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As WikiLeaks' Star Fades, A Post-Mortem Of Its Operational Infrastructure Emerges

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Now that it is increasingly becoming apparent that WikiLeaks may have jumped the shark on their Bank of America suspense build up, defense against what data the whistleblowing organization may or may not actually have is rapidly becoming a moot point. One word of advice: instead of Assange deciding just how disastrous any/all documents in his possession may be, perhaps he can finally release them to the general public so those who actually know what they are looking at can decide for themselves and process any data rapidly. Of course, that would destroy the circus freak aspect of the whole fiasco... Reuters earlier noted that the BofA document is actually likely quite innocuous, per Julian's own admission: "Assange has said privately he does not know if his cache of internal Bank of America (BAC.N) data, whose public release he has suggested might be imminent, contains any big news or scandal, according to three people familiar with the WikiLeaks leader's private discussions about the material." Yet that has not prevented private firm Plantir Technologies from putting together a presentation describing the distributed architecture of Wikileaks (and how really there is little one can do to take Wiki down).

On its website earlier, Wikileaks posted the following:

In a document titled "The WikiLeaks Threat" three data intelligence companies, Plantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, outline a plan to attack Wikileaks. They are acting upon request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm working for Bank of America. The Department of Justice recommended the law firm to Bank of America according to an article in The Tech Herald. The prosed attacks on WikiLeaks according to the slides include these actions:

  • Feed the fuel between the feuding groups. Disinformation. Create messages around actions of sabotage or discredit the opposing organizations. Submit fake documents and then call out the error.
  • Create concern over the security of the infrastructure. Create exposure stories. If the process is believed not to be secure they are done.
  • Cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters. This would kill the project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and France putting a team together to get access is more straightforward.
  • Media campaign to push the radial and reckless nature of WikiLeaks activities. Sustain pressure. Does nothing for the fanatics, but creates concern and doubt among moderates.
  • Search for leaks. Use social media to profile and identify risky behavior of employees.

Anyone contemplating launching a wikileaks competitor is urged to read the presentation, if for no other reason than to learn from the (heretofore) best:

 

 

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Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:52 | 947623 cougar_w
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So who leaked this document?

Actually it reads like a sales brochure. They're promoting their "services" which as we all know could amount to zip. Pay me, maybe I'll fix something up.

They may be resorting to a series of minor felonies, though. Remember that it cuts both ways suckers.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:56 | 947948 TeamAmerica
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Yep, it's just a sales pitch, but it does serve to show that WikiLeaks is totally vulnerable to being used for disinformation.   In the end it's just Mr. Assange and his best guess that the stuff that gets posted is authentic.

Cuts both ways, suckers.

 

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:44 | 948258 AnonymousAnarchist
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HBGary is the firm that was hacked last week after it was exposed they were helping the FBI track down members of Anonymous.

In a sophisticated attack, Anonymous members hacked into HBGary's website and posted an image containing a message explaining their actions. In addition, they downloaded over 60,000 messages from the company's email servers and posted them on The Pirate Bay.

 

The Twitter account of HBGary's CEO, Aaron Barr, was also compromised and used to tweet a number of offensive messages, as well as his home address, social security number and mobile phone number.

 

Business magazine Forbes reports that the LinkedIn accounts of other HBGary executives were also accessed. Democrat blog DailyKos also claims that HBGary's backups were also deleted.

This could've have come from the hack (or not). Found on ICYMI

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 03:31 | 948682 AnonymousAnarchist
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According to this (which quotes Raw Story), this report was accessed and posted as part of the hack and was going to be "sold" to the FBI.

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 20:57 | 951592 berlinjames02
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Guys... Palantir is a company that sells data mining software. The primary applications of the software are law enforcement and finance. Law enforcement because the software will look for information nodes within multiple databases to relate things together. Its also used in finance for statistical simulation analysis. It's an interesting company that was backed by Peter Thiel or Elon Musk- I can't remember- but it has 'Paypal Mafia' connections.

As I understand it, here is an example of the law enforcement application:

Bob has a telephone number and bank account. A transaction goes through the bank account to Charlie. Charlie calls Danny and Danny calls Ernie. Ernie sends money to Bob's account.

Palantir's software will determine that these people are related, and the 'nodes' are Bob and Ernie. The CIA or FBI will visit Bob or Ernie, or drop a GBU-37 on their house. Problem solved.

