Bank of America – who’s your Daddy?

I wonder what happened to the Wikileaks expose of Bank of America.

You may recall that shortly after the Wikileaks’ dump of US Military files (Bradley Manning),  Julian Assange promised that documents were coming showing illegal practices at Bank of America. One day later it was breathlessly reported that Assange is a pervert and rapist. Now those documents are yesterday’s news. Nothing’s been released.

You may also remember what  happened to Elliot Spitzer after he became governor? As Attorney General, he was known as The Sheriff of Wall Street where he was feared and loathed. As Governor he had power to hurt them with exposure and regulation. Voila! Another sexual perversion surfaces.

In February, after Assange’s announcement of Wikileak’s planned release – and the subsequent personal smears – this story appeared at their site:

Bank of America using Private Intel Firms to Attack Wikileaks
2011-02-09

In a document titled “The WikiLeaks Threat” three data intelligence companies, Plantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, outline a plan to attack Wikileaks. They are acting upon request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm working for Bank of America. The Department of Justice recommended the law firm to Bank of America according to an article in The Tech Herald. The prosed attacks on WikiLeaks according to the slides include these actions:

  • Feed the fuel between the feuding groups. Disinformation. Create messages around actions of sabotage or discredit the opposing organizations. Submit fake documents and then call out the error.
  • Create concern over the security of the infrastructure. Create exposure stories. If the process is believed not to be secure they are done.
  • Cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters. This would kill the project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and France putting a team together to get access is more straightforward.
  • Media campaign to push the radial and reckless nature of WikiLeaks activities. Sustain pressure. Does nothing for the fanatics, but creates concern and doubt among moderates.
  • Search for leaks. Use social media to profile and identify risky behavior of employees.

And TPM has observed that:

. . . the Gitmo files could be Assange’s last hurrah. Wikileaks’ encrypted submission has been broken for more than a year now, which means no new juicy tidbits have been coming in.

It’s too easy.

21 responses to “Bank of America – who’s your Daddy?

  1. Good old government set up(s). The big banks, Wall Street, et al, are all in it together with the government’s blessing. Just saying.

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  2. “As Governor he had power to hurt them with exposure and regulation. Voila! Another sexual perversion surfaces.”

    To be fair, Governor Spitzer’s enemies did not commit a crime by hiring a prostitute. Spitzer did that to himself. The hypocrite even signed into law legislation that increased the seriousness of patronizing prostitutes from three months in jail to one year in jail. (http://prostitution.procon.org/view.background-resource.php?resourceID=753)

    Assange has also gotten off easy.

    He’s lucky he hasn’t accidentally been hit by a car or some other such unfortunate accident. People died because of the national security information he released.

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    • I should have been clearer Sean. Spitzer did the thing and he did it to himself for sure. The exposure is what’s interesting – among NY political insiders, Spitzer’s ‘predeliction’ wasn’t a secret. Wall Street knew I’m sure – it was the timing of the ‘breaking of the story’ that I find interesting. Was he a moral hypocrite? What! An American politician saying ‘do as I say not as I do?’ Of course he was a moral hypocrite – but he was a superb AG and a really good Governor.

      I’ve heard that ‘people died’ claim re Assange. I’ve never seen any actual information. But if so, the criminal is Manning. He did the deed; Wikileaks published it, just like The NY Times published the Pentagon Papers.

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  3. “But if so, the criminal is Manning. He did the deed; Wikileaks published it, just like The NY Times published the Pentagon Papers.”

    Moe, this is a totally fair point. I amend my original statement. Replace everything I said about Assange with Manning. 😉

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  4. Ok…lets get real here…..As I said countless times over Politicaldog101…..

    Mr Assange and crew decidied to wrestle with the BIG guys….

    If he thought he was gonna come out of the fight without getting his tail chewed off he was sadly mistaken….
    Folks this ain’t over…..
    The government is gonna not let go….

    Then Bank of America?

    Come on…..
    There is a reason people don’t tangle with these things…..

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  6. Ms . Holland ,

    ” I’ve heard that ‘people died’ claim re Assange. I’ve never seen any actual information. ”

    I don’t have any evidence of death , but awhile back I did post something about how wikileaks had endangered the opponents of Mugabe in Zimbabwe . Mugabe is a bad man, I hope you agree . He has political opponents who secretly corresponded with Western countries . The one who comes to mind is Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai .

