In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks‘ Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers. The ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union. As a result of the video playing in the background and unsuccessful attempts to vet Julian’s speech, the Union pulled the live stream from the event and spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo. The Union claimed they feared that the US government would take legal action concerning “copyright” of the Apache gun camera footage. Wikileaks advised the Union that by law and practice the US government does not claim copyrights on footage or documents that it produces, the Union still decided to censor the video.
It was the biggest information leak in US diplomatic history — over 250,000 US diplomatic messages or “cables” between the US State Department and US embassies all over the world — turned into a global sensation by the website WikiLeaks.
The cables dominated newspaper headlines and front pages, but what does this vast trove of documents really tell us about American diplomacy, and what impact has the leaking of the cables had?
In the first in-depth television analysis of the secret documents, Richard Bilton lifts the lid on a superpower’s secret thoughts and aspirations, plans and strategies, struggles and fears.
In this two-part series, he speaks to people at the top of the US Government about their experiences of the leaking of the cables. He finds out first-hand what the impact of the leak has been for US diplomats. And he travels to the place where the leaking of the cables helped fuel revolution.
He unpicks what the cables really tell us about the world’s greatest superpower, the stories America did not want you to hear — the difference between what the US says in public and what it says in private
- Icons Of The Iraq War: Battlefield Secrets And The Death Of Reuters Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen (rferl.org)
- Bradley Manning’s Own Words: Blowing the Whistle on War Crimes (dissidentvoice.org)
- Manning: I didn’t aid enemy; cables show need for diplomatic transparency (EndtheLie.com)
- Soldier: Leaks Meant to Enlighten on US Policy (abcnews.go.com)
- Manning pleads guilty in WikiLeaks case, faces 20 years (thehindu.com)
- WikiLeaks has more US secrets to reveal – Assange (rt.com)
- GI pleads guilty in WikiLeaks case, faces 20 years – San Jose Mercury News (mercurynews.com)
- Bildt accused of leaking secrets to the US (thelocal.se)
- Blowing the Whistle on War Crimes (dissidentvoice.org)
- Bradley Manning admits to leaking ‘the most significant documents of our time’ (rt.com)
“Merry Lulzxmas! Anonymous / LulzSec provides some Christmas cheer, by taking on security think tank Stratfor Global Intelligence on Christmas eve, and posting thousands of credit card numbers, and even using some of them to post donations to charitable organizations such as cancer and AIDS research, the American Red Cross, WikiLeaks and the Tor Project, a software that enables online anonymity.
The BBC/UK writes……..
The hackers claim they were able to obtain the information because the company, Stratfor, did not encrypt it.
The Austin-based company says it has now suspended the operation on its servers and email.
An alleged member of Anonymous posted an online message, claiming that the group had used Stratfor clients’ credit card details to make “over a million dollars” in donations to different charities.
Stratfor later announced that it would keep its email and servers suspended for some time.
It also said the disclosure was “merely a list of some of the members that have purchased our publications and does not comprise a list of individuals or entities that have a relationship with Stratfor”.
Anonymous has previously claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on financial institutions seen as enemies of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks.
Original article appears here.
Chronology of releases from AnonymousIRC starting early this afternoon:
- #AnonSanta just told us: “Currently rm -rf’n targets and shredding logs” #LulzXmas#Antisec
- We just hear that #AnonSanta battle-sleigh plundered 200gb of emails and other booty before he started to deliver his presents. #LulzXmas
- From IRC: “** Are you all ready to witness the rm -rf /* of a major intelligence corporation, live on IRC and twitter?” #LulzXmas
- 5 minutes and counting. #AnonSanta won’t disappoint you. Get on IRC now for the whole spirit of #LulzXmas.
- FUCK IT, HE’LL DO IT LIVE! FUCKING THING SUCKS, HE’LL DO IT LIVE! | http://mibbit.com/?channel=%23anonops&server=irc.anonops.li | #LulzXmas
- A wild rm -rf /* appears: http://www.stratfor.com/ |#LulzXmas from #AnonSanta | #AntiSec plundered 200gb of their mails and more booty.
- #Stratfor#LulzXmas takedown mirrored forever: zone-h.org/mirror/id/1641…
- “You do realize how preposterous it is to suggest that#stratfor simply
shutdown completely for 2 days, right?” ~ Frank Ginac (IT manager)
- Merry #LulzXmas to everyonehttp://imagebin.org/190224 Stratfor rooted. All your base are belong to us. <3 #Anonymous
- http://bit.ly/ulWECe | #Anonymous/#AntiSec Attack#STRATFOR | #LulzXmas#AntiSec
And the kicker:
- The private (and secret) client list of #Stratfor:http://pastebin.com/8MtFze0s | Not so private and secret anymore. #Antisec #LulzXmas
Anon promises that much more is coming:
- #Antisec has enough targets lined up to extend the fun fun fun of #LulzXmas throught the entire next week.
