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By Laurel Maury

Articles about WikiLeaks are thick on the ground, but we’ve heard little from inside the citadel. Now for the first time we’re getting an insider’s story. “Inside WikiLeaks” is a fun book, full of anecdotes about the website’s wacky set of fellow travelers, and it suggests that the hacking underground has finally found a cause. Certainly, it’s the must-read, newsy book of the moment. It’s out in German and several other languages today and will be out in English the day after Valentine’s Day.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg was the WikiLeaks spokesman and Assange’s right-hand man until he publicly broke with his former boss last September. He appears to have immediately started writing a book, not so much to set the record straight—no matter how this book is billed, it’s certainly not a tell-all—but to save what he feels is precious. (This shouldn’t put readers off; though written in haste, “Inside WikiLeaks” is a fine, intelligent read.) Domscheit-Berg writes that the organization has lost its way and betrayed its principles, and that, because it went astray, he and another employee deliberately crippled it. The author claims that he and this man, whom he calls “the architect,” before their departure shut down the platform WikiLeaks uses to accept submissions, essentially locking the door to new material and walking off with the keys. He says the system still isn’t fixed and implies a fix isn’t likely.

If what Domscheit-Berg says is true, then for the foreseeable future WikiLeaks will be unable to accept new documents that aren’t either handed to the website physically or mailed to it. This means WikiLeaks is far less able to keep its promise of source anonymity. Domscheit-Berg says that once WikiLeaks returns to its core principles of transparency and openness—and applies them to itself—he and his unnamed friend will happily unlock the system. 

 

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Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website

 

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Domscheit-Berg says he took with him a set of documents that were submitted to WikiLeaks. He says he doesn’t intend to publish them himself; rather, he will keep them safe and secure until Julian Assange starts to behave in an adult fashion. “Children shouldn’t play with guns,” Domscheit-Berg says of the WikiLeaks founder.

Another surprise is that the WikiLeaks “insurance” file probably exists—that secret, encrypted file of damning information that Assange once threatened to release if anything bad happened to him or his website. Lately, Assange has denied it exists, but, according to the book, while Domscheit-Berg was at WikiLeaks he personally mailed out dozens of thumb drives with encrypted data to friends and journalists he felt he could trust. This information can be accessed only if Assange releases a key. So, WikiLeaks is currently blackmailing just about everyone big who has something to hide: Who knows what’s on those flash drives? But if the submissions platform really is locked, the organization is no longer able to fulfill its stated purpose.

Are all these claims true? It must be remembered that “Inside WikiLeaks” is written by a man who admits to lying a great deal and who claims that the principal character of his book, Assange, is an arch-liar.

The book reads like a love story gone wrong. Domscheit-Berg had a life-changing, platonic crush on Assange. The white-haired Australian and the dark-haired German began as brothers in hacking and anarchy. They discussed their favorite writers—Assange adored Solzhenitsyn; Domscheit-Berg adored Proudhon, the French economist who famously wrote that “all property is theft.” Their political views converged in a mix of pure Internet-activist chaos and the underdog’s desire to bully the bullies. They chortled with glee when they took on a Swiss bank, Scientology and American college fraternities. “[WikiLeaks] made two pale-faced computer freaks, whose intelligence would have otherwise gone unnoticed, into public figures who put fear into the hearts of the politicians, business leaders, and military commanders of this world. They probably had nightmares about us. … That felt good.”

But the romance turned sour. Domscheit-Berg, who seems to have been a team player intent on getting the job done, realized that Assange’s affection wasn’t for him, but for his unquestioning loyalty. He initially thought himself an equal participant in the WikiLeaks mission, but came to believe that, in his boss’ mind, he was merely employed to carry Assange’s bags.

Theirs was more than a bad relationship. The litany of lies, low-level abuse and social transgressions that the author attributes to Assange is disturbing. He claims that this notoriously peripatetic soul has always been deeply paranoid. His accusation is probably true; in reacting to an article on WikiLeaks that ran in Wired, Assange accused the article writer of calling for his assassination. And if Domscheit-Berg’s retelling of facts is correct, the WikiLeaks founder has a “free and easy relationship to the truth,” and is cagey and secretive concerning money. He’s also sexually profligate, and turns vicious toward anyone who criticizes him, even when that criticism is well-meaning and constructive, and he seems to have difficulty relinquishing control.

Domscheit-Berg writes that when WikiLeaks was headquartered in Iceland one of Assange’s greatest fears was that the people who knew him would talk about him behind his back. These symptoms point to something bizarre and possibly not right in Assange’s character.

 

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By Shenonymous, February 14, 2011 at 12:42 am Link to this comment

I said, Anarcissie, ‘maybe’…and I also said ‘I did not know.’  I have
no privileges among the ruling class.  Yes, I was intentionally being
stylish, responding to the flippant remark about tying the shoes of
bullies.  What is really at stake when nothing WikiLeaks divulges
affects anything of consequence as everybody says?  As the
government says, and those defending Wizard JA.  No one has
produced a WikiLeak that momentously affected anything.
The kind of truth that governments need to be transparent about,
the kind you are suggesting is not what WikiLeaks leaks, and hardly
anyone is really reading the overwhelming tonnage of miscellanea
except those about whom it has been oozed.  The whole drama
is a tedious French Farce parading as intrigue because all the kinds
of media there is perpetrates that it is and I’ve grown bored with this
topic.  Bonsoir

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By fearnotruth, February 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

RE: Domscheit-Berg

rather than speculating and making random searches on this name in online phone books - knowing the name could well be a non de plume and if not, highly unlikely to be listed in a conventional phone directory…

why not look at his new whistle-blower launch -  http://openleaks.org/ ?

cited in this article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/10/wikileaks-legal-action-daniel-domscheit-berg 

- funniest thing in the Guardian piece is the bit about the threat of a law suite from WL:

...Domscheit-Berg denied sabotage and ridiculed the legal threat, saying he had received a letter from a lawyer representing Assange “written in the worst German I ever read”, which failed to mention a single law he might have broken…

remember: websites leaking secret docs have been around for over 14 years and more are springing up, WL is not unique, nor original - one must ask: why the ‘persecution’ now, why the ‘cult of celebrity’?

ultimately one must wonder if Domscheit-Berg has a role in the WL Kabuki dance, scripted to grow JA’s cult of celebrity and further hypnotize the WL lemming legions, or is his book an effort to raise funds for his new whistle-blower website

calling the book a sophomoric ‘smear piece’ seems naïve - plus, the so-called nefarious plots of the ‘monied class’ (bankers, et al) to ‘smear’ WL serves more to reinforces it’s ‘legitimacy’ as the authoritative alternative to the MSM - anyone else feel like they’re being played?

sorry, but must always return to this:

2 things to never forget:

1. “Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state.” - James Jesus Angelton - Director of CIA Counter Intelligence (1954-74)

2. “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” - William Colby - Director of the CIA (1973-76)

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By Anarcissie, February 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

Shenonymous, February 13 at 8:50 pm:

Anarcissie, you laugh at the things you find amusing, I laugh at the things I find amusing.  Not being of the “ruling Class” I have no idea why they might be hostile to Wizard JA, except maybe their belief in their right to privacy. ...

