Anonymous Hacks Department Of Justice, Threatens To Release Secret DOJ Information, Warns "There Will Be Chaos"

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Nearly two years ago, the hacktivist group Anonymous made waves around the fringes of financial media by announcing "Operation Empire State Rebelion" whose goal was to "engage in a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience until Ben Bernanke steps down and the Primary Dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy effective immediately." Needless to say nothing came out of it, and OperationESR was promptly forgotten as Anonymous had apparently met its match in the face of the Fed and the Primary Dealers.

Now, in the aftermath of the Aaron Swartz suicide which has put the entire hacking community on high alert, Anonymous is back with yet another campaign, this one titled "Operation Last Resort", which was revealed to the public when Anonymous took control of the website for the the US Sentencing Commission for nearly one full day from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening, using it as a venue from which to distribute a massive 1.3 GB encrypted file titled Warhead-US-DOJ-LEA-2013.AES256 which may contain secret information sourced from the Department of Justice (hence the files contained are named after SCOTUS justices) and which Anonymous threatens to release unless massive reforms take place at the DOJ - reforms which will certainly never see the light of day, meaning Anonymous will have no choice but to make the contents of said file public.

The contents of the AES256 encrypted "warhead" folder contain nine files eacg named after a Supreme Court Justice as seen below:

md5sums:

14965755e21467d13ac807031f97e2bc     Alito.Warhead1
c243e81a44fc42bc8e6821e9b05650da     Breyer.Warhead1
26e93c731515b4941e10a400e402787c   Ginsburg.Warhead1
199cbbaacbad4e48152dc7d9da153674     Kagan.Warhead1
ee385def3e79c72ecbea42a287ec0396      Kennedy.Warhead1
29da80651797cf30a9594ec97901d8a6    Roberts.Warhead1
af5ab26b222be2c853ebc8460a533f61     Scalia.Warhead1
06917dfe9038640b76d2d83cb3661b3c    Sotomayor.Warhead1
1321fbd5d52d7ea270e50885b0fbf8ae     Thomas.Warhead1

As ZDNet reports:

In the defacement text, Anonymous also said it placed "multiple warheads" on "compromised systems" on various unnamed websites, and encouraged members to download the encrypted files from ussc.gov that are "primed, armed and quietly distributed to numerous mirrors."

 

Anonymous called the launch of it new campaign a "warhead."

 

Anonymous posted the following video to the site stating that this attack is the beginning of what it calls "Operation Last Resort."

In a verbose essay attached to the file, Anonymous itself says the following about the contents of the encrypted released file:

The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.

 

We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.

In other words, the file is, at least to Anonymous, the equivalent of a hostage. So what are their hostage release demands?

in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.

 

For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.

Naturally, following the the past 4 years of gross dereliction of the US DOJ responsibilities, and this week's very demonstrative exit of US Assistant AG Lanny Breuer in the aftermath of the humiliating Frontline special on the "Untouchables", one can't help but feel sympathetic to Anonymous' quest, which at least superficially is attempting to restore some trace of justice in the USA. Anonymous ends its letter with a threat:

We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.

 

Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…

However, following the complete failure of previous grand plans by Anonymous to take on the highest echelons of US authority, one can't help but be skeptical that this time attempt to put the blindfold back on Lady Justice will too be a dud.

Here is the clip that Anonymous created to go alongside its "warhead" file release:

And Anonymous' full letter:

Citizens of the world,

 

Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

 

We have been watching, and waiting.

 

Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.

 

Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.

 

Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.

 

As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.

 

We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and waited.

 

With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.

 

This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some time…

 

There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats more widely understood.

 

Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted demonstration…

 

Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.

 

We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…

 

Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to syndicate this file as widely as possible.

 

The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.

 

We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.

 

It is our hope that this warhead need never be detonated.

 

However, in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.

 

For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.

 

We make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.

 

It is these people that the justice system, the government, and law enforcement must engage with. Their voices are already ringing strong with a chorus of determined resolution. We demand only that this chorus is not ignored. We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.

 

Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…

 

-Anonymous

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Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:40 | 3189532 lifetide
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I will not monetize the debt {Bernanke}

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 18:08 | 3189577 francis_sawyer
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Subprime is contained...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 22:30 | 3190148 Radical Marijuana
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The War Department existed from 1789 until 1947. During the next 2 years, the psychotic perversions of Orwellian "national security" rebranded itself the "Department of Defence," as the USA became a permanent war machine.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 01:34 | 3190536 MsCreant
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Homeland security.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 18:20 | 3189581 Money 4 Nothing
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I'm Shocked!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:28 | 3189289 Bluntly Put
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A real virtual fight club would divide and conquer. Correctly identifty the players and potenial untenable alliances/relationships and then leverage on the points of contention. Something like actual accounting information on say gold holdings, who owns what, where its at or if even such information exists.

