In part one of this exclusive interview and three part series with computer scientist and activist Lauri Love, we discuss Julian Assange’s extradition hearings. Love’s perspective is rare and unique. In 2018, Love successfully fought extradition from the UK to the US. Love is not only a friend of Julian Assange but is someone who can understand what Assange is experiencing right now as he faces extradition to the US.
In part two of this three part series and exclusive interview with Lauri Love, we focus on Lauri’s extradition battle to the United States. Lauri speaks about the important role Wikileaks, Julian Assange, the Courage Foundation and others had in securing his freedom. In addition, Lauri reveals the difficulties associated with facing extradition from the UK to the US.
Hackers have penetrated the computer systems of the UK’s foreign ministry and taken hundreds of files detailing the country’s controversial propaganda programs in war-torn Syria.
In a security breach of enormous proportions, the hackers appear to have deliberately targeted files that set out the financial and operational relationships between the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and a network of private-sector contractors that have been covertly running media platforms in Syria throughout the nine-year foreign-backed war.
The Middle East Eye understands that between 200 and 300 highly sensitive documents are thought to have been acquired by the hackers.
Some of the documents have already been posted on the internet, and Foreign Office ministers and officials are bracing themselves for the possible appearance of more over the coming weeks.
While the hackers are not thought to have yet been identified, the sophistication of the cyber-attack has raised concerns at the FCDO that a state actor could have been responsible, with suspicion focusing on Russia.
In 2018, the UK foreign ministry claimed that Russian intelligence officers had attempted to hack into its computer systems.
The FCDO became aware of the breach last week, after some documents had been posted by the hacking collective known as Anonymous. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had been briefed at the weekend and other ministers were informed on Monday.
The documents shed further light on propaganda initiatives known in UK government circles as “strategic communications”, whose existence came to light four years ago.
The program aimed to promote “attitudinal and behavioral change” among Syrian audiences by fostering secular values, building resilience among the civilian population and by promoting what the UK government described as the Moderate Armed Opposition.
They show that British government contractors established radio stations, published Arabic- and English-language magazines, newspapers, books and children’s comics, designed posters and stickers, and helped to run opposition groups’ media offices.
One contractor is said to have distributed more than 660,000 printed items across Syria in six months.
The hacked documents also show how the “strategic communications” program has influenced the reporting of many major media organizations, with one contractor claiming to be in contact with 1,600 international journalists and other individuals able to help influence public opinion.
At the heart of the propaganda initiatives was a large network of Syrian citizen journalists, who were provided with training, equipment and encouragement by UK contractors – without the role of the British government being made explicit.
The documents posted on the internet in recent days identify not only private-sector contractors working for the Foreign Office, but also a number of the individuals who are running those companies.
However, the report said senior FCDO officials are less concerned about the contents of many of the documents – as the existence of the propaganda program had already been made public – than they are about the apparent ease with which the department’s computer systems were broken into.
Similar programs have been run in Syria by the UK’s Ministry of Defense, which does not appear to have been hacked.
The international hacker group Anonymous issued a warning message to the British government following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on Thursday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was apprehended in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11 after Quito revoked his seven-year political asylum for alleged repeated “violations of international conventions”. The whistleblowing website has criticized Ecuador’s move, calling it a violation of international law, Sputnik reported.
“Let Assange free or you will pay!”, read the warning that has been issued by the hacker group Anonymous to the “captors” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested by the UK police “on behalf of the United States authorities”.
“This is a message for the UK government and their cohorts around the world who are working to silence whistleblowers… This arrest and the greater persecution of Wikileaks and other whistleblowers sends a clear message that these governments will stop at nothing to maintain their secrecy,” the hacktivists wrote.
In a lengthy message, Anonymous highlighted that Assange is considered to be an “enemy of the state” because he has brought to light the crimes of both the left and the right.
“Influential people representing the governments of the UK, the United States, and Ecuador have all signed off on this unprecedented attack on journalism… Every single powerful person who has signed off on this order should be shaking in their boots, because the force of the internet is about to be unleashed upon them. All the way from the CIA, the President of the United States, and down to the arresting officers that carried Assange out of the embassy, you have all exposed yourselves as enemies of the people and it is time for Anonymous to act accordingly”, the group warned.
Julian Assange has been arrested in what WikiLeaks described as an illegal termination of his political asylum in violation of international law.
Within hours, the WikiLeaks founder appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of failing to surrender to an arrest warrant and skipping bail after an extradition order to Sweden in 2012. He was found guilty, and faces a prison term of up to 12 months when he is sentenced at a Crown Court at a later date.
The UK judge also said that the United States needs to produce its case for requesting Assange’s extradition from Britain by June 12.
Following his arrest, the US Department of Justice also announced charges against him, accusing the whistleblower of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, to “commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer”. If found guilty on hacking charges, Assange could face up to five years in a US prison.