I was rather surprised to read this remark.  As individuals, of course members of the ruling class have a right to privacy.  But surely you are aware that as government, as official controllers of the state, they have no such right.  Indeed, the government, and its creatures the corporations, have no rights whatever.  They have only powers, and the only powers they have are those granted to them by the people, which can be withdrawn at any time.

The remainder of your complaints about Wikileaks seems grounded in questions of style, which seems a bit superficial to me given what is at stake.  You are aware of what is at stake, aren’t you?

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By Shenonymous, February 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Why not email Wizard JA and ask him if he knew such a person?

The wikileaks.org domain currently redirects to mirror.wikileaks.info,
a domain which is not included in the official list of mirrors.  But try
http://www.wikileaks.ch/  (active from Dec. 15, 2010)

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By drbhelthi, February 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

The hyphenated name, Domscheit-Berg seemed a bit unusual to me, thus
interesting.  The blogs of a few persons, about the American
translation of the name, have also been interesting. Inaccurate, but
interesting.  Thus, a question of the authenticity of the name came to
me.  I thus pulled down the telephone directory for the entire country
of Germany, and did a search on the name.  For the family name,
“Domscheit,” there were 171 hits.  For the family name “Berg,” there
were 16,484 hits.  There was no listing for the name, “Domscheit-Berg”
in the entire German telephone directory, on 13 Feb. 2011.

Subsequently, I did a search on the name, “Domscheit-Berg” in
California and New York, with a popular program that covers telephone
and public records in the United States.  No listing for that name was
found.  Immediately following, the program displayed “no listing” in
the United States of America for the name,  “Domscheit-Berg.”

The alleged author of subject book, is alleged to have had a close,
working relationship with Mr. Julian Assange.  That the author used a
name that sounds German, but which is found neither in the telephone
directory for entire Germany, nor in telephone directories or public
records in the United States, raises a few serious questions.

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By Shenonymous, February 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

The “fact” is ardee, I do scorn the Democrats.  I am not happy with
the politicians of that Party and I have repeatedly said so, so strident
or not, I am not as you adamantly wish unfairly to portray.  That
makes me wonder why?  What is your rankle all about?  Can you not
abide difference of opinion or different agendas?  While I have also
repeatedly said why I am liberal and what I believe that means,
contrary to what some stubbornly are desperate for it to mean, I said
that I believe the Democratic Party is the only one that has the ability
to countervail against the Republicans, my unvarnished target.  I will
work within the Party that has the best chance to stop them.  Is that
clear enough?  If you don’t like that, then again, such is life and that
simply is the way it is.  Call me names if you must. 

The way I see it there are Republican trolls on the Truthdig forums
who would like for me to be distracted, but I am not swayed to diverge. 
The only way I can effect any reformation, and I have repeated this as
well, but you seem to have a mental blockage, is to work at the local
level where I live and which I do.  And correspond my dissatisfaction
especially whenever money is solicited, which I do not give, but will do
so to support my local chapter to elect those who will represent my and
my comrades ideals.  The kind of poison you accuse the major parties
to deal out, is the kind of poison that infects all political parties in time. 
This happened to all of the socialist/communists who ever achieved the
grasp of any state government.  Democracy in Egypt will be a test of
what kind of country will develop from The Peaceful Revolution. 
Already there is jockeying for power and the rest of the world including
the USA are putting more than their two cents worth in.  But if this
interim government does not live up to what the people challenged,the
protest will take place again, as the people promised and I believe they
will.  Good for the Egyptians, they are setting the bar for everybody. 

See, ardee, if you can get enough of the American people to rally for
your Green project to govern the US as they Egyptians have.  Then you
could be successful and I would give you much applause, might even
join you if your Party can thwart the Republicans.  But until then I have
my own path.  Oh, dear, ardee, it is time for dinner and no one here
ever lets me be late for dinner.  Mo’later?  By the way, ardee, do the
Greens even have a viable candidate for any national office these days?

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By ardee, February 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

Oh dear,Shenonymous

You pick and choose from my response, which, by the by, was to a post filled with scorn for those who dare to express their belief that Assange and Wikileaks may be a very good thing indeed.

I can only note that you have, yet again, both refused to define a path to rescue your party or acknowledge that it even needs reformation. Thatt he Democrats preach one thing and then help pass legislation that takes us in a direction opposite of that preaching seems to escape you. I doubt it does so unbeknown to you. I can only repeat the final part of my last response:

As a passenger on this particular Titanic of a party you may sink beneath the waves with your last words being scorn of those who see a better way. I am sorry, Shenonymous if my words insult or my manner seems more than brusque but I find your clamorings increasingly strident, your continual insults for those who fail your loyalty litmus test either silly or agendized. But, especially, I find your refusal to discuss reformation of your Party to be very suspicious indeed. Loyalty to a cause or organisation is not, in and of itself, a bad thing.

Refusal to see the poison infecting that group, while heaping insult upon those who do see plainly, is both counter productive and highly suspect.

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By diamond, February 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

“The current and recent leaders of Israel have much to answer for: That is clear.  But so do many other leaders and people around the globe, including right here in the USA.”

And Wikileaks has the proof, the evidence of their crimes. You suspect the crimes, ITW, but don’t want the proof to be made public so that the criminals can be removed from the teat of money and power they’ve been sucking on at least since the 1890s. In any crime you first produce the evidence of the crime and then question or charge suspects. Wikileaks is just providing the evidence: in other words doing what good investigative journalists used to do before they weren’t allowed to. The corporatocracy has become a sacred cow, above the law and unaccountable in any way. Wikileaks is removing their sacred status and you should be thankful that they are. No society that is run by warmongers and criminals can ever be truly democratic. Their cries of rage and attempts to target their accusers are just the expected response from rich criminals who are used to being protected by everyone, including the media.

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By Shenonymous, February 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

Anarcissie, you laugh at the things you find amusing, I laugh at the
things I find amusing.  Not being of the “ruling Class” I have no idea
why they might be hostile to Wizard JA, except maybe their belief in
their right to privacy.  Isn’t that what anarchists demand?  My own
gloss of JA’s preoccupation is more iconoclastic in that he simply
plays on the adolescent emotions of people who think they are
being groovy adults.  I haven’t any interest in what or who is trying
to ‘smear’ WikiLeaks supporters.  I personally have no fear from the
hundreds of thousands of unexamined “stolen,” uh…“appropriated”
data.  There is nothing that directly affects me, but I see the penchant
of those who do not actually read the unprecedented amount of data
(nearly all of those “supporters” who blindly support the just the mere
idea of sneak peeking into the actions and machinations of the goings
on in the world), to be rather Neanderthalish.  It is like falling in love
with the idea of falling in love.  It is all interpretative.  Aside from a
casual debate here and there on blogs, I have better things to do than
tie shoestrings of bullies.  Like playing the piano and enhancing my life
in many other ways.  Attempting to watch bullies trip and fall strikes me
as acting “like” bullies on a playground.  Odd how that works. They
“just pick themselves up, brush themselves off and start all over again.” 
The delta sum equals zero effect for the energy spent.  Of course, like
ardee, it is your absolute choice.

gerard – “The long-term benefit to everybody in the world is that the
U.S. foreign policy establishment (and other governments) is/are forced
to face the meanness and asininity of its methods, which are clearly
failing at may levels. Example:  graft and bribery, and preaching
“democracy” and fighting to try to install it by force while causing it
to decay at home. Then lying to its own people about who, when,
how and why it kills thousands of innocent bystanders to control
them and exploit their resources.”
  Now who is being puerile? 
Who is being naïve?  Do you really think that any of the
WikiLeaks are doing this?  What evidence do you have of them doing
any of this, and how would you know it is effective?  Do you have any
reliable feedback?  Do you really think you are able to guide our
government by any means?  I implore you to not so foolishly delude
yourself.  The only way individuals have to effect change is to work at
the grass roots level to try to elect representatives who are trustworthy? 
Isn’t even that a preposterious idea?!  At any other level it is even
more pure somnambulant reverie.