 

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:53 | 947624 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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perhaps he can finally release them to the general public so those who actually know what they are looking at can decide for themselves and process any data rapidly.

Agreed.  And it is CIA bread....

Of course, that would destroy the circus freak aspect of the whole fiasco...

Assange Covers Up

Assange has stated that his "bank docs" will not release any new information.  Is anyone surprised?  It is not for a lack of evidence, but a stealth and underhand move by the CIA asset.  It was all he had going for his operation too, by the way.

We have known since last year that the House of Saud was no longer the swing producer.  We had known the dogs of war fought mercilessly on the battle fields of Iraq.  He had known the world hates Hillary Clinton.  Nothing wikileaks had done up until the bank docs has been of any significance.

The matter is not what do they have, but what do we have.  We have all the fraud, we must act on that knowledge.  It will take people in the street like Egypt.  Hey, you think the rest of the world is trying to tell America something?

The question is not what do the bank docs contain, but how will the Major Banks react to the "news".  They may slash their equity if the documents mean a scandal, such as a mortgage meltdown if the bank does indeed to be Bank of America.  Wells Fargo also has exposure to the housing market.  If the doc suggests that the silver market is manipulated, another non sequitur, the House of John Pierpont Morgan may crumble.  In other words, there may be a reaction to the "news".

Or maybe it will be a non event, and equities will trade higher on the lack of surprise.  There really is not much time left to line up the corporations.  Oil will peak production soon.  The turn from there will only be known once we see it, but many good sci fi stories have been told about it.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:31 | 947739 chumbawamba
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Fuck Assange, and Fuck WikiLeaks.  I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it's becoming plainly obvious that Assange is nothing more than a pissant narcissistic sociopath.

Where's the vaunted BofA leaks?  Where are the rest of these 250,000 cables?  Why leak them like a mildly incontinent old man?  What's this theater of the absurd going on in the UK with this stupid extradition request?

Where is the guy that tried to run over Andrew MacGuire?

What happened to all the tent people?

How come California's got fucked in the ass over our energy bills in the 2000 timeframe and no one ever even got a fucking slap on the wrist?

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?

I call bullshit on everyone and everything.

Fuck this shit, I'm going home.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:45 | 947775 tmosley
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I'm starting to feel that way too.  Not so much that it is Psyops or anything like that, but rather that Assange is just a drama llama, and he needs to quit and let Wikileaks go on its merry way (and release the damn documents, as chumbawamba so eloquently called for).

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:48 | 947779 chumbawamba
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We'll see what this OpenLeaks off-shoot has to offer.

Whatever, I know all I need to know.  Politicians and bankers need to start swinging from lamp posts.  Soon.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:10 | 947826 Confuchius
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@ Chumbawamba

 

"Swinging from Lamp posts"

Exactly!

 

"Political Power grows out of the barrel of a Gun"

Chairman Mao.

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 00:03 | 948430 Bartanist
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Actually that feeling you are getting that something is just not right means that you are waking up. You may be feeling that you really do not belong here.

Unfortunately I am starting to learn that it is actually much worse and bigger than greedy and corrupt bankers and politicians. They are still just part of the polarization that has been used to control us.

Think of a world with billions of anti-Christs (semi-figuratively). Do you really know what planet you are on and why you are here? It is a question I was asked recently.

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 01:42 | 948604 chumbawamba
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Yeah, dude, spare me.  I've been down the rabbit hole.  Too far, in fact.  Sounds like you need to turn around and head back towards the light as well.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:42 | 947908 El Hosel
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    Hear hear....

   ...and why the fuck can't these politicians ask Ben if he is rigging the markets with tax payer money?  (when they have him under oath ). Just ask,we all know it won't get anywhere. Ask the fucking question and see what he comes up with.

 

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 20:55 | 948045 nedwardkelly
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"Fuck Assange"

Amen brother. Somewhere along the way Assange seems to have convinced himself that it's all about him. Book deals, TV interviews etc... what?

Stop telling us what you might have, or might release. Just release it.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:23 | 948083 mark mchugh
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Assange reminds me of this cartoon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKvhVssO348

 

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 00:07 | 948437 Eric Cartman
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lol, nice find!

