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  Maybe An Upright Jury Would Be Better

Ferguson Grand Jury About As Fair And Impartial As You’d Expect

We don't even care that this came from an animal liberation blog. That's one funny sign
Just in case you were worried that the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, wasn’t a great enough fuckpile, here’s one extra little nugget to increase everyone’s confidence that justice will be done: the Washington Post reports that the Grand Jury hearing the case against Officer Darren Wilson is being investigated for possible juror misconduct. Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, confirmed that the prosecutor’s office is “looking into” reports that one of the jurors has been talking to friends about the case, which is a definite no-no and could require that an entirely new grand jury be empaneled. It’s very sad, considering how much McCulloch has done to inspire confidence in the community already. Read more on Ferguson Grand Jury About As Fair And Impartial As You’d Expect…
  so long and thanks for all the fish

Intelligence Community Cracking Down On Leaks About Weaponized Armored Dolphin Soldiers Probably

Fox News has uncovered chilling evidence that Bamz is running the least transparent, most fascist administration EVAH. America’s top spy, or department head, James Clapper has attacked freedom, by writing a strongly worded memo addressed to employees of the intelligence community. The memo dictates that: “employees …must obtain authorization for contacts with the media on covered matters through the office responsible for public affairs … and must also report to that office unplanned or unintentional contact with the media on covered matters” This is outrageous. How can we expect members of our intelligence community to not immediately share all information they receive with the nearest reporter? What about transparency?! What other organization has ever been subjected to such oppressive secrecy measures as handling media coverage through an office for public affairs? Oh, every organization you’ve ever worked for, you say? Read more on Intelligence Community Cracking Down On Leaks About Weaponized Armored Dolphin Soldiers Probably…
  derp throat

Sad Bob Woodward Would Have Journalismed Edward Snowden Way Better Than That Dumb Glenn Greenwald

Superhero Videogame Star and onetime journalist Bob Woodward has a sad that Edward Snowden talked to other journalists instead of to Legendary Journalist Bob Woodward. Not for his own sake, of course, but for the sake of Journamalism and Standards: “I wish he had come to me instead of others, particularly The Guardian… I would have said to him ‘let’s not reveal who you are. Let’s make you a protected source and give me time with this data and let’s sort it out and present it in a coherent way.’” OK, sure, we really would have liked just about anything that might have put the focus on what the NSA was doing, rather than turning the whole discussion into a game of “Edward Snowden: Heroic Famewhore or Traitorous Whistleblower?” On the other hand, thank you, the Great and Powerful Bob Woodward, for that bit of entirely Woodwardian self-regard. Read more on Sad Bob Woodward Would Have Journalismed Edward Snowden Way Better Than That Dumb Glenn Greenwald…
  eli's ok but bradley has more interceptions

Fine, Here Is Your Wonkpinion On The Bradley Manning Verdict

An Army judge has found Private First Class Bradley Manning guilty on most charges relating to espionage, in his release of classified information to Wikileaks. Manning was found not guilty on the biggest charge, “aiding the enemy,” which could have put him in prison for life without parole. It’s probably about the best he could have hoped for, considering the number of highly placed people who really want someone, anyone, executed for treason, please. A thoroughly unscientific sampling of opinion in the Wonkette Editorial Chatcave went something like this when the news of the guilty verdicts came down: Read more on Fine, Here Is Your Wonkpinion On The Bradley Manning Verdict…
  fuel up the x-jet!

Russia Tired Of Snowden, Says He Can Have Freedom If He Shuts Up Already

It is time once again for another round of our new favorite game, Where in the World is Edward Snowden? Last we heard of our intrepid hero, he was still stranded in the transit zone of the Moscow airport, subsisting on Cinnabons while growing more and more frustrated that Hudson News is always slow to stock the latest issue of Us Weekly. Rumors that the president of Bolivia had stuffed him into a carry-on and smuggled him aboard his own flight fell apart when the world learned that the president’s plane had actually taken off from a different Moscow airport. Three South American countries have offered him asylum but flying to any of them from Moscow presents certain logistical problems. Today Wikileaks announced that Snowden will formally apply to Russia for temporary asylum so he can at least get the hell out of the airport’s transit zone. This is his second appeal to the Russians; he rejected the first when Vladimir Putin attached the condition that Snowden stop leaking like the Titanic. Say what you want about the Obama administration, but Vladimir Putin really does not like corruption seeing the light of day. Read more on Russia Tired Of Snowden, Says He Can Have Freedom If He Shuts Up Already…
  hobgoblin of little minds

