The Recent Defamation of #WikiLeaks and #JulianAssange, Part 1

I’ve entitled this article “The Recent Defamation of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange” because in reality the defamation campaign against both has been going on for years. In order to write this article I had to do a deep dive into the details of what can only be described as the darkest and most deceptive rabbit hole in existence in recent years.

Given this history, the deceptions in dark places and webs of intrigues that are now occurring are beyond the pale and would rival any great spy novel.

Anyone calling themselves a journalist, who is accepting the narrative spin being provided by the mainstream media, at face value, is proving that they don’t have the foggiest clue what real journalism is or simply don’t care.

Let’s start by examining the AP release of ten documents from their much larger WikiLeaks leak, announced on September 17, 2018.

The first ten documents are located here on the AP Document Cloud

In their first article, AP Exclusive: WikiLeaks files expose group’s inner workings, written by Raphael Satter and published by AP on September 17, 2018, they introduced their first document. It was a letter, allegedly written by Julian Assange, giving a journalist, Israel Shamir, authority to act on Assange’s behalf to obtain a Russian visa.

This article and the letter led to headlines in mainstream media globally about an alleged attempted escape plan by Julian Assange, to slip away to Russia.

AP and Raphael Satter, the author of the article, received a quick response from WikiLeaks refuting the authenticity of the document and identifying its source:

While I’m not a professional journalist, just a lowly blogger journalist who writes opinion pieces occasionally, it seems to me that the first rational step here, given WikiLeaks refutation, would be to find out more about Sigurdur Thordarson and Israel Shamir and their relationships with WikiLeaks.

Make sense? Apparently not, at least not to numerous “professional” journalists writing hit pieces all over the globe which leap to unwarranted conclusions, based on assumptions regarding this one letter.

Ok, that’s not entirely true. Many did do a little “research” into Siggi (Sigurdur’s nickname) and “Israel” (not his real name). Their “research” consisted of using old hit pieces as references for their new hit pieces.

Go “Investigative Journalism”!

Edward R. Murrow is rolling in his grave.

As I enter the dank, dark rabbit hole, brush off the numerous spider webs, and turn on my flashlight I discover the infamous young Siggi was convicted for two years for committing embezzlement and financial fraud against WikiLeaks which included the forgery of information relating to impersonating Julian Assange.

That’s aside from his obsession with grooming and bribing under-age minors into having sex with him. He was convicted for another 2 years for that and another two years for embezzlement and fraud against another company.

The Judge sentenced him to prison for a total of 6 years, running concurrently and he was required to pay a total of over $200,000 USD in damages to all of the affected parties. He served 3 years and, according to the WikiLeaks Twitter account, was released recently.

Previous to his arrests and convictions, in 2011, Siggi had offered his services to the FBI to act as a paid informant within WikiLeaks.

It was then that, at about 3:30am on August 23, 2011, Thordarson sat down at his computer at home in Kópavogur and typed out a message to the US Embassy in Reykjavik. He decided he wanted to become an informant – Sigurdur Thordarson: WikiLeaks’s baby-faced traitor. Sydney Morning Herald. August 16, 2013

This was what triggered the rather infamous illegal operation by the FBI in Iceland. They had attempted to sneak into Iceland under false pretenses by telling the Icelandic authorities that they were investigating breaches in the Icelandic Parliamentary computer system. They were actually there to interview Siggi and set him up formally as a paid informant in WikiLeaks. When their deception was discovered they were unceremoniously kicked out of Iceland and arranged to meet Siggi in Denmark instead.

This action is detailed in Julian Assange’s affidavit and confirmed by Iceland’s Interior Minister at the time: Jónasson: The Icelandic Minister who refused cooperation with the FBI., December 7, 2016.

Siggi has publicly admitted he turned a lot of material over to the FBI and received $5,000 USD in payment on March 18, 2012.

According to a Justice Department receipt Thordarson says was provided by the FBI, he turned over eight hard drives in total containing of about 1 terabyte of data, which is the equivalent of about 1000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica. – Sigurdur Thordarson: WikiLeaks’s baby-faced traitor. Sydney Morning Herald. August 16, 2013

On September, 17, 2018, after Siggi’s release from prison, AP received what appears to be the same material. Was the source Siggi? Siggi and the FBI were the ones who had the material. That fact combined with Siggi’s recent release makes a strong case that he was the one who released them to AP, possibly in collusion with the FBI, unless he retained his own copies.

