Now even a former counter-terrorism czar is admitting Hastings’ car may have been cyber-hijacked.
Crashes of Convenience: Michael Hastings
Michael Hastings was that rarest of breeds: a mainstream reporter who wasn’t afraid to rail against the system, kick back against the establishment, and bite the hand that feeds him. On the morning of June 18, 2013, he died in a fiery car crash. But now details are emerging that he was on the verge of breaking an important new story about the CIA, and believed he was being investigated by the FBI. Now even a former counter-terrorism czar is admitting Hastings’ car may have been cyber-hijacked. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the strange details surrounding the untimely death of Michael Hastings.
Oh boy, Nazi Germany all over again!
Jailed journalist Barrett Brown faces 105 years for reporting on hacked private intelligence firms
Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. Using information Anonymous took from the firm HBGary Federal, Brown helped discover a secret plan to tarnish the reputations of WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked in 2011.
This is getting ridiculous.
Stop the presses! More top secret documents (leaked by Snowden?) show that Microsoft and the NSA conspired against the masses!
Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.
SOTT Comment: “Top-secret documents”; what a quaint term!
Who exactly is supposed to be leaking these “top-secret documents” to the Guardian? Snowden has been living in Moscow airport for the past 19 days!
We’re to believe that he can send them from there to Greenwald and Poitras with zero intervention from the NSA or anyone else??
Not that I think it will persuade anyone whose mind is already made up to believe the gov. conspiracy theory about 19 Islamic Terrorists, it’s still worth watching. Snowden is discussed. One wonders, of course, how Lindauer is allowed to get around and talk about this and be a cheerleader for Snowden??? Most curious.
NSA PRISM: Neither Privacy Nor Security
Last week the Guardian newspaper reported that American broadband and telecommunications company Verizon has been handing over records of all incoming and outgoing calls made by its customers – all 150 million of them – to the US National Security Agency since late April.
This was followed up by ‘NSA whistleblower’ Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the world’s largest intelligence agency, going public with an internal powerpoint presentation that outlined the extent to which the NSA uses Google, Facebook, Apple and friends to spy on the whole world through a program called ‘PRISM’. These companies, by the way, deny all charges and say that if it is being done, then it is being done without their knowledge or consent.
While President Obama reminds us that we cannot have “100% security and 100% privacy”, some are calling for Snowden to be assassinated for treason and others praise him as “the greatest whistleblower ever”. But what exactly is he blowing the whistle on? And where is this scandal leading us?