Wikileaks appears to have moved two servers to Russia in 2016, and those servers appear to have the private key file for wikileaks.org. ( wikileaks.org 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, both hostkey.ru, Moscow, Russian Federation.) This is a big deal. The FSB has access upon demand to anything in Russian space, and that most specifically includes servers. This means they have things like the Wikileaks private key, meaning the FSB can forge Wikileaks origination, and should be presumed to have all data available from connections to and from Wikileaks since at at least 2016. (And, of course, if the FSB have it, the GRU have it, and so on.)
I've been holding off on the "Wikileaks is a Russian counterintelligence operation" thing for a while, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being that I was around and attentive when it started - and was a very different operation. And because frankly the allegations seem to be a bit too on the noise, a bit too facile.
This, however, is... not ignorable. It is difficult at best to dispute. The Russian intelligence agencies have controlling access over Wikileaks, and that appears to have been the case since at least 2016. Wikileaks appears to be, at best, comprehensively compromised.
Bear that in mind henceforth.
As to the more usual fascist watch updates: "Decoding trumpism: "Who are you going to believe: me, or your lying ears?"" plays upon a theme we've seen before, but it's still news to some people. Steve King is testing the water with pure, up-front white supremacy - "Steve King: 'Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other' before whites become minority," "White supremacism is ready to roar," and "Nancy Pelosi To Paul Ryan: Strip Steve King Of His Chairmanship" are the stores I've included.
Will McMaster resign? Trump (and Bannon and Kushner) override him in an attempt to ditch a Flynn-installed aide. "Trump rejects push to oust NSC aide Bannon and Kushner prevail on the president to override his national security adviser and keep a Flynn protégé." Does McMaster have any independence at all?
Finally, in general other news - "Mormon church uses bogus copyright claims in attempt to censor Mormonleaks," which is pretty low-grade to be including here, but it's still bad, so I'm including it. "Tillerson used email alias at Exxon to talk climate: New York attorney general" might get him in legal trouble - sockpuppetry isn't just an internet crime, in the right circumstances. "What Calling Congress Achieves - It’s said to be the most effective way to petition the government, but does it really make a difference?" is mostly thrown in because I had it. And finally, "Bannon: Conway standing by Trump was key to surviving ‘Access Hollywood’ tape" - which is why I don't think Conway will be going anywhere soon. Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty, only to Trump.
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Mormon church uses bogus copyright claims in attempt to censor Mormonleaks
Cory Doctorow / 11:20 am Tue Mar 14, 2017 / Boing Boing
Mormonleaks is a whistleblower site dedicated to revealing corruption and hypocrisy in the Church of Latter Day Saints; over four months, it has published many documents that did just that, but when it published a leaked Powerpoint revealing the Church's view on "the roots of apostasy, such as pornography, campaigns to ordain women, challenges to church history and general 'lack of righteousness,'" the Church turned to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and a bogus claim of copyright infringement to get the document taken down.
False claims -- including those that fail to take account of fair use -- under the DMCA are illegal and victims of DMCA abuse can sue to have their attorneys' fees covered in such instances.
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Tillerson used email alias at Exxon to talk climate: New York attorney general
By Karen Freifeld | Reuters
Mar 14, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change and other matters, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The attorney general's office said in a letter on Monday that it found Tillerson had used an alias email address under the pseudonym "Wayne Tracker" from at least 2008 through 2015.
Wayne is Tillerson's middle name.
The letter was sent to a New York state judge overseeing Schneiderman's investigation into whether Exxon misled shareholders and the public about climate change.
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Steve King: 'Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other' before whites become minority
By Max Greenwood - The Hill
03/14/17 11:39 AM EDT
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) pushed back against the notion that minority groups will one day surpass whites in the American population, saying that Hispanics and blacks "will be fighting each other before that happens."
During an interview with radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO in Iowa, King was asked about comments made by Univision anchor Jorge Ramos last week on Fox News that whites are on track to become a minority in the U.S. by 2044.
"Jorge Ramos's stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race," King told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO. "Race and ethnicity, I should say to be more correct. When you start accentuating the differences, then you start ending up with people that are at each other's throats.
"He's adding up Hispanics and blacks into what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens." The interview was first reported by CNN.
King came under fire on Sunday after tweeting that, "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."
He doubled-down on that rhetoric during an appearance on CNN on Monday, saying he wants a more "homogenous" United States.
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Decoding trumpism: "Who are you going to believe: me, or your lying ears?"
Cory Doctorow / 9:50 am Tue Mar 14, 2017 / Boing Boing
More satire that is indistinguishable from reality: Paul Bibeau, writing as Trump, says, "Making a phony Donald Trump say or do things that might embarrass our movement and stop us from making America great again… That wouldn’t be hard at all."
If you've ever heard Trump say something you agree with, you can be sure that if you wait a few minutes, he'll say the exact opposite. "Alternate facts" are the key to sustaining your trumpism in the face of these insults to your intelligence.
