30 Nov

Julian Assange Bullying The Wrong Country – Russians Targeting Wikileaks

                                       

Will someone finally do something to stop Julian Assange and his Wikileaks?

We know Obama, being as weak kneed as a 90 year old grandmother, won’t but it appears the Russians will. According to Philip Shenon the Russians are pissed and are about to do something about it:

American intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, outraged by their inability to stop WikiLeaks and its release this week of hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, are convinced that the whistleblowing website is about to come up against an adversary that will stop at nothing to shut it down: the Russian government.

As U.S. officials struggle to control damage from the secret cables exposed by Wikileaks, Russia is planning to block a similar dump about the Kremlin.

National-security officials say that the National Security Agency, the U.S. government’s eavesdropping agency, has already picked up tell-tale electronic evidence that WikiLeaks is under close surveillance by the Russian FSB, that country’s domestic spy network, out of fear in Moscow that WikiLeaks is prepared to release damaging personal information about Kremlin leaders.

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Assange has courted attacks from the Russian government, telling a reporter from the pro-government daily newspaper Izvestia last month that WikiLeaks had obtained damaging information “about Russia, about your government and businessmen” and “we will publish these materials soon.” Another WikiLeaks spokesman was quoted as describing the Russian government as “despotic.”

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Russian intelligence agencies have suggested, none too subtly, that WikiLeaks could be destroyed through cyberwarfare methods if the whistleblowing site did begin to create trouble in Moscow. Last month, the Russian news agency Life News quoted an official from the FSB’s Center for Information Security as saying that the government would be capable of organizing “the right team” to target WikiLeaks and “shut it down forever.”

And within an hour of this report the Wikileak site was brought down:

The WikiLeaks website said it came under a forceful Internet-based attack on Tuesday morning, making some of the content, including the controversial “Cablegate” documents, inaccessible for hours to users in the U.S. and Europe.

The site appears to have responded by switching its main hosting base from Sweden to the U.S., making it available again.

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“We are currently under a DDOS attack,” according to one tweet early Tuesday. Shortly after 9 a.m., another tweet was sent, saying, “DDOS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second.”

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…. According to a study by Internet security company Arbor Networks, the average denial of service attack over the past year was 349 megabits per second, 28 times slower than the stream Wikileaks reported.

The question is, will they stop at cyber attacks? Putin has friends in organized crime, wealthy and powerful friends, and I’m sure they can get it done. Or will the Russian FSB do it themselves?

I know…sounds like a movie, but don’t discount it. Assange has the arrogance, narcissism, and stupidity to follow through with his threats and the Russians won’t have any of it I’m thinking. Even now he is lecturing Hillary Clinton to resign:

Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange said, “should resign.” Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was replying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange’s organization loosed on the world this past weekend. Stengel had said the U.S. Secretary of State was looking like “the fall guy” in the ensuing controversy, and had asked whether her firing or resignation was an outcome that Assange wanted. “I don’t think it would make much of a difference either way,” Assange said. “But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that.”

In his twisted mind he thinks he has the world on its knees, and while Obama is most certainly a man who can be pushed around, I find it highly unlikely Vladimir Putin is.

About Curt

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.
This entry was posted in American Intelligence, Barack Obama, Politics, Russia, The Clintons, Wikileaks. Bookmark the permalink. Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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21 Responses to Julian Assange Bullying The Wrong Country – Russians Targeting Wikileaks

  1. Wm T Sherman says: 1

    Regarding the theory that Assange is narcissistic enough to embarrass the Russian leadership: A popular alternative view is that he knows damned well what would happen to him and is too scared to try it. Instead, he’ll stick to proving his ‘courage’ by attacking governments that he knows perfectly well won’t really go after him, like our own.

    I subscribe to the latter view. I think when he talks about embarrassing Putin et al, it is just gas and empty talk.

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  2. Nan G says: 2

    Until your post I hadn’t even thought of this, Curt.

    But remember all of those dead Russian reporters?
    Heck, how often to Russian reporters walk into an open elevator shaft anyway?
    Assange might have been able to walk all over countries with a past reputation for free speech, but Russia has never had much love for the free flow of information.

