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Examining Hacked Emails From US State Dept’s Top Russian Intel Official Robert Otto

In Archive, Hacking, Russia, State Dept, USA on July 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM

Robert Otto (image via emails)

via Johnnie Walker (h/t to @codefiscal for link):

Perhaps you know that the U.S. State Department has a direct bearing on the agenda formation not only at home but throughout the world.

Now you can make sure it’s true. Let me show you the correspondence between the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Robert P. Otto and his colleagues, CIA officers and other intelligence agencies, as well as representatives of mainstream media, NGOs, international funds and think tanks.

With the respect for privacy I’ve deleted his correspondence with his wife and relatives. The rest of emails will give evidence of who is responsible for different information campaigns, the so-called mythmaking and essentially engaged in the promotion of “American values” throughout the world.

DOCUMENT CACHE CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

ForeignPolicy:

The State Department did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the emails. “The Department of State is well aware that malicious actors often target email accounts of government and business leaders across the United States. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss specific attempts or incidents,” a State Department spokesman said.

But the official’s expertise in Russian politics and organized crime makes him a significant target.

“He’s probably the top intelligence guy in the entire U.S. government on Russia. He knows more than anybody about what’s going on there,” said one source whose correspondence with the official was revealed in the hack.

The official’s emails were primarily conversations among Russia experts in government, including the intelligence community, exchanging articles, newsletters, and thoughts on current events. The official corresponded frequently with other Russia experts in academia and the think-tank world.

While several of his colleagues contacted by FP said they were unaware of the hack, they were not surprised, given recent events.

According to a second source whose correspondence showed up in the hacked emails, at least one other Russia expert was recently hacked — an Australian academic with a history of government service, although the emails appear not to have been released.

There’s no evidence proving Russian hackers targeted the official, but the first media outlet to pick up on the hack was an obscure website in Crimea (NewsFront), which published specific emails and provided a link to the cache. A former employee of the news agency had claimed in an article that the website is financed by the Russian secret service, and its topics assigned by top political leadership in Moscow.

A Donetsk, Ukraine-based editor for the website, who declined to provide his name, said allegations of Russian government funding were untrue and “funny.”

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LeakSource has only analyzed mostly emails containing attachments so far, looking for any confidential documents or information that is not intended for distribution. If you are searching through the documents as well, please comment here or tweet to me any additional details you find newsworthy.

 

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  • Email from Toby Gati, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, questioning why there was no American interpreter at G-20 Obama/Putin meeting

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  • Email between Dan Goldberg (unable to confirm position but I believe it is in Defense Dept.) and Robert Otto, analyzing fashion sense of a young Vladimir Putin:

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  • Email between Wayne Allensworth and Robert Otto re: a report of a fake document claiming American government is paying a Russian activist to leak information saying top Russian officials are gay. Allensworth seems to insinuate that rumors about Putin are common in Moscow’s gay community:

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  • What I believe is a previously unpublished photo of Sen. John McCain and Vladimir Milov, former Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation and president of the Institute of Energy Policy think-tank:

h/t to @steemwh1sks: “Someone converted the leaked U.S. State Department e-mails to pdf, sorted by keyword. Posted on reddit”:

PDFs Matching “Clinton”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850851/Clinton-1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850860/Clinton-2

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850867/Clinton-3

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850856/Clinton-4

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850868/Clinton-5

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850871/Clinton-6

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850875/Clinton-7

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850866/Clinton-8

PDFs Matching “Trump”

In this next section, I searched for 534 emails which mentioned “TRUMP” and extracted the PDFs without the articles in such a distracting way.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854712/Trump1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854711/Trump2

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854705/Trump3

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854703/Trump4

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854707/Trump5

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854708/Trump6

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855238/Trump7

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855230/Trump8

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855245/Trump9

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855241/Trump-10

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855234/Trump-11

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855225/Trump12-pdf

PDFs Matching “Veselnitskaya”

In this section, I found a handful of emails matching the Trump Lawyer that should have a second look.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856170/Veselnitskaya1

PDFs Matching “Magnitskiy”

In this section, I found 93 emails matching Magnitskiy, which is connected to the Trump lawyer.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856542/Magnitskiy1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856577/Magnitskiy2

PDFs Matching “Podesta”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353857003/Podesta-Clinton

PDFs Matching “Lynch”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353858422/Lynch