Related, today's long profile of Kellyanne Conway in the Atlantic: "She once insisted, on CNN, that Trump should be judged by 'what’s in his heart' rather than 'what’s come out of his mouth.'"
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What Calling Congress Achieves
It’s said to be the most effective way to petition the government, but does it really make a difference?
By Kathryn Schulz | The New Yorker | March 6, 2017 Issue
Of all the liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the most underrated by far is the one that gives us the right to complain to our elected officials. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly: all of these are far more widely known, legislated, and litigated than the right to—as the founders rather tactfully put it—“petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
There are a great many ways to petition the government, including with actual petitions, but, short of showing up in person, the one reputed to be the most effective is picking up the phone and calling your congressional representatives. In the weeks following the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump, so many people started doing so that, in short order, voice mail filled up and landlines began blurting out busy signals. Pretty soon, even e-mails were bouncing back, with the information that the target in-box was full and the suggestion that senders “contact the recipient directly.” That being impractical, motivated constituents turned to other means. The thwarted and outraged took to Facebook or Twitter or the streets. The thwarted and determined dug up direct contact information for specific congressional staffers. The thwarted and clever remembered that it was still possible, several technological generations later, to send faxes; one Republican senator received, from a single Web-based faxing service, seven thousand two hundred and seventy-six of them in twenty-four hours. The thwarted and creative phoned up a local pizza joint, ordered a pie, and had it delivered, with a side of political opinion, to the Senate.
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White supremacism is ready to roar
Eugene Robinson | March 13, 2017 | The Washington Post
White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it’s back in the mainstream and ready to roar.
Witness the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on the subject of immigration: “Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” King offered these sentiments Sunday in a tweet expressing solidarity with Geert Wilders, an openly racist and Islamophobic Dutch politician who has a chance of becoming prime minister in elections this week. Wilders is someone who “understands,” King wrote.
And we understand just what King meant. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke certainly got the message, using his vile Twitter account to proclaim, “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!”
Just so there’s no confusion, King went on CNN Monday to say that “I meant exactly what I said.” He added: “I’ve been to Europe and I’ve spoken on this issue and I’ve said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people and any population of people that is a declining population that isn’t willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves. I’ve said to them, ‘You can’t rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birthrate up and you need to teach your children your values.”
Why am I hearing faint strains of “Deutschland über alles”? And why am I not hearing a loud chorus of condemnation from King’s Republican colleagues?
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Nancy Pelosi To Paul Ryan: Strip Steve King Of His Chairmanship
The Iowa congressman is in hot water over racist remarks.
By Daniel Marans | The Huffington Post | 03/14/2017 03:33 pm ET
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican leaders to remove Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) as chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Rights in the wake of the Iowa congressman’s white nationalist comments.
Pelosi first called for King to be stripped of the powerful position after King praised Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders on Sunday for understanding that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
King subsequently refused to apologize for the remarks, saying Monday that, “If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.” Also on Monday, King told a radio show that “the Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before” they overtake the white population in size.
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Bannon: Conway standing by Trump was key to surviving ‘Access Hollywood’ tape
By Joe Concha - The Hill | 03/14/17
Kellyanne Conway’s “relentless advocacy” for Donald Trump after the bombshell “Access Hollywood” tape’s release in October was the central reason he survived the scandal, White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon says.
“If Kellyanne had not been there when the firestorm hit, I don’t know if we would have made it,” Bannon told The Atlantic. “She literally became a cult figure during that time period, just because of her relentless advocacy for Trump on TV.”
Conway, then Trump’s campaign manager, was ubiquitous on cable news and radio after The Washington Post published the recording — off-camera remarks made during a taping of "Access Hollywood" — in October. In it, Trump is heard bragging about groping and kissing women without their consent and saying that he made sexual advances on a married woman.
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Trump rejects push to oust NSC aide
Bannon and Kushner prevail on the president to override his national security adviser and keep a Flynn protégé.
By Kenneth P. Vogel and Eliana Johnson | Politico
President Donald Trump has overruled a decision by his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, to sideline a key intelligence operative who fell out of favor with some at the Central Intelligence Agency, two sources told POLITICO.
On Friday, McMaster told the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence programs, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, that he would be moved to another position in the organization.
The conversation followed weeks of pressure from career officials at the CIA who had expressed reservations about the 30-year-old intelligence operative and pushed for his ouster.
The incident raises questions about just how much autonomy Trump is giving to McMaster, who was tapped last month as national security adviser amid questions about whether he’d have full staffing authority over the NSC.
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Wikileaks appears to have moved two servers to Russia in 2016, and those servers have the private key.
2017-03-12 - Twitter and Storify
See thread here:
[Basically this means the Russian FSU has everything about Wikileaks, and has since about a week before the Podesta email release. If you hit Wikileaks homed in Russia, they have all your stats.]
[I am paying attention to an anonymous blog that I do not trust, buuuuut it did point me at this, and this is not directly of the blog.]
[See also: http://www.inquisitr.com/4058105/wikileaks-russia-donald-trump-julian-assange-nigel-farage-ecuador-roger-stone-guccifer-2-0/ ]