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:02 | 3189229 seek
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We have, at least twice, with Wikileak's BofA debacle and the Wikileaks "Insurance" file.

The BofA thing was sabotaged -- a Wikileaks insider actually deleted files and the key. I'm positive that was done because he worked for/was aligned with someone within the governments.

The insurance file hasn't had its key released because Assange hasn't been taken into custody.

At some point one of these leaks will deliver, but my guess is that either it won't be touched by the media, that an internet kill switch gets activated, and in either case a massive disinformation campaign gets launched. The fact the that US is going absolutely ballistic on whistleblowers -- and the fact that there's so many blatantly obvious legal transgressions by the government -- makes it a certainty there's something "big" to hide. I can't imagine what something that's 10X bigger than fast and furious might look like, but it'll be a show to be sure, perhaps something like the Franklin credit union coverup that actually sees the light of day.

My bets would be on something coming out of FBI/DoJ or US State dept.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:29 | 3189292 secret_sam
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     I can't imagine what something that's 10X bigger than fast and furious might look like,

Explicit details of tampering with national election results would make gun-running look like small beer, dontcha think? 

What's funny is: most Americans already know our electoral process is a joke.  Still, the lack of proof makes for a great deal of complacency.

BTW: To anyone with the ability to collect a copy of the files being torrented, I recommend doing so, even if you're not prepared to deal with the decryption process.  Broad distribution is helpful to maintain integrity of the information.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 16:20 | 3189426 Lore
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The presentation is convincing. Entertaining the possibility that it is the real deal, I wouldn't presume to suggest what Anon should or shouldn't do, but frankly, there is a whiff of naivete to this.

Threats abound. Some have teeth. But you don't change the direction of an individual or an organization, never mind an entire "justice" system, based merely/only on a credible (?) threat. Speaking purely theoretically, based on depictions in Hollywood, the next step is probably to disclose part of the info: a trial balloon. The response could be educational. The need for mainstream media involvement is unclear.

Psychopaths are nothing if not pragmatic. If they see demonstration of a position of strength accompanied by willingness to honor a contract, constructive groundwork can be laid. Think like a card player. Never show all your cards.

I wonder if this is nothing more than an exercise to tease out responses and identify real potential opposition, among other things.

John Q. Public won't give a damn regardless. "Don't waste my time; I wanna watch football."

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 22:49 | 3190175 Lore
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In retrospect, assuming the content isn't too racy (!), wouldn't it be best to stop equivocating and simply POST the stuff?

Recall the slogan: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." There are no shades of grey. 

In matters of principle, stand like a rock. - Thomas Jefferson

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:05 | 3189493 Anusocracy
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America is an Idiocracy.

You don't have to rig elections to get a Psychopathic POS elected every four years.

Of course most people think that their particular PPOS isn't a PPOS.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:36 | 3189525 Freddie
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Supposedly Aaron Swartz blundered into data on O's election machine rigging.  O rigged 2012 and probably 2008.  2012 included machines and also late night voting in cities.  Romney is not much better but he won the swing states.

The power that be rigged the Santorum Romney primary because they wanted Romney.  They did it in the big cities like Detroit, all the Ohio cities, Milwaukee and others.  Santorum was crushing Romney in the Midwest.   I am not saying Santorum was any better but we had two election riggings in 2012.  Some have said this is why Romney was quiet about Obama rigging the election.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:50 | 3189298 Banksters
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Anon and weak leaks were both govt run ops in my opinion.

Remember the BoA release?  wha happan

Anon, if you are true, then bring it.  Otherwise, go back to playing video games and hackin porn site passwords.

One thing I'm sure of is this:  The govt cannot allow the free flow of information on the internet.   Nothing is more harmful to it than people like us posting to mainstream sites, infecting the spirit of the well regulated group mind.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:16 | 3189357 seek
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The BofA leak was sabotaged by a wiki "insider" who was likely a mole. It's pretty well documented.

Not only did the saboteur delete the BofA files, he also deleted a complete copy of the TSA no fly list.

 

Google translate version where the saboteur admits to everything:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=transla...

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:34 | 3189372 CH1
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Wikileaks was all about DISTRIBUTED data and computing. Kind of unlikely that such docs could be universally deleted by one guy.

I dunno for sure; only that they have promised, but have not delivered.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:49 | 3189394 Banksters
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Controlled opposition is a nifty way of keeping people in line.   