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By Shenonymous, February 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

Not really wanting a verbal altercation with you ardee, but you force
the issue: Okay. If that is your intention. You accuse my observations
is the, ”Way to distort the debate and avoid even the impression of
honesty, sorry, She, but that is precisely what you are doing, again.
Yeah, you are sooo brave that you cannot even rest your case upon
your own belief in the Democrats, resorting to mostly incorrect
assumption and cartoonish impressions of those who believe
Wikileaks an important asset.”
Again?  Say when before, ardee,
lest you act like GRYM.  You are not resorting to GRYM tactics to
not provide evidence of your accusations are you?

”That there is no particular difference between policies enacted and
roads taken under a Democratic administration than under a Republican
one makes your continual boasts of “loyalty” to Tweeledum rather than
Tweedledee rather pointless.”
 

A vacuous recrimination at best of criticism without content.  I have
expressed my reasons.  If they are not good enough for you, too bad. 
Whatever reasons you have for your beliefs you own freely, obviously
you do not grant that right to me.  You show a lack of fairness and
ability to tolerate a difference of opinion.  I express my contempt for
the faceless heap of JA groupies.  If the shoe fits, then Cinderella,
wear it.

The Democrats state frequently their support for liberal and social
programs.  Republicans want to decimate them.  If you do not have an
appreciation of that distinction that does not give you leave to attack
me for aligning myself with those who do support social programs.  If
you want to be blind to what those programs mean, so be it, I suggest
you go get fitted for some glasses with clear lenses.  I find an
adherence to a go-nowhere party that attempts to greatly influence
much legislation pissing in the wind.  Do that if you wish.  It is your
prerogative.  Refusal to see the reality of politics is what prevents third-
partiers from ever gaining even a toe hold in government.  Bernie
Sanders sees that aligning himself with Democrats often helps his own
socialist intentions. He is smart and he I could genuflect to.  Others fail
to recognize reality.

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By chelseasbeach, February 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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Lost Souls has hit the nail on the head.

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By gerard, February 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Shenonymous:  Regarding your “Would you mind saying how you personally are able to use any of the leaked documents to enhance your life?”
  How could anyone prove that first Manning, then Assange would literally risk their lives and sanity to benefit you or me personally? That any single revelation benefited you or me directly?  Such an expectation is puerile, IMO.
  The long-term benefit to everybody in the world is that the U.S. foreign policy estabishment (and other governments) is/are forced to face the meanness and assininity of its methods, which are clearly failing at may levels. Example:  graft and bribery, and preaching “democracy” and fighting to try to install it by force while causing it to decay at home. Then lying to its own people about who, when, how and why it kills thousands of innocent bystanders to control them and exploit their resources. 
  Not that the US is alone in this chicanery. But we are supposed to know better and to guide our government.  We can’t guide our government if its evil methods are kept secret.  Now it’s up to you, me and all of us, which is quite another ball of wax.
  Freedom of information is vital to democracy, and we have had too little of it for many years. We are witnessing the results.  The Establishment controls us by limiting what we know. Stuff kept “classified” is available to thousands within the Establishment; it’s not that secret. But it contains things we need to know about methods, tactics and wasted efforts and money. Is that not clear?

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By Inherit The Wind, February 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

gerard, February 12 at 4:29 am Link to this comment

john w:  If Assange is “Israel’s little helper,” why is Senator Feinstein trying to get him hung by his toemails?  Or are you aware of her rabid opposition?
**************

Gerard, that’s because anti-Semitism is now PC, but you have to garb it as “Israel” or “Zionism”.  So to a john w bigot, like so many others here, ALL evil in the world is perpetrated by Jews, no matter what it is.

It’s a filthy thing that’s rising: To blame all the world’s problems on the Jews again.  But worse than that, is all the enablers who are letting them get away with it.

The current and recent leaders of Israel have much to answer for: That is clear.  But so do many other leaders and people around the globe, including right here in the USA.

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By Anarcissie, February 13, 2011 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

If you haven’t already, take a look at the ‘campaign to smear Wikileaks supporters’ noticed on this web site and more directly available at Salon: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/02/11/campaigns.

The interesting thing for me in this is not the joys of shaking my head and saying ‘Ain’t it awful!’ but the wondrous anguish and confusion of the ruling class, stumbling over itself in apparent disarray.  What is it they so greatly fear?  Are they really as disorganized and feckless as they seem?

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By Anarcissie, February 13, 2011 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

By Shenonymous, February 12 at 7:22 pm:
Anarcissie – ” What can Wikileaks do to harm them, but
inconvenience their masters?”
Seriously, what can Wikileaks do to help them?  To hell with the assininity of inconvenience!  What a time waster!  Is that how you spend your life?  To inconvenience people?  Show me how it has helped anyone….’

You seem to have lost the context and meaning of my question.  I was asking why some people outside the ruling class are so hostile to Assange and Wikileaks.  If they believe in the power and goodness of the authorities, Wikileaks should be irrelevant to them.

Inconveniencing people who are trying to make me do things I don’t want to do, and stop me from doing things I do want to do, seems like a step in the right direction.  It’s at least amusing, like tying the shoelaces of a bully together while he’s looking the other way.  But that’s irrelevant to my question.

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By ardee, February 13, 2011 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

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ardee – being a Democrat does not imply religious tendencies.
I bow to nothing…and no one!  That does not preclude my observation of others doing so.  Hanging on every Assange word I find akin to supplication and the adolescent interest of gossip mongering.

Way to distort the debate and avoid even the impression of honesty, sorry, She, but that is precisely what you are doing, again. Yeah, you are sooo brave that you cannot even rest your case upon your own belief in the Democrats, resorting to mostly incorrect assumption and cartoonish impressions of those who believe Wikileaks an important asset.

Why I assign myself to the Democrats is because I feel a duty to defeat the Republicans not because I have any deity
within the Democratic Party.  My political intention is to do what I can to further the welfare of those who are either in my “class”
of citizenry, which is dead center middle class, or those whose economic situation is worse.  I am comfortable in my life and have
no glaring wants.  I have what I need and can provide for what it is I might want.  So I do not have a personal agenda except to help
those who I perceive do not have this level of life or even the basic necessities because of the lopsided distribution of the wealth and power in this country. 

