by Pamela Williams
The evidence provided by CrowdStrike included the fact that malware found on DNC servers was the same as malware believed to be used by Russian intelligence units, that metadata files included information in Cyrillic text, and that emails had been sent using the Russian email service Yandex. In other words, it was nothing the CIA couldn’t have done itself in order to “misdirect attribution.” What’s more, CrowdStrike actually admitted that it deliberately left out evidence that didn’t support its claims that Russia was responsible. So thanks WikiLeaks for revealing pertinent data that may quieten some of those harping on the “Russian hacking” story. We now know what our own CIA and other lowlife hackers in the world can do to an unsuspecting victim.
Reactions to the leaks have varied, but most people have honestly been shocked and sickened. There is a clear split between those who regard WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange as a trustworthy whistleblower, and those who regard him as a tool of the Kremlin. He was questioned about that, and he denied that he was connected to Russia at all. I believe him, and I think most people do. He has certainly changed the world by releasing shocking data about those in power. Among other things, the leaks revealed that the U.S. government is essentially paying out to exploit the vulnerabilities in software without telling companies and, disturbingly, that they could be using your iPhone or Samsung TV as a microphone even when it’s supposedly switched off. This may not sound like an evil act, but actually it is. In doing this to an individual, you are essentially taking away their sovereignty and the human rights. But isn’t that what the CIA does in the first place…to put it mildly.
I am sure this will not come as a shock to anyone now that we have faced the revelations of Vault 7. The US FBI has launched a criminal investigation into the public release of documents said to detail CIA hacking tools. This comes as no surprise, as this is a huge deal producing a ripple effect within society. There is no trust between citizens and government at this point, and there is no patching up the relationship. Our lives will never be the same.
The inquiry is being coordinated by the FBI, according to the official, following Tuesday’s disclosure by the website WikiLeaks, which stated that the CIA Centre for Cyber Intelligence “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.” The investigation will seek to determine how the documents came into WikiLeaks’ possession, whether they might have been leaked by an employee or contractor or whether the disclosure represented a breach from the outside. The CIA is also trying to determine if there are other unpublished documents WikiLeaks may have. Julian Assange is someone I worry about, and I pray for his safety.
The CIA is saying they are closing in on suspects, which is hard to believe for me, as they have had little time to do so, but the following story states just that.
The investigators have narrowed their search down to a team of software developer contractors in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation. The contractors worked on developing tools used by the CIA to hack phones, computers and televisions connected to the internet. Several of the CIA Engineering Development Group contractors have already been questioned by no one has been detained so far, according to the source, who added that the investigation was unfolding rapidly.
Anger over job cuts among the employees of the dozen or so companies working on CIA hacking projects may have been the driving force behind the leak, another source stated. In interpreting the leaked documents, WikiLeaks said that the CIA used the US consulate in Frankfurt as a covert base for its hackers covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The hackers operating out of the consulate were receiving diplomatic passports and cover from the US State Department, according to the leaked documents.
Assange has been holed up in a tiny apartment in the Ecuadorian embassy since June 2012, after his attempts to stave off extradition from Britain to Sweden on rape charges failed. The UK Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against extradition to Stockholm, where he was accused of assaulting two women in 2010. He has always denied the rape charges and claimed it was part of a conspiracy to get him extradited to the United States to face charges over WikiLeaks.
Assange was offered asylum by Ecuador’s left-wing President Rafael Correa, a long-term opponent of US policy in Latin America. But Correa, who has been in power since 2007, has decided not to seek a fourth term and is stepping down next month.
He is thought to want to change Ecuador’s foreign policy and make it more friendly towards the United States, and that is bad news for Assange.
“Ecuador had (sic) no business spending a single cent protecting someone who has definitely leaked confidential information.
“I will take on the responsibility of inviting Mr. Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy at the latest 30 days after the start of our government,” Lasso said.
On Twitter, Assange seemed to suggest Lasso’s promise to expel him was linked to WikiLeaks’ recent revelations about the CIA penetrating the French presidential elections. Assange, an Australian national who describes himself as a refugee, recently tweeted a link to an interview with Correa and wrote: “Ecuador’s tough outgoing president accuses possible president Lasso of ‘selling out’ my asylum to US.”
What will happen to our noble Julian Assange? I am praying President Trump will give him a pardon and offer him a place in the United States. I would like to see Assange live in peace. He is said he would help US industry to repair the damage the CIA has done to their security, and I think for that he deserves a pardon and protection by the US. However, I think I am kidding myself..the US Intelligences Agencies are finding themselves with their britches pulled down, and they blame Assange. But Assange is not the culprit, they themselves are. Their own people did this to them, and their allegiance to an evil entity that is trying to destroy the very world we live in. Apparently the Intelligence Services within the US do not think this world is big enough for them and us. However, they had better think again, as God says the “meek shall inherit the Earth.”