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:22 | 3189508 Anusocracy
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I back up my car when I go out. When winter is over, I put winter things back up on the top shelf of the closet. Occasionally, there is a back up in the toilet. I back up to my boy friend a lot.

Wikileaks.gov couldn't back up important files? Suspicious.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 20:27 | 3189837 Seer
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SaranWrap.  I suggest that we're ALL a bit close to the fan!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:24 | 3189158 bugs_
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the old "there will be KAOS" trick

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:23 | 3189160 goldencrumbs
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Wonder if there will ever be any bite with these barks. Hope so

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:26 | 3189161 CH1
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There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation...

C'mon, does anyone still think this is a real possibility? Much less anarchist hackers?

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 20:31 | 3189846 Seer
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The very notion is contradictory: anarchists desiring approval from power?

All the casualties out there, all the ones who did not get any warning (economic disaster, or have been "disappeared"), TPTB get a chance?

If we cannot collectively handle the truth then we've got no reason hogging up this planet and calling ourselves superior!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:25 | 3189163 reader2010
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"Community, Identity, Stability." Now pass me some Soma.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:26 | 3189165 infiniti
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TLDR

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:44 | 3189193 Tijuana Donkey Show
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TLDL - Too long, didn't leak. I pray for something juicy, something that could start an American spring. I envison a million Rascal army decending on Washington, demanding change and reform in America after they found out about huge bank bailouts, illegal drone strikes, GOVT gun smuggling, the killing of children by drones and military, corrupt contracts for military devices that never work, or a CONgress that is bought on both sides of the isle. Imagine what would happen if Anonymous leaked this type of info to the American public, what would be the response? We the sheeple would stand up and fight, since they never came for our guns, right? The sad truth is whatever is in these files, Americans are to fat, dumb, and stupid to care at this point. Most people think the Supreme Court is a new show on NBC, and that voting matters still. Hell, the fact that people bought the whole "Zero-Dark-Thirty" bit is a sign of how far gone we are. Why wouldn't you capture Bin Laden alive at all costs, so you could waterboard him and get some real info, if he really mattered?

If this file has big words, and no titties in it, no one outside of Alex Jones and the crew here will ever care. Maybe if it has a photo of Sotomeyor getting fisted by Roberts it would draw some attention, but the only outcome of that happening would a large amount of American "monkey see, money do." Wonder if that would be covered by Obamacare?

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:02 | 3189230 disabledvet
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did someone say Little Rascals? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_AqRqq0TSA

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:06 | 3189243 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Try this for little rascals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5EwZmPLrhI

Extra credit - What type of thong does an 80 year old woman wear? Depends......

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 21:34 | 3190000 Seer
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Do people demand a really just system? Well, we'll arrange it so that they'll be satisfied with one that's a little less unjust ... They want a revolution, and we'll give them reforms -- lots of reforms; we'll drown them in reforms. Or rather, we'll drown them in promises of reforms, because we'll never give them real ones either!!

DARIO FO, Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:27 | 3189166 bugs_
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Don't tell me Anonymous hacked our website (again)!

SIr!  Yes Anonymous hacked our website sir.

I asked you not to tell me that!!!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:31 | 3189170 yogibear
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LOL, Incompetance and fraud of Eric Holder. 

Holder is just a seat warmer collecting a paycheck. Doubt this token attorney general even shows up to work. He only shows his face for press conferences.

Eric Holder is just another token leech.

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 16:39 | 3189453 Buckaroo Banzai
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According to Ulsterman's White House Insider, Holder knows where all the bodies are buried in Chicago-- and more importantly is the only guy who can reliably ensure they stay buried... Obama would prefer to cut him loose but needs to keep him in place as Holder is the firewall between Obama's dark dirty secrets and the American public.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 20:42 | 3189865 chubbar
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The supreme court is hearing the case against Barack Obama/Barry soetoro on Feb 15th, behind closed doors. Nothing will come of it as they are all bought and paid for as evidenced by Justice Roberts flip flop on Obama Care. Nonetheless, all the justices will finally know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Barry is a usurper, a manchurian candidate. They will hear the evidence that proves he falsified his Selective Service Card, his Social Security number and his birth certificate. What is still amazing to me is that this can not find it's way into the Main Stream Media. I mean the fucking supreme court is hearing this evidence and no one even fucking knows about it????

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 21:44 | 3190020 gnomon
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Nobody cares.  Obummer could murder somebody live in the Rose Garden, and he would be given a mulligan.

