Mar. 14th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
This is the last item under the cut, but I'm talking about it first, because it's a big deal. I've been sitting on it for a couple of days until I could poke at it myself and independently verify some of the details. It wasn't difficult, I just needed to do it.

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 141.105.65.113, 141.105.69.239, 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.

It's March 15, 2017; this is the news )

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