PDFs Matching “Eric Holder”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353858572/Holder1-pdf

PDFs Matching “DNC”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353864582/Dnc

PDFs Matching “McCain”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353866545/McCain

PDFs Matching “Manafort”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353868118/Manafort

PDFs Matching “Soros”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353868611/Soros

PDFs Matching “Uranium”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353869252/Uranium1

PDFs Matching “Samochornov” (Veselnitskaya’s unnamed translator)

https://www.scribd.com/document/353869492/Samochornov

Contacts – Cross reference with Wikileaks Intelligence :

https://icwatch.wikileaks.org/

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New Taliban Video of US/AU Hostages, Teachers King & Weekes; Asks Trump & Turnbull to Negotiate Release

In Afghanistan, Archive, Australia, Taliban, Terrorism, USA on July 5, 2017 at 6:49 AM

06/21/2017

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday released a new hostage video of two professors they kidnapped from the American University in Kabul in August 2016.

Kevin King, a 60-year-old American, and Timothy John Weeks, an Australian 48-year-old, are shown against a brown background talking to camera.

In the video, King tells Trump: “Have mercy on me and get me out.” In a later comment he says “please do not send any commandos.”

Weeks then tells Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to “speak to the Taliban, negotiate with the Taliban. I know you are able to do this.”

Five gunmen dressed as Afghan military abducted the men last year from an SUV on a main road near the campus of their university in the Afghan capital.

The Taliban released the last video of the pair in January on YouTube, in which both pleaded with President Donald Trump to negotiate with the militants for their release.

In both videos, the location of their filming is unclear and so too are the precise dates that they were filmed. In the 13-minute January video, the pair again pleaded with Trump. “If we stay here for much longer, we will be killed. I don’t want to die here,” Weeks said. The Taliban requested that the U.S. release “prisoners” in return for the professors.

The risk of kidnap in the Afghan capital remains high for foreign nationals, particularly westerners, and many remain confined to Embassy buildings or secured residential compounds. In November, an Australian woman was kidnapped but her location is unknown.

In August 2016, another Australian woman, Kerry Jane Wilson, was released after being held for four months following her kidnap in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The perpetrators of the kidnaps are unknown in both cases.

The Taliban is also holding American-Canadian couple Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, kidnapping them in 2012 as they traveled in northern Afghanistan. The pair have two children born in captivity.

Unlike the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), which has posted gruesome execution videos of its hostages, the Taliban has appeared to be willing to accept ransom payments or prisoner swaps for the release of its captives.

The U.S. has engaged in prisoner swaps with the Taliban. In 2014, the Taliban-aligned Haqqani group released U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who famously told his story in the podcast Serial, in return for five Taliban prisoners.

Newsweek

America’s “War on Drugs”: History Channel Reveals True Story for the First Time on Television

In Archive, CIA, Drugs, USA on June 19, 2017 at 9:28 AM

06/18/2017

Synopsis via TheIntercept:

Starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new four-part series called “America’s War on Drugs.” Not only is it an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past fifty years.

That core truth is: The war on drugs has always been a pointless sham. For decades the federal government has engaged in a shifting series of alliances of convenience with some of the world’s largest drug cartels. So while the U.S. incarceration rate has quintupled since President Richard Nixon first declared the war on drugs in 1971, top narcotics dealers have simultaneously enjoyed protection at the highest levels of power in America.

Despite the fact the U.S. has no formal system of censorship, this monumental scandal has never before been presented in a comprehensive way in the medium where most Americans get their information: TV.

That’s why “America’s War on Drugs” is a genuine milestone.

PART 1: ACID, SPIES & SECRET EXPERIMENTS

Sources:
Santo Trafficante Jr.
Doolittle Report
Operation 40
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond
George Hunter White
Operation Midnight Climax
Project MKUltra
Whitey Bulger: I Was a Guinea Pig for CIA Drug Experiment
Menlo Park Experiment
Air America
Timothy Leary
Edgewood Arsenal Experiments
Ted Shackley
Frank Matthews
Castle Bank
Operation Intercept
Operation Eagle
The Nixon-Presley Meeting
Nixon Special Message to Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control
Ehrlichman Admission
Frank Serpico
French Connection
Rockefeller Drug Laws
Carlos Lehder