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:49 | 947625 Ragnarok
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Release the raw data, then investigate.  Why is this concept so hard to understand for all involved?

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 00:19 | 948464 unununium
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I watched some demos of Palantir software a while back.  It looked fairly amazing.  I am saddened to discover the company is not just willing, but eager to attack one of the only free media organizations the world has left.

Take a look in your crystal ball, Palantir.  You are not on the side of truth.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:04 | 947645 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Holding a pair of deuces all along?

We don't need leaked documents to see the huge fraud that banks have and are committing daily, it's obvious to see to any free thinking human being...

... all we need to do is act using non-compliance to bring this corrupt parasitic banking system down, we could achieve it in a week... if only people weren't dumb cattle.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:24 | 948085 Problem Is
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"Holding a pair of deuces..."

LOL.
Sounds like Obummer's or Timmay Jeethner's hand...

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 09:11 | 948894 creviceCaress
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hey, are you done with your flying saucer tour, bill?

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:05 | 947661 Mercury
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My contention all along that Assange is primarily concerned with making people think he's a big fucking deal is looking better and better thank you very much. #832265  #785039

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:41 | 948105 Lord Koos
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If true, that still does not rule out any effectiveness of future wikileaks releases. They can hit Assange's credibility as much as possible but it will not stop documents from coming out. This Palantir sales presentation is mostly blowing smoke I think.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:58 | 947662 Hephasteus
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LOL is HB Gary in that report.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/02/anonymous_hacke_1.php

He's met anonomous. I don't think he had many lulz though.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:59 | 947666 citationneeded
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Heh, if these firms were smart, this "leak" is itself a decoy and distraction to how they will handle WikiLeaks. I doubt that to be the case, but a possibility, expecially since thye have 'domain knowledge' in 'social network exploitation' (good ol' social engineering)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:06 | 947690 Roscoe
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I wonder why the security vendor makes no mention of the 1.2 gig "insurance policy" file that's spread all over the world? Surely any attack on Wiki will have some repercussion relative to this file? Or does the security company hope to be hired without ever having to address that threat factor.

 

Wait! They have jazzy graphics and red-hot buzz words! Maybe they can get the job just by being low bidder, regardless of the incompetence of their proposal, and then pump up the bid and make endless money trying to fight the damage they will do as it spreads global.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:18 | 947719 serotonindumptruck
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Didn't you get the memo?

Proof of concept is not required in the HaX0r guild. They have da mad skillz, donchaknow?

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 20:57 | 948048 nedwardkelly
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What have you seen so far that makes you think the 'insurance policy' is anything but a bluff?

So far Assange has talked up and over hyped everything that was released, why would the 'secret file' be any different. So far it's about how awesome assange wants himself to be. If he had some huge uber secret, he'd release it. He doesn't, so he's doing other things to keep his 15m going.

I very much support the idea of wikileaks, just not the asshat assange.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:11 | 947702 MolotovCockhead
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With so much media attention paid to Wikileaks, it kind of give me a feeling that Wikileaks will eventually be used as a pretext to shut down certain websites deem unfavorable to TPTB. Sort of like 911 and Patriot acts, Shoe bomber/underware bomber and TSA body scan....

MSM normally black out any news come from the anti-establiment!! Think about it.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:07 | 947821 lesterbegood
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Another disinfo/false flag operation?

Stir things up in certain areas (countries) by selected leaks, and then demonize the alleged leaker, providing cover for the expansion of the police state.

If Assange was legit, he'd probably be disappeared, dead, or sharing a cell with Bradley Manning.

Yet there he is, moving quite freely through the talk shows circuit.

Just my billion Bernanke bucks worth...

 

 

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:25 | 948086 Cistercian
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 I concur.The femme assange would be renditioned instantly if real.

  He isn't real..and in light of REAL action in Egypt, who gives a crap about ass-clown anyway.The story of the century is how EVERY intel agency was caught with their pants down on Egypt.The media coverage early on was the tell.

  I hope the Egyptians kick ass and take names, and escape the Matrix.

 It is absolutely TPTB worst nightmare.And it is spreading.HAhahahahah!

  Revolution NOW!

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:22 | 947721 hbjork1
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Sad day. 