 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:39 | 3189171 q99x2
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If A did hack into DoJ then DoJ needs to be fired immediately for being on a publicly accessable net. DoJ would be intentionally leaving themselves open for an attack. Maybe A is working for the DoJ, Holder and the Banksters.

Maybe the NSA is sick of Holder and corrupt politicians.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:43 | 3189195 max2205
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Today's DoJ is just a bunch of nervous cross dressers like Hover only not white

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:51 | 3189211 Vlad Tepid
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They did run guns to avowed narco-terrorists,so I'm not putting anything past them.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:51 | 3189213 Tijuana Donkey Show
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AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! You know nothing about technology. Anything that touches the Internet is publicly accessable. The GOVT is so sloppy about security, it laughable. The DoJ networks get penetrated more than a choirboy after mass, and just like the choirboy, no one sees or reports a thing. The NSA has bigger things to worry about than the trappings of "justice," their job is to monitor communications to see if the sheeple are getting edgy as the country sinks lower and lower. The NSA used to have to work hard for that info, until Facebook came along, and everyone does it for them. 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:09 | 3189247 disabledvet
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"sixty thousand dead in Syria and counting." All because "they had a hard time getting along with one another" I guess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXC574lzHA

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:53 | 3189400 maskone909
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i wish it werent but im calling BS. think critically about this.... not releasing the info is inherently against what Anonymous stands for- whether or not the info is disruptive to the fragility of the social fabric. publicly anouncing their requests for negotiation- which will no doubt be laughed at amongst the shot-callers - would only give investigators more leads in the cyber trail. something just doeant sit right with this. would have done it already

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:05 | 3189495 laomei
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Sadly, I am going to have to agree with this.  It's not their MO to blackmail.  There's a lack of lulz.  The demands being made will never be considered, due to the fact that once made, it's rather difficult to undo them again and the extortion sitution remains unchanged.  Which of course means it will always be held over their heads until it's not.

 

The insurance file is just that, it's a deadman's switch, a failsafe... ideally under a system that assange has no control over.  If he was in the wind and made demands "or else" it doesn't really work very well.

Under this situation, the solution is either you expend resources to identify the actors behind it and turn them using pressure with any deal contingent on the data never being released and them never speaking of it.  OR, you say fuck it, release it.  Calling the bluff and immediately discounting it as fabrication, unverifiable, out of context, cherry picked, etc.  Maybe sack a scapegoat in response and use the chatter from it to identify those responsible in the first place.

 

If you hack into a system and uncover a bombshell, you don't sit on it.  You let it loose.  The outrage from that alone, if potent should be enough to cause change.  If it fails, the mission was doomed from the get go anyways.  In the meantime, you get lulz.  Unredacted, all out in the open, full out release is the only possible way to counter government propaganda, as it catches them with their pants down and any statement will be reactionary and pathetic, only serving to further flame outrage generated.

 

Therefore, under the circumstances given, I judge it to be a bluff and outright bullshit.  Using the wikileaks strategy, but lacking any actual payload.  They hacked a website, good for them.  That's all they did though.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:30 | 3189172 RichardP
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Information might be free, but the means of distribution never are.  Someone has to pay for storage/means of distribution, and it might as well be those who use the information.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:32 | 3189173 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yawn...  Wake me up when they do something.  THEN they can start figuring out how to raise money, waging war is expensive.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:32 | 3189174 serog
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Say what you want about Anonymous, I'm just glad they are on my side.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:36 | 3189181 francis_sawyer
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u sure about that?

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:39 | 3189190 Racer
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Well the governments and banksters around the world certainly AREN'T!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:49 | 3189208 Dan The Man
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Agreed.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:28 | 3189286 francis_sawyer
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Nobody is on your fekking side ~ Better start getting used to that concept... Here's my reference...

~~~

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-26/eric-sprott-ignoring-obvious#comment-3187709

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:55 | 3189404 DoChenRollingBearing
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Right, correct.  NOBODY is on anybody's side.  We may have allies, but all that changes.  Best to look out for Number One.

And the BEST governments allow just that: the freedom to look out for No. 1!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:38 | 3189711 Bandit und Buster
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And that is a rather large part of our problem today... no one can agree with another, everybody wants to be FIRST and top dog. Screw anybody that doesn't agree with 100% of MY View, and screw some of those that DO just on principle! 

Without teamwork and a bit of consiliation for the differences of others who agree in part w/ our position NOTHING will be accomplished and TPTB will have successfully divided and conqoured through our own EGOS...

But hey, AT LEAST   you  DIDN'T TRUST NOBODY!  Right??  

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 22:34 | 3190157 francis_sawyer
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a democracy is two wolves & a sheep AGREEING on what's for dinner...

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