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The Emergence of a Freedom of Information Movement: Anonymous, WikiLeaks, Pirate Party, Iceland

In Activism, Anonymous, Archive, Iceland, Internet, Pirate Party, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM


via Jessica L. Beyer/Wiley

Related Link: Ullman: Whistleblowers/Anonymous/Information Revolution Threaten “New World Order”; “Extraordinary Crisis” Needed to Preserve It

Guccifer Arrested in Romania

In Archive, Guccifer, Hacking, Romania on January 22, 2014 at 6:39 AM
Guccifer-Marcel Lazăr Lehel

Marcel Lazar Lehel escorted by masked policemen in Bucharest after being arrested in Arad

01/22/2014 Kovacs/Softpedia:

40 year-old Romanian Marcel Lazăr Lehel, suspected of being the notorious hacker known as Guccifer, was arrested on Wednesday after his home in Arad, Romania was raided by Prosecutors Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism – Central Structure with judicial police officers from the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime.

Guccifer has broken into the email accounts of several high level individuals including members of the Bush and Rockefeller families, officials of the Obama administration, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service SRI George Maior.

Shortly after Maior’s email account was hacked, SRI representatives noted that they were confident the hacker would be caught.

He is also believed to have hacked former CIA analyst Laura Manning Johnson, former advisor to President Richard Nixon John Dean, three members of the House of Lords in the UK, former Secretary of the Air Force George Roche, the President of MetLife (insurance company), actors Steve Martin and Mariel Hemingway, and others.

DIOCT said in a press release, “In case there is reasonable suspicion that during 2013, based on a single criminal resolution, accused MLL accessed repeatedly and without law, in violation of security measures, e-mail accounts belonging to public figures in Romania, order to take possession of confidential data in email, then changed authentication passwords, thereby restricting user access to computer data as in email. Subsequently, the accused disclosed the content of the correspondence public order committed fraudulent damage in the online privacy and denigrating public image of the persons concerned.”

DIOCT also highlighted the fact that Romanian authorities collaborated with US services to catch him.

Lehel has had previous convictions for similar deeds:

  • Charged that between October 2010 – July 2011, accessed without law, in violation of security measures, e-mail accounts and accounts of the Facebook belonging Dragos Mos,tenescu, Corina Caragea, Laura COSO, Roxana Iva(nescu , Rona Hartner, Iliviu Les,u Daniela Aciu, Irina Reisler Capitanu Violeta Babliuc Monica Barbu, Lenut,a Aciu, Sarah Radulescu, Denisa Barboni Dragusanu Cristian Pulhac, Ada Milea, Youth Organization APDL
  • August 19, 2011 was arrested for committing 25 offenses without the right access to computer systems, 25 crime without law amending and restricting access to data, 25 offenses of unauthorized transfer of data from a computer system and 15 offenses of violating secrecy.
  • February 8, 2012 was sentenced to three years imprisonment with suspended sentence, at that time using the alias “Little Smoke.”

Guccifer’s 7GB Archive – “Guccifer” Files Further Detail Hacking Spree

Guccifer Highlights:

Bush Family Email Accounts Hacked

FULL RELEASE: Hillary Clinton’s Hacked Benghazi Emails

Guccifer Leaks Second Trove of Hilary Clinton Emails

Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair

Billionaire Google Board Member John Doerr is Latest Victim of Guccifer Hacking Rampage

Guccifer Leaked Email Links Tony Blair to Secretive Bohemian Grove Gathering

LEAKED: Bush Family Contact List & Rockefeller Offices Telephone Directory

LEAKED: 1,350 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Members’ Email Addresses

LEAKED: CFR Newsletter (April 2013), Member Handbook (2012) & Donor Listing (2011-2012)

Guccifer Leaks INSA’s Homeland Security Intelligence Council Terror Attack “Scenario Proposal”

Top Spy’s Sexy Emails Hacked

Timor-Leste v. Australia in The Hague – Return of Documents Seized in ASIO Raid Denied

In Activism, Amnesty, Archive, Australia, Big Data, CIA, East Timor, INTERPOL, leaksource, News on January 22, 2014 at 5:54 AM

via digitalfolklore

Australia rejects East Timor’s demands to return documents seized in ASIO raid defending last year’s ASIO raids on a lawyer for East Timor and expressed offence at claims aired by the tiny nation in its case at the International Court of Justice.

East Timor will launch a case in The Hague alleging the Australia Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) covertly recorded Timorese ministers and officials during oil and gas negotiations in Dili in 2004, allegedly giving Australia the upper hand.

The Dili negotiations in question led to the lucrative Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) treaty, with both countries agreeing to a 50-50 split of an estimated $40 billion in revenue from the gas development.

A key witness in the Timorese case – a former spy turned whistleblower – has been arrested in a separate raid in Canberra.

ASIO and the Government have been accused of being “crass” by “muzzling the oral evidence of the prime witness” by Mr Collaery, the lawyer representing East Timor.