That there is no particular difference between policies enacted and roads taken under a Democratic administration than under a Republican one makes your continual boasts of “loyalty” to Tweeledum rather than Tweedledee rather pointless.

One cannot help but wonder at this statement professing such love for the middle and working classes, such a strong desire to help those classes when the approach you take is voting for those who give not a fig for either.

The Democrats, no less than the GOP, have actively engaged in domestic policies that are shrinking the middle class and placing increasing burdens upon the workers of this nation. You manage very nicely to avoid all thought of actual policies and performance while smearing those who see the fraud that is your loyalty and seek another path to progress.

If American politicians do
not attend to the needs of the people of this country, then they are breaching their promise as politicians and through our democratic
process need to be removed and replaced by those who will.  This is my belief, if you want to call that a religion then you have assigned a special definition to the word that I do not.  I’ve also stated that I appreciate what you want to do through the Greens, and socialists like Bernie Sanders does within the scope of his Independent status as a
politician.  But I am intent on defeating the Republicans and that is MY AGENDA.

What agenda, ignoring the fact that the Democrats are as harmful to our democratic processes as are the Republicans? Blind loyalty is as much religious based as any faith in a lie can be.

By continuing to support the Democrats, by refusing, after much prodding by the by, to show any plan for reformation of your party you expose your agenda for what it is, an apology for reactionary politics and culpability in endless war, torture and economic ruin for all but the very few .

As a passenger on this particular Titanic of a party you may sink beneath the waves with your last words being scorn of those who see a better way. I am sorry, Shenonymous if my words insult or my manner seems more than brusque but I find your clamorings increasingly strident, your continual insults for those who fail your loyalty litmus test either silly or agendized. But, especially, I find your refusal to discuss reformation of your Party to be very suspicious indeed. Loyalty to a cause or organisation is not , in and of itself, a bad thing.

Refusal to see the poison infecting that group, while heaping insult upon those who do see plainly, is both counter productive and highly suspect.

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By fearnotruth, February 13, 2011 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

NOTE: this is not opinion or recommended reading
- it is simply material deemed of interest to this topic
- if exception is taken, visit the site, study it
- post mature substantive analysis - adieu
_______________________________________________

http://cryptome.org/0002/wl-diary-mirror.htm

7 August 2010

Is Wikileaks Bluffing NSA to Spill Its AES Backdoor Secrets

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j0LzIcEnrvNkX49-OJa-
0woi9GDQD9HEGI1G0

At the center of the drama was the posting last week of a massive 1.4 gigabyte
mystery file named “Insurance” on the WikiLeaks website. The “Insurance” file is
encrypted, nearly impossible to open until WikiLeaks provides the passwords.
But experts suggest that if anyone can crack it — it would be the National
Security Agency. It depends on how much time and effort they want to put into
it, said James Bamford, who has written two books on the NSA.

[...]

When studying the Wikileaks War Logs, bear in mind that intelligence streams -
- hardcopy, digital, electromagnetic—are salted with spurious entries as
markers to authenticate the stream, indentify disruptions and unauthorized
plants, direct the product to various collectors with varying levels of
classification, and more. The spurious entries will not be distinguishable from
the other material, it is their positions in the stream, or omissions from the
stream, which will be part of authentication. None of this requires or is
protected by encryption, indeed, encryption is customarily used to mislead
about other means and methods—which is why it is so loudly touted.

Some streams are entirely spurious but composed of authentic material, to
cloud the process, to entrap, to delude, to fake a vulnerability. These methods
are well-known to the techheads of Wikileaks although they may lack required
programs and equipment to analyze streams in all their guises. Wikileaks claims
to cloud its transmissions for protection, a perfect marker for others. Three
versions of the logs were given to the dupes, another to the public. Another for
Wikileaks alone, more or less.

The security watchword is: don’t ever expect infallible security, that is always
snail oil. The intelligence watchword is never trust an intelligence source, they
are all unreliable. The classification watchword is never trust the highest
classification, that is bullshovel to dupe those who believe only they have
access.

The sysadmin watchword is ... lay low, log everything, copy, replace with a fake,
tell no one especially another sysadmin who will rat you: l’enfer, c’est les autres.

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By chelseasbeach, February 13, 2011 at 1:50 am Link to this comment
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Lost Souls,
Well stated.
The Huffington Post sucks!

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By Ray Duray, February 13, 2011 at 12:12 am Link to this comment

Hey rico,

Maybe we can combine efforts.

How about this nickname for this trashy author?

Danny Dumm-Scheiße

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By rico, suave, February 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

Please tell me his name really isn’t DomScheit.

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By Shenonymous, February 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

lOst_sOuls_rembrd, February 12, 10:24pm - Not intending to start
an extensive dialogue, but I couldn’t help but notice your passionate
gratefulness for WikiLeaks. Would you mind saying how you personally
are able to use any of the leaked documents to enhance your life? 

Seems HP has capitulated to one of the ultimate corporatocracies, AOL. 
How it can remain virtuous as a critical review of what goes on in the
world lives beyond the imagination.

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By lOst_sOuls_rembrd, February 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

AH!  So I see that there are a LOT more posts here than normal.  I even see some former Huffington Post bloggers.  Who cares w/Assange does, thinks, says, feels or whatever.

HE gave us a site to discover the secrets of this plutocratic government we live in today. 

HE started this and forever I personally will be grateful.

lost souls rembrd

*HP can go to HELL/

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By gerard, February 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

glider:  Nothing is sure.  As long as the internet is up and running and there are clever men and women with a genius for code-breaking, chances are that secrecy in governments can at least be minimized. That’s a help, especially if you are interested in preseving democracy (which means ordinary people can get enough valid information to participate intelligently in their self-government).

Not that openness is all.  There’s the vital necessity for citizens to pay attention to government and to participate in it at every level. Too bad some genius can’t appear out of nowhere and bring that about.

Wikileaks offers our government (and others) a once-in-a-lifetime chance to self-correct, but if most of them are as stupid and as vehement as Senator Feinstein of California, the Internet will be “governed” out of existence a.s.a.p. and Manning and Assange will rot in some godforsaken prison.

We are being asked to fish or cut bait, in case you hadn’t noticed..

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By chelseasbeach, February 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Shenonymous,
If you had been paying attention, you’d know that the Democrats ARE the Republicans.

Good grief!

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By Shenonymous, February 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment

ardee – being a Democrat does not imply religious tendencies. 
I bow to nothing…and no one!  That does not preclude my
observation of others doing so.  Hanging on every Assange word
I find akin to supplication and the adolescent interest of gossip
mongering.  Why I assign myself to the Democrats is because I
feel a duty to defeat the Republicans not because I have any deity
within the Democratic Party.  My political intention is to do what
I can to further the welfare of those who are either in my “class”
of citizenry, which is dead center middle class, or those whose
economic situation is worse.  I am comfortable in my life and have
no glaring wants.  I have what I need and can provide for what it is
I might want.  So I do not have a personal agenda except to help
those who I perceive do not have this level of life or even the basic
necessities because of the lopsided distribution of the wealth and power
in this country. 

