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Truthdiggers of the Week: Anonymous

Posted on Mar 2, 2012

Our picks for this week’s Truthdiggers are a little unusual in that we don’t really know who they are—at least not specifically. But we do know them by their collective, if faceless, alias: Anonymous. And more important, we know them by the artful and provocative acts of cyberpunkery they keep pulling off despite crackdowns and arrests.

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Anonymous is composed of a team of skilled hackers who are clearly also quite publicity savvy, able to perform feats of culture-jamming both online and off without tipping into silly territory or taking cheap shots at symbols of authority just for the sake of a good prank. (All the same, their pranks tend to be good.)

But this week, the highly coveted Truthdigger honor goes to the members of this rogue network—the ranks of which were at least temporarily thinned earlier in the week by a coordinated Interpol sting—for their work in “exposing the global trade in intelligence,” as The Guardian put it. More to the point, Anonymous teamed up with WikiLeaks to pass along some 5.5 million emails, news of which began hitting the wires last Sunday, lifted from the servers of the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor. Here’s more on that hack-and-leak operation.

The Guardian:

WikiLeaks said the documents contained details of the inner workings of the private intelligence agency, links between government and private intelligence, and commentary on WikiLeaks itself.


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“The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks,” the whistleblower website said.

“There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States.”

The email cache is said to contain information on measures taken to track activist and NGO activity for large companies, through media monitoring, and information on the financial sector.

The hacking attack on Stratfor is subject to an FBI investigation. Several alleged members of Anonymous have been arrested by authorities in the US and UK as part of investigations.

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Although some disagree, such as The Christian Science Monitor’s Dan Murphy, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange broke down the significance of the Stratfor project thusly.


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Reuters: “Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants from the U.S. government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations and journalists.”

“What is of grave concern is that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organizations fighting for a just cause.”

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Good thing there’s this group to act as a countervailing force. We’ll look forward to further meddling by Anonymous in the international corporate arena in the future. Meanwhile, read and watch more about its other campaigns here, here and here.


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By heterochromatic, March 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Anonymous———they are not poseur post-adolescent
assholes….no really, they’re not ..... maybe
mostly, they are….. but probably not
entirely,,,,,just seems that way…..but some of them
mean well and will outgrow it…

......“The Italian branch of the hackers group
Anonymous took down the Vatican’s website on
Wednesday, saying it was an attack on the Roman
Catholic Church’s scandals and conservative


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By prosefights, March 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Is the forth with them?

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By heterochromatic, March 5, 2012 at 8:09 am Link to this comment

OZ——-Didnt Anonymous declare war on the US government? You guys support

what kind of war do you rthink they’re up for? 

you think that they’re more likely to try to crash an airplane into the Pentagon or
are they more likely to try to levitate it?

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By vector56, March 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

“I believe that only the American people who know what destruction is being done in their name, can learn from the mistakes for which they are partly responsible simply because they are citizens.”

gerard,; well put, up I would like to add that we “citizens are far more than “partly responsible”; we are the ones who allow the killing, global corporate slave caravans (FoxConn) and corporate drive-by-banking to continue! Allowing ourselves to be reduced to “consumers” as Howard Zinn said is at the core of the problem. We have traded our citizenship for “cell phones that make pancakes” (Carlin)and other gadgets.

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By PatrickHenry, March 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment


We can’t declare war on our own government but we can rebel, in a group or individually.

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By gerard, March 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

The problem is the effects of secrecy, wherever it is used.  I understand why anonymity is regarded as necessary under present circumstances of surveillance and intimidation which amounts to the government warring against its own citizens. In which case, the citizens feel it is necessary to employ the same weapons.
  Yet in an upside-down sort of way, one secrecy justifies the next, and that secrecy justifies the one after that, and so on and on.(I believe that is one of Assange’s main points.) Keeping secrets, especially concerning international affairs where hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake, sets up a chain reaction, and it is a process of social fission that tends to disintegrate mutuality and trust. When mutuality and trust are completely undermined, living together in groups becomes impossible.
  I support WikiLeaks and Anonymous because it is clear that “somebody’s got to do” what they are doing to break the hold of goverment intimidation. which prevents its citizens from knowing the vital truths to which citizens are entitled. At base, the government has itself caused the leaking by its own massive secrecy. The fact that it intends to turn around and punish the leakers is an indication of institutional paranoia.
The only way I see to stop this destructive circuit is to support the leakers and at the same time work for openness which WikiLeaks and Anonymous both are striving to achieve. It is a strike against the secret government that Anonymous and other “whistle blowers” are convinced they have to work secretly in order to protect themselves from punishment for revealing dark truths.
  I believe that only the American people who know what destruction is being done in their name, can learn from the mistakes for which they are partly responsible simply because they are citizens.
  Absolutely no living American can successfully pretend to be a bystander in this confrontation. In fact, the whole wide world is dancing on the head of a pin.


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By vector56, March 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

“My personal opinion is that Anonymous is not strengthened by its anonymity.”

Sure gerard, put them out there; makes better targets for Seal Team 6.

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By vector56, March 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

“Didnt Anonymous declare war on the US government? You guys support that? “

OzarkMichae; nice one, trolling for confessions?

Anonymous seems to have declared war on the “thugs” who now occupy the US government; their is a difference. You know, those “domestic enemies” we as a people are suppose to take out.

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By gerard, March 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

My personal opinion is that Anonymous is not strengthened by its anonymity.

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By OzarkMichael, March 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Didnt Anonymous declare war on the US government? You guys support that?

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By ardee, March 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Anonymous stands as a beacon of light in a growing darkness that engulfs our democracy. Your President, Barack who murders American citizens Obama actively works to continue to grow the darkness.

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act. But I do believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act.”
G.K. Chesterton

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By vector56, March 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

About 30% of FDL view Anonymous as the “unknown” enemy; 80% of the Daily Kos think they are somehow a person threat?

Anonymous, like the CIA should be judged by their deeds:

Did Anonymous arrange for and stand in the room while a bullet was being put into the head of Che Guevara?

Did Anonymous over throw the Democratically elected Mossadegh government for BP installing the Shah?

Did Anonymous make 600 attempts on Castro’s life?

I could go on, but I am sure you get the point.

Anonymous and WikiLeaks only reveal the dark under belly of the monsters who hold humanity itself hostage.

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By Aaron Ortiz, March 3, 2012 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

The interesting thing is the change of tone from the mainstream media after
the Stratfor leak, trying to get people scared. They even went so far as suggest
that the war on terror would be replaced by a cyberwar against Anonymous.

And, they choose that days after the leak to arrest (or pretend to arrest) a
number of them. This appears to be a government retaliation for anonymous
hacking them. Watch out Julian Assange and Bradley Manning!

This is transparent manipulation, and evidence of government control of the
media. Lets see them use all this to justify even more surveillance and bring the
US closer to a police state.

Also, after Ms. Napolitano’s comments about the drug war not being a failure
after 40 years, the OAS is making a statement not to give up on the war for
“short term gains”. If there is a candidate for the next major conflict aside from
Iran, it is sadly, Central America and Mexico.

Ok FBI you can raid my house now. Oops, I don’t live in the US.

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By gerard, March 3, 2012 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

Three cheers for Anonymous.  They came to rescue the Ship of State just in time, when it was listing so far to the right that it was about to sink in a sea
of secrecy, misunderstanding, fear, war, vengeeful
retaliations, calumny and torture.

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By PatrickHenry, March 3, 2012 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Just a bunch of kids having fun bringing truth to light.

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