Observers indicate that renewal is virtually certain. Immunity CEO Dave Aitel, a former NSA research scientist, says, “Realistically, there is no way Snowden isn’t going to be granted some form of asylum for the rest of his life in lovely Moscow.” A Russian official close to the situation also suggested there is no reason for Snowden to worry.
The anonymity of whistleblowers who disclosed secrets online to news or nonprofit organizations may have been compromised. Forbes reports that Exodus Intelligence claims to have discovered “critical unpatched flaws” in Tails, the computer operating system that is used by news and nonprofit organizations to communicate privately with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden
“The flaws work on the latest version of Tails and allow for the ability to exploit a targeted user, both for de-anonymisation and remote code execution,” said Loc Nguyen a researcher at Exodus. Remote code execution means a hacker can do almost anything they want to the victim’s system, such as installing malware or siphoning off files. (Forbes)
This week, the Veterans Affairs scandal took a turn for the worse when a whistleblower disclosed that records of veterans who died while waiting for care had been altered to make it appear they were still alive
Transparency suffered a blow in late May when John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Information Security Oversight Office, approved a Marine Corps decision to classify images and videos of troops urinating on corpses in Aghanistan. (Secrecy News, June 10) Former ISOO director J. William Leonard called it “a significant and disturbing shift” in the government’s secrecy policy.
June 15, 2014
Father’s Day brought exciting news for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, a father of five. Friday’s fundraiser succeeded in raising the $30,000 needed to save the family home from foreclosure. Kiriakou, who exposed CIA torture during the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence.
CodePink forwards the following thank-you from John’s wife Heather.
Our family is so grateful for all you and your organization has done for us. There really are not words to capture our gratitude.
You are helping us to stay strong and optimistic about our future. I have to also say that it was a big gift to have the kids all sleep in this morning. They danced their hearts out last night!
by CODEPINK. In the US, those responsible for the crime of torture are free….But John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on CIA torture, is in prison for 30 months, away from his wife and 5 children.
One year ago, The Guardian published the first disclosure of secret NSA surveillance activities by Edward Snowden. Four days later, the whistleblower revealed his identity to the world. Ever since, NSA officials and supporters have disparaged Snowden as “no Daniel Ellsberg.” But, the Ellsberg they use for comparison bears only a foggy resemblance to the Nixon-era, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower.
President Obama announced Friday that he had accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.Sloan D. Gibson will replace Shinseki as acting secretary. Ron Nabors, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, will aid Gibson in the transition and report back to the president. “With considerable regret,” the president accepted the resignation.“It was Rick’s judgment that he could not carry out the next stages of reform without being a distraction himself,” Obama said.