Somewhat Sort Of Semi Nice-Time: FBI Nominee Comey Condemns That Waterboarding He Authorized A While Back

James Comey, Barack Obama’s nominee for Director of the FBI, testified Tuesday that he believes whistle-blowers are a necessary part of democracy. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said that “whistle-blowers are also a critical element of a functioning democracy. Folks have to feel free to raise their concerns, and if they are not addressed up their chain-of-command, to take them to an appropriate place.” Comey also said that he thinks retaliation against whistle-blowers is “unacceptable,” at which point several thousand bloggers yelled, “Dude, did you even notice whose administration you want a job in?” Unperturbed by the karmic outburst, Comey went on to condemn waterboarding as torture, saying he had opposed it while serving in the Bush administration (although he also signed a 2005 memo that allowed it and other harsh interrogation techniques that he says he opposed). So hey, two morally conflicted cheers for James Comey! Read more on Somewhat Sort Of Semi Nice-Time: FBI Nominee Comey Condemns That Waterboarding He Authorized A While Back…
  Greetings From This Fucking Airport This Sucks

Your Handy Wonkette Guide To How You Should Feel About Edward Snowden

It has been nearly a month since Edward Snowden woke us from our pleasant dream that the Fourth Amendment was still a thing, yet amazingly, the NSA’s legal-sure-why-not data suck-and-swallow is still a major story. Yr Wonkette loves the taste of crow, so we are fine admitting we were slightly off-base about Snowden being an annoying fame-whore; we are apparently not as smart as Edward Snowden and didn’t understand at first that the chances of NSA sticking as a major national story are increased if Snowden himself is compelling and polarizing. Heck, maybe that’s why he’s continually releasing stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with domestic surveillance, such as that we spy on China, and oh, everyone else, too, even our allies (especially them, the bastards!), as Der Spiegel reported on Sunday. Maybe Snowden is just trying to keep “winning the morning.” Read more on Your Handy Wonkette Guide To How You Should Feel About Edward Snowden…
  Send In The Maroons

Donald Trump Wonders Why We Aren’t Killing More Whistleblowers

You know what the problem is with this whole Edward Snowden/NSA leaks thing? Not nearly enough action! Donald Trump has a solution, though! We need some executions, just like we needed in the Central Park Five case! On Monday’s Fox & Friends (or as RawStory calls it, the “Republican morning talk show “Fox & Friends”), Trump bemoaned how “weak” U.S. America has become, as demonstrated by the fact that Edward Snowden is still drawing breath: “You know, spies in the old days used to be executed,” Trump said. “This guy is becoming a hero in some circles. Now, I will say, with the passage of time, even people that were sort of liking him and were trying to go on his side are maybe dropping out… We have to get him back and we have to get him back fast. It could take months or it could take years, and that would be pathetic.” You know, like how we shot Daniel Ellsberg at dawn, right? Read more on Donald Trump Wonders Why We Aren’t Killing More Whistleblowers…
  Kind Of A Dick

Edward Snowden, We Need To Talk

First things first: Thank you, Edward Snowden. You made a few more people care that we pawned away some valuable shit that might be tough to get back. (There was some panic buying on Feeling Safer, can you blame us?) Now, maybe our rights, our privacy, and the abuse of secrecy will become, gasp, issues debated in Congress. Anything’s possible! Now then: Fuck you, Edward Snowden, ur doing it wrong. Yr Wonkette can think of between several and a lot of ways you could have revealed how the NSA is involved in some stuff that all citizens deserve to be informed about, but are not. For example: If we were you, we would have left out your latest “revelation” about how the US is doing spy things in China (cyberly) to gain “access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers.” Read more on Edward Snowden, We Need To Talk…
  Wait You Mean The Government Is Spying On Us?

We Are All Truth Monsters And We’re Being Played [Updated]

[Author’s note: Corrections and clarifications are appended throughout reflecting valid points raised by readers.] Yr Wonkette read/looked at every word in the leaked top-secret very hush-hush “Presidential Policy Directive 20” that a furiously-fapping Glenn Greenwald just “scooped” for the Guardian, the Big Reveal apparently being that the relevant agencies have been asked to “draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks,” can you even fucking believe it? And believe us, this is in fact the juiciest tidbit; the rest is just a bunch of rules, procedures, permission structures, and principles that actually make US cyber warfare seem extremely well-managed and incredibly boring.  But by God, it is a SCOOP, because it is a SECRET! Read more on We Are All Truth Monsters And We’re Being Played [Updated]…
  First Rule of FISA club...

