The decision to charge Bradley Manning with a capital offense in addition to other charges is a provocation and Anonymous is set to respond accordingly. Thus it is that we have begun #opbradley at irc.anonops.in in order to supplement our work at #oppalantir and #anonleaks. We have gone through additional e-mails via our server at anonleaks.ru and discovered the full extent of Palantir's involvement in the degenerate campaigns fielded by HBGary on behalf of their mercantile client Bank of America, which itself will be facing certain other troubles soon. But today is about Palantir, which "cut off ties" with HBGary at the beginning of the scandal and has since tried to explain away the fact that not one, but two employees told HBGary CEO Aaron Barr that the top execs, including Karp, had signed off on this possibly criminal campaign to destroy Wikileaks and the venerable journalist Glenn Greenwald. Today is the day we begin to attack Palantir in earnest - not by their methods, but by ours.
(Note: Some people have asked for background on all of this. See my Guardian op-ed from a little while back. Be sure to listen to the recording between myself and Aaron Barr, who lies his ass off. And take note of how polite I am! Lol.)
This diary will be updated throughout the day as events warrant. For now, I will note that several media will be running with the Palantir story soon and that meanwhile we have provided relevant evidence to all comers. Much of that evidence is posted below. We ask that those who care about restoring decency and transparency to this crippled republic assist us in spreading the word about the crimes of those individuals - not just the "corporations," but the people themselves, many of whom are now scrambling away from the press.
As we explained yesterday, Palantir must be destroyed. Here is more info regarding why. As a bonus, we are also providing info that has been assembled by a diligent Kosack on the relationship between discredited criminal firm HBGary and the U.S. military's OSD. We have names, numbers, e-mails, trails, timelines, and the collective work ethic of a thousand Anons, as well as the ear of the media. This will continue until such time as Manning's capital charge is taken off the table. We will apply pressure in the right spots and we will do so in the public eye, and in such a way as that anyone may observe our discussions on our IRC servers, as per usual. And we now have the lawyers to back up our position.
Our Palantir file is being finished at this moment. Here's a preview.
Katherine Crotty; Jeremy Glesner; Aaron Marshall; Eli Bingham confirmed involved. E-mail links to follow.
Here's a fun little connection between Palantir and BoA's law firm, Hunton & Williams, which not only saw but clearly provided input into the proposal in direct contradiction to the lies that have been told to the opposite effect.
We have more, of course, and these will be posted here. See yesterday's diary for what we had before last night's big haul, lol.
Speaking of that law firm, Mr. John Woods has failed to return our calls. And speaking of Mr. Woods, here's the info we're comfortable providing on him at this point.
High School: Lynnfield High School '86 (small)
BA: Colby College 1990
JD: University of Virginia 1995
Contribute approx. $250 in '08
Political Donations: Gave money to John McCain
Father owns Noland Company
Annual Revenue $100-$500M
A Runner. Member of GRIPLA.ORG (Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association. Has a blackberry and has installed the Facebook app for blackberry.
That took ten minutes. We have more. We always have more.
We will return to destroying Palantir in just a bit; updates coming soon.
And just to anticipate objections:
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forget.
We do not forgive.
Bradley must live.
Ha! I'm so silly, I forgot to post this info about the OSD! Someone bonk me over the head or something, lol!
ACRONYM CHEAT SHEET
OSD Office of Sect. Of Defense
OGC Office for Gov't Commerce
DOJ Department of Justice
USG United States Gov't
DNI Director of National Intellegence
OSD’s OGC linked HBGary to FBI, DOJ - Updated
At FDL, emptywheel wrote about Arron Barr’s email of Fri, Feb 4, in which Barr bragged about his meetings, planned for Mon Feb 7, with OSD and FBI, and of his having been contacted by USG and DNI. < http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/.... >
A series of emails dated Thurs Feb 3 show that Farallon’s Peterson contacted OSD’s Wenchel, who checked with her OGC then passed information to FBI and DOJ.