    Under Putin in just the one year (2000)

    1 February – Vladimir Yatsina, a photocorrespondent with ITAR-TASS. On his first and only trip to Chechnya he was kidnapped and later killed (by a group of Wahhabis some suggest) Homicide

    10 February – Ludmila Zamana, Samara. Homicide

    17 April – Oleg Polukeyev, Homicide

    1 May – Boris Gashev, literary critic, . Homicide

    16 July – Igor Domnikov, from Novaya Gazeta, Moscow. Struck over the head with a hammer in the stairwell of his Moscow apartment building, Domnikov lay in a coma for two months. His murderer was identified in 2003 and convicted in 2007 [4]. The men who ordered and organised the attack have been named by his paper but not charged. Homicide

    26 July – Sergei Novikov, Radio Vesna, Smolensk. Shot in a contract killing in stairwell of his apartment building. Claimed that he often criticized the administration of Smolensk Region. Homicide

    21 September – Iskander Khatloni, Radio Free Europe, Moscow. A native of Tajikistan, Khatloni was killed at night in an axe attack on the street outside his Moscow apartment block. His assailant and the motive of the murder remain unknown. A RFE/RL spokeswoman said Khatloni worked on stories about the human-rights abuses in Chechnya. Homicide

    03 October – Sergei Ivanov, Lada-TV, Togliatti. Shot five times in the head and chest in front of his apartment building. As director of largest independent television company in Togliatti, he was an important player on the local political scene. Homicide

    18 October – Georgy Garibyan, journalist with Park TV (Rostov), murdered

    20 October – Oleg Goryansky, freelance journalist, press & TV. Murdered

    21 October – Raif Ablyashev, photographer with Iskra newspaper. Kungur, Perm Region. Homicide

    20 November – Pavel Asaulchenko, cameraman for Austrian TV, Moscow. Contract killing.

    28 November – Nikolai Karmanov, retired journalist. Lyubim, Yaroslavl Region. Homicide

    Assange messed with the wrong guys!
    The Ruskies kill about that many journalists every year!

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  4. Helene says: 3

    Assange is an anarchist. Pure and simple.

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  5. Old Trooper 2 says: 4

    Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/11/30/interpol-issues-arrest-warrant-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange/

    Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on sex charges.

    The Australian is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in an investigation that stems from his encounters with two women during a visit to Sweden in August.

    Assange has denied the allegations and insisted his sexual relations with the women were consensual.

    A veteran computer hacker, Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. It has published almost 500,000 secret U.S. documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Court documents filed by the prosecutor show Assange is suspected of raping and sexually molesting a woman in the town of Enkoping, central Sweden. He’s suspected of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion of the second woman, in Stockholm.

    A police report obtained by The Associated Press shows that both women had met Assange in connection with a seminar he gave in Stockholm on Aug. 14. The report shows the women filed their complaints together six days later.

    Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer in Britain, said both women have declared that they had “consensual sexual relations” with Assange.

    “Only after the women became aware of each other’s relationships with Mr. Assange did they make their allegations against him,” Stephens said in a statement.

    Governments and some of Assange’s own colleagues have denounced him for releasing Afghan documents that contained the names of Afghan intelligence sources for NATO forces, saying that could place the sources’ lives at risk.

    But Assange has urged U.S. authorities to investigate possible human rights abuses by American troops during the two conflicts. He also has complained that he and his group are being targeted and persecuted by intelligence agencies from the United States and elsewhere who are angry over the leaks of the secret military documents.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    He had better hope that Interpol gets to him first.

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  6. PatriotGirl says: 5

    Oh please publish your expose about the Kremlin. Please.

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  7. James Raider says: 6

    There are two powers in Russia, the KGB and the Mob. The KGB is the more powerful, but either way, if you want to do business in Russia, you must have the “protection” of one or the other.

    The KGB is the government (Putin), and it has all of its influence (military,) ergo, this WikiLeaks meatball isn’t about to piss-off anyone anywhere near the Kremlin. They’d be able to find him anywhere, and are RW&A to make him disappear. Nan’s list above is a good example. The last decade of assassinations of heads of banks, etc. are ample example of what Putin and friends are capable of. . . . It shows how little Assange fears the U.S. & Great Britain, unfortunately.

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  8. thebronze says: 7

    Do NOT mess with the Rooskies! They WILL take you out!

    The Rooskies straight up KILL people that cross them. I hope Ass-ange crosses them.

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  9. bbartlog says: 8

    this WikiLeaks meatball isn’t about to piss-off anyone anywhere near the Kremlin.