PART 2: COCAINE, CARTELS & CRACKDOWNS

Sources:
Carlos Lehder
George Jung
Pablo Escobar
Peter Bourne
Norman’s Cay
Roberto Suarez
Michael Levine
Klaus Barbie
Operation Condor
Griselda Blanco
Reagan/Bush Drug Task Force
Don Aronow
Barry Seal
Tranquilandia
Boland Amendment
Iran-Contra Affair
Celerino Castillo
Felix Rodriguez
Ilopango Airport
“Freeway Rick” Ross
Oscar Danilo Blandon
1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act
Eugene Hasenfus
Oliver North
North Notebooks
Bush Pardons
Medellin Cartel Gave $10 Million to Contras
Kerry Committee Report
Gary Webb
CIA OIG Report

PART 3: GANGS, PRISONS & METH QUEENS

Sources:
President Bush Speech on Drugs
Operation Just Cause
Manuel Noriega
Army Reveals Details of Noriega’s Lair of Magic
CIA Worked With White House to Kill Probe Into Noriega’s Drug Trafficking
BCCI: The Dirtiest Bank of All Time
Operation Nifty Package
Amado Carrillo Fuentes
Cali Cartel
CRASH
Operation Hammer
1992 Los Angeles Riots
Lori Arnold
Gwen Olsen
Donald P. Scott
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act
Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill Destroyed Lives
Juarez Cartel
Los Pepes
NAFTA & Drug Cartels: ‘A Deal Made in Narco Heaven’
Mohammed Omar
U.S. & Drug Lords During Soviet War in Afghanistan
Operation Cyclone
Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State
Douglas Lindsay
Federal Mandatory Minimums
La eMe
Institutional Revolutionary Party
El Chapo
How Washington Funded the Taliban

PART 4: HEROIN, TERRORISTS & KINGS OF PAIN

Unsealed Court Docs Reveal How U.S. Secretly Forced Google to Hand Over Email Data of Journalist Jacob Appelbaum as Part of WikiLeaks Investigation

In Appelbaum, Archive, DOJ, Google, Surveillance, USA, WikiLeaks on June 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM

06/20/2015

Ryan Gallagher/TheIntercept:

Newly unsealed court documents obtained by The Intercept reveal the Justice Department won an order forcing Google to turn over more than one year’s worth of data from the Gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum (pictured above), a developer for the Tor online anonymity project who has worked with WikiLeaks as a volunteer. The order also gagged Google, preventing it from notifying Appelbaum that his records had been provided to the government.

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The surveillance of Appelbaum’s Gmail account was tied to the Justice Department’s long-running criminal investigation of WikiLeaks, which began in 2010 following the transparency group’s publication of a large cache of U.S. government diplomatic cables.

According to the unsealed documents, the Justice Department first sought details from Google about a Gmail account operated by Appelbaum in January 2011, triggering a three-month dispute between the government and the tech giant. Government investigators demanded metadata records from the account showing email addresses of those with whom Appelbaum had corresponded between the period of November 2009 and early 2011; they also wanted to obtain information showing the unique IP addresses of the computers he had used to log in to the account.

The Justice Department argued in the case that Appelbaum had “no reasonable expectation of privacy” over his email records under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Rather than seeking a search warrant that would require it to show probable cause that he had committed a crime, the government instead sought and received an order to obtain the data under a lesser standard, requiring only “reasonable grounds” to believe that the records were “relevant and material” to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Google repeatedly attempted to challenge the demand, and wanted to immediately notify Appelbaum that his records were being sought so he could have an opportunity to launch his own legal defense. Attorneys for the tech giant argued in a series of court filings that the government’s case raised “serious First Amendment concerns.” They noted that Appelbaum’s records “may implicate journalistic and academic freedom” because they could “reveal confidential sources or information about WikiLeaks’ purported journalistic or academic activities.”

However, the Justice Department asserted that “journalists have no special privilege to resist compelled disclosure of their records, absent evidence that the government is acting in bad faith,” and refused to concede Appelbaum was in fact a journalist. It claimed it had acted in “good faith throughout this criminal investigation, and there is no evidence that either the investigation or the order is intended to harass the … subscriber or anyone else.”

Google’s attempts to fight the surveillance gag order angered the government, with the Justice Department stating that the company’s “resistance to providing the records” had “frustrated the government’s ability to efficiently conduct a lawful criminal investigation.”