Assange’s arrest has prompted thousands of people to sign a petition urging the UK government not to hand the journalist over to the United States, where he is wanted for leaks of classified government data.
“The sentence is already clear: if not the death penalty then life in a supermax prison and ill treatment like Chelsea Manning. The very extradition of Julian Assange to the United States would at the same time mean the final death of freedom of the press in the West”, the petition added.
Reacting to the news of the Australian’s detention, another world-famous whistleblower, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, tweeted that it was a “dark moment for press freedom”.
Assange, who rose to international prominence after leaking a trove of classified documents on US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables, found asylum in the Ecuadorian diplomatic premises in 2012 when he tried to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was under investigation in a sexual assault case.
The Australian journalist has denied the rape allegations, calling them politically motivated because they followed the leak of US documents. Even though Sweden later dropped the case, British police said they intended to detain Assange as soon as he left the embassy, for violating the conditions of his bail.
November 17th, 2020 has seen the release of Jeremy Hammon from prison (USA). He is currently serving the rest of his term at a halfway house.
>Hammond’s support team said “I am absolutely overjoyed to announce that Jeremy has been released from FCI Memphis. He is safely at a halfway house in Chicago & even got to spend a little time with his support crew. We thank you so much for your support throughout the years. Until all are free!”
In 2014, Marty, as his friends and family call him, defended the life of then-15-year-old Justina Pelletier as well as the rights of her parents. The Pelletiers had brought Justina to Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) with a referral to see a specialist who had treated her before at nearby Tufts Medical Center. However, when Justina arrived she was instead seen by a different set of less experienced doctors who incorrectly challenged her existing physical diagnosis in favor of a mental one. They wanted to stop her pain and heart medications, amongst others.
When her parents refused and tried to discharge Justina to her return to her previous doctors, BCH called Child Protective Services (CPS) and told them the Pelletiers were guilty of “medical child abuse” for treating Justina for her physical condition and refusing to consent to exclusively psychiatric care.
CPS sided with BCH and took custody. A short time later, against her and her family’s wishes, Justina’s medications were stopped and BCH locked her in its now-notorious Bader 5 psych ward.
Inside Bader 5, Justina suffered severe physical pain and continued psychological trauma away from her family and without the critical medications that she needed for the physical condition that she really has. Here’s her father telling Boston’s PBS station about what happened more than a year into the ordeal:
Marty worked tirelessly to end Justina’s suffering and bring her home. Then, with many people fearing she would die before her previous treatments were restored, a note Justina had smuggled to her parents was published by TheBlaze.
A few days later, Marty knocked Boston Children’s Hospital off the Internet during its largest annual online fundraiser, hurting no one. In comparison, due to the hospital’s continued actions and inactions at that point, Justina was already in a wheelchair and she remains there to this day.
The fundraising incident set in motion a sequence of events that culminated in Justina’s release two months later, after over a year away from her family. When she went home, Justina gave two interviews, including this one with FOX CT’s Beau Berman, who would go on to win the Edward R. Murrow Award for his damning coverage of Justina’s case.
In 2018 holdovers from Carmen Ortiz’s office failed to convince a jury that anything Marty did even potentially effected the care of one single patient anywhere. That’s because quite simply, he didn’t.
In contrast, it’s easy to see how Justina suffered while Marty’s prosecutors did absolutely nothing to protect her.
You can find more information on our Marty’s Story, Resources, and FAQ pages as well as in Marty’s U.N. Human Rights report on Boston Children’s Hospital below.
After many years of persecution facing extradition from the United Kingdom to USA to face a potential 99 years in prison, the High Court in London ruled that extradition pf Lauri Love should not take place (due to the forum bar to help protect people with autism set up to which previously saw Gary McKinnon evade extradition)
Lauri allegedly took part in Anonymous OpLastResort, an Anonymous Operation in respect of the treatment of Aaron Swartz
Lauri had been indicted by prosecutors in three US federal court districts, who alleged he had been part of #OpLastResort, the series of online protests that followed the death of Aaron Swartz. Lauri’s case highlighted the prosecutorial malpractice that did so much to harm Aaron, but one thing it did not do was challenge the unfocused and outdated criminal statutes that put Aaron in harm’s way in the first place. Aaron’s Law remains important, unfinished business.
Lauri allegedly hacked US Army, NASA, FBI, the Federal Reserve and the Environmental Protection Agency (plus some more).
Lauri was supported by family and friends throughout many different court appearances in Westminster and the Royal Courts of Justice (High Court). In particular, Naomi Colvin (who writes here: Wikileaks, hacktivist supporters imprisoned | opfreeanons.com) who was working with the Courage Foundation at the time extensively supported Lauri. Former members of LulzSec (LulzSecurity) also supported Lauri and attended Courts and meetings setup to help secure his freedom.
Upon the final judgement given by the Royal Courts of Justice by the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon and The Lord Chief Justice, the court room erupted into a loud cheer and clapping (which was then admonished by the Judge). A pub visit and drinks followed after this ruling where a smaller group of supporters gathered to celebrate a partial end to the persecution of Lauri.
