Snowden Part II: Another Cyber Traitor in the US?

There are 680,000 people on the US’s Terror watch database with more than 40% having no known ties to terror groups. How do we know this? Looks like there is another Snowden like traitor leaking secret intelligence documents to the press.

An article on “The Intercept” breaks down the numbers apparently obtained from documents leaked by a “source in the intelligence community“. According to the website:

“The classified documents were prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center, the lead agency for tracking individuals with suspected links to international terrorism. Stamped “SECRET” and “NOFORN” (indicating they are not to be shared with foreign governments), they offer the most complete numerical picture of the watchlisting system to date.”

According to CNN, government officials are looking for the identity of the new leaker.

With Snowden apparently getting away with leaking top secret and confidential intelligence information to the press, it seems that it has inspired others to follow in his footsteps. The problem, as shown with Snowden, is that even though they may reveal some information of government wrong doing, they may also cross the line of patriotism and end up aiding and abetting a foreign power.

The level of NSA spying on US citizens was wrong, but when someone in the intelligence field takes classified information and flees to another country (especially one on unfriendly terms with the US), that has and always will “earn” the person the title of “Traitor”.

I just hope this new traitor is caught before they too reveal allied operational software and techniques employed against foreign governments and Islamic militant groups.

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Secure E-Mails Services Going Offline – NSA replacing Snowdens with Machines

Looks like the privacy war continues to heat up. Though the NSA claims that they are not reading everyone’s mail, two secure online e-mail providers just shutdown citing pressure from the US government. Also Gen. Keith Alexander wants to replace NSA system administrators (like Snowden) with machines!

First Snowden’s e-mail provider Lavabit closed it’s doors:

 

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

And now Silent Circle has announced that they too are shutting down:

However, we have reconsidered this position. We’ve been thinking about this for some time, whether it was a good idea at all. Today, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they “be complicit in crimes against the American people.” We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now. We have not received subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else by any government, and this is why we are acting now.

Crazy stuff and the news just keep getting better. This morning, Foxnews announced that in an effort to reduce leaks, NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander wants to replace up to 90% of it’s systems administrators with… Machines.

We trust people with data. At the end of the day it’s all about trust. If they misuse that trust, they can cause huge damage,” He said.

Misusing trust? Umm… Yeah, it’s like that…

Snowden Impervious to Torture, uses Unbreakable Encryption

Rest assured people, the secrets that Snowden has and still hasn’t released are protected by the most unbreakable encryption in the world in which Snowden has the only key. And even torture itself will not drag it out of him, because, as he says, he is “impervious” to torture…

According to The Guardian, Snowden made these bizarre claims in an e-mail exchange with former United States Senator Gordon J. Humphrey. During the exchange Snowden reasserts his claim that he only released what he did for the greater good, to educate and inform the American people about the spying that the government was involved in against its own civilians.

He then stated that he did not release any information that would harm our people and that the rest of the secrets he has are protected.

But how well?

Well, completely impervious to compromise. That is if you believe what Snowden says in this e-mail:

“… Further, no intelligence service – not even our own – has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.”

A pretty big boast. I know some guys who have been trained to resist torture. But these guys are high end operators, not IT guys.

And what about the reports that the Chinese took his laptops from him when he arrived in Hong Kong?

According to the NY Times,”Two Western intelligence experts, who worked for major government spy agencies, said they believed that the Chinese government had managed to drain the contents of the four laptops that Mr. Snowden said he brought to Hong Kong.”

Does he really think he could hold up under Russian torture?

I mean really?

And who is to say that they would just beat him? There are other ways to make a man talk.

What about drugs?

Or better yet, this:

Snowden Marriage

Yeah… I think this young man is in way over his head…