The Justice Department wanted to keep the surveillance secret largely because of an earlier public backlash over its WikiLeaks investigation. In early 2011, Appelbaum and other WikiLeaks volunteers’ – including Icelandic parlimentarian Birgitta Jonsdottirwere notified by Twitter that the Justice Department had obtained data about their accounts. This disclosure garnered widepread news coverage and controversy; the government says in the unsealed court records that it “failed to anticipate the degree of  damage that would be caused” by the Twitter disclosure and did not want to “exacerbate this problem” when it went after Appelbaum’s Gmail data.

The court documents show the Justice Department said the disclosure of its Twitter data grab “seriously jeopardized the [WikiLeaks] investigation” because it resulted in efforts to “conceal evidence” and put public pressure on other companies to resist similar surveillance orders. It also claimed that officials named in a subpeona ordering Twitter to turn over information were “harassed” after a copy was published by Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald at Salon in 2011.

The only specific evidence of the alleged harassment cited by the government is an email that was sent to an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s office that purportedly said: “You guys are fucking nazis trying to controll [sic] the whole fucking world. Well guess what. WE DO NOT FORGIVE. WE DO NOT FORGET. EXPECT US.”

Google accused the government of hyperbole and argued that the backlash over the Twitter order did not justify secrecy related to the Gmail surveillance. “Rather than demonstrating how unsealing the order will harm its well-publicized investigation, the government lists a parade of horribles that have allegedly occurred since it unsealed the Twitter order, yet fails to establish how any of these developments could be further exacerbated by unsealing this order,” wrote Google’s attorneys. “The proverbial toothpaste is out of the tube, and continuing to seal a materially identical order will not change it.”

But Google’s attempt to overturn the gag order was denied by magistrate judge Ivan D. Davis in February 2011. The company launched an appeal against that decision, but this too was rebuffed, in March 2011, by District Court judge Thomas Selby Ellis, III.

The government agreed to unseal some of the court records on Apr. 1 this year, and they were apparently turned over to Appelbaum on May 14 through a notification sent to his Gmail account. The files were released on condition that they would contain some redactions, which are bizarre and inconsistent, in some cases censoring the name of “WikiLeaks” from cited public news reports.

Not all of the documents in the case – such as the original surveillance orders in the case contested by Google – were released as part of the latest disclosure. Some contain “specific and sensitive details of the investigation” and “remain properly sealed while the grand jury investigation continues,” according to the court records from April this year.

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Appelbaum, who is based in Berlin, called the case “a travesty that continues at a slow pace” and said he felt it was important to highlight “the absolute madness in these documents.”

He told The Intercept: “After five years, receiving such legal documents is neither a shock nor a needed confirmation. … Will we ever see the full documents about our respective cases? Will we even learn the names of those signing so-called legal orders against us in secret sealed documents? Certainly not in a timely manner and certainly not in a transparent, just manner.”

The 32-year-old, who has recently collaborated with Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras to report revelations about National Security Agency surveillance for German news magazine Der Spiegel, said he plans to remain in Germany “in exile, rather than returning to the U.S. to experience more harassment of a less than legal kind.”

“My presence in Berlin ensures that the cost of physically harassing me or politically harassing me is much higher than when I last lived on U.S. soil,” Appelbaum said. “This allows me to work as a journalist freely from daily U.S. government interference. It also ensures that any further attempts to continue this will be forced into the open through [a Mutal Legal Assistance Treaty] and other international processes. The German goverment is less likely to allow the FBI to behave in Germany as they do on U.S. soil.”

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The Justice Department’s WikiLeaks investigaton is headed by prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia. Since 2010, the secretive probe has seen activists affiliated with WikiLeaks compelled to appear before a grand jury and has involved the FBI attempting to infiltrate the group with an informant. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the government had obtained the contents of three core WikiLeaks staffers’ Gmail accounts as part of the investigation.

A dozen outstanding search warrants and court orders have been issued in the WikiLeaks inquiry, says attorney Ahmed Ghappour, who is representing independent journalist Alexa O’Brien in her effort to have the documents unsealed. That is on top of the three disclosed earlier this year, the orders disclosed by Twitter and one more revealed by a small Internet provider, Sonic, for data about whom Appelbaum e-mailed.

USG Questionnaire for National Security Positions

In Archive, China, Hacking, InfoSec, OPM, USA on June 8, 2015 at 8:08 PM

via OPM.gov

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