    I am sure Mr. Tsvangirai, as he now fears for his life , does not have as high an opinion of Messrs. Manning and Assange as you Progressives all have .

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    • Mugabe and Tsvangirai were engaged in a titantic power struggle well before the US diplomatic cables were released. The leaks made the situtation much worse.

      I haven’t expressed any ‘opinion’ of Assange or Manning, other than to call Manning a criminal in a comment upstream. The post is about Bank of America.

      But you will of course seize any opportunity to paint ‘the other side’ with a broad brush.

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  7. Ms. Holland ,

    ” I haven’t expressed any ‘opinion’ of Assange or Manning, other than to call Manning a criminal in a comment upstream. The post is about Bank of America. ”

    I am sorry . I read your original post and saw the word ” Wikileaks ” in the first two sentences . Then I saw Manning mentioned once and Assange mentioned twice in the first full paragraph. Then I saw ” Wikileaks ” mentioned several more times in your post . I therefore concluded that even though Bank of America was your chosen topic , ” Wikileaks ” was fair game .

    I also mistakenly included you in the group of liberals who have praised Manning and Assange . I now see the error of my ways .

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    • Wikileaks was fair game because I used the word quite a number of times? That doesn’t make for ‘fair game’ Alan. That’s pick and choose on your part.

      Thank you for seeing ‘the error of your ways’.

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  8. Ms. Holland ,

    In the spirit of bashing Bank of America, your topic, the worst thing or rather the most stupid thing it ever did was buy Countrywide Financial Corp. Angelo Mozilla’s operation was ground zero for the bad mortgages that blew up the financial system in 07-08.

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    • Countrywide was an epic disaster and BofA buying it was more than stupid; it was utterly irresponsible to not do their due diligence and to believe rating agencies that were lying because that’s the way they all wanted it.

      Ultimately, they all took on debt that had nothing behind it – when you or I borrow, we need to show sufficient collatoral.

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  9. griffithinsider

    Am writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=ILLLML_9669e09d. Would be great if you would encourage others to do the survey also.

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  10. Yes….Moe….Ofcourse you gotta try…….We have haven’t we?

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  11. griffithinsider

    Good article. I’m just wondering a few things….what makes you think Gitmo is the last release? TPM do not have good grounds for speculating. TPM themselves mention:
    “The Guantanamo Files: 779 classified prisoner dossiers revealed from the world’s most notorious prison”–is a lie. ‎Wikileaks has only teased 80 of the files it claims to have, promising that the rest “will be released daily over the coming month.” It made a similar promise with the 250,000 classified diplomatic cables that it never actually released–so far, 7,579, or 3% of the total, have been released.”
    Plus, they forget about the “insurance.aes256” file and that new information would have come in since then. More to the point, Assange is incarcerated and in a vulnerable position. He may be a little arrogant and have the courage of 10 lions but he is not stupid. My guessumption is that he is trying to both self preserve (so he can continue WL down the track in the same manner prior to his arrest) and persevere (release small amounts of effectual information) as he is now limited in the actions he can take while under ‘house arrest’ even though he is now in a London house rather than in the manor. Think about it like this….if you were in Assange’s position (i.e., have enemies in US Gov and have them trying to prosecute you with some calling for your death) would you then want to piss off a large bank and the families that own them and have another strong adversary? Surely that information would now be in aes.256 until he is either released to take up his duties unabated where he can then conceal his location again (and release some of this information) or becomes a martyr (which I hope never happens – I don’t see why some people want to take guns to a pen fight). Just my opinion…..

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    • I don’t beleive that Assange would withhold info on Bank of America or be intimidated by those he’s working to expose. It’s his whole reason for being – my impression is that Assange is something of an anarchist, but then truth tellers often are. Wikileaks is no longer just Assange of course – there are staff and volunteers all over hte planet ready to get it done; he’s the founder, the spirit, the figurehead but it can still happen without him.

      BUT I think what’s happened is that the Bank and our/other governments have managed to stop wikileaks for now. They are terrified of wikileaks. And they should be.

      Sooner or later, young passionate hackers will prevail. I beleive this.

      Antoher

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