It is not that I do not love my country as I count myself as a patriot,
in direct opposition to those who express their hatred for the US, but
I would not count myself as a nationalist.  If American politicians do
not attend to the needs of the people of this country, then they are
breaching their promise as politicians and through our democratic
process need to be removed and replaced by those who will.  This is
my belief, if you want to call that a religion then you have assigned a
special definition to the word that I do not.  I’ve also stated that I
appreciate what you want to do through the Greens, and socialists like
Bernie Sanders does within the scope of his Independent status as a
politician.  But I am intent on defeating the Republicans and that is MY
AGENDA.  To my vision, working within the Democratic Party has the
best chance to be successful, regardless of what anyone says of the
Democrats.  I am quite aware of their faults.

Anarcissie – ” What can Wikileaks do to harm them, but
inconvenience their masters?”
 

Seriously, what can Wikileaks do to help them?  To hell with the
assininity of inconvenience!  What a time waster!  Is that how you spend
your life?  To inconvenience people?  Show me how it has helped
anyone except the news industry make a lot of money with their
incessant obsessioned reporting modus operandi that is rubbing off on
the guileless and cult-mentality of the seemingly purile?  It reminds me
of gawkers or sneak peepers of pornography.  Particularly if it is just to
inconvenience institutions.  To each his own.  I am certainly able to
express my contempt as much as those who are Assange sycophants
who even have the nerve to call him “Julian” express their antipathy for
the likes of me.

I do not see this as a question “about” the Far Left or the Far Right. 
I have disdain for both extremes as being blind to getting caught up
in pop antiestablishment, anti-intellectualism.  It is sooo post-modern! 
I recommend a return to finding one’s own mind.  I know it will be a
struggle so I recommend also Richard Wolin’s book “The Seduction of
Unreason.”

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By Peter Knopfler, February 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

I GUESS WE ARE ALL A LITTLE DUMBER FOR READING THIS
GARBAGE ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE. What ever Laurel Maury is
and decent honest open caring knowing, and worthy,
Laurel is none of these, none of us is as dumb as all
of us, Laurel Stuck on stupid Maury. You couldn´t carry
Julian´s jock strap let alone say something of value.
THE message no the mess-anger is most important, see
yourself in others and learn who you are not, REAL
CHEAP SHOT Maury! next time keep it to yourself, we are
looking for honest value for our time, not to waste it!

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By Peter Knopfler, February 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

As Soon AS someone displays the truth, the truth is
ignored and personal attacks begin the beginning. So
this article, by Laurel Maury no sure boy or girl,
has not appreciated the hard work the risk of life,
the David taking on Goliath, and all whatever this
person is, can attack Julian´s quest for the truth
and transparent government I´m surprised this type of
stupidity is usually found elsewhere, So person
whatever, look to yourself, a man can enlarge
principles which he follow, those principles do not
enlarge the man. I guess we are all a little dumber
for reading this take on Julian´s idea, on the
peoples right to know, especially when the people pay
with blood and money!

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By fogspider, February 12, 2011 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

so assange is a flawed individual. what he has done is
HUGE. HUGE. Let that not be lost, minimized in what now
follows…

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By Anarcissie, February 12, 2011 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Shenonymous, February 12 at 1:12 pm:

And the Assange votaries surrender rapturously to the new religion!  They swoon.  I wonder if they drool at the very mention of his name?

I find violent hostility to Assange and Wikileaks far more remarkable.  On the part of the ruling class, where some disquiet might be expected, it suggest serious concern about authoritarian wrongdoing—the very malign conspiracy which Assange mentioned back in the days before he assumed the guise of James Madison.  Among those outside the ruling class, however, it must be animated by pure authoritarianism.  What can Wikileaks do to harm them, but inconvenience their masters?

Seriously, an explanation is called for.

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Amazing!  Wikileaks has become the New Holy Book!  And the Left has finally found their religion!  The Internet is their Church and
Wizard Assange is their deity.  And Bradley Manning will become the martyred Blogger’s Christ!

Oh dear ,she, having a bad day I assume?

That there are scant reasons for the Left to find hope these days might give one a reason to put a bit of faith (and hope) in Wikileaks and Assange. But you are so over the top here to be an object of either pity or ridicule.

That your loyalty to the Democratic Party seems almost a religion if only because you refuse to see that it is a painted harlot pursuing corporate money, seems necessary to emphasize about here. I suggest that Assange, in a short time as well, has done more to help than has your party in decades.

I do not pretend to speak for th Left here, but, as one of them I must note that religion is the opiate of the masses, I reject such drugs, and Wikileaks and Assange are simply what they are, a part of a bigger picture, a part of a long struggle. A struggle, by the by, made necessary bu the abysmal failures of the Party to which you pledge your unreasoning allegiance.

I guess religion is where you find it.

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By Shenonymous, February 12, 2011 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

And the Assange votaries surrender rapturously to the new religion!
They swoon.  I wonder if they drool at the very mention of his name?

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By drbhelthi, February 12, 2011 at 5:45 am Link to this comment

A re-read of the book “review“ and the comments of D.R. Zing, bring
to mind the alleged experience of the “Swedish Ladies” and Mr.
Assange.  One particular response, from a list of responses of unwed
mothers in Detroit,  who applied for child support, is particularly
interesting to me:
“I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was
conceived at a party at XXXX Grand Boulevard where I had sex with a
man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I
fainted.  If you do manage to track down the father, can you please
send me his phone number? “

Bribery, and the influence of the CIA aside, the “Swedish Ladies” are
using a method of acquiring the telephone number, or a repeat
performance, that is somewhat uncommon for Swedish women.  From my
thirty years in the mental health field, a few memories are called up,
and one question comes to mind.  Of the female politicians and other
middle-aged women that are squawking, how many of them are simply trying
to acquire Mr. Assange´s telephone number ?

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By Lafayette, February 12, 2011 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

VERBA VOLANT, SCRIPTA MANENT

dia: Especially since they apparently feature prominently in the bankster leaks that Wikileaks will be releasing.

And if they don’t, some other site will.

Wikileaks started the dance and they might not finish it. But, who cares?

The consequence of all this, at least in terms of corporate and government communication, is that people will stop saying what they should have said only in private conversation.

As any lawyer will tell you, “Say what you like, but never put it in writing!”

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By diamond, February 12, 2011 at 3:40 am Link to this comment

And his name is Dumb-Shit? It’s too perfect to be true, someone must have made it up. And everyone should read Glenn Greenwald’s story on Salon about how the Bank of America has been putting together a plan to destroy and discredit both Wikileaks and Greenwald. Glenn’s defense of Wikileaks and the rule of law and transparency for those in high places must be ended, sooner rather than later, is the opinion of the Bank of America. But they would say that, wouldn’t they? Especially since they apparently feature prominently in the bankster leaks that Wikileaks will be releasing.

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By chelseasbeach, February 12, 2011 at 1:54 am Link to this comment
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D.R.Zing said it all.

Bingo!

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By D.R. Zing, February 12, 2011 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

Hmm. You know to me it doesn’t matter whether these allegations are true or not. 

So he’s really not a great hacker.
So he lied to people to get them to turn over critical information.
He’s narcissistic.
He’s not particular about his booty calls.
He doesn’t like cats. 
He uses his charm to get people to work their asses off.

