While the evidence against Joshua Schulte is strong, his defense team has laid a lot of reason for jurors to get to reasonable doubt that he leaked the CIA’s hacking tools to WIkiLeaks.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Hoaxsters Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl may finally have done some good with their latest stunt, in the form of making it easier for the FBI to figure out who is behind an effort to discredit the jury verdict against Roger Stone.
Julian Assange won a delayed, second hearing in his extradition case in December. That delay may provide the US government time to integrate charges related to Vault 7 that would be fairly damaging to Assange’s case.
Kim DotCom posted texts claiming to broker a pardon for Julian Assange with Trump’s best friend whose name, Sean, he claimed to redact.
The new FISA bill has some good aspects to it. But measures that might be designed to help someone in the position of Carter Page probably wouldn’t have helped Carter Page in 2016.
Julian Assange wants the British court to forget about Vault 7 in his extradition hearing.
Russian efforts to interfere in the election are real. But they’re nowhere near as important as Bloomberg’s efforts to buy the election or Trump’s own flood of disinformation.
WikiLeaks’ supporters like to tell the story of UC Global’s increased surveillance in 2017. What they don’t want to tell you is it happened in the wake of WikiLeaks publishing CIA’s hacking tools behind a thin veil of journalism, not before.
Details regarding the forensic evidence in the Joshua Schulte case raise real questions about whether the Classified Information Procedures Act can work the same in hacking cases as it does for other criminal cases.
Testimony from Roger Stone’s trial suggests it was Randy Credico’s role in putting Stone in touch with Margaret Kunstler about a pardon for Julian Assange that served as a key point of leverage over Credico.