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"Fate is the Hunter" (1964)

You ever stumble across one of those movies on youtube you never heard of before, but can't stop once you start watching??

In Case You Needed Another Reason to Look Askance at WikiLeaks

The organization today posted online what it describes as “an analysis and search system for The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails, to and from more than 2,200 SPE email addresses.” That’s right. North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and WikiLeaks goes ahead and makes them searchable. That’ll protect civil liberties.

Here’s how WikiLeaks explains the historic importance of this “archive”—for which it is willing to aid and abet and magnify a gross invasion of privacy against ordinary people by the North Korean state:

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said: “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

Sony is a member of the MPAA and a strong lobbyist on issues around internet policy, piracy, trade agreements and copyright issues. The emails show the back and forth on lobbying and political efforts, not only with the MPAA but with politicians directly. In November 2013 WikiLeaks published a secret draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) IP Chapter. The Sony Archives show SPE’s internal reactions, including discussing the impact with Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative. It also references the case against Megaupload and the extradition of its founder Kim DotCom from New Zealand as part of SPE’s war on piracy.


Assange is losing the plot, because this is TMZ-level bullshit...

If Assange wants to draw more mouse clicks with a big splash, fine...If he wants to stick it to SONY for the sake of sticking it to them, fine -- He should just come out and say so...But unless there is documented evidence of SONY breaking laws in those e-mails, don't insult our intelligence by pretending this has anything to do with the public interest...

Every TRUE DUer will cheer for the Penguins tonight...

That is all...

Who in the hell is this "Tai Lopez", and what's his hustle, anyway?


OK...It’s now officially ‘Put up or Shut up’ -time

Taking the sage advice of DUer riderinthestorm, I’ve decided to put some of my favorite unanswered questions about Edward Snowden in one thread, and give everybody a chance to whack them like a pinata (if you can)...Logically there are only three possible outcomes from this thread: Either I’ll be proven right, I’ll be proven wrong, or my thesis will be inconclusive...

Ready for the challenge?? Want to shut me up once and for all? Want me to convert to a true believer? Want me to flee DU in humiliation? Well now is your chance...IF anybody can definitively prove me wrong, or find some magical way to make perfect sense of all the inconsistencies, my very next thread will be to ask Skinner to nuke this account I've been on since '03, and I won't return...My exit from DU is your trophy -- Now, who wants to get it??

Each question will be a separate post in this thread, and it will branch out from there...I’ll check this thread daily and respond as needed...But first, the ground rules:

1. WE WILL ALL DISCUSS THIS LIKE ADULTS -- This one time I swear to the gods I’ll be on my best Sunday behavior and I ask the same from my rivals...I want to remove the emotion from the debate and discuss this dispassionately, so no personal attacks, namecalling, and no “NSA shill”-this, or “emoprog”-that...

2. FULL, REASONED RESPONSES ONLY -- No dismissive responses, no one-line responses, no emoticon responses...If your argument isn’t properly backed with links or other cited sources, I will disregard it...

Your participation in this thread is considered an acceptance of these ground rules...If the level of discourse deteriorates, I’ll ask the mods for the lock...

EDIT 20 APR 2015, 1753 HRS: Seems like I'm getting way too much confusion, snark and negativity for trying to hold an adult conversation on the subject...Perhaps I failed to properly explain myself. I'm doing this because 1. A DUer challenged me on repeated occasions to do so, 2. For research purposes, I want to have all my Snowald discussions in one place instead of jumping from thread to thread and searching the archives all the time for my old posts, and 3. Instead of the usual flames, insults and shit-flinging both sides have endured, I thought DU could benefit from a proper, civil discussion like we used to have in the old days...Even now, I've been calm, controlled, polite the entire time and will remain so as long as this thread is active...This thread has become a place of peace for me, so why can't it be for the rest of you??

Edward Snowden Is Acting Very Strange Inside Russia

Andrei Soldatov’s beat is Russian spies, which is a hot topic for a new cold war. As editor of agentura.ru, an online “watchdog” of Putin’s clandestine intelligence agencies, he has spent the last decade reporting on and anatomizing the resurrection of the Russian security state, from KGB-style crackdowns on dissent at home to adroit or haphazard assassinations abroad.

