US v. Assange – Superseding Indictment No. 2 Breakdown – Updated

On February 2, 2020, I posted an analysis of the U.S. case against Julian Assange based the existing criminal complaint and indictments. The publication of the second superseding indictment on June 24, 2020 strengthened my original analysis: that is, that the U.S. case is primarily about hacking a Department of Defense classified network, and that the material charged under the Espionage Act for the collection of that intelligence post-dates Julian…

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The Master Timeline

This timeline is a research work product that relies on information obtained from both open source and traditional investigative methods. It now includes information related to the prosecution of Joshua Schulte, on trial for espionage in the Southern District of New York for leaking Central Intelligence Agency cyber weapons to WikiLeaks in Spring of 2016. It also includes the US case against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Work on…

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US v. Assange – Manning charged docs compared to those cited in the Assange superseding indictment in re foreign intel sources & cooperative Afghani and Iraqis

I conducted a cursory review of the documents charged against Manning under 18 USC 793(e), for which she was convicted and the documents citing both foreign intelligence sources in diplomatic cables and cooperative Afghani and Iraqi sources in the CIDNE Significant Activities reports cited in Assange's superseding indictment. (The SIGACTS did not contain HUMINT, that is human intelligence source; she did not disclose that part of the CIDNE database to…

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US v. Assange – Alleged Cyber and Information Operations in a declared U.S. war

I would not be surprised if the U.S. government kept the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the scope of Chelsea Manning's 2010 unauthorized disclosures. First, the U.S. Intelligence Community hates espionage trials, because of the potential for disclosure and/or declassification of tons more information (often at a higher level) for the legal proceedings; and as well contending with graymail by defendants. Secondly, much of the material relevant to…

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Risky Business podcast: ‘Alexa O’Brien on Wikileaks, intelligence and influence’

Patrick Gray at Risky Business cybersecurity podcast invited me on to discuss Wikileaks, intelligence and influence. Have a listen. Just posted a fantastic interview with @alexadobrien, whose coverage of the Manning trial at Fort Meade briefly pulled her into the Wikileaks orbit. Its a freewheeling interview and I hope you all enjoy it.https://t.co/hgeNe86nc6 pic.twitter.com/XcxLFowsLA— Patrick Gray (@riskybusiness) January 23, 2020

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Andy Mueller-Maguhn’s 36c3 talk about UC Global

At the 36th annual congress for the Chaos Computer Club (#36c3), member Andy Mueller Maguhn gave two presentations about the surveillance of Julian Assange by two private contractors hired by Ecuadorian state intelligence under former President Rafael Correa and current President Lenin Moreno. Undercover Global (UC Global), according to Mueller-Maguhn, was hired by the Ecuadorian government around 2015, and replaced by PROM Security April 2018. Mueller-Maguhn's account omits the obvious,…

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Aaron Swartz as alleged WikiLeaks source and US persons in the WikiLeaks ‘organization’ circa 2009.

As I was working on some related research, a question I have long had about Aaron Swartz as an alleged WikiLeaks source reappeared. Jacob Appelbaum, who reportedly attended the WikiLeaks 26c3 presentation on December 27, 2009 in Berlin, said in 2015 that he introduced Aaron Swartz to someone at WikiLeaks "who shall remain unnamed" in November 2009 (via presumably electronic communication based on his other comments about the exchange). Appelbaum's…

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I plan to write about U.S. v. Assange and related WikiLeaks espionage cases, so here is my disclaimer.

I wanted to put this statement up on my blog, because I intend to write more about the U.S. prosecution of Julian Assange and related WikiLeaks espionage cases. I haven’t written about the subject regularly for public consumption, despite being an expert, by choice. Since I am a subject matter expert on the Chelsea Manning court-martial record and the U.S. investigation into civilians involved in the 2010 breach, however, I…

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Breakdown of currently known forensic and circumstantial evidence related to Count 18 against Julian Assange, Conspiracy To Commit Computer Intrusion (18 U.S.C. 371 and 1030)

A December 2017 criminal complaint, as well as March 2018 and May 2019 indictments against Julian Assange, demonstrate that prosecutorial theories related to a criminal conspiracy involving civilians have indeed survived the Chelsea Manning court-martial. I had reported and discussed the surviving theories after her court-martial.[1] One is the foundation of the existing superseding indictment. Lets take a look at Count 18. Underlying that surviving theory is the allegation that…

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Criminal theories against WikiLeaks that survive Manning court-martial.

Just going to quickly write this up, because I have had several conversations (and despite my attempts to tweet information to save time, that doesn't work). There are several criminal theories that survive the Manning court-martial in re a possible USG case against WikiLeaks for the 2010 releases of classified information: 1.) The Garani Airstrike Video. Manning was acquitted of this criminal conspiracy, and it was central to the USG…

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Previously unknown search warrants and electronic comm orders tied to WikiLeaks criminal investigation.

I have had this list for many years, and have shared it with various journalists from time to time. I am now publishing it. This is a list of all search warrants and electronic communications orders related to the WikiLeaks investigation that I have found. I spent a lot of time in the clerk's office in the Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of New York. Some of these…

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Google disclosed secret search warrants six months after judge’s unsealing order.

Public docketing and confirmations to the clerks in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia by the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, who was responsible for filing all three search warrants for WikiLeaks staffer's email content in March 2012, reveal that Google waited six months to disclose the existence of the search warrants by the U.S. Department of Justice, despite a May 15, 2014 ruling by Magistrate…

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Emails & new warrants raise questions about investigators’ conduct in Manning criminal probe

UPDATE CLICK HERE Two weeks into the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning's, three year long court-martial last summer, military and federal prosecutors were still seeking evidence against the twenty-six year old from Google. Manning is currently serving a 35 year sentence at the Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after she was convicted on twenty offenses for disclosing low-level U.S. Army field reports, diplomatic cables, and other government…

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Newly published secret grand jury orders & other docs shed light on US investigation now entering 5th year

Newly published documents, including sealed court orders from the secret Department of Justice grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, shed light on the manner and scope of the criminal and intelligence probes into Julian Assange and civilians associated with the online publisher of censored material. Diplomatic Security Services, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State, along with "other elements of the U.S. government," began investigating the unauthorized disclosure of…

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List of every sealed 2703(d) order in Eastern District of Virginia, May 2011 – April 2013

The 76 page document below contains a list of every electronic communication 'ec' orders under seal for criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia between May 2011 and April 2013. The list begins in May 2011 because public docketing of 'ec' orders was established by court order in the Twitter 2703(d) case brought by Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, Birgitta Jonsdottir. When the list was…

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Department of Justice spokesman for Eastern District of Virginia confirms grand jury investigation ‘ongoing’

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia at the Department of Justice confirmed today that the grand jury criminal investigation into WikiLeaks was ongoing. Peter Carr responded to my direct inquiries yesterday to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Peterson with the National Security Division and Lindsay A. Kelly of the Cyber Unit in Alexandria, Virginia regarding the status of the grand jury criminal investigation of WikiLeaks…

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