Late last week, CNN reported that the Justice Department is close to bringing criminal charges against Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks and a longtime resident of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Assange’s arrest is now a “priority.” DOJ has struggled for some time to determine whether and how to charge Assange.
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It has become a kind of mantra in the defense of Donald Trump on matters related to L’Affaire Russe that there’s no evidence, at least not yet, of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian active measures operation with respect to the 2016 election.
There are two real stories involving the CIA data dump by Wikileaks, neither of which is about the actual documents themselves. The first is that somebody managed to exfiltrate the data from the CIA in the first place, but the second still seems unappreciated: Wikileaks once again successfully hacked the media, shaping discussions into deliberately deceptive ways.
Nick Weaver wins the prize for rapid response, but a few additional observations might be helpful.
First, I echo Nick’s observation that it’s hardly a surprise that the CIA has a bunch of its own hacking tools. Indeed, if they didn’t, I’d say someone ought to be fired.
It is now almost Lawfare tradition that when interesting classified technical documents are dumped, I take advantage of my lack of security clearance to do an initial analysis. (I’ll leave for another day the question of why this is becoming common enough to have established a tradition.)
There's a headline I never expected to write. Among my many criticisms of the New York Times editorial page, after all, I would never until today have accused it of being soft on sexual violence.
One of the most powerful ways to damage an institution is what Bruce Schneier calls “organizational doxing”, obtain the target’s secrets and spread them to the world.
In light of yesterday's events in the Bradley Manning case, I really want to see this fascinating-looking documentary:
After hearing evidence in a contested bench trial, Army Colonel Denise Lind, a military trial judge, found Pfc.
From The Guardian's live blog:
Manning has been found not guilty of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy". However the private has been found guilty on five counts of violating the espionage act.
[Update] Here is Charlie Savage of the New York Times.