The email exchanges, titled ‘Special Topic,’ can be found (with some replication within threads) at:
‘INFO PASS COMPLETE’
Wenchel’s email confirming contact with FBI/DOJ (Subject: Info pass complete’) can be found at:
http://hbgary.anonleaks.ch/.... . Wenchel writes: “Sent from OSD OGC to DoJ/FBI” [this must be viewed as plain-text to see the message]
THESE DETAILS REQUIRE MORE THOROUGH RESEARCH, but the approximate sequence of the Feb 3 messages is:
1. Feb 3 - Farallon’s Peterson to OSD’s Cheryl Davis (apparently assisting Wenchel) saying that he (Peterson) had informed Wenchel of the ‘Special Topic’ on Feb 2;
2. OSD’s Davis replies to Peterson, saying that Wenchel has spoken with OGC and that when OGC and Wenchel have made contact, OSD will let Peterson know;
3. Peterson gives Aaron Barr’s email to Wenchel/Davis, so they can communicate directly;
4. OSD’s Wenchel writes Farallon’s Peterson and Owen, with cc to Aaron Barr, saying:
“ . . . there is interest in making contact by the people who are working the issue on behalf of the government, will pass the info on to them and give you any feedback I get the next time we meet.”;
5. Aaron Barr forwards the emails to HBGary’s Ted Vera, Greg Hoglund, Penny Leavy, and Karen Burke;
6. Wenchel writes ‘Info pass complete,’ saying “Sent from OSD OGC to DoJ/FBI”. This email sent to Peterson, Owen and Barr.
This researcher does not know if more thorough research into the HBGary emails will reveal clues about what information Farallon’s Peterson communicated to OSD’s Wenchel on Feb 2. The Feb 3 emails seem to make it clear that OSD’s Wenchel forwarded the information to OSD’s OGC, which then sent the information to FBI and DOJ. It would appear that Barr’s Feb 4 contacts from USG agencies, and the meetings with FBI/OSD planned for Mon Feb 7, were the direct result of the Feb 2-3 communications between Farallon’s Peterson and OSD’s Wenchel, with OSD’s OGC making the connection to FBI and DOJ.
**Feb 1 2011 -- Farallon’s Peterson met with “senate staff and USDP (Under Secretary of Defense for Policy) < http://anonleaks.okhin.fr/.... >; on Feb 2 Peterson gave info to DOD’s OSD person, Wenchel (see above);
**On Fri (Jan 31 or Feb 4, dates unclear), Barr met with several Booz Allen Hamilton personnel, inc Bill Wamsley, in BAH’s offices; on Feb 5, Barr wrote Wamsley (and other BAH staff), saying “Meeting with Govies next week”. < http://anonleaks.okhin.fr/.... >
So, updated sequence is:
**Feb 1, Peterson meets with ‘senate staff & USDP’;
**Feb 2, Peterson gives HBG info to OSD’s Wenchel (ref in Feb 3 email);
**Feb 3, email exchanges in which Wenchel gives HBG info to OSD’s Office of General Counsel, and OSD’s OGC passes the info to FBI/DOJ, who are apparently ‘the people who are working the issue on behalf of the government’;
**Feb 4 (per emptywheel, link above) Barr writes that he has been contacted that day by OSD’s Wenchel, FBI, USG, and DNI, and that he has a meeting planned with OSD/FBI for Mon Mar 7 2001.
So, apparently Farallon’s Peterson did more than just give the HBG info to OSD’s Wenchel on Feb 2. Peterson’s Feb 1 meeting with ‘senate staff and and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP)’ suggest strongly that Peterson was directed to deliver the info to Wenchel, who moved it to OSD’s OGC, who sent it to FBI/DOJ, leading to the Feb 4 contacts between Barr and OSD, FBI, USG (does he mean DOJ here? or another USG agency?) and DNI, during which the Barr/FBI/OSD meeting was planned for Mar 7.
The presence of Wenchel (from DOD’s Cybersecurity section, OSD), the OSD’s Office of General Counsel, and now of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP) puts The Pentagon/DOD right smack in the middle of the conspiracy.
[Note: I think emptywheel has more about Farallon. For info on the truly terrible rootkit Farallon developed in conjunction with HBGary, see
< http://crowdleaks.org/.... >.]