Most recently, Soldatov and his coauthor and collaborator Irina Borogan broke serious news about the extent to which the Federal Security Service (FSB) was surveilling and eavesdropping on everyone within slaloming distance of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Soldatov has just emerged from a writerly purdah, which has seen him complete his latest and forthcoming title with Borogan, Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries. He spoke to me via Skype from Moscow recently about the latest Russian hack of the White House, the Boris Nemtsov assassination, the Boston Marathon bombings, reshuffles in Putinist spyland, and why neither Edward Snowden nor Glenn Greenwald will agree to be interviewed by him.....

I know you’ve tried repeatedly and creatively to get an interview with Snowden. How’s that worked out?

It’s still impossible for Russian journalists to interview Edward Snowden. It’s also impossible for foreign correspondents based in Moscow. I tried different tactics to talk to him. We had the strange exchange of remarks in the Guardian when he commented my remark on him and I commented on his, so I tried to use this to send him a message—hey, maybe we can talk directly? It failed. When I was in New York, I tried to talk to a guy from ACLU—Ben Wizner, Snowden’s attorney—and I told him, “Okay, you are not ready to arrange a meeting in Moscow but maybe from your office in New York I can talk to Snowden in Moscow.” No answer. I also told him and other people I’d interview Snowden for my book and that this wouldn’t see daylight for seven, eight months, thinking maybe it was a timing issue. But it was the same story all the time: No, I was told. I also put some requests to Glenn Greenwald. I got no response. I thought that was strange—if it’s all about Snowden’s personal safety, why Greenwald cannot talk to Russian journalists from Brazil?


MEANWHILE, in Japan...



Body found in Southampton Co. ID'd as AJ Hadsell


Police said the remains discovered near an abandoned house in Southampton County on Thursday were identified as those of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, the 18-year-old Longwood University student who went missing last month.

Hadsell’s family and friends were notified before the media was told Friday evening.

Her mother released a statement Friday night.

“Again I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the Norfolk PD, FBI, Search and Rescue, media and public for their superb dedication to this case and finding my daughter AJ,” Jennifer Hadsell wrote. “Please respect this time as we need to release emotionally. Your prayers are appreciated from the public!”

Police would say only that Hadsell’s body had been identified. They did not say whether they suspect foul play or whether there was a suspect in her disappearance.


NOTE: This is an update of an earlier story: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026405084

40 years ago: The last commercial flight out of Da Nang


So now it is official -- Snowden has leaked MILITARY intelligence secrets

Everyone saw the USS Annapolis come home last year. It returned, poignantly, on Sept. 11, and there was a seriousness amid the usual dockside fanfare—sailors meeting newborn children for the first time, a school band playing "Anchors Aweigh." But there was no mention of the boat's secret missions.

From March to September 2014, the U.S. submarine's 152-man crew cruised the deeps of the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, earning a earning a coveted Battle "E" for their efficiency in doing all the fleet had asked of them. Which involved ... what, exactly? They covered 34,000 nautical miles, participated in one multinational exercise, and made port calls in Portugal, Spain, Bahrain, and Gibraltar, according to official Navy reports.

There was something else, according to the sub's captain, Commander Chester T. Parks. "During this time," he told reporters, "Annapolis completed four missions vital to national security."

Technically, his boat is a fast-attack submarine, responsible for tracking and killing enemy subs and surface ships when shit goes down. But the Annapolis was equipped for a very special top secret task, one that didn't involve its Mark 48 ADCAP torpedoes—or any shooting weapons at all. It was a mission that wasn't yet accomplished as the boat ported and the crew embraced their families on the dock at Submarine Base New London, Conn.


How does an exposure of Naval SIGINT against foreign targets protect my constitutional rights? Anybody wish to answer that?

Anybody want to argue this falls under "whistleblowing in the public interest?"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Snowden maintained from the start that he *NEVER* took nor shared any filed related to military intelligence?

This sums it up: https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/586594078671896576
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