How the Stratfor site looked minutes after the hack:
Full letter from George Friemdan to clients as of an hour ago:
The full client list as released in a pastebin by Anonymous of all the alleged clients sorted by company name, can be found here. As this is merely an extracted column from a far larger database, we are confident much more very sensitive information, as the bulk of the companies are either in the intelligence or money management business, will be released shortly.
American’s Be Fruitful and OCCUPY!!!
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- Hackers hit US security company (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Anonymous’ hackers target U.S. security think tank (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Hackers target global think tank (cnn.com)
- Anonymous makes charitable donations using stolen credit card details (digitaltrends.com)
- You: Anonymous hacks US security firm Stratfor (france24.com)
- Stratfor Global Intelligence Victim of “Anonymous” Hackers (inquisitr.com)
- ‘Anonymous’ hacks thousands of credit card numbers from security firm… and gives money to charity (dailymail.co.uk)
- Stratfor Hacking Incident Underscores Need for Communications Responsiveness (davidhenderson.com)
- Hacker group claims it accessed credit cards (cbc.ca)
- Hackers target US security think tank (independent.co.uk)
- The latest operation revealed by Anonymous: Operation Anti-Sec (occupycyberspace.wordpress.com)
- Confidential client list safe from Anonymous, Stratfor says – Computerworld (computerworld.com)
- “Merry Lulzxmas!” – Anonymous Strikes again! – Hit’s Austin Texas Security firm Stratfor Global Intelligence (occupycyberspace.wordpress.com)
- Stratfor Hacked; Anonymous Claims Responsibility (forbes.com)
- Anonymous says it stole think tank’s personal data (sfgate.com)
- Anonymous Hacks Security Firm Strator, Gives Funds to Charity (blippitt.com)
- Hackers Breach the Web Site of Stratfor Global Intelligence (nytimes.com)
- Hackers ‘steal US data in Christmas-inspired assault’ (telegraph.co.uk)
Greetings from Anonymous,
December 17 will mark the anniversary of many historic events: three months since the beginning of the Occupy movement; the one-year anniversary of the death of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man whose self-immolation initiated the first of protests which became the Tunisian Revolution, and eventually cascaded into the Arab Spring; and 24 years since the birth of Bradley Manning, the army private accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Manning’s first hearing is scheduled for Dec 16, 586 days after his arrest, where he will face a military panel who will decide if he will go to trial.
Bradley Manning’s alleged transfer of sensitive information to Wikileaks allowed the organization to release diplomatic cables confirming suspected corruption at high levels of the Tunisian government. The outrage over the circumstances surrounding Mohamed Bouazizi’s death was intensified after these revelations, and small protests quickly turned into an uprising which toppled a long-standing regime. Tunisia is now recognized as the inspiration for the Arab Spring; uprisings such as those which shook Egypt‘s Mubarak from power, and ended both Gaddafi’s regime and life.
The passion expressed by those in the Arab world inspired many activists in the west to stand together. The American Autumn began on September 17 with Occupy Wall Street, and similar protests soon erupted across the United States, as well as internationally. Occupy protesters peacefully marched, sang, danced, and drummed their way into the soul of their respective cities, but have often been met with hostility and aggression from law enforcement. In response, Occupiers have remained peaceful and continued protesting.
Operation Horizon will remind the world that we are united and that together, we will not fail.
Learn about this year of change, march on City Hall and end the night with a vigil for those who have sacrificed so much.
Stand for the truth and solidarity. Know how we got here, and remember those who have fallen.
We are Anonymous
We are Bradley Manning
We are Arab Spring
We are the 99%
We do not forgive
We do not forget
- PFC Bradley Manning finally gets his day in court (richardemanuel.wordpress.com)
- Michael Moore: Wikileaker Bradley Manning Ignited Occupy Wall Street Movement (papundits.wordpress.com)
- Arab Spring activists win Sakharov prize (telegraph.co.uk)
- A Social Media Revolution? Tunisians Weigh In (sixestate.com)
- Military Finally Schedules a Date for Bradley Manning’s Pre-Trial Hearing (dissenter.firedoglake.com)
- Bradley Manning’s defence plans to call 50 witnesses (guardian.co.uk)
- Bradley Manning trial set to begin on December 16th (100gf.wordpress.com)
- Arab Spring: Tunisia holds inaugural session of assembly (telegraph.co.uk)
- Pretrial for Bradley Manning Dec. 16. Vigil and Rally Planned (stevebeckow.com)