After Siggi handed the material over to the FBI on March 18, 2012, Siggi’s relationship with the FBI began to fall apart according to emails between Siggi and the FBI, which Siggi provided to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Once the agents obtained the hard drives and received the passwords to access them, Thordarson’s emails suggest, they stopped responding regularly to his messages and rebuffed his attempts to set up another meeting. – Sigurdur Thordarson: WikiLeaks’s baby-faced traitor. Sydney Morning Herald. August 16, 2013

The FBI agent quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald stated there were “bureaucratic issues” but doesn’t specify what they were.

In early 2012, after a period of not responding to Thordarson’s emails, his alleged FBI handler wrote that there had been “bureaucratic issues beyond my control that prevented me from maintaining contact,” adding that “our relationship has been problematic for some others. This is not an ordinary case. But those were not my issues and I have been diligently trying to work out those issues so we can continue our relationship.” – Sigurdur Thordarson: WikiLeaks’s baby-faced traitor. Sydney Morning Herald. August 16, 2013

In my opinion, and based on my knowledge of how the FBI works, SMH’s explanation is unlikely.

There were also signs that internal conflict was developing within the FBI over the infiltration of WikiLeaks, a controversial tactic not least because WikiLeaks is a publisher and press freedom groups have condemned from the outset the government’s investigation into Assange and his colleagues. – Sigurdur Thordarson: WikiLeaks’s baby-faced traitor. Sydney Morning Herald. August 16, 2013

The FBIs history demonstrates that it doesn’t use civil rights violations like press freedoms as a measure for determining whether they are or are not going to infiltrate an organization, whether it’s a criminal enterprise or a social activist cause or something else.

It’s far more likely that they were concerned about the reliability of the information provided to them and therefore Siggi’s reliability. Especially in light of all the charges laid against him by the Icelandic Police during the same time period, some of which were directly related to his impersonation of Assange.

There would also have been a huge risk that the FBI might have been perceived as colluding with Siggi’s criminal activities where WikiLeaks and Assange were concerned. That is, the impersonations and fraud that Siggi was eventually convicted of.

If the FBI thought any of this information was actually credible or legally useful in building a case of Russian collusion or anything else against WikiLeaks or Julian Assange, they would have: 

  1. Continued to build their relationship with Siggi  
  2. Handed the information over to the Prosecutors for future use in a WikiLeaks / Julian Assange prosecution. 
  3. A leak would have been highly unlikely because BOTH would have had more to gain by NOT leaking it. 

If the information was tainted and not useful in building the legal case against WikiLeaks, both the FBI and Siggi would have something to gain with it’s release. The FBI could use their media connections to instigate a disinformation campaign and Siggi would have more notoriety and possibly some more cash in his pocket.

According to WikiLeaks (in the above screenshot) Scandinavian outlets also received the documents “years ago” and refused to publish them because they considered them untrustworthy. Therefore they would have no reason to release them now to other media.

All of that said, let’s get back to the letter.

The AP article claims the following as evidence of it’s “authentication”:

Metadata suggests that it was on Nov. 29, the day after the release of the first batch of U.S. State Department files, that the letter to the Russian Consulate was drafted on the Jessica Longley computer.

One of the former associates, an ex-employee, identified two of the names that frequently appeared in the documents’ metadata, “Jessica Longley” and “Jim Evans Mowing,” as pseudonyms assigned to two WikiLeaks laptops.

– AP Exclusive: WikiLeaks files expose group’s inner workings. AP, September 17, 2018

However, they neglect to mention that Siggi was working as a low level volunteer for WikiLeaks at the time and had access to their computers. That’s how he was able to get the data in the first place. Fabricating documents on WikiLeaks laptops would have been easy for him to do and he’s already been convicted of fraud for fabricating information in relation to Julian Assange.

Another problem with the AP authentication procedure is that we are expected to believe anonymous sources on the assumption they are telling the truth. They don’t appear to have provided any supporting evidence to back their claim that WikiLeaks laptops exist with those names.

As a result, we simply don’t know if they are being truthful, acting as disgruntled ex-employees on a vendetta, or acting as paid informants pushing a disinformation campaign. This makes their verification meaningless because there is no way for us to vet it independently.

The only real benefit to legitimate anonymous sources is they can point journalists and investigators in the right direction to getting the hard evidence they need to make a case. Their information also provides journalists with the background to ask the right questions when they’re probing an issue.

This was the contribution that anonymous source Deep Throat made in the 1960s which led to the Watergate scandal. In other words, Deep Throat was just the beginning of the process of collecting hard evidence to support his allegations independently and then to act on them. Nobody just took his word at face value.