Do I want to marry the guy?  No. Do I want to hang out with him or work for him?  No. 

But we as Americans have to get over this bullshit of expecting public figures to be perfect. Martin Luther King had affairs. People tried to blackmail him. They did not succeed. He was a great man with human flaws who led the way.

John Lennon was, by his own accounts, a heavy drug user and not always charming to be around. Still. He showed the media to be venal assholes and idiots when he and Yoko staged the Hair Peace Bed Peace sleep-in, and the media lapped it up, footing the bill for a massive television commercial for peace, the likes of which had never been seen before and has never been seen since.

Tiger Woods is a golfer, a golfer. He whacks hard plastic balls with metal sticks. If having a stable home life and a beautiful wife and a stable of lovers make him a better golfer—I say go let him whack his balls as he only he can whack them.

Now compare that to the preacher in Colorado who was running a mega-church, preaching relentlessly and hatefully against gays, then going out and snorting meth and playing hide the sausage with a male prostitute. That guy was “e-vile” because his actions directly contradicted his words. 

Same would go for Tiger. Had he been doing commercials promoting monogamy, I’d say end his career. As it stands, he has my sympathies—being chased around by a bunch of chickenshit reporters whose personal lives could in no way withstand the fishbowl scrutiny of international super stardom. 

In this case, if it turns up Assange is buying stock in companies that manufacture weapons or that he’s part owner of private military outfit or that he really works for an intelligence agency, then, yes, he’s a rat bastard who deserves what he gets.

But everything in this article, particularly the paranoia coupled with aggression, fits right in with the type of personality who has the balls to play hardball with the hardest hitters in the world and win, or if not win, at least make them fight harder than they’ve had to fight in a long, long time. 

He’s human. It doesn’t change the fact that he made diplomats look like boors and unmasked the media for the corporate lapdogs that they are. 

As for his other character flaws, again, he’s human.

Look in the mirror and tell me what kind of monkey you see.

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By glider, February 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment

Gerard,

Unfortunately, I am not so sure Wikileaks will make secrecy impossible.  Government power based on secrecy will of course take countermeasures to reduce the risk of leaks.  That is in the works now for sure.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for the US Corporatocracy to correct its bad behavior.

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By gerard, February 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment

john w:  If Assange is “Israel’s little helper,” why is Senator Feinstein trying to get him hung by his toemails?  Or are you aware of her rabid opposition?

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By chelseasbeach, February 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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This is yet another attempt to smear Julian Assange.
More shoot the messenger BS!
Who cares what Julian Assange is like in his personal life?
I don’t.
I care about the information he’s leaking for the best interests for humanity.

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By gerard, February 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

If the U.S. government (and other governments) were fair, honest and just with their own people, and in their dealings with others, they would not want, or need, to keep secrets. 

One way to stop the secrecy is to make it impossible. This is what Wikileaks (and electronic communication in general) has made secrecy impossible, and will continue to make secrecy impossible.

It’s a revolutionary opportounity for change for the better everywhere.  Naturally, the old guard will fight tooth and nail against it because their vested interests are deeply involved with secrecy.  War, injustice, intrigue, deprivation, robbery and lies will do anything to avoid the light of day.

Smart governments will see the opporotunity to self-correct.  Stupid governments will fight WikiLeaks.

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By Litl Bludot, February 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig, the BBC, The Guardian, and various other supposedly independent sites
are now joining the FOX, and the corporate media, with the US “security” corporate
fascist government in tryiing to take down Assange.  Here’s another article
documenting the effort.
http://www.counterpunch.org/shamir02012011.html

I am now reading BBC, Truthdig, Huffington Post, The Guardian as equivalent to
PBS newshour, NPR news, etc, supposed progressive alternatives,  but really
frenemy sites allied with power pimp Obama, and the corporate propaganda, CIA,
NSA, etc.

Stick with Democracy Now, and Common Dreams, and Counterpunch, Upside
Down World, Inter press news,

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By rbrooks, February 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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This guy must be on the CIA’s payroll .... god knows there’s a lot of that going around ....

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By Carl, February 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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The article states that the author of this book
himself claims to have sabotaged Wikileaks’ ability
to receive documents.  If true, then the author has
sabotaged one of the world’s most vital journalistic
enterprises.  If false, then the author is a liar who
is trying to undermine the credibility of…one of
the world’s most vital journalistic enterprises. 

Yet the author of this review fails to point this
out, and in fact seems to promote the book as some
kind of credible “insider’s view.”  How distressing
that such a review should appear on a site called
“TruthDig.”  Does the author think that this name
means “dig a hole for the truth and bury it there?”

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By jevest, February 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

It appears that Berg is a bitter jerk. Who the heck is he to say Assange needs to grow up. Berg has become a pawn and mouth-piece for those who want to bring down Assange because he is source for people to leak out info about lies, corruption, and underhanded actions like those of the Bush administration their reign. Yeah! right, tell me, going around breaking the law and harming innocent people is national security! It’s breaking the law and covering it up. A cover up and hiding of corruption is not national security. Assange is a blessing for freedom of the people because the Multinational corporations are gobbling up our politicians and turning them into agents of profit that benefit only a few and usually harms the quality of life for the rest of us.

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By firefly, February 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

11 February update: The chief executive officer of
Palantir Technologies today severed links to HBGary
and apologised to journalist Glenn Greenwald, The
Tech Herald reported. The admission raises the
confidence that the original leak was of genuine
documents.

Three information security consultancies with links
to US spy agencies cooked up a dirty tricks campaign
late last year to destroy Wikileaks by exploiting its
perceived weaknesses

The critical presentation slide that showed how
‘Palantir’ and its collaborators would take down
Wikileaks with FUD said the following:

Potential Proactive Tactics:

•  Feed the fuel between the feuding groups.
Disinformation. Create messages around actions to
sabotage or discredit the opposing organization.
Submit fake documents and call out the error.

•  Create concern over the security of the
infrastructure. Create exposure stories. If the
process is believed to not be secure they are done.

•  Cyber attacks against the infrastructure to
get data on document submitters. This would kill the
project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and
France putting a team together to get access is more
straightforward.

•  Media campaign to push the radical and
reckless nature of Wikileaks activities. Sustained
pressure. Does nothing for the fanatics, but creates
concern and doubt amongst moderates.

•  Search for leaks. Use social media to profile
and identify risky behavior of employees.

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By quest2108, February 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

I agree with what’s been said here that the person who wrote this review appears to have a bias towards the autor and something against Julian. And the book sounds like a tell all with a big ax to grind. I wouldn’t read it or buy it or support such trash and Trudthdig shouldn’t be supporting such “yellow” reporting. It should be above this trash. The reviewer shows such a strong bias towards unsupported claims against Assaunge.

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By Anarcissie, February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment

Shenonymous, February 11 at 1:53 pm:

Amazing!  Wikileaks has become the New Holy Book!  And the Left has finally found their religion!  The Internet is their Church and Wizard Assange is their deity.  And Bradley Manning will become the martyred Blogger’s Christ! ....

Complex opinions and perceptions are forbidden.  Not just on the Left.

