Julian Assange’s Warning ‘Urgent’ for Developing World (La Jornada, Mexico)

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One emerging Internet structure independent of the United States (read: NSA) now has a name: CABLEBRICS – as in the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This La Jornada editorial once again advises Latin American leaders to heed the advice of Julian Assange to create portals free of U.S. and European influence. The question of whether an Internet system free of U.S. influence that includes Russia and China would be any less invasive is not addressed.

The La Jornada editorial starts off this way:

In the context of the scandal over revelations of cyber-espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said on Nov. 23 that the Internet has been militarily occupied by the United States and its Anglo-Saxon allies, with the purpose of dominating societies and denying their freedom and national sovereignty.

Assange’s comments are significant, as they were made the same day that Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad issued a report on a document released by Mr. Snowden that shows the NSA infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware designed to steal confidential information. This is not an isolated case: it should be recalled that in August, The Washington Post revealed that the NSA had installed about 20,000 such implants in 2008, and has carried out similar cyber operations since 1998. One month later, telecommunications provider Belgacom discovered that for several years, British intelligence had installed malicious software on their networks to collect phone and Internet data from their customers.

When one considers that government and private computing platforms in the U.S. and Europe are infested with mechanisms of espionage as shown by documents obtained by WikiLeaks, Assange’s statements are not only credible, they are urgent. without a doubt, the virtual occupation of the Internet by the United States and its allies seriously compromises the confidentiality of government, institutional, corporate and private data from countries around the world, making them particularly vulnerable to the espionage activities of the government and computing giants of our neighboring country.

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  • epiphyte

    The US national security apparatus has the potential to be simultaneously both chillingly oppressive and laughably inept.

    How can this be?
    – Because ordinary people don’t think to or know how to outwit it,
    – because motivated, informed aggressors can run rings around it with their eyes shut,
    – and because it is inherently useless against even the most clueless lone-wolf… who will never raise a red flag until after the fact.

    … so really it is perfect for blackmailing politicians, pre-empting / digging up dirt on political opponents and dissenters, facilitating commercial/industrial espionage, and just about nothing else.

    So IMO Assange is both right and wrong. US aspirations for internet hegemony are indeed unbounded, but also (at least w.r.t. any given existential enemy-du-jour) technically unfounded.

  • dduck

    Interesting article, one hopes it is not as bad as portrayed.