Russia Extends Residency Permit For Edward Snowden

Russia is extending the residency permit of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked evidence of the NSA’s bulk data collection program.

“Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, posted on her Facebook page late Tuesday night.

“She ridiculed former deputy CIA chief Michael Morell for suggesting that returning Snowden to the US would be Russia’s perfect gift to President-elect Donald Trump.

” ‘The funniest thing,’ Zakharova said, ‘is that Morell doesn’t know that Snowden’s residence permit was just extended by a couple of years.’ ”

Snowden, who is under indictment in the U.S., is living in Russia under a grant of asylum, NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports. He has been in Moscow since 2013.

“Snowden hasn’t formally applied for clemency, though his supporters have called for it. Yet the White House drew a distinction between the unapologetic Snowden and Manning. Manning, officials noted, has expressed remorse and served several years already for her crime.”

Lucian notes that last month, a report by the House of Representatives was declassified and made available to the public. It concluded that Snowden has had contact with Russia’s intelligence surveys.

Several human rights groups have asked Obama to pardon Snowden, and report they have delivered a petition signed by 1.1 million people calling for such a pardon. They note that Snowden’s revelations exposed violations of the law, triggering reform.

U.S. Cyber Policy Makes Americans Vulnerable to Our Own Government

There’s no phrase as feared in information security as “zero-day.” Zero-days are vulnerabilities no one knew existed, until they’ve been taken advantage of. They got their name because there is literally “zero days” to do anything to prevent them. They are surprise-secrets—“unknown unknowns,” to quote former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. But if it’s the…

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WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange: US hacking report is ’embarrassing’

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London (CNN)Julian Assange has launched a scathing attack on the quality of the US intelligence report that says his organization was involved in hacking the presidential election.

Speaking at a news conference broadcast on Periscope Monday, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks said the report was “embarrassing to the reputation of the US intelligence services.”
A report from US intelligence officials Friday assessed “with high confidence” the GRU Russian intelligence agency “used the Guccifer 2.0 persona,, and WikiLeaks to release US victim data obtained in cyberoperations publicly.”
The intelligence community also assessed “with high confidence” that the GRU provided WikiLeaks with the material it obtained from hacking the Democratic National Committee and top Democratic officials.
Assange hit back by labeling the report a “press release” and criticized the Obama administration for politicizing the US intelligence services.
“Most of this so-called intelligence report is not even fabricated,” he said, suggesting there wasn’t enough in it to be made up.
“It does not even make assertions for the most part… it uses speculative terms… it engages us in sneaky conflations… How good a report is it as an intelligence report from 1 to 10? The evidentiary weight is literally zero. There is no evidence of any kind supplied,” Assange said.
Assange spoke from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’s been holed up for more than four years to avoid facing sexual assault charges in Sweden and a potential extradition to the United States.
He gave little away when asked by CNN whether WikiLeaks acted as a go-between as suggested by the report.
“We can’t play 20 questions to our sources. Each piece of information you disclose about the source narrows the scope of any investigation… if our sources were, for example, a state, we would have a lot less concern in attempting to protect them.”

Russia reacts

The report was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community of its assessment of Russian cyberhacking activities during the 2016 presidential campaign and election, and the motivations behind that hacking.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in a conference call that the charges against Russia “were not backed by anything” and were “made on a very amateur, emotional level.”
“What we see is … that all of this looks like is a full-scale witch hunt.”

WikiLeaks’ Assange: Russia didn’t give us emails

(CNN)WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeated his claim that the Russian government was not the source of the emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by his organization.

The Obama administration, citing US intelligence sources, has accused Russia of orchestrating the hacking in an attempt to influence the outcome of the November presidential election.
The administration says it is “100% certain” about Russian involvement, but President-elect Donald Trump has frequently cast doubt on the veracity of the claims.
In interview that aired Tuesday on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Assange was asked if WikiLeaks’ source of the hacked material was “Russia or anyone associated with Russia.”
“Our source is not a state party. So the answer — for our interactions — is no,” Assange told anchor Sean Hannity from his quarters at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived under diplomatic protection since 2012.
Pressed on the source of the emails leaked by WikiLeaks in the weeks and months leading up to the November elections, Assange repeated, “our source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties.”
He was not asked directly if he believed Russia orchestrated the hacking.
Former US vice presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, once a vociferous opponent of WikiLeaks, posted an apology to Assange on Facebook.
“This important information (the emails) that finally opened people’s eyes to democrat (sic) candidates and operatives would not have been exposed were it not for Julian Assange,” she wrote.
“I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven non controversial, relatively boring) emails years ago.
“Julian, I apologize.”
Assange: No contact with Putin, Trump campaign
Assange also denied talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, his surrogates, or anyone associated with the Trump campaign.
Again pressed by Hannity to tie the Obama administration’s accusations of hacking to WikiLeaks, Assange said that the President was “acting like a lawyer” by not directly making a link between the alleged hacking and WikiLeaks’ involvement by publishing the documents.
“He is acting like a lawyer. If you look at most of his statements he doesn’t say … WikiLeaks obtained its information from Russia, worked with Russia.”
He said that, despite not asserting a direct connection between Russian government hackers and WikiLeaks, the content of the emails published by WikiLeaks was germane to the election and the concerns of the electorate, and dominated much of the election cycle in the weeks leading up to November 8.
“Was (the leaked information) influential? Did it have a lot of influence? Statistically, yes. It was the number one topic on Facebook throughout October. The number one (political) topic on Twitter, also, throughout October.
“Did it change the outcome? Who knows. It’s absolutely impossible to tell.”
Assange: Would publish Trump leaks if available
He said that he would have “absolutely” have released information about Trump and his campaign, had he been given that.
He added that the White House’s “dramatic response,” directly accusing the Russian government of orchestrating the hacks, is an attempt to “delegitimize” Trump’s presidency, something he believes the defeated party will continue to do.
“(The Democratic Party) will seize on this and harp on it for the next four years,” he said.

Government Mass Surveillance Is Shaking the Fundamentals of Freedom — ALL THE TRUTH ABOUT POLITICS RESTER

Government violation of human rights on a regular basis is representing a real threat to our society. It involves several governments, which are implementing new mass surveillance systems, apparently to protect civilians from terrorists. Nevertheless, it might be another government manoeuvre to distract citizens from the constant violation of our privacy. Everyone agrees that surveillance […]

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Anonymous’ #Op_Tibet Hacks 1500 Chinese Usernames & Passwords — Tibet, Activism And Information

Image:archivenet Breaking news received from the Anonymous collective #blackhat reports that some 1500 China-linked usernames and passwords have been hacked as part of the ongoing #Op_Tibet action. This latest strike, taken in support of Tibet’s cause for human rights and national freedom has left many Chinese websites exposed and vulnerable to further attacks. Sincere thanks […]

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