Claiming one has authenticated a document based on “non-public details such as bank accounts, telephone numbers or airline tickets” is equally absurd because that information isn’t non-public in reality. Since Siggi was a low level volunteer for WikiLeaks, it’s precisely the type of information he could have had access to in order to fabricate the documents.

This kind of vetting is as absurd as the banks insisting that I provide my mother’s maiden name to identity myself as a “security” measure because it’s “non-public”. Everyone and their dog who knows me, knows my mother’s maiden name. I don’t use it. I give a fake maiden name for my mother.

In addition, where is the evidence that the laptops named “Jessica Longley” or “Jim Evans Mowing” have ever been used by Assange? Anything written by him would be on his own laptop and not on some random WikiLeaks laptop used by staff (that’s assuming the anonymous sources were being truthful and that WikiLeaks laptops with those names existed – we don’t actually know).

As a friend of mine pointed out, he could write a letter today, put Julian Assange’s name on it, send it to the FBI and/or the media, and it would have as much credibility as this one. Well, maybe a little more since he hasn’t done time in prison for impersonating Assange like Siggi has.

The end result is that all the metadata actually proves is that someone had access to laptops with those names, which may or may not have been WikiLeaks laptops. The only someone with demonstrable access to those particular laptops is Siggi.

The additional photocopy of the passport published with the letter in the Document Cloud is irrelevant since the point of the passport would simply be to verify whether there was a Russian Visa stamp on it dated November or December, 2010 and that isn’t visible.

AP’s note above the passport (scroll down to see it) states:

The following is a notarized copy of Assange’s passport. The document was obtained by the AP separately from the letter to the Russian Consulate in London, but it is consistent with the letter’s content. 

If it was obtained separately, and all it is, is a notarized copy of the front page of Julian Assange’s passport, how is it consistent with the letters content? It wasn’t attached to the letter and by AP’s own admission, it was obtained separately from the letter. There is no information related to where it came from or what the evidentiary link to the letter might be. Again, we’re expected to just believe based on nothing but an assumption.

The fact that the date it was notarized is one month previous to the letter isn’t enough to confirm anything, especially given the facts that it did not come attached to the letter and the letter is not properly authenticated, signed or notarized.

People have copies of their passport notarized for any number of reasons.

All of that said, in the end and in my opinion, this entire drama is a smear campaign intended to lay the foundation for further false “Russian collusion” disinformation against WikiLeaks and Assange. When the Feds can’t make a legal case, jury by public opinion through mainstream media has become a last resort.

It’s called Manufacturing Consent (Noam Chomsky).

It’s a tempest in a teapot since even if it were true, so what? Going to Russia doesn’t automatically indicate collusion of any kind. If it was true, it might (but not necessarily) indicate he was trying to escape extradition to the US. So what? That’s why he asked for asylum.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know what the implications would be to Assange if the US succeeded in extraditing him. Injustice, torture and abuse of due process are the name of the game in the US Injustice System as Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner, Jeremy Hammond, Matt DeHart and numerous others can attest to first hand.

The implications to Press Freedoms would be even worse since WikiLeaks and Assange’s only “crime” was to publish leaked information, much of which exposed corruption and abuses of power at the highest levels. This was in the public interest and is a protected right under the US Constitution. SCOTUS legal precedent has established that protection extends to non-US citizens.

Jennifer Robinson, one of Julian Assange’s lawyer commented on the AP allegations and this particular document, pointing out that they could have easily been verified by contacting the UK authorities who still have Julian Assange’s passport or the Russian Embassy in the UK. His passport was confiscated by the UK on December 7, 2010. If it had a brand new Russian Visa attached to it, it’s unlikely they would have granted him bail and yet they did.

Jennifer Robinson’s comments on this occur around the 10:20 mark in the video at the bottom of the following article:

Ecuador pledged to not kick out Assange, but threat of US prosecution still serious – lawyer to RT 

Common sense would also dictate that if Julian Assange had decided to get a Russian Visa, he would have done it through his lawyers and not some journalist, irrespective of whether that journalist is a friend or not. According to WikiLeaks, Shamir wasn’t a close friend. He was simply one of many journalists that had some access to some material in the WikiLeaks databases and nothing more.

It is false that Shamir is ‘an Assange intimate’. He interviewed Assange (on behalf of Russian media), as have many journalists. He took a photo at that time and has only met with WikiLeaks staff (including Asssange) twice. –WikiLeaks

The only discussions that did occur regarding Russia, occurred in December, 2017, were between the Ecuadorian Embassy and Assange and were related to his diplomatic status. Assange was given diplomatic status by Ecuador in December 2017 and the Ecuadorians were proposing he be sent to Russia to act as Ecuador’s diplomatic representative in Moscow. Since the UK refused to recognize his diplomatic status that proposal became moot and did not involve any discussions with the Russians.