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By firefly, February 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Ray Duray

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93cvfUDv8a0

Thank you for this. It is an excellent documentary,
very enlightening and very disturbing.

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By gerard, February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

The guy above who said “Ka-ching! Ka-ching!” said it all.

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By Louis Proyect, February 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment
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I think the most telling thing about OpenLeaks is its policy of *not* publishing any documents but turning them over to the media so that the NY Times, the Washington Post can exercise due diligence. What a sick joke.

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By firefly, February 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

By the way, MK Ultra,

“Assange abused my cat, WikiLeaks insider says”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/assange-abused-cat-
insider/

........is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

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By firefly, February 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

Laurel Maury seems to relish the downfall of Assange.
The glee with which he reviews Domscheit-Berg’s book,
shows a complete bias.

In Assange’s words “Of course Domscheit-Berg has
written things like this about me. I’m the boss that
let him go…..”  Domscheit-Berg sounds like an
embittered, vengeful man, who’s sole purpose of
writing the book is to stab the man he calls
paranoid, in the back. Hmmm, I wonder why Assange
would feel paranoid about that?

I agree with many of the comments here, that:

1. Cashing in is the best revenge. (WinterOnTheStorm)
He stuffs his pockets, society loses.

2. this book is a smear job.(jbello)

3. From hacker to hatchet man. Disgusting
performance. (still trying)

4. a desperate conspiracy attempt to discredit Julian
Assange, destroy WikiLeaks and stop the truth. (ML)

5. An employee bitching about his employer. Employees
are always bitching about their employers. Now
they’re writing books trying to make a few bucks.
(Jerry Falk)

6. Know a smear-job when you see one. (Arouete)

7. After viewing Domscheit-Berg in action in a
readily accessible video titled “WikiRebels”, it
seemed to me that the odds of Domscheit-Berg being an
agent provocateur to run as high as 10:1 (Ray Duray)

8. His (Domscheit-Berg) behavior has been nothing
short of a vindictive character assassination of
Assange. (Ray Duray)

9. If this book had a theme song, it would be “Sour
Grapes” by John Prine.(robertaustin)


“We want elected representative governments to be
transparent, not private individuals.” (Julian
Assange)

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Yes, the “core message” of the book is clear: ka-ching, ka-ching.

Pump out a book and sell the film rights. Cashing in is the best revenge.
Especially when you can paint a halo over your own head in the process. The
idea that he’s doing this out loyalty to the original ideals of wikileaks is
laughable, if it weren’t for the fact that he’s killing the idea of wikileaks in the
process. He stuffs his pockets, society loses.

And what is Hollywood going to do? Hire some Sorkin wannabe to transform the
story into an imbroglio of betrayal, with the standard amount of homosexual
overtones, bien sur. Another revolutionary idea reduced to sordid
entertainment.

It should be obvious to all that the turd on the trail here is Domscheit-Berg. It’s
he who put his petty personal problems before the ideals of wikileaks. It’s he
who has done all the betraying, and sabotaging.

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By jbello, February 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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I’m inclined to think this book is a smear job.  But, either way, if you take the conclusion of the article seriously, that ‘WikiLeaks the idea’ is the point rather than ‘Julian Assange the man’, then Assange comes up a hero regardless of his character.  It was his idea and he put it out in the public domain, a free gift to society.

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By still trying, February 11, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

From hacker to hatchet man. Disgusting performance.

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By Ray Duray, February 11, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Hey Plenum,

Re: “Let’s start with Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney.  Get the dope on them, and I’ll tie the knot and pick the branch in the warden’s yard.”

We already have the “dope” on these miscreants. All we really need now is the “rope”. smile

Cheers

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By M L, February 11, 2011 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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This book is simply a desperate conspiracy attempt to discredit Julian Assange, destroy WikiLeaks and stop the truth.

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By Lafayette, February 11, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

J. EDGAR HOOVER

There are far too many people saying that Assange, at the very least, is a strange person with an undeniably public persona intended to further his own agenda.

Besides, it is goodness to see that the idea of WikiLeaks is spreading and, perhaps, entering a domain in which responsibility is more evident and tangible. Who wants a paranoid in charge of confidential information?

[We’ve already had one J. Edgar Hoover who, in order to achieve his ends, manipulated politicians and presidents with damaging insider-information regarding their lives. He coerced the media as well when he wanted to be sure his own homosexuality was kept out of the public eye.]

There will be a few court cases to try to decide the limits of Wikileaks, but whereas the law knows national boundaries the Internet does not.

ANECDOTE

I recall some years ago a scathing review of French President François Mitterand came out in book form. The president initiated a court case and, since French law is very finicky about abusing one’s public profile with intimate details of one’s life, the book was banned in France. Which effectively cut the revenue from the book, which remained avaialable only outside of France.

So, the author put the book up on a Belgian web-site and allowed free download. Of course, far more people read the book than ever would have bought it.

MY POINT: Rude awakening

Something like this is going to happen to the genre (leaking of private or confidential messages / information) in general. We can only hope that it will do more good than grief.

But there is nothing presently indicating that such will be the future. A lot more harm can come of leaking personal information than good.

Many of those fairy-tale notions (of life’s heroes whom we like to worship or portray as role-models) that we cherish are in for a rude-awakening.

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By plenum, February 11, 2011 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

I’m unaffected by this review, and dismiss the book as divisive and petty.  Here’s why…
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It takes a strong, unique character, as both Assange and Domscheit-Berg have (even as possibly mild-mannered the geeky liars they are) to fight the socio-pathological liars who run this world. Doesn’t bother me in the least, because I don’t expect angels to fight the worst of what humanity has to offer.
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Frankly, I hope both do well!  They’re doing what needs to be done - fighting against the secrecy which protect the powerful from being judged and convicted of their criminal activities and avoiding their FULLY-DESERVED EXECUTIONS by hanging… 

Let’s start with Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney.  Get the dope on them, and I’ll tie the knot and pick the branch in the warden’s yard.  Their judicial demise would mark true social progress not only in the USA, but the world.

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By robertaustin, February 11, 2011 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Et tu, Brute? It’s an old story told over and over again. If this book had a theme song, it would be “Sour Grapes” by John Prine.

I couldn’t care less if she never come back
I was gonna leave her anyway
And all the good times that we shared
Don’t mean a thing today

Say Sour grapes
You can laugh and stare
Say sour grapes
But I don’t care

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By M Henri Day, February 11, 2011 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

I suggest that as background material to Herr Domscheit-Berg’s book and Ms Maury’s review, Truthdig readers might want to read the following article (http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/247706,secret-plan-to-kill-wikileaks-with-fud-leaked.aspx). The plot sickens….

Henri

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By janet marsh, February 11, 2011 at 9:53 am Link to this comment
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There never is honor amongst thieves is there?  I would never become so
close to someone that they could bare all the filth, true or not to another
third party.

  TRAITOR! 

  My motto has always been,  ” Do not trust anyone”  There is always a
traitor in the bushes.  kennybent

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By john w, February 11, 2011 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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The really funny part of all this wikileak crap, is
that you (suckers) suck in all the bullshit from
israels little helper, ASSange.