Organizations have every right to want to protect IP.  That iis property owned by the protector.  When in war and lives are at stake, secrets should be classified as such and kept secret to protect all.  In trading, to avoid frontrunning by others, it is best to keep plans confidential but that, again, is intellectual property.  No one's business but your own. 

But my life experience is that people with sincere and honest intent don't generally care about sharing causal information.  People with unethical or criminals intent do want to keep their thinking and activities secret.  

Sweden might be sensitive about secrets because they are close to Russia and have several hundred years of conflict history there.  Since the time of Peter, Russia has been annexing everything they are close so Swedish officialdom may be a little paranoid about keeping everything secret because inferences can somtimes be drawn from apparently innocious information. 

IMO, all in all, WikiLeaks served the world community well.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:15 | 948182 downwiththebanks
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Intellectual property is a fiction - just another form of theft ... usually by some corporate whore without an innovative thought in his head.  Ideas aren't property.  And even if they were, claims to truly original ideas are fraudulent, anyway.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:23 | 947724 thegreatsatan
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oh no you didnt, HBGary the most unsecure of "security" companies who just happened to get cornholed by a few kids who suckered some idiot out of the root pass for rootkit.com 

I'll guarntee this "report" came from the 60,000 emails that are floating around piratebay right now since anonops pulled the full email directories for the CEO, COO, and CTO and put them online.

This is about as up to snuff as their work on "anonymous" which anyone who spent a week on #anonops.ru just paying attention to logs could gather.

seriously, these guys got owned by a 16 year old girl": http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/02/07/hbgary-federal-hacked-and-exposed-by-anonymous/

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:37 | 947747 Hephasteus
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Hey that's mean. 16 year old girls are pretty tough.

http://www.fugly.com/pictures/11717/bitch_stole_my_fish_funny_picture.html

 

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:21 | 947850 william the bastard
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For you manlover, they would be.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 20:48 | 948027 Hephasteus
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Woa woa. Boundries. Ok so I got caught up in the heat of the moment and did one pivot man circle jerk with you. That doesn't mean you can call me manlover, especially in public. We were young, gold was doing strange things. It just happened. Let it go.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:29 | 947734 Jack Sheet
Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:36 | 947749 mrgneiss
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It looks like Wynter Benton may have taken a few plays from the Hunton and Williams play book to use against Blythe.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:40 | 947751 Ahmeexnal
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Word in da street is Assflange has been inflating his wikishit in preparation for IPO launch, and has chosen Goldman for the deal.

In other news, Il Cavaliere was going to release damaging information related to the shadow banking system.  Conveniently enough, sex related charges have been brought up against him.

Assflange: change you can believe in.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:52 | 947794 kengland
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If JA was smart he would give the bank a wink and a nod and ask for 25m to make this go away.

Tune out from that point forward

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:04 | 947815 anyways
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Julian Assanges is the last hero alive, for me. And every person in the civilized world owes him respect and a debt of gratitude.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:28 | 947870 serotonindumptruck
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Julian Assange is infectious human waste.

Personally, I hope he dies screaming, under a burning sheet of plastic, while someone tosses handfuls of red and white phosphorus upon the burnt offering.

But then again, that's just me.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 20:39 | 948011 kengland
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Truth hurst. I hope and think the same of you. It's people like you that keep this thing going

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:56 | 948132 serotonindumptruck
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Thanks.

When the killing begins in earnest, I expect at least one third of the global population to be eliminated within the first 12 hours.

Maybe you and I will have the good fortune of becoming better acquainted.

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 01:25 | 948581 JW n FL
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Maybe someone will burn your children in front of you and kill you last? got any cute girls?

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:49 | 947930 TeamAmerica
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How incredibly sad for you.

And no, we don't.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:31 | 947878 theopco
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wikileaks. meh.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:51 | 947927 TeamAmerica
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BofA floats a loan to WikiLeaks to cover expenses, and the whole thing goes away.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:16 | 948075 Eureka Springs
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I can appreciate disappointment expressed here by so many hoping for thier topic dejour to get a wiki-suckerpunch. But I must say my admiration for wiki has released, even through quite trying times for them has been remarkable on a wide number of issues most every day... the body of revelations is astonishing at least in what it confirms.

Expecting information on BOA or anyone else to be a tipping point is quite unlikely until we Americans decide to walk like Egyptians... for that we have far more than enough info to know our system is completely corrupt and the criminals in charge wont give up without a fight, much less, you know, prosecute each other..