Ecuador had named Assange adviser at Embassy in Russia: Ecuadorian Lawmaker

Craig Murray, in his recent Blog post, Extraordinary and Deliberate Lies from the Guardian dated September 23, 2018 and updated on September 24, 2018 made the following comment:

UPDATE One reason I was so stunned at the Guardian’s publication of these lies is that I had gone direct from the Ecuadorean Embassy to the Guardian building in Kings Cross to give an in-depth but off the record briefing to Euan MacAskill, perhaps their last journalist of real integrity, on the strategy for Julian. I told Euan that Russia was ruled out. I did not mention this yesterday as I greatly respect Euan and wanted to speak to him first. But on phoning the Guardian I find that Euan “retired” the day the lying article was published. That seems a very large coincidence.

Craig Murray, a former UK Diplomat, also states in the blog post that: “…Julian directly ruled out the possibility of going to Russia as undesirable…”.

In addition, the Russian Embassy released a statement on September 26, 2018 confirming WikiLeaks denial.

The embassy has never engaged with Ecuadorean colleagues, or with anyone else, in discussions on any kind of Russian participation in ending Mr Assange’s stay within the diplomatic mission of Ecuador.- Julian Assange and Russia’s UK embassy. The Guardian, September 24, 2018

Ivan Volodin, at the Russian embassy in London, responds to a Guardian article reporting that Russian diplomats held secret talks about helping Julian Assange flee the UK

Russian Embassy tweet

Now, I’m just curious… How is it possible that numerous professional journalists writing for numerous platforms…

  1. Can be so eager and willing to accept what can only be described as an Orwellian narrative without question?
  2. Are so willing to accept the word of completely anonymous sources making statements that not only cannot be independently verified but are openly and publicly contradicted by people who are both identified and in a position to know the facts?
  3. Are so accepting of “facts” that can so easily be refuted?

I’ll leave it to those journalists writing the hit pieces to explore their own consciences and the reader to come to their own conclusions.

It isn’t rocket science and doesn’t require a genius IQ to see what’s going on here.


Special thanks to Raymond Johanson and the others who assisted me by giving me feedback and constructive advice on this article.


The #Pursuance Project and #Anonymous

I love the concept of Anonymous (and WikiLeaks, Occupy, Idle No More). I’ve said this many times before but it’s worth repeating.

However, as a FreeThinker who bases her opinions on reason, logic and empirical evidence, I am forced to acknowledge that Anonymous does have a fundamental flaw.

That fundamental flaw also happens to be its’ greatest strength.

This is a dichotomy that exists in most, if not all, organic social structures.

While anonymity provides protection and security, it also opens activists up to infiltration by shady characters from state agencies and other disruptive elements. Given the type of dystopian technology available to the state, as well recent policies defining activists engaged in legitimate and legal dissent as ‘terrorists’, this fact poses a major threat to activists trying to invoke change.

Recent exposures by both the Snowden leaks (mass surveillance) and the WikiLeaks Vault 7 CIA leaks, which documented the tools used for both mass and targeted surveillance, are evidence of this reality we face, as activists, in this dystopian age.

So, how do we address this fundamental flaw which is also the greatest strength of Anonymous without throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Barrett Brown has found a solution for Anonymous activists. It’s called the Pursuance Project.

How does the Pursuance Project address the fundamental flaw in Anonymous while still protecting its’ greatest strength, given that they are the same thing?

The solution is in the flexibility that Pursuance offers in terms of opacity or transparency of the overall Pursuance (Op) as well as in access controls to task management and information sharing. The creator of the Pursuance Op can be one person or a collective. The creator(s) can make it (or just certain parts of it) visible for recruiting purposes or completely invisible. For example, if the Op needs to recruit someone from outside their circle with special skills and providing that special skill will be their only role, it’s possible to keep most of the Op (the discussions, tasks, etc.) invisible to that outsider. The only tasks the outsider will see are those assigned to them and any segments of the Op that are public. It’s this flexible mix of options that is the real power source behind Pursuance.

While the concepts of mixed opacity/transparency and access control aren’t new, what is new is the structure, the platform that they are integrated into and how they are used in social activism. The platform is zero-knowledge. No-one, including the people running the platform will have access to Pursuances, their membership, tasks, etc. unless they are made public. The platform plus the concepts built into it reduce the risk of maintaining secret identities within high risk Ops and make that risk negligible.