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By Magginkat, February 11, 2011 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

This book review is a waste of cyber space.  For starters how did this guy put together a book this fast? Did he have the help of someone ‘out to get’ Assange?  Like some in our own government?  The CIA?  Karl Rove (that nasty little vermin turns up in the strangest places)?

“....but despite his anger Domscheit-Berg tries to be evenhanded.”

HA!  And someone paid this Laurel what’s her name to write this tripe??

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By MK Ultra, February 11, 2011 at 9:25 am Link to this comment
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From the article:

“Daniel Domscheit-Berg was the WikiLeaks spokesman and Assange’s right-hand man until he publicly broke with his former boss last September. He appears to have immediately started writing a book, not so much to set the record straight—no matter how this book is billed, it’s certainly not a tell-all—but to save what he feels is precious.”

Not to mention money.  Capitalism is such a great motivator when it comes to telling the truth. 

And, coincidentally, is this the fellow that claims that Assange abused his cat?

“Assange abused my cat, WikiLeaks insider says”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/assange-abused-cat-insider/

I can’t wait to read the book from the Girl Scout who claims Assange stole her cookies or the old lady who claims to have been mugged by Assange while he pretended to help her cross the street.

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By Shenonymous, February 11, 2011 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Amazing!  Wikileaks has become the New Holy Book!  And the Left
has finally found their religion!  The Internet is their Church and
Wizard Assange is their deity.  And Bradley Manning will become the
martyred Blogger’s Christ!  Whether the information is true or not,
has anyone noticed that the only thing Wikileaks is actually doing is
embarrassing various factions giving Leftists a banquet for their
ineffectual and egotistical patter.  How utterly comical.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/19/wikileaks-white-
house-state-department

Also from the Jakarta Post, Feb. 11, “WikiLeaks has emerged as the fruit
of remarkable progress in cyber technology. Its impact on diplomacy
has yet to be assessed. As of now, secret documents uploaded by
WikiLeaks have not caused any diplomatic ruptures. “

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/02/11/wikileaks-and-
future-diplomacy.html

So it really looks like WikiLeaks is really a fruitcake!

If it is only a humiliation or an awkwardness, what good is the New Holy
Book?  The governments of the world has surely shut down any further
oozing and have put in place extra strong secrecy protocols.

So much for WikiLeaks.  Aside from giving themselves a trough of self-
inflammatory opinion to publish on blogs, what exactly are the Leftists
doing for the Egyptian protesters?  Just as much as the mentally
disordered Right-Wingers.  Nothing!

What is so surprising that an insider will gut the mother, or father as
some are calling it?  Doesn’t anyone remember the Sopranos?  In 2009,
in Anaheim, California, there was a seminar on insider betrayal as the
most dangerous threat to national security and national economy, called
Insider Betrayal:  The Psychology of a Spy.  And disgruntled employees
are always selling secrets from one business to another.  It is
(apparently) human nature.

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By Ray Duray, February 11, 2011 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

I’m given to understand that “Laurel Maury reviews graphic novels, fiction and poetry for The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and reports on comics for Publishers Weekly Comics Week.”
http://www.npr.org/people/91708399/laurel-maury

Since Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s work does not appear to be a comic, graphic novel or poem, I’m guessing that Ms. Maury found herself considering the prospects of reviewing a work of fiction as worthy of the audience here at Truthdig. “Inside Wikileaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” is a book I have not gotten a galley on, so I cannot comment on the content of the book. However, I’ve made quite a study of Mr. Domscheit-Berg and I have to say that the man is poison. Is he an intelligence agency special, attached to Wikileaks to discredit the firm? After viewing Domscheit-Berg in action in a readily accessible video titled “WikiRebels”, it seemed to me that the odds of Domscheit-Berg being an agent provocateur to run as high as 10:1.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93cvfUDv8a0

His behavior has been nothing short of a vindictive character assassination of Assange. And it has been nothing more. His Openleaks is vaporware. His behavior is indicative of someone who never had a hacker’s heart. He’s no alt.2600 or Anonymous type.

See Marcy Wheeler’s wonderful piece on the Anonymous attack on B of A’s moronic security contractor here to see a comparable:

http://tinyurl.com/48sgcco

Frankly, I am totally disappointed that this review made the editorial cut at Truthdig. This review reads like a corporate/intel community slander against the efforts at Truth Digging being so nobly done by Julian Assange and his cohort. And being done not at all by Truthdig, Laurel Maury or Domscheit-Scheisse.

For more on agents provocateurs and their miserably twisted morals, I’d recommend this utterly ludicrous waste of taxpayer money, the agent as clown:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg5OlyT4bFk

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By Arouete, February 11, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Know a smear-job when you see one. Distinguish a shill from authenticity and black propaganda from journalism.  There is little difference between beauty shop gossip an tabloid trash. And some people get their news from the smut spewed across the wall of public toilets. Rumors of Wikileaks’ death are greatly exaggerated.

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By Jerry Falk, February 11, 2011 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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My goodness,

An employee bitching about his employer. Employees are always bitching about their employers.

Now their writing books trying to make a few bucks.

I thought Truthdig would be above printing crap42this like
that.

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By Anna-Marina, February 11, 2011 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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Clare Montgomery QC, representing the Swedish prosecutor:
http://www.matrixlaw.co.uk/Members/28/Clare Montgomery.aspx

So there is Clare Montgomery, a defender of Pinochet, Berlusconi and “the former Prime Minister of Thailand after he was ousted in a military coup,” sharping her talons to get an activist who dared to expose the likes of Pinochet, Berlusconi and other corrupted-to-the-bones politicians.

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By ardee, February 11, 2011 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

A real pity that an important tool in the exposure of imperialism, arrogance of Western governments, and the yet to be released documents regarding the Financial Industries machinations all take a back seat to fratricide.

Had this split been about politics instead of personalities the two defectors might have considered forming yet another group, one which would uphold their “idealistic vision” and carry on important work.

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By drbhelthi, February 11, 2011 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

From the situation in which Assange is currently found, with the
“swedish constabulary” puppeting trumped up charges against him, the
idea that he is “paranoid” does not fit, either.

One wonders how much money it took to bribe the swedish constabulary
into their currently self-disgracing state of puppetry.  Or were they
promised additional bennies related with the GHWBushSr/CIA, NATO
alliance?

Are the Swedes prepared to admit that they have become just one more
national whore to the US NAZI/zionist Government ?  Surely, they no
longer claim to be “independent” ?

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By drbhelthi, February 11, 2011 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

” - - one of Assange’s greatest fears was that the people who knew him would talk about him behind his back. These symptoms point to something bizarre and possibly not right in Assange’s character.”

Gosh.

“- something bizarre and possibly not right - -”
Another attempt at character assassination.

I guess the folk who pen such articles consider themselves to be without spot or blemish ?  And qualified as psychiatrists or psychologists to draw such conclusions. Apparently they do not understand that regardless of the accurate statements they make in such an article, their “true colors” are demonstrated by their summary scapegoating.

Do they not know that the political ruler, Pilate, stated that he found no fault in Jesus of Nazareth ?  Yet, the zionist-types led the naive´ citizenry to demand death for Jesus of Nazareth.  Which the puppetry was successful in doing?

Interesting, where all this zionist-type ideation shows up.

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