How Are You Enjoying Your Surveillance State This Morning?

So here is our first take on this NSA/Verizon/FBI phone-records thingy…Actually it is our second or maybe third take, because there’s no really good way to blog the double-axel facepalm, eyeroll, and fetal position that was our real initial reaction to the news. We eventually got up and made some coffee, and while we’re still NOT HAPPY at this latest evidence that the Obama administration is every bit as happy as the Bush people were to unleash the Homeland Surveillance Apparatus in the name of security, we’re also going to try really hard to only freak out as much as we need to. Which is still a pretty good freakout. Read more on How Are You Enjoying Your Surveillance State This Morning?…
  chilling effects

Justice Department Gets All Nixony Up In AP

The Associated Press reports that the Justice Department “secretly obtained two months of telephone records” of its reporters and editors in what appears to be an attempt to discover the identity of a leaker. Not to stop a terrorist or save a hostage or rescue adorable puppies from the Grinch, but to figure out who gave the AP information that made its way into a 2012 news story. For crying out loud, John Boehner’s spokesman said today, “The First Amendment is first for a reason. If the Obama Administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.” The revelation led Kid Zoom to say “Damn, there’s something I agree with John Boehner about instead of Obama?” Shame on you, Mr. President! We have a really hard time worshipping the water you walk on when you pull shit like this. Read more on Justice Department Gets All Nixony Up In AP…
  journamalism

Newsmax Reporter: Petraeus Affair Endangered National Security, Per Egregious, Totally Fine FBI Leak

What have our rightwing torture chamber pals at Newsmax been up to lately? Well, according to “chief Washington correspondent” Ronald Kessler, they’ve just cold been getting leaks from disgruntled Fibbies about retired spook-in-chief David Petraeus’s office boffings since October. Ronald Kessler is very outraged about the national security implications of this! Oh wait, no. Ronald Kessler thinks it is fine that an unclearanced person such as himself is getting fed “sensitive” information (just the tip!) about national security from the FBI. On Oct. 10, I was contacted by a longtime FBI source who told me that a bureau investigation had uncovered Petraeus’ affair with a journalist and that it could potentially jeopardize national security. Hmmm, what else might jeopardize national security? Like, maybe leaking serious shit to people from Newsmax? The veteran agent related to me that FBI agents assigned to the case were outraged by what were they were told by senior officials: The FBI was going to hold in limbo their findings until after the election. Oh, right. That’s what endangers national security. Read more on Newsmax Reporter: Petraeus Affair Endangered National Security, Per Egregious, Totally Fine FBI Leak…
  punk'd

Romney Advisor Guy Slamming Obama For ‘Leaks’ Was Same Dude Who Leaked On Valerie Plame

Mitt Romney really wants to be seen as a credible candidate on foreign policy, but finds himself in sort of the same bind that Barack Obama did in 2008: He hasn’t actually done much in terms of foreign policy, so he’s hired a bunch of people to help advise him. How about some ambassadors? Ambassadors are probably good, we think, although we haven’t read that much Henry James. So of course it makes sense that, to support his tough-guy speech on the eve of his whirlwind visit to his money in overseas accounts, Mittens would release a ponderous statement of support from one of his ambassadors on retainer. The advisor, former Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman, penned a nice boilerplate paragraph about how Romney’s Reno speech was all “Reaganesque” and stuff, blah blah no apologies for America and so on, and then the thing closes by echoing Romney’s VERY SERIOUS concerns that the Obama administration may have leaked information about the Bin Laden raid and drone attacks, back when everybody on the Right was whining and moaning that Obama wouldn’t release any intel about the Bin Laden raid and drone attacks: Read more on Romney Advisor Guy Slamming Obama For ‘Leaks’ Was Same Dude Who Leaked On Valerie Plame…
  spy vs. spy

CIA Leaks Memo Telling CIA To Stop Leaking Memos

Uhh: WASHINGTON — CIA director Leon Panetta is warning his employees that leakers will be investigated and possibly prosecuted after a flurry of reports in the media about the technology and methods used to track and ultimately kill Osama bin Laden. Read more on CIA Leaks Memo Telling CIA To Stop Leaking Memos…