confidential data to the U.S. government, WikiLeaks announced on its site Monday morning.

The whistleblower organization now wants an explanation from both Google and the Justice Department.

“The US government is claiming universal jurisdiction to apply the Espionage Act, general Conspiracy statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to journalists and publishers – a horrifying precedent for press freedoms around the world,” WikiLeaks posted on its website.

WikiLeaks alleges the warrants violated the Privacy Protection ACt of 1980, “which protects journalists and publishers from being forced to turn over to law enforcement their journalistic work product and documentary materials,” the letter from WikiLeaks attorneys read.

New Movie “The Fifth Estate” Opens

Leaked Memos: DEA Sought to Assassinate Drug Kingpin in Mexico; President Obama Opposed on ‘Moral Grounds’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New memos leaked by WikiLeaks shows the DEA asked the White House for permission to kill notorious kingpin and fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Latin Times reports.

The messages come from Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence and an expert on Mexican drug cartels.

“If the DEA can specifically locate the Sinaloa boss El Chapo, he will be assassinated,” Burton wrote, according to the documents.

Nevertheless, Guzman, kingpin of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, remains a fugitive.

For his part, President Obama said he wouldn’t approve an assassination.

“Obama won’t approve a finding for covert action inside MX based on ‘moral grounds,'” Burton wrote.

FBI Asked Father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Meet Son in Russia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has urged the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to visit his son in Moscow, BBC reports.

But Lon Snowden said he’s not going anywhere until the FBI divulges its intentions.

Speaking to Russian state TV, Snowden said he’s worried his son won’t get a fair trial in the U.S.

Lon Snowden said he’d stay in Russia if he were his son.

“Edward, I hope you are watching this,” Lon Snowden said in the interview.

“Your family is well. We love you. We hope you are healthy, we hope you are well, I hope to see you soon, but most of all I want you to be safe. I want you to find a safe haven.”

Edward Snowden remains in a Russian airport in legal limbo.

Updated: U.S. Soldier Faces Up to Life in Prison for Release of 700,000 Classified Documents

Update: CNN reports that a military judge found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but guilty of most of the other charges.

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, could be sentenced to life in prison today, Reuters reports.

A judge is expect to render a verdict in the case against Army Private First Class Manning, 25, who’s charged with aiding the enemy by releasing 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that Manning was appropriately trained to understand that releasing the sensitive information put the U.S. at risk.

Others say the case is overblown.

“He’s just a dumb kid who got himself into a situation where he felt he was saving the world,” said Joseph Wippl, a professor of international relations at Boston University and a former CIA officer. “I think he should be convicted and they should be easy on him. They need to do more on limiting access to classified information.”

Putin Urges NSA Leaker Snowden to Leave Russia As Soon As Possible

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hopes the diplomatic nightmare surrounding NSA leaker Edward Snowden is soon over.

The USA Today reports that Putin wants Snowden to leave the country at the “earliest opportunity.”

“As soon as there is an opportunity for him to move elsewhere, I hope he will do that. He is familiar with the conditions of granting political asylum, and judging by the latest statements, is shifting his position. The situation is not clear now,” Putin said.

Snowden has been in legal limbo in the transit area of Moscow’s main international airport.

FBI Planted Informant Inside WikiLeaks for Information on the Secret-Revealing Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Icelandic man is the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks, a secret-revealing website.

Wired.com reports that Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson was an informant for three months in 2011 when he worked for WikiLeaks and the FBI. Ticklethewire.com mistakenly printed that Julian Paul Assange was the informant.

He reportedly received $5,000 for his undercover work.

“It’s a sign that the FBI views WikiLeaks as a suspected criminal organization rather than a news organization,” says Stephen Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “WikiLeaks was something new, so I think the FBI had to make a choice at some point as to how to evaluate it: Is this The New York Times, or is this something else? And they clearly decided it was something else.”

Iceland Removed Two FBI Agents During Worldwide WikiLeaks Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Iceland expelled two FBI agents who were trying to interview an unidentified WikiLeaks associate in August 2011, the country’s interior minister revealed Friday, Info Security Magazine reports.

Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson said FBI agents showed up unannounced to Iceland, long a supporter of free speech.

“Jónasson demanded that the FBI agents pack their bags, get back on board, and leave the country,” WikiLeaks spokesperson in Iceland, Kristinn Hrafnsson said. “The matter was then brought before the cabinet and a formal protest was issued to US authorities.”

Jonasson defended his decision.

“I, for one, was not aware that they were coming to Iceland,” he said. “When I learned about it, I demanded that Icelandic police cease all cooperation and made it clear that people interviewed or interrogated in Iceland should be interrogated by Icelandic police.”

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