As many journalists and others have been saying for a decade, the US was seeking Assange to charge him with an anti-Constitutional law that threatens investigative journalists around the world.
The Daily Beast has been tough on Wikileaks. Very tough. But charging someone under the espionage act for publishing classified info — that's not okay. It sets a terrible, terrible precedent for the rest of us. https://t.co/3n3PKEaq3y
“The blast radius of an Espionage Act conviction against Assange would include every working national security journalist. Surely the Justice Department is aware of those implications.” New @brbarrett: https://t.co/liaiHTtuUf
Many people don’t like Assange, for a variety of reasons, some of them real, and some of them concocted by the US smear campaign run against him. They shouldn’t let their hate blind them as to the real threat.
“I can’t answer the question about the former government, what their reasons were,” said Sajjan, also noting he does not believe any of the metadata inadvertently shared could have ended up in the hands of any countries beyond the Five Eyes.
Comedy Team To Release 1 hour film about Conservatives, Surveillance and Climate change
From Executive Producers The Yes Men and Mark Achbar (The Corporation, Manufacturing Consent)
The political comedy pranksters at SHD.ca are releasing a one hour film on YouTube, October 14th, 2015. The film focuses on the expansion of state surveillance in an era of climate change and offers a timely look at Canada’s history of racism and Islamophobia. The comedic documentary features Canadian surveillance targets Cindy Blackstock, Obert Madondo and Mohammad Mahjoub.
The film also features never before seen footage of the artists’ numerous interactions with CSE officials and a behind the scenes look at how the pranksters have repeatedly breached the Prime Minister’s personal security. Director Sean Devlin is a Filipino-Canadian comedian and filmmaker who was recently arrested at one of the Prime Minister’s campaign events (Read about it in The Globe and Mail). In recent weeks the group also caused a stir with a parody Conservative site that the government intervened with (Read about it in The National Post).
Special media preview can be seen for next 12 hours
Sean Devlin (Director/Comedian) – Sean@shd.ca
*Cindy Blackstock and Obert Madondo can also be reached for interview.
OTHER PRESS ABOUT SHD.ca
“The viral phenomenon that captured the digital zeitgeist during the 2011 election… is back with a vengeance.”
“Winning the viral video war with a stealth campaign that’s been spreading like prairie wildfire.”
—Globe & Mail
“Viral comedy site with the unprintable name turns to political activism”
—Globe & Mail
“Wreaking havoc on the Conservative party’s image.”
“Merry band of Vancouver pranksters relaunch ShitHarperDid with new focus on real activism”
In the good old days, Canada’s spy agencies were not supposed to spy on Canadians. Government departments are also supposed to benefit from their research into vulnerabilities in computer systems, because holes can be closed. CSE was, according to The CBC, and The Intercept, intentionally not filling holes it found in the Google App Store and a popular web browser, in order to infect targets of spying. The result is that hostile governments and hackers could also use these holes if they independently discovered them.
The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.