The human element will always be a challenge because in the last few years state agencies have received billions of dollars in funding specifically for the purposes of engaging in cyberwarfare not only against other states but against their own populations.

Even with technology like Pursuance, in the end, only sound decisions by activists in regard to OpSec (whatever the platform) can protect them from the high level social engineering engaged in by state agencies. Social engineering like that described in JTRIG (UK-GCHQ) will require both sound technology and sound strategic and tactical planning by the activists themselves. The reality is that when the Pursuance Project goes public they will have no control over who joins, what Pursuances they join and what tasks they are assigned. In addition, the software is open source and there won’t be any control over who downloads it and creates their own Pursuance servers. All of this control will be handed off to the activists themselves, in the Pursuances they create and the private servers they create if they choose to.

Since 2012, a concerted effort has been made by those agencies to infiltrate groups like Anonymous, WikiLeaks, Occupy and Idle No More. Their main focus was to identify activists who are part of those networks and either through extortion or bribery or both, turn those once trusted activists into paid snitches. The informant communities associated with Anonymous, Occupy and Idle No More have grown immensely and we have seen huge disruptions in their campaigns, including arrests and individuals targeted for persecution. Recently the approach has changed. It isn’t about recruitment anymore, it’s about influence. The snitches are trying to expand into newer key networks and influence those networks on behalf of the feds.

It isn’t the first time they’ve done this. They learned a lot from their compromise of LulzSec. Jeremy Hammond referred to this when he made his statement during his trial. After Sabu was recruited (and others – he wasn’t the only snitch), his main role was to direct Anons into engaging in Ops the feds wanted them to engage in, including overseas Ops in the Middle East. This eventually resulted in Jeremy’s entrapment with the Stratfor hack which was organized by the feds. In the meantime, LulzSec continued to be completely fed-controlled until Sabu was exposed (they may still be since the other snitches have never been exposed).

WikiLeaks has been somewhat better at protecting themselves because they have already been following the concepts behind Pursuance. They just haven’t had an actual tool to ease the way. For them, involvement in Pursuance wouldn’t require a change in approach. They would simply have an integrated tool that was already designed and built with their approach in mind.

Occupy and Idle No More should seriously consider going Anonymous on the Pursuance Platform.

Join @kickstarter and become a Pursuance Backer. 

Anonymous and the Pursuance Project would make a great coupling.

V: Would you… dance with me?

Evey Hammond: Now? On the eve of your revolution?

V: A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!

Attivisti e Pirati si alleano con il Progetto Pursuance di Barrett Brown

Il Progetto Pursuance (“Impegno”) – collaborazione civica di forte impatto, agile, sicura

BBIl sistema Pursuance (“Impegno”) è la prima struttura completa per la democrazia processiva. Cioè consente ad individui che non si conoscono di organizzarsi in entità robuste ed agili governate attraverso un “proceduralismo di accordo”. Queste entità, chiamate pursuance o impegni, a turno si relazionano e collaborano tra loro nella misura che esse stesse decidono, portando fondamentalmente ad un vasto e formidabile ecosistema di opposizione all’ingiustizia istituzionalizzata. (Estratto dalla descrizione del progetto)

Questo sistema verrà popolato sulla base di inviti, a cominciare dalla fine del 2017. Ma Barrett ha iniziato una collaborazione con Pirate Parties International. RaymondMattermost Johansen, attivista e membro del board del PPI si sta ora occupando di popolare diverse stanze di Mattermost, per iniziare presto ad imbarcare persone nella versione alfa del Sistema Pursuance. L’uso ed il feedback sul software da parte del PPI aiuteranno gli sviluppatori ad ottimizzarlo per i nostri scenari di utilizzo. Nelle prossime settimane attivisti, progettisti, artisti, esperti del FOIA, giornalisti investigativi, programmatori e sviluppatori saranno invitati a partecipare. Di fatto, nel momento in cui scriviamo dei progetti sono già partiti all’interno del gruppo del PPI.

Per ricevere un invito potete contattare direttamente Ray. Twitter o Facebook vanno bene. Se avete il suo indirizzo email sentitevi liberi di mandargli una richiesta. Ed ora ascoltiamo i principali protagonisti.

La struttura descritta da Brown è davvero straordinaria dal momento che l’idea è di dare alle persone il potere di creare il proprio “impegno” e fornire una piattaforma per usare le loro abilità in collaborazione con altri per conseguire specifici risultati. Facendo questo, hanno la possibilità di crescere ad una scala più ampia ed avere potenzialmente un maggiore impatto usando la rete collaborativa.