    Those dead Russian reporters knew what they were up against and tried their luck anyway. I expect Assange to do the same; he’s in a better situation than most of them, after all, what with being able to hide among a large network of friends. Also ‘arrogant’ is a far more accurate description than ‘coward’, based on his actions to date.
    In any case, Assange is the current front man but wikileaks is a distributed organization. Killing him won’t stop anything. The DDOS is also more or less a failure.

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  10. anticsrocks says: 9

    Okay, so if one deals in pirated (stolen) DVDs and CDs in America, you WILL face the wrath of the Justice Department, but if you deal in stolen (pirated) military and intelligence documents, you get a pass.

    Way to go Holder and Obama…

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  11. bbartlog says: 10

    Not only that, but DHS went out and seized the websites (domain names) of various sites that illegally hosted copyrighted material, but haven’t made any attempt to do the same to wikileaks. There may be technical reasons- I don’t know how DNS resolution plays out for an internationally hosted site, and DHS may not have enough authority to demand that someone’s DNS entry be blackholed /redirected to them. But the reasons could also be legal.

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  12. Aleric says: 11

    Why is the US government not shutting these US based servers down for trafficing in stolen Federal Documents. that is a Federal Offense?

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  13. Doug says: 12

    Putin to Assange: “One word: polonium!”

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  14. Nan G says: 13

    It may be disinformation but Assange’s own lawyer is saying that Assange is in the UK right now.

    The Globe and Mail reports:

    WikiLeaks website founder Julian Assange is in Britain and police know his whereabouts but have refrained so far from acting on an international warrant for his arrest, a British newspaper said on Thursday……

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/wikileaks-assange-in-britain-and-police-know-where-report/article1821721/

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  15. Toothfairy says: 14

    @anticsrocks #9: I agree. Any fence who knowingly accepts stolen property can be prosecuted. Why not Assange? He knowingly accepted and published private government documents. He should be under a jail somewhere. Surely they have some space left at Guantanamo.

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  16. Mikhail says: 15

    Okay, so if one deals in pirated (stolen) DVDs and CDs in America, you WILL face the wrath of the Justice Department, but if you deal in stolen (pirated) military and intelligence documents, you get a pass.

    In Russia you can download any DVD from the state-wide networks in about 2 weeks after the official release of a film. You can do that without any risk of punishment.

    As to the killed journalists list – shame on you! We – russians know about such crimes and in america they are all under “top secret” protection. :)

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  17. Mikhail says: 16

    Also I don`t understand what all this fuss is about. All this Assange-published information is known and discussed for years all over the world, but not in America and Western Europe. So Assange said something new only to Americans, but not to anybody else. I think you should get rid of all patriotic shit in your brain and say “thank you” to the man who open your eyes to what all the other world knows for ages.

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  18. anticsrocks says: 17

    @Mikhail: Well what a nice thing to say, that we are shit for brains. I will refrain from slinging names back at you.

    The material that Assange is making public is not his property and it is also more than just rumors that everyone in the world is talking about.

    Try getting your facts straight before you sling mud next time.

    Or as Abraham Lincoln put it, after borrowing from Solomon:

    Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.

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  19. Mikhail says: 18

    The material that Assange is making public is not his property and it is also more than just rumors that everyone in the world is talking about.

    The law is different in the peace and the war time.

    Your patriotized TV demonstrated fictive evidence about wars in the world. So they steal the truth – the property of american citizens and others. And the Assange steal it back to you!

    Say him ”Thank you” – he steal back your own stolen property :) Robin Hood did the same thing.

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  20. anticsrocks says: 19

    @Mikhail: Robin Hood – the original socialist?

    Not exactly sure what you said, but I will say this, the only one with shit for brains is Assange.

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  21. Mikhail says: 20

    Not exactly sure what you said, but I will say this, the only one with shit for brains is Assange.

    In the countries other than US and Western Europe it has become a tradition – to watch funny stories about “Western patriotic TV”. For example in the time of the Georgia-Abhazia war CNN demonstrated video materials showing a city in Abhazia and said that they are in the Georgia. Your TV simply lies to your and shows fictive documents. 20 years ago – in the time of USSR – we had the same thing in our country. Our TV simply lied to us.

    I mean TO LIE IS TO STEAL THE TRUTH – YOUR OWN PROPERTY. So liers must compensate you the stolen thing. And Assange simply does it for you. He compensate you what was stolen from you.

    Robin Hood – the original socialist?

    You are right – Robin Hood is a bad example – he is a criminal.
    Policeman is a better example – he return stolen things.

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