At the moment, Lauri is restricted to remaining in either England or Wales, if he travels outside these countries then he risks arrest and extradition to USA as the High Court ruling applies to England and Wales only.
Kane Gamble was previously head as Cracka and led the hacking group Crackas With Attitude / CWA. Kane used to have many people in his discord chat, he along with other prominent members of CWA were at the time only children and were extremely polite along with a humanistic approach to the problems in our world. They were also trolls (who isn’t?) and he gave me an unique “dunce” role within his chat. Kane, along with his British friends faced legal proceedings in the United Kingdom whereby a British Judge defined him as the leader of Crackas With Attitude.
In 2015 and 2016, Kane hacked into the accounts of a multitude of government officials within the USA such as the CIA director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. This is in addition to hacking into a few government portals. The message “I OWN YOU” was made to appear on the home TV belonging to Jeh Johnson, secretary of USA Homeland Security.
Kane was sentenced to two years prison where he resided at Belmarsh. Upon release from prison he was prohibited from using the internet as was banned via a court order from using anything connected to the internet until 20th April, 2020. He was eagerly waiting until midnight watching the minutes pass by for when he was able to use the internet again.
Since his release from prison, Kane has said he is concentrating on a cyber security career and has already received bug bounty awards from messaging apps as well as a mobile phone network.
Below article is from opfreeanons.com August 25, 2018
Recently, a British teenager was sentenced to two years in prison for his hacks against various top ranking officials in USA. Kane Gamble (chat name Crackar and founder of Crackas With Attitude performed a serious of extraordinary attacks (listed below). The Crackas With Attitude group were loosely associated with the Anonymous Collective, one of the admins explaining on AnonUKRadio that his actions were direct response for USA making laws against the homeless. This interview was with “Derp” who has luckily had a very light prosecution and is at home, whereas his counterpart Kane is in prison.
Kane performed the following attacks against high ranking USA officials:
Jeh Johnson – USA Department of Homeland Security – Secretary
Kane took control over Twitter accounts, intercepted voicemails and sent SMS from Jeh Johnsons phone. To troll even more, Kane then sent messages to Jeh Johnsons home TV saying “I own you”
Avril Haines – USA White House Deputy National Security Advisor
Kane changed the password on Comcast and got access to information and phone calls.
Amy Hess – USA FBI Agent
The film “Hackers”, “V for Vendetta” and a porn movie were downloaded to Mrs Hess’s home digital TV recorder as well as personal messages sent to Mrs. Hess.
Mark Giuliano, USA FBI Deputy DIrector
Kane was able to access private information. Information was posted in Twitter. Mr. Giuliano being a target via his mobile phone, his wife also was a target upon retreats to her spa as Kane requested alarm calls for various times
James Clapper – Former director of USA National Intelligence
Kane hacked a Linkedin account and the private email of Mr. Clapper as well as Mrs. Clapper.
All phone calls were diverted to the Free Palestine Movement.
John Holdren – USA Office of Science & Technology Director
Crackas With Attitude were reportedly responsible for “swatting”, making a hoax call to police in order for police to attend and alarm the occupants of the home.
These are extraordinary hack attacks made by a 15 year old British teenager against high ranking administrative officials within USA. What makes the attacks more extraordinary is that they did not involve any form of computer hacking in compromising computer security. All the attacks listed above happened through what is called ‘Social Engineering’ which is a fancy term for lying.
Kane pretended to be various different people in order to perform the hacks listed above.
Before sentenced to two years in a young offenders institution, Kane received a bug bounty from an international mobile phone company as various weaknesses were pointed out in the security. This was for a security flaw – enabling server to be compromised. (Kane studied cyber security also).
The media has portrayed Kane in a bad light, describing his attacks as terrorising cyber crime. The media has not explained that the attacks were a political demonstration and in response to what Kane perceived to be injustices within USA. This was in respect of USA passing laws against the homeless and its draconian war like stances and free Palestine movement.
As with most hacktivists, by the time the court case starts (a 3 year wait in the case of Kane), they have realised the implications of their illegal activity and wish they could turn back time. Unfortunately it is too late and the wheels of prosecution are set in place, often persecuting the alleged hacker even before a court trial begins.
Crackas with Attitude chat rooms have closed, albeit a smaller chat exists and created by someone else who is yet to be prosecuted by the UK authorities. The chat purely exists around social and matters of cyber security.
Kane Gamble is not a beneficiary of freeanons. When asked if he wanted any help (prior to his sentence) he declined. The purpose of this article is to highlight the reasons as to what motivated Kane to do what he did in addition to showing yet another hacktivist who should ideally be offered a job, but instead is punished in prison.
Obviously, opfreeanons.com is unable to contact Kane but is in contact with one of his friends. If it is decided to appeal his prison sentence, we will fundraise and provide a direct link to his fundraising page so that donations can be made.