Steve Phillips spiega come è iniziato il suo rapporto con il Progetto Pursuance

Ciao a tutti! Sono Steve Phillips, sviluppatore capo e project manager del Progetto Pursuance, iniziato da Barrett Brown.

A marzo ho appreso che Barrett era uscito di prigione e voleva costruire una ambiente cifrato end-to-end per aiutare attivisti, giornalisti ed altri gruppi ad avere un maggiore impatto, consentendogli di coordinarsi efficacemente online. Questo non solo suonava fantastico ma aveva moltissimo in comune con quello su cui avevo lavorato nell’ultimo anno e mezzo, incluso ciò che avevo presentato due anni fa a DEFCON due anni fa.

Steve Phillips photoQuindi l’ho contattato, sono volato in Texas per incontrarlo, e due giorni più tardi mi ha incaricato di costruire il Sistema Pursuance (di cui potete leggere qui; introduzione un po’ più tecnica qui)!

Come ha scritto Barrett su, il nostro obiettivo finale è produrre un “vasto e formidabile sistema di opposizione all’ingiustizia istituzionalizzata”.

Programmo da otto anni, uso Linux da quasi sedici anni, ed ho una vasta esperienza sia nella costruzione di software user-friendly di alta qualità che nella gestione di piccolo gruppi di sviluppatori.

Sono MOLTO entusiasta di lavorare con le persone del Partito Pirata e mi piacerebbe che voi tutti foste tra le prime persone al mondo ad usare il Sistema Pursuance mentre lo costruiamo. Fatemi sapere di quali strumenti avete bisogno per cambiare il mondo e farò tutto ciò che posso per fornirveli.

Persuance LogoProporio ora abbiamo lanciato una versione iniziale della funzionalità di chat di Pursuance come app a sé stante – LeapChat, che chiunque può usare visitando ed invitando persone nelle stanze sicure verso cui venite reindirizzati, finendo per avere delle sessioni di chat cifrate end-to-end. Qualsiasi feedback abbiate riguardo alle funzionalità che dovrebbero in futuro essere aggiunte a LeapChat sarà molto utile!

Il cuore della prima versione di Pursuance che lanceremo sarà essenzialmente un sistema per la gestione di compiti concepito per gruppi numerosi, e che farà cose tipo consentirvi di specificare quali competenze siano necessarie per completare un compito, quindi far sì che il software trovi automaticamente le persone con tutte le competenze necessarie per completare tale compito e domandare loro se gli piacerebbe farlo! Questo consente a Pursuance di espandersi su gruppi numerosi meglio di qualsiasi altra cosa che esista oggi.

Crediamo che Internet dovrebbe essere formidabile nell’abilitare grandi gruppi di persone che la pensano allo stesso modo ad unire le forze per combattere le ingiustizie… ma non lo è. Noi siamo qui per cambiare le cose.

La visione di Barrett Brown sul Progetto Pursuance

Barrett Brown’s Pursuance Project by v4vapid

Quando gli viene chiesto dei suoi futuri progetti, Brown delinea una visione di giornalisti e blogger che riescono a condividere meglio le informazioni creando quella che lui chiama una “piattaforma di democrazia processiva”. Questo progetto è stato in cantiere dal 2009, prima della sua incarcerazione, e con l’aiuto di collaboratori fidati Brown continua a lavorare alla creazione di una rivoluzionaria collaborazione in crowd sourcing. Si verificheranno collaborazioni tra istituzioni, no profit, accademici e perfino giornalismo partecipativo.

Barrett_Brown_2007“Per il modo in cui il sistema [pursuance] funziona, non ha importanza se la qualità diminuisce ai margini, perché ai margini le persone sono libere di portare altre persone, ma devono anche gestirle. Perciò se si tratta di raccolta di dati, per esempio, se sei un giornalista o stai gestendo un progetto in crowd-sourcing, e porti con te un po’ di gente, ogni persona che porta altre persone ovviamente ha l’impulso di fare il possibile per portare persone di reale qualità, perché poi dovranno averci a che fare, e la cattiva informazione, l’informazione inutile, che proviene da queste lontane [periferie] del sistema non ce la farà ad arrivare fino alla presentazione, e c’è un intero meccanismo per tutto questo.” – Barrett Brown