Mr Collaery says the witness, who was expected to give oral evidence at The Hague, is “not some disaffected spy” but the former director of all technical operations at ASIS.

Documents seized in the raid show ASIS undertook an elaborate cover operation using Australian aid organisations to bug the office of East Timor’s prime minister and senior staff.


US Withholds FISC Orders on NSA Bulk Collection of Americans’ Data, Concealing Existence of Other Programs

In Archive, CIA, FBI, NSA, NSA Files, ODNI, Surveillance on January 22, 2014 at 4:07 AM


Spencer Ackerman/Guardian:

The Justice Department is withholding documents related to the bulk collection of Americans’ data from a transparency lawsuit launched by the American Civil Liberties Union.

US attorney Preet Bharara of the southern district of New York informed the ACLU in a Friday letter that the government would not turn over “certain other” records from a secret surveillance court, which are being “withheld in full” from a Freedom of Information Act suit the civil liberties group filed to shed light on bulk surveillance activities performed under the Patriot Act.


The decision to keep some of the records secret, in the thick of Edward Snowden’s revelations, has raised suspicions within the ACLU that the government continues to hide bulk surveillance activities from the public, despite US president Barack Obama’s Friday concession that controversial National Security Agency programs have “never been subject to vigorous public debate”.

The ACLU lawsuit, like others filed by civil liberties groups, has resulted in a trove of documents (1) (2) from the so-called FISA court detailing the scope, authorizations and, in some cases, violations surrounding NSA surveillance ostensibly occurring under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The director of national intelligence now posts the released documents to a Tumblr page, usually without revealing that the disclosures were spurred by lawsuits.

The latest such disclosure happened Friday with the release of 24 documents, mostly detailing FISA court reauthorizations of the bulk phone records collection first reported by the Guardian thanks to leaks from whistleblower Snowden.

Bhahara said that Friday’s release will be the last disclosure under the terms of the ACLU’s lawsuit.

Alexander Abdo, an ACLU attorney, noted that the government’s bulk surveillance disclosures have yet to include, among other efforts, a reported CIA program to collect international money transfers in bulk, revealed in November by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

“It appears that the government is concealing the existence of other bulk collection programs under the Patriot Act, such as the CIA’s reported collection of our financial records,” Abdo said.

Bharara’s office routed a request for comment back through the Justice Department, which declined to elaborate on the 17 January letter.

via Emptywheel:

Of particular note, though, they seem to be withholding the BR 09-15 primary order, which was right in the middle of PATRIOT reauthorization, when NSA kept disseminating results in violation of Reggie Walton’s orders.

The Phone Metadata Program Metadata

1. Howard, Malcom BR 06-05 (5/24/06)
2. Howard, Malcom BR 06-08 (8/18/06)
3. Scullin, Frederick, BR 06-12 (11/15/06)
4. Broomfield, Robert, BR 07-04 (2/02/07)
5. Gorton, Nathaniel, BR 07-10 (3/03/07)
6. Gorton, Nathaniel, BR 07-14 (7/23/07)
7. Vinson, Roger, BR 07-16 (10/18/07)
8. Howard, Malcom, BR 08-01 (1/?/08)
9. Kollar-Kotelly, Colleen, BR 08-04 (4/3/08)
10. Zagel, James, BR 08-07 (6/26/08)
11. Zagel, James, BR 08-08 (8/19/08)
12. Walton, Reggie, BR 08-13 (12/12/08)
13. Walton, Reggie, BR 09-01 (3/5/09)
14. Walton, Reggie, BR 09-06 (5/29/09)
15. Walton, Reggie (?) BR 09-09 (7/8/09) [see also]
16. Walton, Reggie, BR 09-13 (9/3/09)
17. Walton, Reggie (?) BR 09-15 (10/30/09) [see also]
18. Walton, Reggie (?) BR 09-19 [see also]
19. Walton, Reggie, BR 10-10 (2/26/10)
20. Walton, Reggie, BR 10-17 (5/14/10)
21. Walton, Reggie, BR 10-49 (8/04/10)
22. Walton, Reggie, BR 10-70 (10/29/10)
23. Bates, John, BR, 11-07 (1/20/11)
24. Feldman, Martin, BR 11-57 (4/13/11)
25. Bates, John, BR 11-107 (6/22/11)
26. BR-11-191 10/11? [see also]
27. 2/12?
28. 5/12?
29. 9/12?
30. 12/12?
31. Vinson, Roger, BR 13-80, (4/25/13)
32. Eagan, Claire, BR 13-109, (7/18/13)
33. McLaughlin, Mary, BR 13-158 (10/11/13)
34. 1/3/14?

There is one more missing primary order. In an NSA declaration dated November 12, SID Director Theresa Shea said there had been 34 approvals. As shown above, the McLaughlin order is the 33rd of identified orders.

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