 

So quit yer moaning... thank wiki for what they have done... encourage more by supporting them and truth tellers who send them stuff... support people like Bradly Manning who suffers greatly without charges for being no more than suspected of getting info out.

Most of all get up, get in their face and shout this systemic criminality down.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:41 | 948252 cjbosk
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"So quit yer moaning... thank wiki for what they have done... encourage more by supporting them and truth tellers who send them stuff... support people like Bradly Manning who suffers greatly without charges for being no more than suspected of getting info out.

Most of all get up, get in their face and shout this systemic criminality down."

 

How about this Eu-Freaka, get your head out of your hippie ass.  I know where Eureka Springs is and that's no reality.  As soon as you stop tripping over your own bond pipe and wearing hemp dresses, you might just have a valid point. 

 

Until then, I'll just say two middle fingers up to Mr. AssAnge-r and his BS cronies.  Someone should take him out, I'm tired of his shit already...

 

 

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 01:24 | 948578 JW n FL
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* China sent 40 auditors to scour Citi Shanghai books

* Wikileaks cable shows Citi told US officials about audit

* Citi called the 2007 audit "hostile" and "intrusive"

* Citi said China sought "knowledge transfer"

WASHINGTON - China used its regulatory powers to scour the books of Citibank Shanghai in a "hostile" and "extraordinarily intrusive" 2007 audit that appeared primarily aimed at controlling Citi's growth and uncovering its secrets to success, the bank's top China executive at the time told U.S. officials.

The charges were contained in the cache of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that Reuters has reviewed.

The Citi case underscores the high level of scrutiny that foreign companies face in China, particularly in the financial sector, and it provides a window into complaints from U.S. companies and trade negotiators that China conducts intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers.

http://www.wallstreetandtech.com/articles/229208750?cid=nl_wallstreettech_daily

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 02:06 | 948631 Pheesh
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I'm sorry but why is everyone taking this 'leaked' rumor as gospel truth? The reactions here are amazing given the actual meat of the story. Consider that this is all according to "three people familiar with the WikiLeaks leader's private discussions about the material."  And who might these three people be that are so eager to spread this information from within his trusted inner circle?

Is it that hard to believe that this account may be conjured up for the benefit of certain parties?  The banksters aren't stupid.  I'm not saying this is the case, but one must at least consider the possibility that disinformation is leaked to provide a pop to the stock and allow big boys a cover for selling, while at the same time serving to discredit wikileaks.  Whatever it is, they aren't going to sit idly by..

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 03:25 | 948679 DrLamer
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I'm sorry but why is everyone taking this 'leaked' rumor as gospel truth?

You are right.

Exodus 23.1:

1Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

The banksters aren't stupid.

No, the ARE stupid. You will see.

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 02:49 | 948640 DrLamer
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My greetings to the US experts (and to the judge, probably ex-judge from DC), who have made a CORRECT decision on my messages on ZH about jewish financial mafia.

My greetings to the invisible "tough guys" too, may I ask you "Is that all? Something else? The case is closed due to the lack of accusations? Really, is that you guys best for?".

(P.S. Usually when "tough guys" think the case is closed, it only BEGINS. This is official.

P.P.S.  Tough guys have nothing to do left: US Homeland security is outsourced to offshores ... again. India-Ukraine-based Aricent company and Israel - based NICE company now have long-term agreement on security monitoring of ... Statue of Liberty in NY.

http://www.aricent.com.ua/ukr/nice.html

http://www.nice.com/company-overview

The ukrainian programming companies give USD 1000 to anybody taking his/her friend programmer into an interview. There is a lack of programmers in Eastern Europe's USD1+ billion offshore programming business. And now Aricent at least has an access system in it's own building. How funny.)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 03:21 | 948678 hugovanderbubble
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And what about all the scam with BOA foreclosures 38.000 mn$....

who´gonna pay that? taxpayers?

Come on TOO BIG TO FAIL...

 

XLF scam must be 5$...with JPM below penny

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 03:51 | 948693 dcb
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yes folks our deparment of justice telling and advising an american company on how to cyber atttack someone they don't want. also when the banks do this type of thing is it hard to figure out why our justice dept can't prosecute them for fraud. I would also like to point out how this relates to facism

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