“Perciò quella è stata la spinta iniziale. Ci sono molte altre caratteristiche che fanno sì che questo funzioni per varie cose. C’è una grande folla di persone lì fuori che sta twittando e commentando, ed è arrabbiata, ed una parte di essa è composta da persone molto oneste che sono competenti, informate, ma a cui non viene messa a disposizione (a) la possibilità di aiutare e (b) la possibilità di distinguersi. Se mettete a disposizione delle persone la possibilità di fare le cose nel modo corretto, elevarsi ad una posizione in cui hanno la possibilità di fare le cose ad una scala più ampia, e rendete evidente che questa possibilità è lì disponibile, e mostriamo esempi del fatto che funziona nonché mettiamo a disposizione un certo grado di leadership, e – per dirla in modo schietto – propaganda sul perché è giunto il momento per questo genere di cose, allora funzionerà.”  – Barrett Brown

Per ricevere aggiornamenti sui progressi del progetto complessivo puoi iscriverti a questa pagina The Pursuance Project

by Kitty Hundal and translated by Aram Gurekian

Activistas y Piratas forman equipo en el Proyecto “Pursuance” (prosecución, ejecución o cumplimiento) de Barrett Brown

Proyecto “Pursuance” – Colaboración cívica impactante, ágil y segura

BBEl sistema de “pursuance” es el primer marco global para la democracia de procesos. Es decir, permite que individuos sin relación previa se auto-organicen en entidades robustas y ágiles gobernadas a través de un “procedimiento de acuerdo”. Estas entidades, llamadas “pursuances” (prosecuciones), a su vez se involucran y colaboran entre sí en la medida que elijan, llevando en última instancia a un vasto y formidable ecosistema de oposición a la injusticia institucionalizada. (Extracto de la descripción del proyecto)

Este sistema será poblado sobre la base de invitaciones, iniciando hacia el final de 2017. Pero Barrett ha iniciado una colaboración con Pirate Parties International. Raymond Johansen, activista y miembro de la junta directiva de PPI, está ahora en el proceso de poblar varias salas en Mattermost, para luego comenzar a integrar a las personas en unaMattermost versión alfa del Sistema Pursuance. El uso de PPI y la retroalimentación del software ayudarán a los desarrolladores de software de Pursuance a optimizarlo para cada caso de uso. En las próximas semanas se invitará a activistas, diseñadores, artistas, expertos en FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), periodistas de investigación, codificadores y desarrolladores. De hecho, el momento de escribir los proyectos ya han comenzado dentro del equipo de PPI.

Para obtener una invitación puede contactar directamente con Ray. Twitter o Facebook está bien. Si tiene su dirección de correo electrónico no dude en enviarle una solicitud. Ahora vamos a escuchar a las principales personas.

El marco descrito por Brown es bastante extraordinario en el sentido de que la visión es capacitar a la gente para crear su propia “pursuance” (prosecución) y proporcionar una plataforma para usar sus habilidades en colaboración con otros para lograr resultados específicos. Al hacerlo, tienen la oportunidad de ampliar y potencialmente tener un mayor impacto utilizando la red colaborativa.

Steve Phillips explica cómo él consiguió implicado con el proyecto de la persecución

¡Hola a todos! Soy Steve Phillips, desarrollador principal y gerente del Proyecto de “Pursuance”, iniciado por Barrett Brown.

En marzo me enteré de que Barrett estaba fuera de la cárcel y quería construir un entorno codificado de extremo a extremo para ayudar a que los activistas, periodistas y otros grupos tuvieran más impacto al permitirles coordinar eficazmente en línea, lo que sonaba no sólo impresionante sino que tenía una tonelada en común con lo que había estado construyendo durante el último año y medio, incluyendo lo que presenté en DEF CON hace 2 años.

Así que me acerqué a él, volé a Texas para conocerlo y dos días después me puso a cargo de la construcción del Sistema “Pursuance” (que se puede leer aquí, pra algo más técnico entre aquí <; )!

Steve Phillips photoComo Barrett escribió en, nuestro objetivo final es producir “un vasto y formidable ecosistema de oposición a la injusticia institucionalizada”.

He estado programando durante 8 años, he estado usando Linux por casi 16 años, y tengo una amplia experiencia tanto en la construcción de software de fácil manejo, de alta calidad y la gestión de pequeños equipos de desarrolladores.

Estoy muy emocionado de estar trabajando con la gente del Partido Pirata y me encantaría que todos ustedes estuvieran entre las primeras personas en el mundo que usen el Sistema de Pursuit como lo construimos. Déjame saber qué herramientas necesitas para cambiar el mundo y haré lo que pueda para proporcionarlas.

Persuance LogoEn este momento hemos lanzado una versión temprana de la función de charla Pursuance como una aplicación independiente – LeapChat, que cualquiera puede utilizar visitando e invitando a la gente a la sala segura a la que se redirige, dando como resultado una interfaz de extremo a extremo Chat cifrado. Cualquier comentario que tenga sobre qué características se deben agregar a LeapChat serían muy útiles!

El núcleo de la primera versión de Pursuance que vamos a lanzar es esencialmente un sistema de gestión de tareas construido para grandes grupos que harán cosas como permiten especificar qué habilidades son necesarias para completar una tarea, luego de tener el software, automáticamente encontrar personas con todas las habilidades necesarias para completar esa tarea y preguntarles si les gustaría hacerlo! Esto habilita la escala de Pursuit a grandes grupos, mejor que cualquier otra cosa que exista actualmente.

Creemos que Internet debería ser increíble para permitir a grandes grupos de personas con ideas afines unir sus fuerzas para combatir la injusticia … pero no lo es. Estamos aquí para cambiar eso.

La visión de Barrett Brown para el proyecto Pursuance

Extractos de: Barrett Brown’s Pursuance Project de v4vapid

Cuando se le preguntó acerca de futuros proyectos, Brown esboza una visión para los periodistas y bloggers para compartir mejor la información mediante la creación de lo que él llama una “plataforma de democracia de proceso”. Este proyecto ha estado en obras desde 2009, antes de su encarcelamiento, y con la ayuda de colaboradores de confianza, Brown continúa trabajando para crear una revolucionaria colaboración de proveedores. Las colaboraciones tendrán lugar entre instituciones, sin fines de lucro, académicos e incluso periodistas ciudadanos.

Barrett_Brown_2007“La forma en que funciona el sistema, no importa si en los márgenes la calidad disminuye, porque en esos márgenes, esas personas son libres de atraer más gente, pero todavía tienen que manejarlas. Por ejemplo, si se trata de recolección de datos, si se es periodista o se está ejecutando un proyecto multitudinario, y se atrae a unas pocas personas, cada persona atrae a gente que obviamente tiene un impulso, para atraer a personas de calidad real puede que sea lo mejor de su capacidad, porque tienen que tratar con ellos, y la mala información, la información inútil, que sale de estas distancias [periferias] en el sistema no lo va a hacer decaer, y hay un mecanismo completo para cada uno de ellos. “- Barrett Brown

“Así que ese fue el ímpetu original. Hay un montón de otras características que hacen que esto funcione para diferentes cosas. Hay una gran masa de personas por ahí que están twitteando y comentando, y están molesto, y hay alguna porción que son personas muy honestas que son capaces, que son conocedores, pero que no se les proporciona (a) la capacidad de ayuda y (b) la capacidad de cercer. Si presenta a las personas la capacidad de hacer cosas correctamente, y al hacer las cosas correctamente, llegan a un nivel en la que tienen la capacidad de hacer cosas a mayor escala, si se hace evidente, que esa capacidad está allí, le proporcionamos ejemplos de ellos trabajando y así proporcionar un grado de liderazgo y honestidad, propagando por qué ha llegado el momento de hacer ese tipo de cosas, entonces funcionará. “– Barrett Brown

Para obtener actualizaciones sobre el progreso del proyecto en general, puede inscribirse en esta página The Pursuance Project

Pursuance Project – Temporary 3rd Party Collaboration Tools

stevephillipsPrivacy enhancing tools from Steve Phillips, lead developer and project manager of the Pursuance Project. Click here to download the PDF with the list of tools.


For end to end encrypted ad hoc chats use LeapChat It is in its infancy and functions will be added in the coming days and weeks. The devs are looking for feedback on functionality. Permanent encrypted chat for the whole Pursuance wide community: Click here for LeapChat for Pursuance end to end encrypted chat.

CollabTo decide on meeting times or other things feel free to use the following tools while we wait for native “apps”: For scheduling use International Meeting planner and Doodle. When the community has grown Doodle can also be used for voting.

For fast burn note sharing of passwords and the like I recommend PRIVNOTE.

For a slower burn rate on sharing small files, passwords, or other secrets, use MiniShareRiseup or Cryptag.

For collaboration feel free to either use Etherpad supplied by the Tech team of the Pirate Party of Norway or an encrypted version for work of a more sensitive nature: CryptPad.

bull-hornSignal Boosting:

For getting projects or results of projects boosted on twitter, DM @rayjoha2 starting with the words #SignalBoost. Potential reach around 400k followers. Indirect reach 5 times that. Same goes for Facebook marketing. DM me in Twitter. The reach there is considerably higher for suitable content. You can also, if it relates to activism simply add #ppiboost to your tweet.

For twitter activities: Pastebin or Tweet Intents, a very useful tool to generate Intent twitter links.

User and admin doc: MatterMost

Project description: Pursuance Project